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Emma Borrington


About Emma

Emma is a partner in the Transaction and Business Services department, specialising in Corporate Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions. Partner since 2014, Emma  heads up the training and development for the entire  Berry Smith Corporate Finance team.  Emma also sits   on the  Corporate Social Responsibility Committee, playing an integral role in developing the firm’s contributions to charitable causes and reducing our environmental footprint.

Recognised as an expert in her field, Emma has personal citings in the Legal 500 directory, being noted as “outstanding” and a “Leading Individual”.

Emma also sits on the board as a non-executive director of a successful local brewery company and offers corporate governance guidance and support to SME’s across the economic spectrum.

Specialist areas:

Emma’s expertise encompasses all aspect of corporate law and governance and, in particular:

  • Public and private mergers and acquisitions
  • Shareholder/investment agreements and shareholder matters
  • Venture capital and private equity
  • Management buy-outs/buy-ins
  • Corporate re-structures
  • Joint ventures
  • General corporate advice


  • Emma has advised on a plethora of mid-market and large corporate M&A transactions during her career, covering deals with cross-jurisdictional elements, deals backed by private equity and those requiring regulatory approval – seamlessly achieving her clients goals, whether buy or sell side
  • Emma client base ranges from large public listed companies, venture-capital backed management teams, SME’s, start ups and owner managed businesses.
  • Over the last decade, Emma has provided advice and support to clients in a number of sectors and has extensive knowledge of the financial and professional services, manufacturing and construction industries.
  • Emma has extensive experience in advising on management buy-outs, acting for both selling shareholders and the management team.  Recent transactions with client testimonials can be found  here.
  • Emma often leads teams on specific large projects which have included international reorganisations for clients such as BBI Group Holdings Limited and had an integral role in advising EKF Diagnostics Holdings plc on its quoted company fundraising on the AIM market and subsequent international acquisitions.
  • Emma has taken lead advisory roles on many recent high profile corporate transactions.  She was lead advisor to the founders and owners of Cansford Laboratories Limited on their sale to private equity backed Phenna Group, a global provider of Testing Inspection Certification and Compliance.
  • Emma is lead advisor to Cardo Group, which recently joined forces with Buckthorn and Partners, an investment firm specialising in the field of energy efficiency.  Emma advised the shareholders  on their sale and investment into the newly formed Cardo Group and continues to act as lead advisor to the Group , spearheading the legals for their ambitious acquisition trail.

Department: Corporate

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