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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.

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Meet the team

Corporate Lawyers

Ateeq Ahmed

0845 077 9643

Leon Arnold

0186 578 1202

Phil Baigent

0845 634 9799

James Boulton

0845 073 8584

Andrew Bretherton

0207 440 5849

Jessica Brickley
Professional Support Lawyer

Rosanna Brown

0845 073 8550

Tom Brown

0845 634 9807

Emma Butler

0845 073 8555

Lee Clifford

0845 634 2586

Matthew Cooper

James Cowell

0845 271 6751

Mallory Coxe

0845 030 5823

Peter Crawford

0845 030 5851

Francis Dalton
Senior Associate

0845 128 6954

Ellie Dempster

0845 634 2584

Natalie Drought
Senior Associate

0845 271 6752

Ben Filmer

0186 578 1015

Andy Francey

0845 166 6252

Leanne Fryer
Senior Associate

0845 077 9645

Keith Gilbert

0845 050 3616

Jonathan Hambleton
Managing Partner - Milton Keynes

0845 271 6750

Amy Harron

0845 073 8582

John Heaphy

0845 634 9782

Peter Hill

0845 128 6984

Katie Hillier
Senior Associate

0845 073 8551

Karl Jansen
Partner & National Head of Corporate

0845 634 9780

James Larmour

0845 017 1122

Rebecca Lowery

0186 578 1092

Jessica Matthews

0845 166 6261

Sarah Moore

0845 050 3697

Dahren Naidoo

0845 030 5743

Victoria Rooksby

0845 274 6871

Robert Rowley

0845 634 9797

Tom Rowley

0845 050 3206

Malcolm Sadler

0186 578 1201

Laura Sephton

0845 077 9622

Andrew Sharples

0845 271 6778

Gary Smith

0845 271 6740

Andrew Spiers

0845 272 5742

Naomi Spring

0845 030 5782

Becky Strangward

0845 128 7953

Malin Svanberg Larsson
Senior Associate

0186 578 1204

Caroline Thomas

0845 073 8554

Tom Walker

0186 578 1207

Lisa Wallis
Senior Associate

0845 128 6952

Jody Webb

0797 083 4283

Fiona Woodhead

0845 166 6346

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"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)

"Oxford head of corporate Leon Arnold is described as ‘extremely tenacious, very commercial and very solutions-oriented.’ Since joining the firm, he has remained active in M&A work."

(Chambers & Partners, 2014)

"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)

"According to one client, Birmingham-based corporate head Lee Clifford is ‘a very professional and competent person’. The client continues: ‘He is receptive and goes that extra mile’. Clifford is well known in the private equity arena."

(The Legal 500)

"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)

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.

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