Catherine Shirley-Brown

Partner, Corporate Finance

“Cath is very pro-active and commercial and adopts a ‘partner led’ approach.” (Client quote)
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  • 17+ years’ experience in the UK and New Zealand advising on corporate and commercial transactions.
  • Corporate experience includes public and private M&A, joint venture and shareholder arrangements.
  • Transactional experience across  8+ different sectors including real estate, finance, retail, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, information technology, infrastructure, engineering and manufacturing.
  • Particular focus on cross-border M&A transactions.
  • Examples of work include the £350m disposal of a popular roadside services restaurant chain, a well-known chocolate brand and its £120m takeover of a high-street chocolate chain, and the £238m acquisition of a clothing company. 
  • Recommended by Legal 500 UK (2014) for upper mid-market and premium deals £250M+
  • Dual-qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales and a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand.

Work Experience

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Delek Investment Group

Advised on its disposal of Road Chef Limited to Antin Infrastructure Partners.


Ferrero International S.A

Advised on its £120m takeover of Thornton’s.


The Foschini Group

Advised on its £238m acquisition of Phase 8 clothing from Towerbrook and management.


Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Advised on its disposal of Red Bee Media to Ericsson (consideration undisclosed).


Long Harbour Limited

Advised on a acquisition of Chime Properties Limited from the Brandeaux Property Group, and the acquisition of a large corporate group holding portfolio.