Firm Profile > Kerman & Co > London, England

Kerman & Co

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 2

Kerman & Co tends to act for small and medium sized entrepreneurial companies and family-owned businesses, primarily on owner exits and strategic acquisitions. The team is regularly referred work from corporate finance houses and accountancy practices, and has advised on the legal aspects of complex cross-border transactions. With an office in Dublin, the firm is also well-positioned to deal with transactions encompassing Irish companies or governed by Irish law. Following the merger with boutique technology M&A firm Coffey Graham, the team was bolstered by the arrival of two new partners with experience in this area. Peter Kohl heads the corporate practice.

Practice head(s):

Peter Kohl

Other key lawyers:

Martin O’Donoghue

Key clients

Applegreen Plc

McGinley Group



Bestway Group Plc

The Future Customer Ltd

Dinkum Products Ltd

Victoria Oil & Gas

43 North Limited

Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 4

With sector specialisms in tech, retail and natural resources, Kerman & Co runs an integrated corporate practice that advises on equity fundraisings, M&A and other public company matters. Led by Peter Kohl, the team focuses on acting for corporate issuers and has a long track record of experience in handling AIM IPOs.

Practice head(s):

Peter Kohl

Other key lawyers:

Peter Wilkie; Coral Yu; Joan Yu


They are very professional but at the same time easy to deal with and approachable.

Key clients

InfraStrata plc

Panthera Resources plc

Applegreen plc

Baron Oil plc

Empyrean Energy plc

Victoria Oil & Gas plc

Rurelec plc

Metals Exploration plc

Columbus Energy Resources plc

United Oil & Gas plc

Oil and gas Tier 4

Kerman & Co acts for companies involved in transactions in a large number of jurisdictions across the world, particularly in Africa and Asia. Peter Kohl's group has a strong reputation in the oil and gas sector, particularly in emerging markets, where it represents both private and public sector clients. Una DereticJoan Yu and experienced litigator John Evans are also key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Peter Kohl

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Applegreen Plc / Petrogas

Baron Oil Plc

Columbus Energy Resources Plc

Empyrean Energy Plc

Ebioss Energy

Infrastrata Plc

Midway Resources International

United Oil & Gas Plc

Victoria Oil & Gas

Sport Tier 4

Kerman & Co's sports team acts for governing bodies, event hosts, football clubs and private investors, specialising in targeting and blocking ticketing touts, drafting and negotiating key sponsorship deals and advising on the hosting and planning of major events, such as the London Marathon and the new all-female single-seater W Series championship.  Practice head Zane Shihab specialises in IP and commercial contracts, serves as in-house legal counsel to Wimbledon, and represents players in disciplinary proceedings brought before the FA. Regulatory expert James Thorndyke also advises on IP issues and regularly utilises ADR to settle matters for clients, including governing bodies and leagues.

Practice head(s):

Zane Shihab

Other key lawyers:


“What particularly sets Kerman apart is the combination of this subject-matter expertise with extensive general experience of commercial litigation. This means they are likely to be the first port of call for many clients in relation to contentious sports work.”

“Kermans’ sports team is an excellent unit, with a very impressive range of clients at the highest level of a number of sports.”

“In respect of ticketing work, the team are true specialists.”

“James Thorndyke is exceptionally diligent – he works tremendously hard to ensure the best result for his client. He also loves the law: he thinks hard about difficult legal points and innovative arguments. He also knows when to listen to counsel and when to challenge advice. James also has sound practical judgment and client communication skills.” 

“James Thorndyke produces good quality written work, turns things around quickly, he is very commercial, and he gets results.” 

Key clients

All England Lawn Tennis Club

Chelsea Football Club

England and Wales Cricket Board

Horsemen’s Group

London Marathon Events Limited

London & Surrey Cycling Partnership

Pit Stop Brand Consultancy

Racehorse Owners Association

Rugby Football Union



W Series

Welsh Rugby Union

World Marathon Majors

Mining and minerals Tier 5

The natural resources team at London commercial and corporate firm Kerman & Co advises a mix of mining clients on public and private M&A, debt and equity financing, disputes and commercial contracts. The group, led by Peter Kohl, is especially strong with regards to transactions for companies quoted on the Main Market and AIM market of the London Stock Exchange. Una Deretic and Joan Yu are also key names.

