Business law firm Axiom Stone has appointed City lawyer Jonathan Metliss as chairman. 

Jonathan Metliss

Jonathan Metliss

Source: Tony Honickberg

Metliss, who was a founding partner of City law firm S.J. Berwin in 1982, specialises in corporate finance with an emphasis on takeovers, acquisitions, financings, flotations and joint ventures, with particular expertise in the real estate, retail and leisure and technology sectors.

Metliss has been involved in large UK corporate transactions including: British Land’s £1.17bn acquisition of The Broadgate Estate; British Land’s acquisition of the Meadowhall Shopping Centre, Sheffield; acquisition of Adidas by Robert Louis-Dreyfus and Maurice Saatchi; and takeovers of Tottenham Hotspur FC in the early 1980s and 2000.

He is currently a consultant to First Regional Accounting, a business combining small accountancy firms.

Metliss is a Governor of The Technion in Haifa, Israel’s Institute of Technology, and Chairman of Action Against Discrimination, a charity he established to combat racism in sport – in particular, football. 

He is also currently a member of the defence committee of The Board of Deputies of British Jews.

Metliss commented: 'I am delighted to have joined Axiom Stone as chairman. This is a very lively, energetic and ambitious law firm with much potential. I am extremely enthusiastic about my role and the company’s future.'

Axiom Stone represents London, national and international clients. The multi-service practice has offices in Mayfair, Edgware and Birmingham.