Penelope Garden

About Penelope Garden

Penelope is a Partner in the Corporate team at Field Seymour Parkes specialising in advising clients looking to buy or sell a business or company and in advising on private equity and venture capital investments, an area which she has a particular interest as a result of her previous role working for a number of years in the private equity team of a leading city law firm.

Penelope’s clients range from small early stage business raising their first round of investment up to large multi-nationals but her core client base is owner managed small to medium sized businesses and investors. More recently she has also assisted a number of clients raising capital through the Future Fund.

Clients often commend Penelope for her excellent project management skills, efficiency and responsiveness. Penelope’s friendly and adaptable approach ensures that she builds strong, longstanding relationships with her clients who appreciate her responsiveness and tailored advice aimed at achieving the right outcome for the clients.

Transactions Penelope has recently advised upon include:

  • Sale of Hettle Andrews to AssuredPartners
  • Investments by BGF into ANDigital and Organox
  • Aljac sale of shares to ELAFLEX Group
  • Investment into NCAM Technologies by YFM
  • Dulux Decorator Centre Network on acquisitions of Whites Trades Paints, Cambrian Decorators Supplies and Fenwick Trade Paints and Dove’s Decorating Supplies
  • Mentor Group’s acquisition of eTS Labs
  • A number of investments for the FSE Group
Penny either delivered 'real time' verbal advice or provided concise summary information that could be acted upon easily to ensure I was well briefed and my time was leveraged. This was particularly appreciated during the time I was trying to co-ordinate the transaction at the same time as being on a family holiday.
Roy Hastings, Private Equity Finance Director
The service from Penelope and the team at FSP was excellent and I would certainly use them again.
Nick Randall, Investor and non-executive director
Penelope Garden and the team were superb, they provided us with a competitive price and a service second to none. We will probably only do this once in our lifetime and the team at FSP talked us through the process and held our hands throughout. I genuinely cannot see how the service could have been improved, the communication was thorough and there was a joined up approach from the team of individuals co-ordinated by Penelope.
Philip Shaul
Penelope and her team managed our transaction with total professionalism and efficiency. From the very beginning, we set our expectations with regard to response times and Penelope and her team exceeded all of these. All of the FSP team were an absolute pleasure to deal with and provided us with a refreshing view of working with lawyers! We would have no hesitation in recommending Penelope’s expertise and management to any Company going through M&A.
Jo Andrews & Jon Hettle, Hettle Andrews
Without Penelope's tremendous input, tenacity and overall contribution we would never have completed our deal. Penelope truly is brilliant and I hope it's not too long before we do another deal with her.
Andy Cotton, Stewarts Coaches
It was a pleasure working with Penelope, Jeremy and the rest of the FSP team on the Cutting Edge Solutions transaction. FSP provided high quality advice that was delivered in a timely manner throughout the transaction, their proactive approach enabled us to meet a demanding timetable. We look forward to working with the FSP team again in the future.
Alex Snodgrass, BGF
"Penelope Garden was direct, to the point and took the trouble to explain the more complex aspects of the documents. I would recommend Penny strongly."
Legal 500 UK
"notable experience in private equity and venture capital work"
Legal 500 UK
"professional, honest and supportive"
"Penny Garden is noted for exceptional ability to manage complex deals across a number of industry sectors coupled with outstanding client care"
"pragmatic and solution-oriented"
"she has excellent technical knowledge, she's quick to respond, she's a strong negotiator and highly effective"