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What is involved?

We recognise that a corporate transaction is a complex and often stressful process. We will guide you on each step along the way and take a hands-on approach to minimise the disruption to you and your business to ensure that any transaction is delivered on time, on budget and on the right terms for you.

Our team of corporate lawyers have extensive experience of mergers and acquisitions, disposals, private equity transactions, capital markets, transaction due diligence, joint ventures, shareholder arrangements, reorganisations and demergers, corporate structures and governance.

Why choose Freeths?

  • We provide a full service, one-stop solution covering all specialist areas for any transaction
  • An award-winning Corporate group, recognised as one of the most active teams in the UK
  • We provide a solution-driven service, tailored to your goals and objectives from the outset
  • Supported by a multi-disciplinary team of over 125 specialist partners and directors nationally
  • We build long-term client relationships, gaining trust as key strategic and operational partners

Wide ranging expertise

Freeths’ dedicated and passionate corporate team advises a wide range of clients, from start-up businesses to major listed companies and financial institutions. We have expertise in all aspects of corporate work across a broad range of sectors, both nationally and internationally. We pride ourselves on having a real breadth of experience which allows us to provide commercial and pragmatic, market leading advice and guidance.

This is born out of our in-depth understanding of the dynamics of a corporate transaction and current market trends.

Our technical expertise is a given, so clients look for more than this from their corporate lawyers. They need experienced lawyers who recognise the importance of understanding their business, the sectors in which they operate and the challenges they face – in order to be able to provide expert guidance which is as commercially intelligent and it is legally flawless. This is where we excel. Call us now to see how our Corporate team can help you.

Legal 500, 2020 Top Tier Firm Freeths LLP


Meet the team

Corporate Lawyers

Mohammed Abbas - Corporate Lawyer

Mohammed Abbas

Ateeq Ahmend

Ateeq Ahmed

0845 077 9643

Leon Arnold, Partner

Leon Arnold

0845 166 6330

Megan Atack - Corporate Lawyer

Megan Atack

0845 030 5804

Tiyana Athwal, Solicitor

Tiyana Athwal

0845 166 6263

Phil Baigent - Corporate Lawyer

Phil Baigent

0845 634 9799

James Boulton- Corporate Lawyer

James Boulton

0845 073 8584

Andrew Bretherton, Partner

Andrew Bretherton

0207 440 5849

Jessica Brickley

Tom Brown, Partner

Tom Brown

0845 634 9807

Rosanna Brown, Solicitor

Rosanna Brown

0845 073 8550

Olivia Brown

0845 030 5807

Lee Clifford

0845 634 2586

Matthew Cooper, Solicitor

Matthew Cooper

0845 271 6776

James Cowell - Corporate Lawyer

James Cowell

0845 271 6751

Mallory Green

Mallory Coxe

0845 030 5823

Peter Crawford, Partner

Peter Crawford

0845 030 5851

James Crotty

0117 9595 379

Francis Dalton, Senior Associate

Francis Dalton

0845 128 6954

Natalie Drought, Director

Natalie Drought

0845 271 6752

Ben Filmer, Solicitor

Ben Filmer

0845 166 6331

Andy Francey - Corporate Lawyer

Andy Francey

0845 166 6252

Leanne Fryer, Senior Associate

Leanne Fryer
Senior Associate

0845 077 9645

Jennifer Gallagher - Corporate Lawyer

Jennifer Gallagher

0845 126 4369

Keith Gilbert, Partner

Keith Gilbert

0845 050 3616

Jonathan Hambleton, Managing Partner - Milton Keynes

Jonathan Hambleton

0845 271 6750

Amy Harron, Associate

Amy Harron

0845 073 8582

John Heaphy, Partner

John Heaphy

0845 634 9782

Peter Hill, Partner

Peter Hill

0845 128 6984

Katherine Hillier

Katie Hillier

0845 073 8551

Karl Jansen, Partner & National Head of Corporate

Karl Jansen

0845 634 9780

Olivia Johnson - Corporate Solicitor

Olivia Johnson

0845 634 1743

Eerik Kukebal - Corporate Lawyer

Eerik Kukebal

0845 077 9637

James Larmour, Partner

James Larmour

0845 017 1122

Jessica Matthews, Solicitor

Jessica Matthews

0845 166 6261

Sarah Moore, Director

Sarah Moore

0845 050 3697

Dahren Naidoo, Partner

Dahren Naidoo

0845 030 5743

Emily Pogson, Solicitor

Emily Pogson

0845 404 4192

Tom Rowley - Corporate Lawyer

Tom Rowley

0845 050 3206

Robert Rowley, Consultant

Robert Rowley

0845 634 9797

Malcolm Sadler

0845 166 6333

Emily Settle - Corporate Lawyer

Emily Settle

0845 126 4366

Andrew Sharples, Partner

Andrew Sharples

0845 271 6778

Gary Smith, Partner

Gary Smith

0845 271 6740

Andrew Spiers, Solicitor

Andrew Spiers

0845 272 5742

Naomi Spring, Solicitor

Naomi Spring

0845 030 5782

Rebecca Strangward

Becky Strangward

0845 128 7953

Malin Svanberg Larsson, Senior Associate

Malin Svanberg Larsson

0845 166 6335

Laura Sephton, Solicitor

Laura Taylor

0845 077 9622

Caroline Thomas, Solicitor

Caroline Thomas

0845 073 8554

Tom Walker, Partner

Tom Walker

0845 166 6337

Lisa Wallis, Senior Associate

Lisa Wallis

0845 128 6952

Jody Webb, Director

Jody Webb

0797 083 4283

Fiona Woodhead, Solicitor

Fiona Woodhead

0845 166 6346

Related news

"We are extremely grateful for the consistently outstanding support given by Freeths to Tarmac. The team's dedication and professionalism has enabled Tarmac to deliver numerous complex projects. Their fantastic enthusiasm, technical strength and team spirit create a highly effective working relationship with Tarmac, and Karl's positive commitment and attitude make him the ideal client partner."

