Goodman Derrick has announced that Joanna Higton has joined the firm as a partner in the corporate group.
Higton joins from Maclay Murray & Spens. Her practice is made up of corporate transactional work for UK private and public companies.
She has worked as a corporate lawyer for more than 25 years, advising clients across a variety of sectors on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and management buy-outs and individuals on start-ups, exits and shareholders agreements.
For public company clients, Higton has advised on flotations, both on AIM and the Main Market, fundraisings, reorganisations and takeovers. She has also provided strategic advice to the board on corporate governance issues.
Notably, Higton was the lead legal adviser on the first takeover of a split capital investment trust under the Takeover Code.
Her practice includes a number of clients within the leisure sector, including restaurants and bars and other clients within the retail sector.