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Berkeley Rowe expands team with new Corporate Partner Akbar Ali

Specialist commercial and corporate law firm Berkeley Rowe is delighted to announce the appointment of Akbar Ali as a Partner and Head of Corporate. He will be based in our London office in Mayfair. Akbar has many years of experience as a mergers & acquisitions lawyer and joins us from being a highly reputable law firm where he was Head of Corporate.

Akbar has a wealth of international experience, having worked for a leading global US law firm, as well as in-house at a Swiss Corporate. His talent and results-led approach enabled him to have a swift rise into becoming head of department and leading a team specialising in M&A. His principal focus at Berkeley Rowe will be expanding and developing our established corporate practice whilst evolving the corporate team towards niche areas including capital markets and international cross-border transactions.

Akbar is sector agnostic and has worked on deals from £1 million to hundreds of million. His record of corporate transactions includes:

  • acquisition of an international clothing retailer;
  • acquisition of Middle East based hotel chain;
  • disposal of energy assets nationally and internationally;
  • acquisition of largest independent accountancy practice in the UK;
  • acquisition of European reseller of US based manufacturer; and
  • disposal of leading cloud storage listed business to US private equity.

Akbar also undertake general commercial work including franchise arrangements, terms and conditions, banking and finance, legal opinions and more.

Tom Keya, Chief Executive Officer, Berkeley Rowe, said: “We have acted on a number of complex and interesting reported corporate and commercial matters in the past few years. Corporate is an area that is rapidly expanding in our practice and I am excited to have Akbar Ali on board to lead it. He brings with him a wealth of experience and the high level of energy and dynamic approach that has made us stand out amongst our peers.”

Akbar Ali, Corporate Partner, Berkeley Rowe, said“I am excited to be joining the team at Berkeley Rowe and feel that my experience complements the firm’s dynamic and innovative approach to corporate transactions and ambitious plans generally. I am looking forward to working with and growing the department into new exciting areas.”

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  • Contact Sam Allcock at PR Fire.
  • Email: sam@prfire.com
  • Tel: 0161 738 1089.

About Berkeley Rowe:

  • Berkeley Rowe are a specialist commercial and corporate law firm with a modern and international reach.
  • The firm was established in 2017 to bring high quality City legal advice to a Mayfair location in London. Since then, the firm has opened offices in Dubai and New York with plans to expand to more locations internationally.

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Harrison Bathrooms expands to second site in Leeds


The family-run bespoke bathroom specialist has signed a 10-year lease on a newly-refurbished 68,000 sq ft site at Gelderd Road in Leeds.

The additional site, where the company will run its daily pick and pack operations as well as manage its fleet of 20 delivery vehicles, has created 10 new jobs with a further 20 planned in the next 18 months.

Harrison Bathrooms, which was established in 2010, now occupies a total of 110,000 sq ft of warehousing space and delivers nationally. The expansion follows the brand’s yearly growth of 30-40%.

The 80-strong team produces a range of products from shower enclosures to bathroom furniture, as well as supplying more than 1,000 leading merchants and retailers with tailored items – designed exclusively for use in the UK market.

The warehouse has recently undergone a full refurbishment and various outbuildings have been demolished to create a larger yard with greater circulation capacity.

Harrison Bathrooms will benefit from a central location – next to Leeds city centre and the motorway networks – on an established trade counter and commercial corridor. The new unit also sits on a total of 2.7 acres, has a clear working height of 10 metres, 6 ground level loading doors, and ample parking, as well as canteen facilities and integral offices.

James Harrison, Managing Director of Harrison Bathrooms, commented on the new space: “As our customer base has grown to 400 deliveries a day, we needed a more centrally based site to operate our fleet from.

“The newly installed narrow aisle racking system at the Leeds base has created an additional 8,500 pallet spaces, which will allow us to launch hundreds of new items in 2020 and push towards our turnover target of 40 million by 2022.”

Towngate PLC’s Property Manager, Tom Lamb, added: “We are thrilled to be able to welcome Harrison Bathrooms to our portfolio of properties in the Leeds area.

“Gelderd Cross will work extremely well for the firm, with such close proximity to the motorways and the city. And, the fantastic main road frontage offers them terrific exposure and advertising opportunities.”

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Macroverse Media Expands the Next Generation of Comics!

LOS ANGELES, CA, Jan 8, 2020 – Macroverse Media Inc announced today the expansion of MACROVERSE, their next generation mobile comics platform. This extends their collection of content, becoming a central hub for comics and entertainment fans of all kinds.

