I am a Partner in our Commercial and Infrastructure team. ...
Corporate and finance law is about the creation, funding and life of enterprises designed to further the aims or objects of their owners.
Our experienced team represent a broad range of private and public sector organisations, from owner-managed businesses to multi-national corporations, and from housing associations to local authorities and the NHS. We also act as part of larger cross-disciplinary teams on both national and cross-border transactions to help you with your challenges.
Business establishment: the life cycle of any business vehicle begins with choosing an appropriate structure, often followed by incorporation and putting in place appropriate constitutional documents. We develop and draft structuring solutions to suit every situation and have a particular specialism in structuring complex high value, multi-party enterprises.
Corporate governance: good governance principles of accountability, risk management and integrity should be at the heart of any successful business. We can support your governance reviews and advise on best practice.
Investment, finance and private equity: we assist clients through the investment process, from seeking and structuring debt or equity investment and undertaking pre-investment due diligence, to reviewing and negotiating investment or finance documentation. We can establish employee share schemes to incentivise management and staff.
Joint ventures and partnerships: these can be important for business expansion, as a means of sharing risk and accessing potential markets. They can be relatively simple or quite complex and can be structured as legal partnerships, contractual arrangements for corporate joint ventures. In each case, we aim to deliver plain English solutions so that the legal text doesn't detract from the relationship at the heart of the venture.
Restructuring and reorganisations: as a business evolves, it is often necessary to consider some form of restructuring, reorganisation or refinancing. This may be voluntary or, in some circumstances, involuntary. Our team has wide experience of taking clients through this process to achieve their aims.
Mergers and acquisitions: whether you are interested in strategic acquisition to take your business to another level, or downsizing to realise value, our experienced team will guide you through all aspects of sale or purchase transactions, from initial heads of terms and due diligence to legal documents, completion and post-completion integration.
Business recovery and insolvency: sometimes business conditions can take a turn for the worse. At such times professional advice is essential to limit financial exposure and to mitigate risks with a view to a successful business turnaround or an orderly winding up of the business. Our team can provide immediate assistance if your enterprise is facing business survival issues or if you are a customer, supplier or funder worried about continuity of services and/or the ability to repay sums owed.
I advise housing associations, local authorities, charities and private companies ...