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 Hardman, 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

COVID-19: Trading in the New Normal

The economic landscape has changed at rapid speed as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. Many businesses have not had time to make contingency plans and are seeing a downturn in productivity and trading. Instead of reacting to changes in the short-term, there are...

Mezzanine finance

Businesses are often faced with the question – how can we fund our growth or next project? Here, Yavan Brar, managing partner and head of corporate at Herrington Carmichael LLP, explains the concept of a hybrid between the two main methods of equity and debt –...

COVID-19: Restructuring for business efficiency

'COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on UK businesses who are continuing to adapt to the ongoing changes daily. Businesses are worrying about their long-term survival and business owners are looking to increase their business’ efficiency in these challenging...

Valuing your Business and Maximising it’s Value

There are a number of reasons as to why a business may be valued. The primary motive of a valuation is often for sale purposes – in a share sale, the shareholders will need a starting point for negotiations with proposed buyers and a valuation will often form the...

Directors’ Duties: A Recap

Directors of a company are subject to a number of duties which have the purpose of protecting the shareholders of a company by ensuring that directors can be held to account for the way in which they manage the day-to-day affairs of a company. These duties are...

The End of LIBOR – What to expect?

The globally recognised and crucial London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) is understood to be the benchmark interest rate for a reported US $300 trillion worth of financial contracts worldwide, including around $30 trillion worth of financial contracts in GBP....

Consideration structures in share purchases for private limited companies

While there is a plethora of matters which require contemplation when purchasing or selling shares in a company, the issue of consideration will be at the forefront of any such list. This can be a topic of hot discussion between parties, and as such we have set out a...

Dissenting Directors -A warning not to go public

Disagreeing company directors take note: don’t spill the beans outside the boardroom or you risk facing the courtroom.  Dissenting directors tempted to go public could, as a recent ruling emphasises, risk breaching a number of company law responsibilities. Boardroom...

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