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John Heaphy


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"John Heaphy is recognised for his depth of experience in both banking and corporate matters. Interviewees appreciate that he is able to provide a 'broad vision of both sides of the fence'."

John has over 25 years’ experience in corporate finance and mainly acts for owner managed companies and businesses. He also deals with mergers, acquisitions, sales and buy out and buy in transactions.

John is recognised as an “Elite Leading Lawyer” in both Corporate & Commercial and Banking & Finance by The Legal 500.

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Recent Work

  • Acted for the founder shareholder David Shelton on the £200 million IPO (Initial Public Offering) of Motorpoint.
  • Acted for The Reflex Group, completing 18 acquisitions for them since the management buyout in 2002.
  • Acted for Sage Publications and as acted for over 10 acquisitions for them.



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“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)

“Head of the corporate group John Heaphy gains acclaim as a ‘highly experienced deal maker’. He recently advised Sage Publications on its acquisition of Learning Matters. ‘He is a tenacious negotiator and will help us in some tough situations’ say clients, adding: ‘If there was a case where I need someone who was forthright and who needed to go into battle he is a good ally to have’.”

“He is also known for his high profile in the corporate finance market and is found by clients to be a ‘great team player;’.”

“John Heaphy is recognised for his depth of experience in both banking and corporate matters. Interviewees appreciate that he is able to provide a ‘broad vision of both sides of the fence’.”

“John Heaphy is a well-recognised member of the local corporate finance community.”

“’Very strong commercial lawyer’ and ‘is very strong on the banking and finance side’. John Heaphy has substantial experience handling corporate transactions across a host of sectors.”

“John Heaphy First ranked in Chambers UK 2005. He is recommended for his experience in acquisition finance matters. He handles banking matters as part of a broader corporate and commercial practice.”

“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’.”

The “fabulous” John Heaphy handles a wide range of acquisitions for various clients, with a particular focus on owner-managed businesses.

(Chambers & Partners, 2019)

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