Brenda A. Coleman


  • LLB (Law), 1st Class Hons, King's College London, 1981


  • England and Wales, Solicitor, 1984
  • Member, City of London Law Society Tax Committee
  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Chambers UK, Europe, Global – Band 1
  • UK Legal 500 - highly recommended 
  • Who’s Who Legal
  • Super Lawyers: Tax
  • Expert Guides’ Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law

Brenda A. Coleman


Brenda Coleman specialises in all aspects of corporate tax including private equity, fund formation, public and private M&A, restructurings, complex financings and tax disputes. Her experience includes acting for multi-asset managers, LPs, multinational companies, banks, hedge funds, Sovereign wealth funds and various UK Government departments.


  • Acting for Exponent Private Equity on its sale of Pattonair, a global aerospace and defense supply chain provider to Platinum Equity
  • Acting for CCMP on its sale of PureGym, a chain of no frills fitness clubs in the United Kingdom
  • Acting for Oakley Capital on the acquisition of TechInsights, a technology patent analysis business
  • Acting for Bain Capital on its purchase of a controlling stake in MKM, the UK’s largest independent builders’ merchant, from 3i and Lloyds Development Capital
  • Advising Dutch pension fund APG on its acquisition of a 75 per cent interest in a joint venture with TH Real Estate, to develop the St James Centre in Edinburgh, one of the UK’s largest private regeneration projects
  • Acting for Bain Capital on the acquisition of the Ibstock, Forticrete, Supreme and Glen Gery clay and concrete businesses of CRH plc
  • Acting for Charlesbank Capital Partners on the acquisition of Six Degrees, a managed data services specialist
  • Acting for Ensono, a portfolio company of Charlesbank Capital Partners on the acquisition of Attenda, a leading UK-based pure-play provider of critical applications and hybrid IT managed services
  • Advising TSG Consumer Partners on its acquisition of a minority stake in BrewDog, a Scottish craft beer
  • Acting for 3i Group plc on the acquisition of Audley Travel
  • Acting for CVC Credit Partners on its formation of a European debt fund
  • Acting for the sponsor in the ongoing formation of its €600 million credit and buyout fund platform
  • Acting for the sponsor in the ongoing formation of its €1 billion direct lending platform
  • Acting for a Northern European private equity sponsor in the formation of its €4.25 billion Northern Europe focused private equity fund


  • Quoted, “Tax treaty reforms push firms to rejig ops,” Ignites Europe (August 4, 2017)


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