Derek Rodgers

Managing Partner, Corporate Commercial

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Joined: 2005
Managing Partner: 2011

Derek is the Managing Partner of Gardner Leader.

Derek joined Gardner Leader in 2005 as a partner in the firm’s Corporate and Commercial team. He became Managing Partner in May 2011.

Although the majority of Derek’s time is now devoted to management and strategy as the firm continues to grow, his expertise is still available to clients across a range of corporate and commercial issues. Derek enjoys helping businesses and their owners achieve their objectives. This might be the formation or acquisition of a business, or its sale. Business clients also turn to Derek for advice on the things that keep businesses running smoothly – well-drafted commercial contracts, shareholder or partnership agreements, confidentiality agreements (‘NDAs’) and terms of business. Derek has also handled a large number of venture capital and private equity transactions for fund managers.

In his role as Managing Partner, Derek takes the lead in developing and implementing our strategy for growth. He chairs our partners’ and board meetings, and works closely with the rest of the team to ensure that we know what we need to do and have the resources to do it.

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Some of Derek’s recent work includes the following:


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Derek Rodgers
Managing Partner, Corporate Commercial