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A partner in the Corporate department, Katherine provides advice on mergers and acquisitions, sales, IBOs, MBOs and venture capital transactions.

Katherine acts for clients in relation to all sizes of companies from large corporates to start-ups and everything in between. She also acts for a number of private equity houses.


Katherine has more than 17 years’ experience in a variety of company and business sales and acquisitions acting for both buyers and sellers.

She regularly advises serial acquirers and private equity backed companies on acquisitions and sales particularly in the energy, healthcare and technology sectors.

In addition, Katherine has experience advising both management teams and financial institutions on management buyouts/buy ins and venture capital transactions.

Recent transactions Katherine has been involved in include:

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What our clients say

  • "Katherine and the team at Ward Hadaway did an excellent and thoroughly professional job in advising on this investment [the secondary MBO of outdoor clothing company Weird Fish]."

    Paul Brown
  • "Katherine and the team at Ward Hadaway did an excellent job advising on the sale of the company. Their advice was prompt, professional and helped to ensure that the deal [the sale of the company to On the Beach plc] reached a successful conclusion."

    Zoe Stewart, Finance Director,
  • "Katherine Hay-Heddle's persistence and professionalism has helped ensure the successful completion of this deal"

    Natalie Eastham
  • "I was very impressed by the professionalism and efficiency shown by Katherine Hay-Heddle and the Ward Hadaway team"

    Finance Director, Technology Services Group
  • "Katherine Hay-Heddle and the team at Ward Hadaway provided fantastic service. This was my first experience of a management buy-out and Ward Hadaway did a fabulous job in guiding us through the process. They really looked after us and it was great to get such good advice from experienced lawyers who really know their stuff and keep you informed and up to speed with what is going on.”

Independent verdict

  • "She is very commercial and a very strong lawyer technically."

    Chambers & Partners
  • "She's good on the venture capital side and is very able and knowledgeable in her field."

    Chambers & Partners
  • "Excellent and commercial, with good attention to detail."

    Chambers & Partners
  • ''[Katherine] adds gravitas to any transaction''

    Client quote, Legal 500
  • "Katherine Hay-Heddle is a 'very good, sensible commercial lawyer', according to clients, who also highlight her 'tenacity and hard graft in dealing with the other side.'."

    Chambers & Partners
  • "Katherine Hay-Heddle has considerable experience in private equity, M&A and fund-raising matters. Clients say that she gives 'sensible and clear advice'."

    Chambers & Partners
  • "[Katherine] is excellent and has a vast amount of experience in venture capital transactions,"

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • "She is a very good negotiator and is able to think very strategically and to take a top-down view."

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • "Katherine Hay Heddle is ‘an excellent lawyer who delivers good solutions in a pragmatic way’"

    Legal 500
  • "Katherine Hay Heddle is 'technically very good but also very practical' and 'unlocks transactions'."

    Legal 500
  • "The 'very pragmatic and well-respected' Katherine Hay Heddle impresses clients with her 'professionalism and ability' as well as her 'excellent project management skills.'"

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