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Payne Hicks Beach LLP

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Max Baird-Smith is a partner in the Corporate department. Max advises on a broad mixture of corporate and commercial transactions, including acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, private-equity investments and fund raisings.

He has represented major groups across a range of sectors, as well as family offices, high-net-worth individuals and alternative investment funds. He has extensive experience handling complex cross-border matters, regularly working across Europe, the US and Africa.

Max is a graduate of Oxford University and qualified into a corporate team at Slaughter and May in 2005.

Max speaks French and English and is qualified in England and Wales (solicitor) and France (avocat).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Corporate and commercial > M&A: Smaller Deals, £10m-£100m

Noted for its broad M&A capabilities, Payne Hicks Beach LLP possesses considerable strength across the financial services, technology, publishing, chemicals and automotive sectors. The practice is steered by Jonathan Gatward, a seasoned practitioner who has a wealth of experience advising privately owned and managed businesses across a range of different transactions. Gatward has a particular interest in businesses with an intellectual property angle. Practice co-chair Howard Taylor specialises in M&A transactions, and is also experienced in joint ventures and private equity-driven deals. Recent arrivals include Max Baird-Smith, who joined the team from Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP in July 2022.