Yavan Brar

Managing Partner, Head of Corporate and Commercial Law


Yavan established the corporate and commercial department in 2008 concentrating on supporting businesses and their commercial requirements. Having built a team of expert corporate and commercial lawyers with a wide range of industry specialisms, Yavan is able to offer pragmatic solutions to complex legal problems.

Yavan, a technically able expert, has extensive experience advising on M&A, corporate restructuring, banking, business ownership issues and intellectual property rights matters.


Experience | Key projects

  • Advising on strategic buy, build and sale project: Advising UK headquartered international banking security and maintenance provider on several buy and build acquisitions prior to partial sale to US hedge fund including a rollover of existing management shareholders with a total project value in excess of £100 million.
  • Private equity investment into international electronics manufacturer: Advising UK headquartered international electronics manufacturer on investment from private equity investor with an enterprise value of £110 million.  
  • Demerger and restructure of IT and services infrastructure business: Advising £45 million turnover client on restructuring of its business by way of three cornered demerger to provide for two distinct businesses.
  • Acquisition finance and re-finance of leading UK-based developer: Advising client on £25 million senior debt refinance with subordination of then current £10 million junior debt.
  • Advising on pre IPO investment facility for home services software provider: Advising client on £15 million investment from overseas listed investment company to include undiluted roll over of existing investors.
  • Refinancing for banking security and maintenance provider (Private Equity): Advising on a refinance totalling £21,000,000 including facilities and receivables finance facilities from major UK banks.


Interests and Hobbies

Yavan is kept busy with his three small children and has therefore abandoned all hope of a quiet moment to himself or any spare time!

Yavan Brar

Managing Partner, Head of Corporate and Commercial Law

Office – 0118 977 4045
Direct – 0118 989 9713
Mobile – 07971 588 364

It’s been a real pleasure working recently with Yavan, and the Herrington Carmichael team.  They have provided excellent support on property and wider commercial matters – the interaction between teams being seamless.  I am certainly planning to keep working with Herrington Carmichael – as someone in my team said recently “What a find!”

- Suzy Hardyman, Group General Counsel/Company Secretary, VPS Group

Yavan’s approach in dealing with negotiations and in dealing with the city lawyers on a multi-million pound investment were commercially focused, ensured that progress was made and that we concentrated on the areas of the greatest importance.

- Clayton Sullivan-Webb, Managing Director, Grundon Waste Management Limited.

Herrington Carmichael LLP has coordinated three purchase and sale transactions for us in the last two years. The advice and guidance provided by the corporate team, led by Yavan Brar, has been well explained, commercially sound and supported by well drafted legal documentation. All legal advice, completions and support provided by Yavan and his team was first rate.

- Will Clark, Managing Director and Part owner at Gavin Jones Ltd

Herrington Carmichael LLP’s corporate and commercial offering is led by excellent dealmaker and strong networker, Yavan Brar, who specialises in transactional work, including mergers and acquisitions and corporate re-structuring.

- Legal 500, 2018.

The team at Herrington Carmichael advised Cennox on two recent acquisitions and our group refinancing. Throughout these processes I found them very professional, pragmatic and commercial.  Resources were available to be brought in when needed to complete transactions to our timetable. I have no hesitation in recommending Yavan and the team.

- Roy Dodd, Group Finance Director at Cennox

Yavan Brar is outstanding in finding solutions to every problem. He is committed in terms of his energy, time and strategic mind. 

– Legal 500, 2020

Yavan and his team at Herrington Carmichael recently advised us on the assignment of two loans and associated security from third party lenders onto our books. Yavan and Matt provided advice of the highest quality and ensured the transactions completed swiftly. They were available whenever we needed to contact them and kept their advice commercially focused to our specific requirements. We have built a good relationship up with the whole team at Herrington Carmichael and would certainly recommend them.

- Chris Hector, Director

Accreditations | Awards

Articles Written by Yavan Brar

I want to sell my business – FAQs

Deciding when to sell your business and who to sell it to are some of the hardest decisions you will make as an entrepreneur. Whether your motivation is retirement, restructuring a corporate group or focusing on other projects, selling your business can be a lengthy...

Future Fund Loan Scheme – should my business apply?

Applications opened on 20 May 2020 for the government’s £250million Future Fund loan scheme, a further form of financial support for UK businesses coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic. The scheme can support businesses with their ongoing cashflow requirements, enabling...

Guidance on facility agreements

The availability of short-term debt provides businesses with additional working capital to resume growth plans that were put on hold by virtue of the COVID-19 pandemic.. Particularly prevalent at present are the government-sanctioned loan schemes, including the...

Business Continuity

Businesses are continuing to look to the production of business continuity plans with strategic input from professional advisers, ranging from banking specialists to corporate specialists, to guide them into a strong position in their industries post-lockdown....

Share Incentives: A Solution for Cashflow and Employee Motivation

For many companies operating in competitive markets in the current economic circumstances, a key aim is to preserve cashflow and maintain profits. These companies will likely also be wanting to retain key employees who will be essential to keeping the business running...

How lockdown has made companies review their processes for shareholder meetings

The government lockdown in response to Covid-19 caused various logistical issues for companies and forced many to rethink and in some cases change the way they operate, for the better. A public limited company must hold an AGM within six months of the end of the...

Structuring Employee Share Schemes to drive your business’ goals

The key to the success of many businesses is ensuring that they can get the best out of their people. Employee share schemes work by giving employees an interest in the company they work for, through being awarded shares or share options. Structuring an employee share...

Case study: Three-cornered demergers

A demerger is the process through which a single business entity is divided into separate companies or groups of companies. There are a number of motivations behind a demerger, such as resolving shareholder disputes, separating different elements of a business and...

Case study: what is a section 110 demerger?

A demerger is the process through which a single business entity is divided into separate companies or groups of companies. There are a number of motivations behind a demerger, such as resolving shareholder disputes, separating different elements of a business and...

Post-COVID-19: Trading in the New Normal

The economic landscape has changed at rapid speed as a result of the UK-wide lockdown. As we start to emerge from lockdown, there are things a business can assess and review internally to stimulate trade and come out of lockdown in as strong a position as possible....


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