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Helen Drayton, Partner at Penningtons Manches


Helen qualified in 2001 and joined Penningtons as a partner in our corporate and finance teams in 2012, working out of both the Cambridge and London offices. She advises a full range of clients on all aspects of company law, specialising in mergers and acquisitions with a particular focus on MBOs. 

She also deals with early stage funding rounds and investments for both companies and investors, together with general governance issues. She has extensive expertise in corporate reorganisations, including solvent liquidations, demergers and the implementation of other tax planning schemes.

Helen is also is a member of the firm's banking team, acting for both borrowers and lenders, and  advises on insolvency-related transactions, including acting for insolvency practitioners. She is recognised by Chambers & Partners as 'very knowledgeable' as well as 'professional, personable and approachable' and by Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom as a leading corporate finance specialist.

Recent work highlights

  • Acting for a leading waste management solutions provider in relation to the acquisition of numerous strategic businesses.
  • Advising the management team on an MBO of a leading manufacturing business.
  • Implementing several capital reduction demergers to extract value to shareholders totalling £65 million.
  • Advising on the £120 million financing for the development of a London hotel.
  • Acting on the £20 million project financing of an anaerobic digestion plant.

Penningtons Manches LLP

Penningtons Manches LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. San Francisco is an associated office.

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