Practice head(s):

Peter Kohl

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Jade Resources Limited

Panthera Resources Plc


Gerald Metals Groups

Highcountry Cameroon Limited

Metals Exploration Plc

Capital Metals Ltd

ARC Minerals Ltd


Kerman & Co is instructed by a range of corporate clients for UK immigration matters; the practice is noted for its sports sector expertise, while it is also active in sectors including financial services, IT, legal, recruitment, healthcare and architecture. The team also offers advice to private clients, advising on nationality issues as well as Tier 1 applications. Practice head Stephen Hall joined in January 2018 from Kingsley Napley LLP.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Hall

Key clients

HSF Health Plan


Econet Investments

Kerman & Co is a corporate and commercial law firm with an office in the City of London. The firm delivers high-quality legal services to clients across a range of specialist sectors. All matters are managed by experienced and commercially astute partners, who are committed to ensuring the best possible outcomes for our clients. The firm has a long-standing reputation for successfully managing complex deals and disputes.

The firm: While Kerman & Co has a diverse client base, it specialises in working with small and medium-sized listed public companies, owner-managed businesses and entrepreneurs. Over the years the firm has developed a strong understanding of the challenges facing these types of businesses and is able to draw on this valuable experience when advising clients.

Kerman & Co works with businesses and lawyers all around the world. Many of the firm’s clients are multinationals, based overseas or have international business interests. Kerman & Co is a member of ALLIURIS, a global network of law firms with offices in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Denmark, Ireland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, UK and USA. All members are independent medium-sized law firms that specialise in European and international business law.

Types of work undertaken: Kerman & Co assists companies and entrepreneurs to develop their businesses by advising on a range of commercial matters, including commercial contracts, intellectual property rights and licences, support agreements, joint venture agreements, e-commerce matters, privacy issues, and data protection.

Corporate finance expertise includes AIM and public company work, mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, insolvency and recovery, and venture capital. Historically, the firm has benefitted from a strong reputation in the natural resources sector. However in response to changing market conditions, the firm has developed expertise in new technologies and life sciences.

The employment team advise predominantly SMEs, large corporates and charities on a range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters.  Providing day to day legal advice to employers on a variety of issues, helping to navigate these complex employment laws, so that they can effectively manage and resolve workplace issues.

The firm’s sports practice is recognised as being among the best in Europe. The team has led ground-breaking work involving complex litigation on issues such as competition, ticketing and doping. As a result of its dynamic and flexible approach, as well as its experience in advising on all aspects of sports law, the team has developed an outstanding list of clients, including some of the world’s greatest sports events and individuals.

On the contentious side, Kerman & Co advises on a wide variety of commercial litigation disputes, including commercial contracts, injunctive relief, ad hoc arbitrations and arbitration under LCIA, ICSID and ICC rules, partnership disputes, minority shareholder claims, professional negligence, intellectual property and media-related cases, opposition and trade mark infringement proceedings, defamation, data scraping and property disputes. All aspects of employment law are also handled.

The property team has significant expertise in areas such as investment acquisitions and disposals, landlord and tenant, development work and secured lending.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Andy Kerman +44 (0)20 7539 7271
Managing partner Daniel O'Connell +44 (0)20 7539 7085
Corporate/commercial Peter Kohl +44 (0)20 7539 7082
Employment Jonathan Bruck +44 (0)20 7539 7305
Litigation/international arbitration Robert Paydon +44 (0)20 7539 7280
Property Janice Martin +44 (0)20 7539 7273
Capital Markets Joan Yu +44 (0)20 7539 7083
Sports Zane Shihab +44 (0)20 7539 7312
Construction Claudia Otto +44 (0)20 7539 7091
Immigration Stephen Hall +44 (0)20 7539 7310
Photo Name Position Profile
 Nick Bitel  photo Nick Bitel
 Jonathan Bruck  photo Jonathan Bruck
 Yvonne Costello  photo Yvonne Costello
 Una Deretic  photo Una Deretic
 Stephen Hall  photo Stephen Hall
 Anthony Kerman  photo Anthony Kerman
 Peter Kohl  photo Peter Kohl
 Janice Martin  photo Janice Martin
 Daniel O’Connell  photo Daniel O’Connell
 Claudia Otto  photo Claudia Otto
 Martin O’Donoghue  photo Martin O’Donoghue
 Robert Paydon  photo Robert Paydon
 Robin Pickworth  photo Robin Pickworth
 Emma Shaw  photo Emma Shaw
 Zane Shihab  photo Zane Shihab
 James Thorndyke  photo James Thorndyke
 Sharon Trimmer  photo Sharon Trimmer
 David Wise  photo David Wise
 Joan Yu  photo Joan Yu
 Coral Yu  photo Coral Yu
Number of UK partners : 20
Number of other UK fee-earners : 30
ALLIURIS Alliance of International Business Lawyers