Macroverse employs a unique, tap-through storytelling experience designed to push the creative boundaries of traditional comics, taking full advantage of digital-first content customized for mobile phones. Launching with an initial mix of original and adapted titles from some of the most imaginative storytellers working in entertainment, Macroverse features series that span the genres of Crime, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Horror, Comedy and beyond.

“Bringing the comics art form to a modern, mobile platform designed by, with and for creators is essential for the medium to evolve and connect with the next generation of fans around the world,” said Eben Matthews, Co-Founder of Macroverse. “We see Macroverse as a central hub for a new wave of storytelling and storytellers. This is just the beginning.”

“All the titles on the platform are carefully selected to give readers what they want: powerful, compelling narratives with interesting characters and beautiful art,” said Adam Martin, Co-Founder of Macroverse. “We’re incredibly excited to give readers the chance to experience engrossing new stories on the devices that they already own, know and love.”

All New, Exclusive Originals
The first Macroverse originals are exclusively available on the Macroverse app:

* “Billy Smoke” – From Eisner award winning writer B. Clay Moore and artist Eric Kim , Billy Smoke tells the story of a contract killer who’s career has cost him his family and his soul. After an unexpected brush with death, Smoke stumbles upon a chance at redemption: track down and eliminate every hitman, assassin and killer operating throughout the world…

* “Glitch” – Explore the vast Wasteland in a post-apocalyptic solarpunk series set in a colorful world of zany characters, dangerous adventures, and long-forgotten secrets just waiting to be uncovered. With an emphasis on futuristic technology and renewable energy, Glitch is a YA adventure that brings color and levity to the typically bleak post-apocalyptic genre.

* “DeadTown” – Visually inspired by the rich black and white noir style of films like A Touch of Evil and The Maltese Falcon, and featuring art by Steven Perkins (The Coldest Winter, Credence), DeadTown follows a classic hard boiled anti-hero set in a dystopian near future overrun by Zombies.

Exclusive “Creator’s Cut” Adaptations
A curated selection of comics material has been re-conceived and crafted to take advantage of the Macroverse “TapStory” format including:

* “The Boondock Saints: In Nomine Patris” – Co-Written by Troy Duffy, writer/director of the cult movie hit The Boondock Saints, this darkly comedic thriller tells the secret history of master assassin Il Duce, played against new adventures of the MacManus brothers.

* “Anti” – Producer Gale Ann Hurd (Terminator, The Walking Dead) presents the action packed story of Zachary, a faithless man forced to confront the fact that he is the savior of the world, and his begrudging protector Jordan, a demon hunter with her own dark secrets.

* “25 to Life” – Writer/Creator Eriq LaSalle and artist Tony Shasteen tell the story of an elite experimental FBI unit brought in to investigate the murder of three African-American police officers in the state of Virginia.

* “reMind” – A lushly illustrated all ages adventure in the tradition of Hayao Miyazaki. When Sonja’s cat goes missing, she little suspects that his return will plunge her into a fantastical world of brain transplantation, lizard-men, and the perils of unchecked power.

A Universe of Storytelling
Over 40 more original and adapted series’ will be added to the Macroverse app throughout 2020.

Experience Macroverse Today
Comics and entertainment fans can download Macroverse for iOS or Android right now. The first episode of every series, along with the entire first season of DeadTown, is free to read! Unlimited access is available for $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial.

Download for iOS here : https://apple.co/2CaInsG | Download for Android here : http://bit.ly/2EuxlfL

About the Macroverse App
Conceived as a platform to propel comics into the digital age, Macroverse focuses on innovative storytelling custom built for mobile devices. This approach combines bite sized episodic content with binge-worthy serialized narratives that celebrate the strengths of the traditional comics format while exploring new creative opportunities only possible in a modern digital experience.

Additionally, by removing the gatekeepers to traditional publishing, Macroverse offers creators the opportunity to monetize their work and connect directly with fans in an exciting new format. Learn more and download the app at www.Macroverse.media

About Macroverse Media Inc
Macroverse Media Inc is a multi-format entertainment company founded by writer/director team Adam Martin and Eben Matthews. With over 40 years of combined entertainment and media experience, their focus is on story-driven content designed to connect with audiences and fans through innovative, platform agnostic delivery. Learn more at www.Macroverse.media/about

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Contacts:
Eben Matthews and Adam Martin
macro@macroverse.media

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