Corporate and M&A


Macfarlanes has the technical ability and wealth of experience that you would expect from the world’s largest law firms but, distinctively, delivers a bespoke, client focused, non-institutional service.

We are ranked by the legal directories, year after year, as the City law firm that has the highest percentage of highly recommended individual lawyers. This consistency of quality, which covers all areas relevant to corporate advice and M&A, is achieved by pursuing an absolute commitment to excellence in everything we do.

We have a history of maintaining long term, successful relationships with our corporate clients. We achieve this by investing significant time in understanding their ambitions and concerns as well as those of their owners and employees. We develop our knowledge of their businesses and find out what they want from their legal advisers and how they want it to be delivered. This investment enables us to provide advice which really adds value and a legal service which is tailored to their needs, not our preferences.

We are regularly involved in the largest, and most complex, cross-border M&A transactions. In addition to validating our position as a pre-eminent corporate legal adviser in the City, this is an endorsement of our model of working alongside the world's leading independent law firms and lawyers. For each transaction, in conjunction with our client, we are able to select the right firms and individual lawyers for the job. Never one size fits all - because it rarely does.


  • "They have a good level of flexibility and are capable of understanding the business reasons behind our needs. They try to understand the business rationale. They alert us about issues, about balancing risks and opportunities."

    Chambers UK 2017

  • Winner of Global M&A Deal of the Year: UK

    The American Lawyer's 2016 Global Legal Awards

  • "Highly regarded corporate group representing a string of household names. Adeptly handles both mid-market and high-end deals on behalf of UK and overseas clients."

    Chambers Global 2016

  • Winner of Corporate Team of the Year at the Legal Business Awards 2015

    Legal Business Awards 2015

  • "Consistently sighted on major M&A transactions with an ability to do mega-deals in both a domestic and international context. Also rated as a dominant force in mid-market [below £500m] corporate work."

    Chambers UK 2015

  • "One client of the M&A team describes its 'exceptional quality of service and very practical advice focused on delivering what we need'. Another says that the firm 'clearly punches above its weight'."

    IFLR 1000 2015

  • Winner of M&A Deal of the Year

    IFLR Europe Awards 2017

Practice Heads

Ian Martin


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