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Emily Settle

Partner | Bristol | London

"Emily Settle and Lottie Hugo are two individuals I have recently worked closely with at Freeths. They are both very driven individuals, who are strong in managing the process, taking a very commercial approach."
The Legal 500, 2024

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About Emily

Emily uses her breadth of experience from corporate and private equity practice to support founders, general counsel, managers and private equity teams to deliver their strategic growth and business agendas.

Emily has delivered deals across all types of private M&A transactions (sell-side, buy-side, auction, bilateral, share and business deals) and has a wealth of experience across capital structures, shareholder arrangements and strategic investments, joint ventures, restructurings and equity raises.

  • Through our Private Equity Portfolio Team, Emily supports sponsors and their portfolios in their capital structures, M&A activity and coordinates advisory support across their operational needs.
  • For our large corporate clients, Emily takes time to understand ways of working with general counsel teams and their stakeholders to deliver strategic M&A mandates and long term advisory roles.
  • For our management and founder clients, Emily builds close relationships to understand our clients’ businesses and growth agenda to deliver pragmatic, commercial advice throughout a relationship from investment to exit.

Emily is based in the London and Bristol Offices - working across sectors including energy, manufacturing and retail – technology spans all of our clients’ growth.

Emily Settle is listed as a Recommended Lawyer in The Legal 500 (2024 edition). Emily is also ranked as a leading individual in Chambers & Partners (2024 edition).

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    "I must single out Emily Settle, who was exceptional throughout. She inspired total confidence from day one and consistently delivered to a remarka...

    Legal Counsel

    FTSE 100

  • "Emily Settle consistently goes above and beyond to ensure she is delivering the service we need within the timeframes and budgets we’ve agreed. Sh...

    The Legal 500, 2024

  • "Emily Settle is a very driven individual, who is strong in managing the process, taking a very commercial approach."

    The Legal 500, 2024

  • “Emily is an exceptional lawyer who we depend on for the majority of our transactional matters.”

    Chambers & Partners, 2024

  • “Emily is very strong in managing a transaction and takes a very commercial view.”

    Chambers & Partners, 2024

  • “Emily is an excellent individual to oversee and progress the work required.”

    Chambers & Partners, 2024

  • "Working with Emily Settle was a pleasure. Very well structured, very responsive and had an excellent knowledge of the mandate."

    The Legal 500, 2023

  • “Emily is fantastic and has been a joy to work with since the first day we met. She’s also happy to offer an opinion, which is something I greatly...

    Chambers & Partners, 2023

  • "I have worked mainly with Emily Settle, who has led the corporate advice given to us by Freeths. Whilst not directly involved in individual transa...

    The Legal 500, 2023

  • “Emily has a very hands-on approach and she's easy to work with.”

    Chambers & Partners, 2023

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