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Dylan Doran Kennett is a corporate partner specialising in venture and growth capital, joint ventures, as well as M&A transactions.

Dylan has experience in domestic and cross-border mergers & acquisitions, venture capital and private equity transactions. Dylan acts on both sides of the investment dialogue, advising both company-side and investor-side, as well as joint ventures and other collaborative transactions.

He has particular expertise in the life science, technology, media, sport, entertainment sectors. Dylan joined the firm in 2023 and has been described by Legal 500 as having ‘an indefatigable work ethic’. 


Dylan recently completed an MBA at the University of Cambridge.  He qualified in England and Wales in 2014 and joined Herbert Smith Freehills in 2023 from a leading international law firm where he was a senior associate and built his own practice in the venture capital and growth equity space. 

  • College of Law, Moorgate, LPC, 2012
  • University College London, Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (LLB), 2011
  • McGill University, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (B.A), 2006

Experience & expertise

Selected matters

  • Eagle Football on its acquisition of a controlling stake in Olympique Lyonnais*
  • John Textor on his investment into Crystal Palace Football Club*
  • WeWork advising on its corporate governance in the U.K, their international expansion into numerous jurisdictions and the creation of its Creator Awards in the UK, Hong Kong, the Netherlands and Germany. He also advised them on their acquisition of LT Build Limited, a general contractor in the UK*
  • Pangea Botanica and Kanna Health on all aspects of their business needs, including their seed rounds*
  • Pfizer Ventures, on a number of Series A and B rounds in UK life sciences companies, including, Nucleome, Grey Wolf, Storm Therapeutics, and Zura Bio*
  • Seedrs Limited, the leading equity crowdfunding platform, on their corporate and fund advisory work, including advising on their current and existing portfolio investments on behalf of the ‘crowd’*
  • Vita Mojo on their £10m Series A investment from a consortium of investors, led by Investec, as well as its $30m Series B investment from Battery Ventures*  
  • Liberty Global on its $18m investment into iFlix, an OTT content streaming service in South East Asia and other emerging markets globally*
  • Gett (formerly Gett Taxi) on its US$1.2bn, Series D funding round in which Volkswagen Group invested US$300m*
  • CBRE on its strategic investment in proptech startup Stowga, an online warehouse logistics marketplace*
  • Gett on its US$100m acquisition of Juno, a New York based ride-hailing app*
  • Liberty Global plc and Discovery Communications, Inc. on their minority investment in Formula E racing series*

* Experience prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehills