Gemma is a Partner in the Corporate team.
She supports the NHS and private healthcare providers on a range of corporate matters, including business sales and acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures, management buy-outs, private equity investment, corporate refinancing and company reorganisations.
Her extensive knowledge of dental and pharmacy businesses, includes the regulatory environment within which they operate. She advises on the registration requirements of the General Dental and Pharmaceutical Councils and on NHS contract arrangements, including transfer between service providers.
Pharmacists, dentists, opticians, vets, care home operators, day care providers, independent fostering agencies and domiciliary care providers make up the majority of her portfolio. However, she also acts for a number of high street banks lending into the healthcare sector.
Current clients include the Dental Care Group and the Dental Beauty Group, and dispensing chemists Z&N Ltd and Wellbeing (United Kingdom) Ltd.
Recent examples of how Gemma has supported clients include:
- the sale of a large mixed practice dental group in a deal worth £10 million with hard negotiations around the ongoing liability for any defective treatment claims;
- supporting a first time buyer in their purchase of a pharmacy business in London, requiring registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council and the transfer of an NHS service contract;
- protecting the interests of a mainstream lender in a refinancing deal with a large dental group borrowing in excess of £16 million; and
- restructuring a mid-sized dental group to secure finance to fund a series of planned acquisitions and to meet ongoing obligations under NHS contract arrangements.