Jonathon Roy

Partner - Corporate

Jonathon Roy

Partner - Corporate

Jonathon Roy ranked in Chambers 2022 logo      Legal 500 2022 Recommended Lawyer


I am a partner in the Corporate team at Paris Smith. I enjoy taking a commercial and constructive approach to getting deals done quickly and efficiently.

My main practice areas include:

  • corporate acquisitions and disposals;
  • corporate fundraisings;
  • private equity;
  • MBOs and similar transactions;
  • corporate restructures; and
  • joint ventures

I have been handling M&A transactions for more than 20 years, advising a wide range of clients including FTSE 100 companies, SME’s and owner managed businesses.

I have worked on hundreds of deals in multiple sectors, including many complex and high value transactions, as well as cross border transactions.

Recent work highlights include:

  • Acted for Bowman Power Group on a rights issue, completed January 2021
  • Acquisition of AFS Group by Meachers Global Logistics. Completed March 2021
  • Acted on the MBO of GRI American European LLC, GRI USA Inc and GRI Services Limited, completed February 2021
  • Acted for Mailock (owner of Beyond Encryption) on a substantial equity investment by Westcoast, completed December 2020
  • Sale of Transforming Systems Limited to Canadian listed buyer Vitalhub. Completed September 2020
  • Purchase of business division from Cazoo. Completed September 2020
  • Sale of Imperial Car Supermarkets group to Cazoo. Completed July 2020
  • Sale of Graham High Group to buyer backed by YFM PE. Completed July 2020
  • Purchase of business of Think Cars by Peter Cooper Motor Group. Completed July 2020
  • Sale of several business divisions of Nolato Jaycare. Completed June 2020
  • Purchase of Forest Lodge Garden Centre, Garden Style and Birdworld by Haskins Garden Centres Limited. Completed February 2020
  • Purchase of Newmans (Southampton) Limited car dealerships by Richmond Cars. Completed March 2020
  • Sale of SHB Hire to Enterprise, the largest corporate transaction undertaken by Enterprise outside North America. Completed July 2019
  • Sale of Millbrook Healthcare to Cairngorm Capital Private Equity. Completed July 2019

A source says "He is a highly responsive lawyer who works hard to get deals done under significant time pressures and retains a clear focus on achieving deadlines."

Chambers and Partners Legal Directory 2022

You guys were breathtakingly terrific these past 2 weeks. Jonathon - I always knew you were very good. I know now how wrong I was. You are not good, you are supreme. Arezou - I’ve known you briefly only. Your professionalism, thoroughness, mastery and smiling diligence throughout and on your personal sunny weekends too are so so impressive. And such wonderful people to boot. We are very privileged to have you as our lawyers.

Henri Alster - Founder of the GRI Group

I would just like to convey my sincere thanks to all concerned for your assistance in the acquisition of AFS. I have been very impressed, but not surprised, with the way you and your colleagues have dealt with this transaction. As you are probably aware we have a long association with Paris Smith and I am still in touch with many of the people I have previously dealt with. I look forward to continuing to work with you all in the future.

Bob Terris, Chairman - Meachers Global Logistics

From the outset Jonathon Roy and the team at Paris Smith have been a pleasure to work with. They proved very quickly they were the right team for the job and that allowed me the time to focus on the commercial elements of the deal. I've already recommended them to others and would have no hesitation in using them again.

Jamie Harwood, CEO - UK Web Media
UK Web Media

Despite being told that we should use London lawyers for the sale of SHB we decided to stick with Paris Smith whom our family have dealt with since the 1950s. We found that they reacted quickly and efficiently to the many issues that arose out of a process of creating new companies, transferring shares and properties and finally selling SHB. The purchaser used London lawyers and Paris Smith more than proved themselves to have been the best choice for us.

Mike Street, Founder - SHB Hire
SHB Hire

The Millbrook Group have enjoyed a longstanding relationship with Paris Smith. The Paris Smith team on this transaction, led by Jonathon Roy, were professional and dedicated in the legal assistance they provided to enable us to achieve an extremely satisfactory conclusion to a complex and intensive process.

Paul Croll, Selling Shareholder - Millbrook Healthcare

Professional, responsive and practical support from Jonathon and Arezou throughout the recent sale process of my business. I have had excellent service and advice throughout the seventeen plus years that I have been a client of Paris Smith and this transaction has been no different. I can't recommend them and the PS team highly enough.

Trevor Smith - Amberley Adhesive Labels Ltd
Amberley Adhesive Labels Ltd

Jonathon Roy has deep experience in corporate and commercial finance matters. He advises clients from owner-managed businesses to large multinationals on a range of transactions. "Jonathon has a calm and supportive approach." "He's professional, and offers timely advice which is commercially and pragmatically delivered."

Chambers & Partners Legal Directory 2021
Chambers & Partners