Jane Haxby is the firm’s European managing partner. Jane is the former EMEA Chair of our Corporate Practice Group. She has over 20 years of experience advising public and private companies on all aspects of corporate finance generally with particular focus on mergers and acquisitions (including takeovers). Jane also advises on corporate governance, reorganizations and general corporate structuring.

    Comments in The Legal 500 UK describe “brilliant” team head Jane as “really experienced” and “an excellent and pragmatic lawyer” with “presence.” Chambers and Partners notes that Jane is able to bring “simple solutions to complicated problems” and elicits praise for her experience and responsiveness. Following outstanding client feedback, Jane was included on an exclusive list of the 13 most nominated female lawyers in the Acritas StarsTM global database, 2018: Jane “always ensures that we get the right lawyer for each project.” She “knows her job, and being able to communicate it to the client effectively, and knowing what the client needs and not being afraid to ask…. She is very, extremely knowledgeable.” In addition, “she’s very professional, she’s a really good mentor-type person to talk to, good advice, and real grace under pressure – a calm type of person.”

    Jane was a trustee on the board of Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry for four years until its successful merger with the National Museum of Science and Industry in January 2012.

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    • Advising AppSense Holdings Limited (secure user environment management solutions) in relation to its acquisition by US LANdesk.
    • Advising BDP Holdings Limited in relation to its £102 million acquisition by Nippon Koei Limited, a company listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
    • Advising Molson Coors on the acquisition of Rekorderlig UK Limited. The company imports, sells, markets and distributes Rekorderlig Cider in the UK, Ireland and the Channel Islands. 
    • Advising one of the largest distributors to the energy and industrial sectors listed on NYSE on two acquisitions in the UK and Australia.
    • Advising AIM-listed GB Group on its acquisition of an Australian provider of fraud detection, credit risk management and customer management solutions and associated fund raising.
    • Advising the shareholders of Lorien Group, a UK market leader in technology staffing, on the disposal to Impellam Group plc.
    • Advising Cott on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Aimia Foods for an initial consideration of £47 million and deferred consideration of up to £19.7 million.
    • Advising Cardtronics on its £100 million acquisition of Cardpoint Services Limited.


    • University of Law, Law Society Finals, 1993
    • Durham University, B.A., 1992


    • England and Wales, 1995
    • Recommended in Chambers UK 2018 for Corporate/M&A – Mid-Market & Private Equity, North West
    • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2017 for Flotations – small and mid-cap
    • Recommended as a Leading Individual in The Legal 500 UK 2017 for Corporate and commercial
    • Recognised as a star lawyer in the Acritas StarsTM global database, 2017. Client comments include: Jane is “extremely knowledgeable” and “knows her job.” She is “able to communicate it to the client effectively.” By “knowing what the client needs” and by managing her team well, she is “not wasting our time and money”
    • Recognised as a leading individual by Chambers UK 2016
    • Recommended as a Leading Individual in The Legal 500 UK 2015 for Corporate and Commercial
    • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2015 for M&A: mid-market, £50 million-£250 million

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