Matt Ainsworth



Matt is a Partner in the Corporate team, with significant experience in advising on domestic and international acquisitions, disposals, private equity transactions, joint ventures and reorganisations.

His clients range from management teams, SMEs, venture capital funds to large multi-national listed corporate groups.

Matt also has particular specialisms in advising on complex group demergers and restructuring as well as private equity investments, secondary buyouts and exits.

Recent highlights:

  • Ask4: advised on the £21.5m acquisition on leading specialist student ISP Ask4 to Darwin Private Equity.
  • Armour Group: advised on the management buyout of leading consumer and audio electronics manufacturer and distributor Armour Home Electronics from AIM listed Armour Group PLC.
  • Certara: advised UK management on the secondary buyout of pharmaceutical group Certara by New York based private equity fund Arsenal Capital.
  • Cepac: advised corrugated packaging manufacturer Cepac Limited on three acquisitions in less than six weeks, including two acquisitions from stock exchange listed DS Smith.
  • Utility Power Systems: advised on the sale of Utility Power Systems to Wolseley PLC.
  • Underwood Meat Company: advised Underwood Meat on various transactions including the acquisition of the E Butler Wholesale butcher business and the acquisition of Bramley Foods.
  • YFM Private Equity: advised venture capital fund managers YFM Private Equity on the management buyout of specialist wide format digital printers Macro Art.

Market view:

Matt Ainsworth is described by clients as "very commercial" and "brilliant at the technical stuff." - Chambers & Partners 2017

Matt Ainsworth is "an excellent lawyer," according to market commentators. - Chambers & Partners 2016

Clients put great faith in Matt Ainsworth, saying: "He works very hard for our benefit and we trust him implicitly." - Chambers & Partners 2015

"Outstanding" - Legal 500 2015

"approachable and professional." - Legal 500 2013

"...we used their services led by Matt Ainsworth for two key transactions. We have no reservations in continuing to use Irwin Mitchell for legal and advisory purposes." - Kevin Jones, Finance Director, Underwood Meat Company Ltd.

"We have always felt in control of projects with Matt on our team as he works tirelessly on our behalf." - Glyn King, Managing Director, Prolog Print Media.

"Irwin Mitchell led by Matt Ainsworth quickly became an integral part of our transaction team and played a critical role in keeping to a tight timetable. They moved quickly and efficiently, providing good commercial advice." - Oliver Baker, Director, Fox Wire Ltd.

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 27/07/2016
    MBO At Talent Acquisition Specialists Fuels Expansion

    “TribePad is a highly innovative company and in a short space of time has built up a strong reputation for driving cost savings within the recruitment sector. We are delighted to be working with TribePad and we wish the business a successful future.”

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  • 19/10/2015
    Dealmakers Advise Cepac On Its Latest Acquisition

    “Cepac is a leading player in the corrugated packaging sector and this deal will no doubt strengthen its position in its chosen markets. The newly acquired business shares Cepac’s customer orientated-approach as well as its vision to be a true innovator in a competitive market and I have no doubt that it will support further growth at Cepac. This is another important deal for Cepac and we are delighted to have advised the business on its latest transaction.”

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  • 09/09/2015
    Irwin Mitchell Backs Sheffield’s RISE Internship Scheme

    “As a firm, we recognise both the hugely important contribution that SMEs make to the economy and how it is vital that the next generation of talent is able to develop its skills and knowledge of the business world. “This scheme provides both opportunities and we were delighted to host the event to help this intake get off to a great start. We wish both the graduates and SMEs involved the best of luck.”

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  • 29/06/2015
    Underwood Meat Company Serves Up Latest Deal As Expansion Continues

    “Underwood Meat Company is an exciting business which continues to grow both organically and through acquisition. The addition of the Manor Farm Sausage Company represents another excellent purchase for the company which will no doubt enable it to continue building both market share as well as its reputation for high quality products and customer service. Irwin Mitchell has built up a strong and close working relationship with Underwood Meat Company and we look forward to supporting the business in the future.”

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