Andrew YATES

Areas of practice

Corporate finance
Commercial relations and contracts
Mergers and acquisitions

Practice Groups

M_A; Corporate and Restructuring

Languages Spoken



Andrew is a partner and heads our growing corporate and commercial team. He has over ten years’ experience dealing with corporate and business matters working with clients across multiple sectors including pharmacy, charity, banking and private wealth. Andrew regularly works with investors, companies, LLPs and partnerships, from family run businesses and start-ups to a broad spectrum of private limited companies and unquoted public companies.

Expertise and professional education

Andrew works with clients on their acquisitions, disposals, investment/shareholders’ agreements, share schemes, bespoke articles of association (with different classes of shares, drag & tag, good & bad leaver provisions, growth shares), loan notes, commercial agreements (including supply, distribution and e-commerce), company administration and share buy-backs.

Andrew hosts board meetings on behalf of his clients (including for a major landowning industrial and provident society) and deals with board/general meeting minutes and resolutions. Andrew has become the first port of call for company secretaries.

Andrew’s technical expertise on share rights and corporate structures is second to none. He offers his clients a quality of work which is difficult to find outside the City.

Andrew works closely with our employment and litigation teams on disputes between directors and shareholders.

Andrew studied history and politics before undertaking the Graduate Diploma in Law and the LPC at the College of Law (York). Andrew qualified in 2009, joined Debenhams Ottaway in 2014, rising quickly through the firm becoming a partner in 2019.

Andrew was named a “Next Generation Partner” (previously “Rising Star”) and recognised as a key lawyer in the Legal 500 2021 rankings, the leading independent guide to the best lawyers in the UK.

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