Hayley Bevis

Partner - Head of Corporate

What’s your role?

I am the head of the Corporate team at Coffin Mew across all of our offices. With vast experience of advising a wide range of corporates, shareholders and partnerships on all matters including M&A transactions, investments, governance, joint ventures and funding arrangements, I’ve advised on an extensive range of transactions and structures to date.

I work collaboratively with our clients to provide a commercial, solution-led service focussed on achieving a desired outcome in the best possible way.

When acting for a corporate, I see my role almost as an extension to their board, a trusted adviser to assist with all aspects of corporate support and a central point of contact for all other service lines such as commercial property, employment, dispute resolution and services to individuals. I pride myself on understanding what our clients’ businesses do and how they like to work, as well as discussing our clients’ strategy and planning for that. I often work with our corporate clients’ in-house legal teams/general counsel to provide the same standard of in-house service externally and reporting to key stakeholders within our clients’ businesses.

Acting for individuals in business, I take the time to guide them through a process from start to finish, focussing on the areas which are important to them and taking time to listen to what those areas of importance are, not assuming that I know what will be required.

Whether advising the sellers of a company or a global corporate, the service I provide and the aims will be the same – to provide the best possible standards of service in a way that best suits our clients on time, within budget and with clarity.

Your experience

I have acted for a variety of clients over the years, including a multinational corporate client with turnover in excess of €14 billion. I work with corporates across all sectors and have significant experience particularly in the manufacturing, retail and technology sectors.
I have vast experience in acting for a number of serial acquirer clients, working as the key driving force in a transaction and as part of a larger team, tailoring an approach to our clients’ transactional support that has helped to achieve their ambitious goals in a clear, timely and focussed way. By way of example, I have undertaken over twelve purchases of companies and businesses for one client in the retail space.

I recently acted in the structuring of an FCA regulated business and the sale of a technology-based business which included a completion accounts process, deferred consideration, earn-out consideration and the issue of consideration shares in the purchaser company.

Specialisms

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Investments
  • Corporate structuring
  • Joint venture and shareholders’ agreements
  • Company law advice

Which five words best describe you?

  1. Hard-working
  2. Driven
  3. Commercial
  4. Collaborative
  5. Reliable

Three things we didn’t know about you?

  • I have trekked the Himalayas
  • I am a big music fan (1990s onwards)
  • I have jumped out of a plane (with a parachute, of course!)