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Andrew Bretherton

Andrew Bretherton


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“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)

Andrew is an experienced corporate lawyer who advises entrepreneurs, family businesses/offices, partnerships, public companies and investment funds on commercial contracts, corporate governance, due diligence, joint ventures, group re-organisations, takeovers, mergers, acquisitions, venture capital, private equity, and capital markets (including equity and debt).

Andrew studied law at Oxford University and trained at Slaughter and May, a leading city firm. He is dual qualified as a UK solicitor and a US attorney in the State of New York and has advised on numerous international projects and investments. He is a contributor to Gore-Browne on Companies, a leading legal text book.

Andrew is listed as a Recommended lawyer in the Legal 500 (2019 Edition).

Legal Services

IT & Data

Andrew has advised on numerous Technology sector deals including fund raising, investments (including VCT and EIS) and exits.

  • Advising Albion Ventures, NESTA, Parkwalk Advisors, Technology Venture Partners and Tennants Ventures on their venture capital investments in Symetrica Ltd.
  • Advising Business Growth Fund on option agreements for the acquisition of shares in Thames Technology.
  • Advising Highgate Technology Fund on its venture capital fund raising, investments and exits including the sale of Adaptis Payment Solutions to PayPoint plc (FTSE 250).


  • Advising Polestar Print Group on its administration and the sale of its Applied Solutions Business to Adare Group.
  • Advising Business Growth Fund on its growth capital investment in a dental implant business.
  • Advising Urban Wimax Networks plc on its re-registration as a limited company, reduction of capital, share buyback and growth capital investment from Foresight Group.

Platinum Connect Services for Individuals

Andrew advises HNWs, entrepreneurs and family offices/businesses on venture capital/private equity investments, fundraising and business acquisitions/sales. He also advises international clients on setting up business, and making investments, in the UK.



Energy & Waste

Andrew has extensive experience in the Energy & Natural Resources sector, including sales, acquisitions and public company fund raising for international projects.

  • Advising on the sale of the business and assets of Loucetios Energy to an international investor group.
  • Advising Clean Thermodynamic Energy Conversion Ltd on commercial contracts and a share buyback.
  • Advising Orbital Power on its equity fundraising and a US investment.


Andrew has significant experience of working within the Health & Care sector. He has advised on setting up new businesses, sales, acquisitions, investments and public company fund raisings.

  • Advising Business Growth Fund on its growth capital investment in a dental implant business.
  • Advising Proteome Sciences plc (AIM), a life sciences business, on its equity fund raising (including placings by finnCap).
  • Advising Totally plc (AIM), a UK healthcare business, on its equity fund raising and the appointment of a new chairman.

Drinks, Hospitality & Leisure

Andrew has advised numerous businesses within the Hospitality & Leisure sector, including advising on sales, acquisitions and fund raising.

  • Advising JM Fitness Ltd on the acquisition of three gym studios from David Lloyd Leisure.
  • Advising Oxygen Freejumping on venture capital fund raising to expand its UK trampoline park business.
  • Advising Ten Entertainment Group plc (FTSE), on the acquisition of a tenpin bowling business from David Lloyd Leisure.


Andrew’s experience in the Retail sector includes advising on venture capital investments in consumer brand businesses.

  • Advising Calculus Capital on its venture capital investment in Cornerstone Brands.
  • Advising Calvin Klein Stores UK Ltd on a reduction of capital and intra-group distribution.
  • Advising on a venture capital investment in Green Room Brands Ltd which distributes Green Cola in the UK and Ireland.


To contact Andrew or for more information…

Call: 0207 440 5849
Or email: Send an email


  • New York State Bar Association
  • Oxford University

“I highly recommend Andrew to others who require a lawyer with a sensible and practical approach to M&A matters.”

(Former non-executive director of EG Solutions plc )

“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)

“The fund has used Andrew for all commercial aspects relating to structure, investment agreements and exits for our investments. We are very impressed both with the quality of Andrew’s advice and his responsiveness.”

(Founder of Highgate Tech Fund)

“Knowledgeable and flexible.”

(The Legal 500, 2017)

“Freeths provided an exceptional service from start to finish under the amazing stewardship of Andrew Bretherton, a phenomenal M&A lawyer. I would not hesitate to recommend them and they were great value for money.”

(Chairman of Vantage Capital Markets LLP)

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