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Corporate

Maximising your return

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

Mohammed Abbas
Senior Associate

Leon Arnold

Leon Arnold
Partner

0845 166 6330

Megan Atack

Megan Atack
Associate

0845 030 5804

Tiyana Athwal

Tiyana Athwal
Associate

0845 166 6263

Baljit Atwal

Baljit Atwal
Associate

0845 077 9676

Phil Baigent

Phil Baigent
Partner

0845 634 9799

James Boulton

James Boulton
Partner

0845 073 8584

Andrew Bretherton

Andrew Bretherton
Partner

0207 440 5849

Jessica Brickley

Jessica Brickley
Managing Associate

Tom Brown

Tom Brown
Partner

0845 634 9807

Rosanna Brown

Rosanna Brown
Associate

0845 073 8550

Olivia Brown

Olivia Brown
Associate

0845 030 5807

Lee Clifford

Lee Clifford
Partner

0845 634 2586

Matthew Cooper

Matthew Cooper
Senior Associate

0845 271 6776

James Cowell

James Cowell
Director

0845 271 6751

Mallory Green

Mallory Coxe
Senior Associate

0845 030 5823

Peter Crawford

Peter Crawford
Partner

0845 030 5851

James Crotty

James Crotty
Associate

0117 9595 379

Francis Dalton

Francis Dalton
Partner

0845 128 6954

Natalie Drought

Natalie Drought
Director

0845 271 6752

Ben Filmer

Ben Filmer
Associate

0845 166 6331

Andy Francey

Andy Francey
Partner

0845 166 6252

Leanne Fryer

Leanne Fryer
Director

0845 077 9645

Jen Gallagher

Jennifer Gallagher

Keith Gilbert

Keith Gilbert
Partner

0845 050 3616

Jonathan Hambleton

Jonathan Hambleton
Managing Partner

0845 271 6750

Fatima Hammad

Fatima Hammad
Associate

0854 126 3750

Charlotte Hartwright

Charlotte Hartwright
Executive

0845 126 3747

John Heaphy

John Heaphy
Partner

0845 634 9782

Peter Hill

Peter Hill
Partner

0845 128 6984

Katherine Hillier

Katie Hillier
Director

0845 073 8551

Karl Jansen

Karl Jansen
Partner

0845 634 9780

Olivia Johnson

Olivia Johnson
Associate

0845 634 1743

Emma Kelly

Emma Kelly
Associate

0845 077 9580

Eerik Kukebal

Eerik Kukebal
Associate

0845 077 9637

Sajjid Kurmani

Sajjid Kurmani
Senior Associate

0845 166 6312

James Larmour

James Larmour
Partner

0845 017 1122

Jessica Matthews

Jessica Matthews
Associate

0845 166 6261

John McDermott

John McDermott
Senior Associate

0845 050 3688

Sarah Moore

Sarah Moore
Partner

0845 050 3697

Dahren Naidoo

Dahren Naidoo
Partner

0845 030 5743

Emily Pogson

Emily Pogson
Associate

0845 404 4192

Robert Rowley

Robert Rowley
Consultant

0845 634 9797

Tom Rowley

Tom Rowley
Partner

0845 050 3206

Malcome Sadler

Malcolm Sadler
Consultant

0845 166 6333

Emily Settle

Emily Settle
Partner

0845 126 4366

Andrew Sharples

Andrew Sharples
Partner

0845 271 6778

Gary Smith

Gary Smith
Partner

0845 271 6740

Andrew Spiers

Andrew Spiers
Senior Associate

0845 272 5742

Naomi Spring

Naomi Spring
Senior Associate

0845 030 5782

Malin Svanberg Larsson

Malin Svanberg Larsson
Director

0845 166 6335

Laura Sephton

Laura Taylor
Associate

0845 077 9622

Caroline Thomas

Caroline Thomas
Senior Associate

0845 073 8554

Tom Walker

Tom Walker
Partner

0845 166 6337

Lisa Wallis

Lisa Wallis
Director

0845 128 6952

Jody Webb

Jody Webb
Director

0797 083 4283

Fiona Woodhead

Fiona Woodhead
Associate

0845 166 6346

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Testimonials

"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)

Sources say the team's assistance is "exceptional right the way through," also noting: "They are exceptionally easy to reach out to." Another impressed interviewee reveals: "You don't just get the legal situation and the theory, all their advice comes with a large degree of applicability." One client highlights: "You get a full service kind of support from them. They are very commercial in their approach."

(Chambers & Partners, 2020)

"Working with the {Corporate} team at Freeths is a complete delight. It is always innovative and quick to respond to any issue, which certainly helps calm tricky situations." Another clients notes that the team is always one step ahead of their larger competitors. They are well prepared and always put the client first."

(The Legal 500, 2020)

"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)

“Freeths are smart, focused and 100% professional, Practical approach backed by experience”. Sources also note that Freeths are “Creative thinking, innovative, absolute dedication, tremendous work ethic and value for money”.

(The Legal 500, 2020)

"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)

"The Freeths team demonstrates a personable service and a holistic approach to dealing with legal matters. It is able to break down an idea into a logical legal roadmap and implement an idea into a solid agreement that captures what the client needs. What makes it unique is its personable, logical, holistic approach to matters backed by various legal expertise in the one firm, that can be conveniently accessed."

(The Legal 500, 2020)

"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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