Company law & corporate services
We work across all industry sectors delivering specialist corporate services to a broad range of businesses. We advise on:
- Business and company sales and purchases
- Joint ventures, shareholder agreements and articles of association
- Business finance
- Company purchase of own shares
Business and company sales and purchases
We act for buyers, sellers and management teams in business and company sales and purchases.
We will project manage the transaction for you, drawing our specialist company law solicitors together to assist with and advise on each aspect of the process, including due diligence, document drafting and negotiation. We will also work with the wider transaction team, such as your accountant and other professional advisors to achieve completion of the sale and purchase in line with your expectations.
For businesses looking at a prospective sale, we can assist in getting it ready for market by preparing it for the due diligence process, identifying key issues to resolve ahead of sale and advising on pre-sale reorganisations.
We are experienced in acting for a broad range of businesses ranging from local sole traders, partnerships and small owner-managed companies to larger regional, national and international corporates.
Whatever your reasons for restructuring, we advise on share and business reorganisations and demergers, ranging from the straightforward transfer of a business operation into a new company to a more complex arrangement involving multiple new companies, intra-group loans, dividends, share issues and share exchanges.
We will work with your accountant or professional advisor to ensure that the structure and process follow tax planning and clearances whilst remaining within the strict confines of company law.
Joint Ventures, shareholder agreements and articles of association
We use our expertise to assist you in drafting, reviewing, advising on and negotiating the terms of commercial joint venture arrangements, shareholder agreements and bespoke articles of association.
We seek to protect your position through, for example, detailed provisions around decision-making, transfer of shares, financial commitments, dividend policies and exit whilst ensuring that the commercial arrangement is workable for all concerned.
Where appropriate, we will work with you to transfer assets and employees into the new company and will advise on commercial agreements and arrangements necessary to get your venture off the ground.
We advise businesses on the terms of lending and security documentation and directors and business owners on associated personal guarantees. Whether you are putting in place a straightforward loan arrangement or complex group facility we will work hand in hand with you to meet lenders’ requirements and ensure the terms and facilities agreed reflect your expectations.