From growth companies to multinationals and leading institutions, we offer a wealth of expertise in corporate transactions to a diverse and innovative client base. Our advice is clear, pragmatic and, crucially, aligned with the client’s strategic goals.

Our experienced lawyers advise on every aspect of corporate transactions and leverage the firm’s full-service offering to provide business-critical advice in key areas such as tax, employment, UK and EU competition/anti-trust, regulatory, real estate, IT, data protection and IP issues.

Our market-leading strengths in IP and technology mean we are uniquely well-placed to counsel clients in dynamic sectors such as technology, life sciences and brands. We draw on our understanding of these sectors to advise corporate and institutional clients acquiring or evaluating IP and technology portfolios, helping them to secure commercially-relevant legal protections and to acquire, sell or invest with confidence.

We carry out both domestic and cross-border transactional work advising on private and public mergers & acquisitions, disposals, spin-outs, and corporate reorganisations. We also have considerable experience of advising on domestic and international joint ventures, helping our clients expand and develop their business into new areas and new markets.

With regard to finance transactions, we act for businesses raising finance as well as for the finance providers including venture capital firms, private equity firms and corporate venturing houses. We are recognised for our market leading expertise advising technology and life sciences growth companies at all stages of the evolutionary cycle of equity financing transactions including early stage financings, Series A and Series B, growth equity and pre-IPO cross-over finance. We also advise numerous equity providers in these sectors on their investments from Series A onwards and act for many of the world’s leading companies on their corporate venturing programmes.

Our debt experience includes advising on corporate borrowing and secured lending transactions, acquisition finance and debt refinance as well as venture debt and convertible equity instruments.

We also offer the full range of services for equity capital market (ECM) transactions and have experience in handling primary and secondary offerings on both the UK markets and NASDAQ from a UK perspective.

On cross-border transactions, we draw on a network of specialist lawyers from independent law firms around the world in order to provide a seamless service. A key differentiator of Bristows’ network as compared with that of “global brand” firms is our ability to choose the best firms for any particular transaction rather than being tied to one firm or office in each jurisdiction.

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Iain Redford

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Experience

DeepMatter Group plc on the sale of the lonscope business, its acquisition of InfoChem from Springer Nature, placing and Rule 9 Takeover Code waiver.

Hedge fund Tybourne Capital Management on its Series B investments into Bicycle Therapeutics limited, a clinical stage biotechnology company.

IP Group plc on the transfer back to Imperial College of the technology transfer office of the university.

Janssen on its participation in the establishment of the UK's first dedicated Vaccines Manufacturing Innovation Centre, as part of a consortium of academic and industry partners.

Syncona as lead investor in the Series A financing of OMass Therapeutics, a spin-out from Oxford University.

Capgemini on the acquisition of Adaptive Labs.

OneTrust, the global leader in privacy management and marketing compliance software, on its acquisitions of Governor Technology and DataGuidance.

Accel-KKR on its growth equity investment in global managed payroll and GEO SaaS business Safeguard Global.

Boeing HorizonX Ventures, the corporate venturing arm of Boeing, on its UK investments - including its investment into Reaction Engines.

AI-powered search marketing intelligence company Adthena on its Series A funding from Updata Partners.

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What others say

“The ‘highly responsive, commercial’ Marek Petecki is a ‘standout partner’ who ‘finds and communicates practicable solutions to issues, and tailors his work carefully’; he is noted for his strength in M&A involving IP and technology. Petecki’s highlights included advising AstraZeneca on the £135m sale of its pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Avonmouth to Avara, and assisted Diageo with its acquisition of a stake in a joint venture established by Piers Adam to develop a new whisky brand.”

Legal 500 2017

“The ‘partner-led’ practice group at Bristows LLP has ‘good expertise in the area of partnership’, acting for investment partnerships and professional partnerships. Joint department head Iain Redford specialises in investment partnerships and also has particular expertise in refinancing partnerships. In 2016, he acted for multiple individual members in relation to the sale of their LLP.”

Legal 500 2017

“The team is also noted for its work for early-stage growth businesses, entrepreneurs and SMEs: recent highlights include Mark Hawes advising UK biotech NuCana on the UK aspects of its $114m IPO of American depositary shares on NASDAQ, and Matt Dennis acting for OXIS Energy, a battery cell company, on four financing rounds”

Legal 500 2019

“Commended for its ‘excellent service’ and ‘good value for money’, Bristows LLP’s department is strong in the TMT and life sciences sectors; it also has notable experience in the consumer goods space.”

Legal 500 2017

“Joint managing partner Marek Petecki advised AstraZeneca on the $300m sale of the European commercial rights to its Seloken heart medicines, as well as on the disposal of its early-stage rare disease drugs”

Legal 500 2019

“Louise Eldridge acted for Ferroglobe on its acquisition of manganese alloy plants in France and Norway from Glencore; and practice head Iain Redford assisted WPP with the £60m acquisition of Design Bridge”

Legal 500 2019

“Other clients of the practice include UCL Business, Freeview, Capgemini and Time Out. ‘Efficient, communicative’ associate Charles Willison is a ‘very good operator’.”

Legal 500 2017

“The ‘very commercial’ Iain Redford is an ‘excellent business strategist’; he advised WPP on its purchase of System Analytic and of Exchange Lab.”

Legal 500 2017

Louise Eldridge acted for King.com on its investment in Midoki, while Matt Dennis assisted Blackboard with its purchase of Fronteer.”

Legal 500 2017

“Life sciences expert Mark Hawes, who heads the group, acted for Albireo on its NASDAQ listing and its $200m reverse merger with Biodel.”

Legal 500 2017

“Corporate partners Mark Hawes and Marek Petecki…are recommended” in the Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology sector.”

Legal 500 2017

“I am impressed by Bristows. Their practical approach to legal matters and the speed with which they are able to react is excellent.”

Chambers and Partners 2017

Recent rankings and awards

M&A: (smaller deals up to £50m) - Top tier
Legal 500 2020/2019/2018/2017

Fintech - Tier 3
Legal 500 UK 2020

Life Sciences: Transactional - Band 2
Chambers and Partners UK 2019