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About Meredith Bayley

Meredith is a corporate counsel in our global transactions group.

She acts on complex domestic and cross-border M&A deals, joint ventures and other corporate advisory and transactional work for a broad mix of listed and unlisted corporate clients. She advises clients across a range of sectors, with a particular focus on the telecoms, media and technology sector. 

During her time at Freshfields, Meredith has spent time in the firm’s Singapore office and on secondment at a multinational communications services provider.

In 2023, Meredith was featured in’s list of UK female rising stars.


Recent work

  • Advising industrial software player, AVEVA Group plc, on the recommended US$11.6 billion takeover offer by Schneider Electric
  • Advising London Stock Exchange Group plc on a number of matters, including its:
    • 10-year, multi-billion pound strategic collaboration with Microsoft for next-generation data, analytics and cloud infrastructure solutions
    • acquisition of Refinitiv in an all-share transaction for a total enterprise value of $27 billion
    • €4.325 billion disposal of the Borsa Italiana Group 
    • £750m on-market buyback programme and directed buyback
  • Advising BT on its structural reorganisation of Openreach following regulatory demands and on governance matters
  • Advising BT on its £12.5 billion acquisition of EE



  • University of Manchester, English Law and French Law LLB
  • BPP Law School, Legal Practice Course

Professional qualifications

  • Solicitor, England and Wales