Helen Mead
Partner, Head of Corporate Finance

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Corporate finance

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Helen Mead
Partner, Head of Corporate Finance

helen.mead@asb-law.com

What you say

"They have a great understanding of our business and always do what they can to assist"

A client, Chambers & Partners 2018

"They've been supportive and they've kept me informed of costs. I'm very pleased with what they did for me."

A client, Chambers & Partners 2018

"She's (Claire Williams) very empathetic, knowledgeable, down to earth, measured and is somebody you can bounce ideas off."

A client, Chambers & Partners 2018

"Helen Mead is praised by commentators for her "sensible and pragmatic" approach"

Chambers and Partners 2018

"Sources praise the team for being "incredibly efficient," also noting its "ability to get up to speed with regard to the complexities within the deal.""

Chambers and Partners 2018

"May I add my thanks for your sterling efforts helping us succeed with the MBO. Despite some periods of tension in the process we all managed to keep our perspective and, most importantly, our sense of humour!"

A corporate client

"Claire Williams, who ‘is a truly trusted adviser’"

Legal 500 2017

"asb law LLP’s ‘personal, professional and competitive’ team has a fine reputation in the market for M&A work, corporate restructurings and regulatory matters"

Legal 500 2017

"asb law LLP has 'strong levels of knowledge' and provides an 'excellent and meticulous service'."

Legal 500 2014 - Banking & Finance

"Helen Mead is lauded by a client as 'certainly the best corporate lawyer I've ever dealt with'"

Chambers and Partners 2016 - Corporate M&A

"Helen Mead is 'very experienced and commercial'"

Legal 500 2015 - Corporate and Commercial

"Able to pick up complex issues very quickly and get things done"

A client via Chambers and Partners 2015 - Corporate M&A

"Russell Bell's 'combination of technical legal knowledge and commerciality inspires confidence'"

Legal 500 2015 - Banking and Finance

"They have great awareness of the local market and the issues facing our clients"

A client via Chambers and Partners 2015 - Banking and Finance

"They are excellent; on the ball, very good at responding and very flexible"

A client via Chambers and Partners 2016 - Corporate M&A

"Russell Bell is well known in the corporate sphere, with over three decades' experience of handling management buyouts, funding arrangement and M&A work."

Chambers and Partners 2015 - Corporate M&A

"Helen Mead comes highly recommended by clients, one of whom notes: 'Helen is just very good at what she does - she's very adaptable to your approach and tailors the risks and transactions based on your concerns'."

Chambers and Partners 2015 - Corporate M&A

"Claire Williams works with clients 'like a business partner' according to market sources. She had a depth of experience in dealing with banks and borrowers, with particular expertise in secured and structured lending, acquisition finance and corporate finance"

Chambers and Partners 2015 - Banking and Finance

"Helen Mead has specialist experience in investment, joint venture and private equity transactions. Peers say she is 'well known and well liked' in the local market"

Chambers and Partners 2015 - Banking and Finance

"Good depth behind the lead and good experience in the matters at hand"

Chambers 2016

"Very professional, diligent and responsive"

Chambers 2016

"asb offer city quality at regional prices"

Chambers 2016

"They take the time to understand the business and the people that own it!"

Chambers 2016

"Helen Mead is a highly experienced banking and finance lawyer who works on a full range of matters. She is particularly active on large refinancings"

Chambers 2016

"We are delighted with the work ASB undertook in relation to all of this process and, with our thanks to you and the team"

Director, The Roberto Group Limited

"... a huge thanks for your excellent work and valuable contribution in the completion of the complex demerger... through your hard work and efficiency and more importantly by establishing good working relationships with other side's lawyers and our financial advisers you managed to pull it off and make the deadline we set... I would have no hesitation in recommending you"

Mike Bokaie, Chief Executive, Casis Media Ltd

"We are pleased with the response and professionalism of all our dealings with asb law, most recently with Mark Wheeler and Helen Mead"

Michael May, Burlodge UK

"Their expertise and eye for detail was evident from start to finish. During negotiations they always take a commercial perspective and showed a genuine interest and desire to help Jollyes succeed in all aspects of its business, not just during, but post transaction as well, when many other law firms would have disappeared to concentrate on their next ‘deal’. The team was easy to talk to and approachable, making the process as pain free as possible."

Nick Pollard, Finance Director, Jollyes Petfood Superstores

"Russell Bell and Helen Mead advised the shareholders of Stewart Group Holdings Limited earlier this year on the sale of the business to a leading UK Equity House. I could not have wished for a better team to take me through the process: their passion to get the best for their client, coupled with their professionalism and experience of deals of this nature and size gave me a great deal of comfort. The fact that asb continues to advise the business post deal, I think, probably says a great deal more about them as a firm."

Lee Mowle, Managing Director, Stewart Plastics

"We recently completed the sale of a business which had a number of complications and not without some frustrations along the way. At all times the asb team remained calm, provided considered/commercial advice and made themselves readily available, often at short notice. In addition to being highly professional, all the people we dealt with were great and kept smiling, even when stress levels were being tested to the limit."

Nick Sharp, Barbon Insurance Group Ltd

"asb law has been our legal adviser for over fifteen years with two separate companies that I have founded. The Corporate Finance team has advised me on three separate deals over the past ten years. Two of these involved Private Equity deals and the other involved the acquisition of a major business to business magazine. On each occasion I received the highest quality of service and advice. We will continue to use asb law on all our future M&A activities"

Mike Bokaie, Chief Executive, Casis Media Ltd

"As the owner controller of a mid-size Financial Services Group we are consistently being tested by complex employment legislation, mergers and acquisitions (having acquired 17 companies in 10 years) and litigation. We have utilised the services of hundreds of practices over our 10 years with varying degrees of success. asb law provide a refreshing business led approach and have guided us through spurious actions culminating in a successful outcome. They have told us the bad news we don't want to hear and how to mitigate an impossible situation. Couple the aforementioned with the pragmatic, robust litigation they undertake and you have a winning recipe from a multi faceted practice. It's refreshing when your legal partners have your interest at the forefront of their strategy."

Kevin Spencer, Group Chief Executive, Markerstudy Insurance Limited