Corporate finance specialist advising individuals and corporate clients in all aspects of mergers, acquisitions, funding and corporate structuring
Helen leads transactions ranging from share and asset acquisitions and disposals, management buy-outs and buy-ins, investment, joint venture and shareholder agreements to private equity transactions and bank funding and refinancing. She offers expert advice supporting entrepreneurs and owner managers to plan their exits, make investments or start a new business, and regularly assists both banks and borrowers on matters including secured lending, unsecured lending, acquisition finance and intercreditor matters.
Helen is a key member of the firm's travel team acting for ABTA, the TTA and TUI Travel plc and is also a member of the aviation team, with experience including funding the purchase and sale of various aircraft.
Helen won Corporate Lawyer of the Year at the 2010 Insider Dealmakers Awards and has received a number of nominations for this and other awards in previous years including a special commendation at the Women of the Future awards 2007.
A member of the Institute of Travel and Tourism and an elected member to the ABTA Travel Industry Partner steering committee, Helen is regularly asked to share her views and speak on issues affecting travel businesses. She joined the firm’s executive board as an elected partner in May 2016.
Areas of expertise
- Acquisitions and MBOs – structuring transactions, negotiating terms and project management
- Disposals including mitigating liability, reducing risk and concluding transactions to schedule
- Refinancing bank or investor funding
- Restructuring: for limited companies, LLPs or partnerships
- Forming companies, LLPs and partnerships and advising on the appropriate vehicle
- Corporate governance including advising on regulatory compliance and guidance on director’s duties
In the real world … Helen is a keen golfer and loves running and cycling. She also enjoys gardening.
Year of qualification: 2000
What our clients say...
"Able to pick up complex issues very quickly and get things done"
A client via Chambers and Partners 2015 - Corporate M&A
"They are excellent; on the ball, very good at responding and very flexible"
A client via Chambers and Partners 2016 - Corporate M&A
"They have great awareness of the local market and the issues facing our clients"
A client via Chambers and Partners 2015 - Banking and Finance
What the legal directories say...
Helen Mead is praised by commentators for her "sensible and pragmatic" approach
Chambers and Partners 2018
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
Helen Mead focuses her practice on advising a number of private equity clients on investments and other corporate matters, most notably leading the firm's representation of private equity business YFM Equity Partners.
Chambers and Partners 2017