Laura Herdman (Capital Law)

Laura Spendiff

Senior Associate
Corporate & Commercial

Laura is a Senior Associate in the Corporate and Commercial team at Capital. 

Laura specialises in private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, disposals and restructuring projects. Her expertise extends to venture capital, growth capital and corporate investments, from seed round to large, private equity-backed MBOs. Laura regularly advises sponsors, investors and management teams in connection with all stages of the investment cycle, together with portfolio management issues.

Laura is recognised as a rising star in the legal directories, and was shortlisted as Insider’s Young Dealmaker of the Year in 2017; she was also named ‘one of the thirty lawyers and accountants to watch’ in WalesOnline.

Laura is extremely diligent and structured in her approach; she has clarity and commerciality in respect of her inputs. Laura, and Capital Law are my legal representation of choice for the varying transactions with the multiple businesses I am involved in.

Ashley Cooper, Co-Founder and Director of Catalyst Growth Partners and smart capital provider

  • The shareholders of DevOpsGroup on their sale to Amdocs, a NASDAQ listed leading global technology consultancy business specialising in large-scale cloud transformation.
  • BGF on its multimillion-pound investment into Character.com, an international online children’s clothing retailer.
  • The shareholders of Freight Logistics Solutions on the multimillion-pound MBO, backed by Development Bank of Wales.
  • RJD Partners on the management buyout of Improve International, a global provider of continuing education to the veterinary sector.
  • The shareholders of Engage in Learning on their sale to award-winning learning and talent management provider, Kallidus, with the backing of its private equity partner, Apse Capital.
  • Insurtech business applying AI to insurance claims, Sprout.ai, on its $2.5m investment from Amadeus Capital Partners, Playfair Capital and Techstars.
  • Manufacturing business, Viscose Closures, on its group reorganisation and seven-figure exit of Development Bank of Wales.
  • WestBridge Capital on the MBO of Wilcomatic, one of the UK’s leading vehicle and rail wash systems providers.
  • The shareholders of Broomfield & Alexander, the largest independent accountancy practice in Wales on their merger with the Baldwins Group (now Azets).
  • DevOpsGroup, a cloud, devops and agile solutions business on its £3m growth capital investment by BGF.
  • A consortium of investors on the £7.6m acquisition of a London based facilities management business.
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Private equity
  • Venture capital transaction and investment
  • MBOs
  • Early-stage companies
  • Group restructuring
  • General corporate governance affairs

Career

  • Senior Associate, Capital Law Limited (May 2020 – present)
  • Associate, Capital Law Limited (2017 – April 2020)
  • Solicitor, Capital Law LLP (2015 – 2017)
  • Solicitor, Greenaway Scott (2014 – 2015)
  • Corporate Commercial Executive, Greenaway Scott (2013 – 2014)
  • Legal Assistant, Morgan Cole LLP (2010 – 2013)

Education

  • Swansea University: LPC (2009 – 2010)
  • University of Wales, Swansea: Bachelor of Laws LL.B (2006 – 2009)

Memberships / Trustee Positions

  • The Law Society of England and Wales.