Melanie Howard

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Melanie Howard is an M&A partner in Baker McKenzie’s office in London. She joined the Firm in 2017, having spent over a decade at a Magic Circle firm.

Practice Focus

Melanie is experienced in advising corporate, private equity and investment banking clients on complex domestic and cross-border public and private M&A, takeover code issues, securities law and the listing rules, corporate and acquisition financing structures.

Representative Legal Matters

Prior to joining the Firm, Melanie has handled the following significant matters:

  • Advised AB Inbev in relation to its business combination with SABMiller.
  • Advised Skyepharma PLC on its merger with Vectura Group plc.
  • Advised one of the world's largest snacks companies on the combination of its global coffee business with a major tea and coffee producer, to form the world’s leading pure play coffee company, with revenue in excess of GBP 5 billion.
  • Counseled a large global bank on the disposal of interests in a major music label to another recording company for EUR 1.2 billion, and the music publishing business to a consortium and a multinational electronics, gaming, entertainment and financial services conglomerate for USD 2.2 billion.
  • Advised a multinational food and beverage company on its GBP 11.9 billion successful offer to a multinational confectionery company.
  • Advised a major bank on the sale of its European locomotive and electric passenger train leasing business to Alpha Trains.
  • Advised Abertis on the sale of Luton Airport, and on the sale of airport assets in Europe and the US to ADC & HAS Airports Worldwide.
  • Advised Meggitt on its acquisition of Pacific Scientific Aerospace from Danaher Corporation and an equity placing of USD 250 million.
  • Advised E. Stanley Kroenke in connection with his recommended mandatory cash offer for Arsenal Holdings, the holding company of Arsenal football club.
  • Advised Brixton on the successful takeover of Brixton by SEGRO.


  • Victoria~Australia (2003)


  • English