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Una Deretic

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Kerman & Co

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Corporate and Commercial


Una is a partner experienced in a wide range of corporate and commercial transactions, including advising clients on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, banking transactions, equity investment and other financing, and advising private companies and companies listed on AIM in the mining, minerals, and oil and gas sectors.


Trained Courts & Co Solicitors, qualified 2005; Kimbells LLP; Kerman & Co LLP 2007; associate partner 2010; partner 2013.




North Westminster Community School; Queen Mary, University of London (2002 LLB Hons); College of Law (2003 LPC).


Food/cooking, travelling, art.

London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: smaller deals up to £50m

Within: M&A: smaller deals up to £50m

Kerman & Co¬†specialises in acting for small and medium-sized entrepreneurial companies and business owners, with a particular focus on the energy and natural resources, and more recently technology and growth company, sectors. The team has handled numerous cross-border M&A transactions: practice head Peter Kohl¬†advised the founding shareholder of Lithuanian grocery chain UAB Palink on the ‚ā¨213m sale of the company to ICA Gruppen, a Swedish grocery business, as well as acting for a privately held US media company, Media Link, on its $207m sale to Ascential. Other highlights included Una Deretic¬†advising service station operator Applegreen on its ¬£21m acquisition of seven sites and related businesses from Carsley Group, andMartin O‚ÄôDonoghue¬†acting for the shareholders of The Future Customer on the company‚Äôs sale to IFC. Paul Gilks, Yvonne Costello, Simon Holden¬†and senior associates Coral Yu¬†and Jack Kemmish¬†are also noted members of the team.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Mining and minerals

Within: Mining and minerals

Kerman & Co recently acted for new client Panthera on its restructuring as part of its listing on the AIM and assisted longstanding client Metals Exploration with certain transactional issues arising from its $21m mezzanine debt facility. Una Deretic handled the acquisition of a limited partnership, a third-party investment and a number of joint venture arrangements on behalf of Jade Resources. On the contentious side, consultant Sean Nolan advised Norgold on a dispute with the lead contractor on an open pit mine in Africa; he also oversaw the internal reorganisation and restructuring of the business and a series of loan facilities. Other key names include equity capital markets expert Simon Holden and head of the Asia Pacific region Joan Yu who regularly represents clients in complex cross-border transactions. Peter Kohl heads the firm's corporate department and leads the mining sector offering.

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Oil and gas

Within: Oil and gas

The oil and gas lawyers at the 'truly excellent' Kerman & Co 'respond with alacrity, give excellent advice and have an all-encompassing knowledge of the market'. Praised as a 'tour de force', Simon Holden is recommended by clients alongside Una Deretic who 'provides excellent commercial and pragmatic advice'. In parallel with substantial capital markets mandates including share offers and fundraisings, the group handled Petrogas' $21m acquisition of seven sites and associated businesses from the Carsley Group under the supervision of Deretic and associate Coral Yu .  Corporate practice head Peter Kohl and solicitor Jack Kemmish are also key contacts.

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