Gillian White is an experienced corporate lawyer who is committed to her clients and their commercial success. She is Head of the M&A team at Howard Kennedy.

Gillian acts for entrepreneurial clients, and larger companies and institutions looking to acquire or invest in entrepreneurial businesses. She approaches investments, mergers, joint ventures, company sales and purchases with common sense, risk awareness, and creativity. 

Gillian provides clients with more than just corporate advice as she also understands intellectual property (IP) and commercial law. She works closely with Howard Kennedy's IP and Commercial team to offer innovative solutions and opportunities to clients.

Gillian's experience as an M&A lawyer means that she is adept at managing complex projects and drawing in advice from multiple professional advisers and clients' commercial teams. 

Recent work
  • Share sale and purchase transactions – Some recent transnational experience includes leading on the acquisition by US investors of a UK sports, software and data company (with a heavy US presence and customer base) and advising (together with Dutch, US and German Counsel) Dutch clients on the sale of their international medical technology business to a large US investor.
  • Asset and business sales – strategic disposal and acquisition of and franchise brands.
  • MBOs – Recent experience includes leading on the substantial and complex MBO of Aston Barclay and the related funding arrangements.
  • Loan Notes – Experience includes advising AIM listed clients and private companies.
  • JVs – Extensive transnational experience including private company, LLP and contractual profit share structures. Gillian led on a €120m international merger of two leading leisure businesses.
  • Investments – she advises companies and investors on the terms of their investments.

Gill leads the M&A team who are ranked in Band 1 of the Legal 500 2019 M&A: Smaller Deals Up To £50m category.

The M&A team are ranked in Band 2 in Chambers & Partners 2019 Corporate/M&A: Lower Mid-Market.

Did you know
Gillian spent several years working in the fine art auction industry and enjoys searching out vintage jewellery, advertising posters, and Scandinavian glass.

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