Kerman & Co is committed to being a responsible business and to ensuring that we operate in a socially conscious and an environmentally sustainable manner.

Inclusion & Diversity

Like our clients, we embrace diversity, and we employ staff from a range of educational and cultural backgrounds. Where possible, our staff work flexibly. We support The Law Society’s commitment to securing a more diverse and inclusive legal profession.

We regularly monitor diversity within the firm. The results of our most recent annual review process (based on the number of respondents) showed that 53% are female, while 32% come from ethnic minorities. We have a very broad range of employees across the age groups, 58% of which are between 25 and 44 years of age, with 10% 55 years or older.

Our employees also come from a mix of educational backgrounds, with almost 19% attending school outside the UK while 48% attended UK state schools.

We strive to create a safe and inclusive workplace for all our employees, and to broaden their skills and experience so that they can grow and prosper with us.

Community & Pro Bono

We are committed to supporting the communities where we do business. We regularly collaborate with clients, NGOs and charities to deliver pro bono services. We support a number of charities with fundraising and other activities, we regularly organise fundraising events and all our staff our encouraged to support these. We do not have an exclusive relationship with a particular charity, but have recently raised money for The Sick Children’s Trust, Coram Fields, Seeing is Believing, The British Heart Foundation, Children with Cancer, and Crisis.


We are committed to reducing our impact on the environment. For many years now, we have operated (as best we can) as a paperless office – relying on IT to store and file documents. Where we do use paper, we recycle large quantities of it and use recycled materials where appropriate. We also have a follow-me print management system, which helps us to eliminate wastage due to unclaimed printing, and the software actively monitors the environmental impact of all our print devices. All our employees have access to an environmental impact dashboard that displays their personal contribution to the firm’s printing/copying output.

TESTIMONIAL (SPORT): “The expert, pragmatic and responsive team at Kerman & Co stands out for its expertise in ticketing and sports sponsorship.”

“I cannot recommend Kerman & Co more highly. The intelligence, patience and great understanding of sports law demonstrated by the team, has helped advise me on many complicated matters”.

TESTIMONIAL (M&A): “Kerman & Co were invaluable to us during the transaction. Their expertise, commercial approach and responsiveness ensured a smooth process. Their team was personable and easy to deal with, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to others.”

“Their experience advising listed companies with assets in emerging markets and completing cross-border transactions is second to none”.

TESTIMONIAL (Capital Markets): “We have a very close working relationship with Kerman & Co and their advice and commitment during this transaction was invaluable. They are an extension of our in-house team and they have contributed greatly to the growth of our business, since its inception.”

“We were provided with incisive advice and guidance from the outset, which made the process near enough seamless. We would have no hesitation in recommending their services, especially to those operating public companies, where the Kerman team really does excel.”

TESTIMONIAL (Employment): “In a pretty stressful situation Jonathan was superb and really guided us through the ups and downs. I am delighted we achieved the result we hoped for.”

“Expert, pragmatic and responsive team.”

TESTIMONIAL (Private Client): “I have the highest regard for Kerman & Co and the services you have given me and my family.”

“An outstanding all-round service from Kerman & Co”.

TESTIMONIAL (Dispute Resolution): “They are very good at resolving issues, they know how business actually works in the real world.”

“We were very pleased to have Kerman & Co in our corner!”

TESTIMONIAL (Real Estate): “Really value the institutional knowledge Kerman & Co have of our property portfolio, they really are an extension of our in-house team.”

“Deliver a very consistent service across the board, also take pride in developing personal relationships, which is important to us.”