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FBC Manby Bowdler helps clinch major European music festival deal
03 Feb 2020

A Midlands company clinched a major deal to supply amusement rides to one of Europe’s biggest music festivals – thanks to expert help from leading law firm FBC Manby Bowdler.

The Wolverhampton-based Harry Jones Company won the contract to supply some of the rides, equipment and staff for this year’s Untold Festival in Romania after FBC Manby Bowdler senior associate Ifzal Akhtar beat the clock to negotiate the deal.

The festival – which attracted 370,000 people – was so happy with the rides and the deal negotiated with Ifzal, that they have invited the Harry Jones Company back next year.

Ifzal, who is based at the law firm’s Redditch office, said the deal involved drafting supply agreements, liaising with lawyers in Bucharest and racing against a tight deadline. 

He said: “This was a challenging deal due to the legal complexities and the time pressure. We were dealing with legal counsel in Romania whose first language was not English and any delays could have cost our client the deal.

‘But we managed to get everything sorted and the Harry Jones Company was able to deliver the equipment on time. Off the back of this deal it will be doing something similar next year at the same event.”

Harry Jones Jr, from the company, said the deal would not have been possible without the expert advice given by Ifzal.

“This is was the first time we had worked with Ifzal but we have had a longstanding relationship which spans decades with FBCMB. This was also the first time Harry Jones
Company had dealt with a customer that was overseas and therefore this was new ground for the business. 

“It was important that we got the documentation and the job done efficiently and accurately to ensure that our reputation with the organisers of the Untold Festival was protected. 

“Ifzal and his team delivered a fantastic service for us and one which we cannot praise highly enough. His no-nonsense and straight talking helped us understand the process and also impressed his lawyer and business counterparts in Romania. We will continue to use FBC Manby Bowdler as our business and personal lawyers”.

Ifzal, an expert on real estate and Islamic finance, can be contacted on the details below.

Meet Ifzal Akhtar