(Katie Smart, UK Head of Legal, Tarmac)

"Thank you Ateeq. Appreciate all your support and guidance throughout the process. It’s been a pleasure and such a great experience working with you. We were always impressed with your thoroughness and clarity. As we take the next step, for sure you’re going to be a part of our future journey."

(Management Team of Inqube Capital (Private) Limited)

"A great all round service. First class. More of the same please."

(Dollar Financial UK Limited t/a The Money Shop)

"Andrew is an exceptional lawyer, a valued business partner and someone whose insight and judgment I respect and value. I cannot recommend Andrew highly enough."

(Technology Entrepreneur)

"Tom has played an important role in our business over a number of years and helped support our rapid expansion and growth. Tom truly understands our business and we are always impressed with the quality, commerciality and efficiency he has demonstrated over the course of our long relationship."

(Phillip Greenfield, CEO, Funeral Partners)

"Able to draw on nationwide resources when acting for clients of all sizes, from plcs to owner-managed businesses. One client notes: 'All staff are efficient and helpful, very clear about costs being incurred and keep the client updated regularly. They work effectively both remotely and in person, and we feel confident in their abilities'." A market source says: "They're very easy-going and easy to work with. For big deals we recommend them, as they will provide high-quality work."

(Chambers & Partners, 2019)

"The 'very impressive' John Heaphy is an experienced corporate partner with the capacity to lead major transactions across a range of sectors. Market commentators describe him as 'practical with a can-do attitude'. Karl Jansen is the firm's national head of corporate and Keith Gilbert is an M&A specialist. Keith earns praise from sources for his technical expertise."

"Thanks again for your immense help, we couldn’t have done it without you personally and the contribution of the wider Freeths team."

(Martin Entwistle, Carlsberg UK)

"Sometimes you use a product or service that is so good, you just have to tell other people about it. That's how the management team at Reflex feels about the service we received from John Heaphy and his team. Personally, I was always impressed by how quickly an enquiry was responded to, sometimes in minutes, never more than an hour. Of equal importance to all of the above is the fact the team is a great bunch of professionals who are fun to deal with; not something that can be usually said."

(Ian Kendall, Managing Director, Reflex Labels Limited)

"A very cohesive and effective team that aims to provide (and succeeds in delivering) a complete package which satisfies clients' objectives at minimum cost." "Strong commercial knowledge across the team." "Committed to delivering a legal solution that works for our business." "The team at Freeths has always been helpful in all matters we have worked with it on. It highlights potential issues which may arise (often before we have realised), can meet with us at the drop of a hat, and is always available on the phone."

(The Legal 500, 2020)

Notable Work
  • Leading a team of more than 60 lawyers which supported the in-house legal team at Lafarge Tarmac on the sale to CRH plc, one of the world’s largest building materials suppliers. This was as part of a €6.5 billion worldwide acquisition of assets being sold by Lafarge SA and Holcim Limited to facilitate their global merger.
  • Acting for a large private care home operator on the corporate aspects of its sale of a portfolio of 23 UK-wide residential and nursing care properties. The sale was to a US REIT for a £75.8 million sale and leaseback arrangement.
  • Advising Travis Perkins PLC on various acquisitions, investments and disposals.
  • Advising the shareholders of Sleek Capital Limited, a fast-growing and popular high street makeup brand, on its sale to Walgreens Boots Alliance.
  • Advised Carlsberg UK Limited on the acquisition of London Fields Brewery.
  • Advising the shareholders of a leading uPVC cable management company, and the UK’s largest manufacturer of steel wire cable tray, on the sale of the company to Nasdaq listed acquirer. The transaction was completed in a very short time frame, requiring efficiency and direction from the outset.
  • Advising Polestar Print Group on its administration and the hive out and subsequent sale of its Applied Solutions Business to Adare Group.
  • Leading the high profile multi-million pound buyout of Funeral Partners and continuing to undertake all of their acquisition work.
  • Acting on the sale of Heritage Automotive Limited, a 12 site franchised car dealership representing Audi, Peugeot, Skoda and Volkswagen and operating across the South West.
  • Acted for the founder shareholder David Shelton on the £200 million IPO (Initial Public Offering) of Motorpoint.
  • Advised LNT Group on the £100 million+ sale of 24 care homes to Anchor Trust.
  • Advising the shareholders of Cuts Ice Limited, a leading e-liquid manufacturer, on a circa £14 million investment by LDC.
  • Acting for Thomson Reuters on the sale of the Extel Survey business and also separately on the sale of its European wealth and investment transaction processing business, BETA Global.

Client service

‘Doing the right thing’ is at the heart of Freeths. Find out more about our excellent client service and the strong set of values that guide the way we work.

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Freeths are a leading national law firm with 13 offices across the UK. If you have a query about our services or just want to find out more, why not give us a call?

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