Whether you are a start-up setting out and looking to expand, an ambitious growth business preparing to float, or a multinational enterprise undertaking major acquisitions, complex corporate law issues span the entire lifecycle of any business.
Such challenges as selling your lifetime business, negotiating your next round of investment, or your shareholder rights or your next key acquisition, structuring your employee incentives, understanding governance issues and a raft of regulations and guidance are both commonplace and increasingly intricate. Each requires different skills and specific expertise from a range of legal practice areas, including tax, as well as real insight into nuances of the industry in question. We bring all of this together in one holistic, specialist team.
Unlike many corporate advisers, we are by no means purely transaction-focussed although it’s a large part of what we do. We often play a far more strategic role for our clients, driven by lasting business relationships and a partner-led, personalised service.
What makes a company a quasi-partnership?20 March 2018
Lord Wilberforce’s observation that “a company, however small, however domestic, is not a partnership…” indicates that there are clear distinctions between even the smallest companies and partnerships. However, case law has shown that in some instances the court has been willing to deem companies “quasi” or “in substance” partnerships.
Fergus Payne writes for Accountancy Age: What does the future hold for listed accountancy firms?13 March 2018
In an article for Accountancy Age, Fergus Payne discusses why firms would consider listing on a stock market or taking external investment.
Directors held to be trustees of company property08 March 2018
The Supreme Court has held that directors should be treated as being in possession of company property from the time of their appointment because, as fiduciary stewards they are trustees of trust property within the meaning of section 21(1)(b) of the Limitation Act 1890 (“the Act”).
Update on the new tax rules for payments in lieu of notice16 February 2018
New tax rules will mean that income tax and national insurance contributions (“NICs”) must be paid on all payments in lieu of notice (“PILONs”) with effect from 6 April 2018.
Lewis Silkin has advised the Harbour Group on its acquisition of US textiles and furniture company Thibaut Inc.15 February 2018
Lewis Silkin has advised its client the Harbour Group on its acquisition of US based company, Thibaut Inc.
Lewis Silkin advises Next Fifteen Communications Group plc on its acquisition of The Brandwidth Group Limited08 February 2018
Lewis Silkin has advised its client Next 15, the digital communications group, on its 100% acquisition of The Brandwidth Group, a UK based digital innovation agency on 6 February 2018.
Lewis Silkin French Desk advises the global HR management group Synergie on its disposal of Acorn Learning Solutions06 February 2018
The French Desk advised long term client Synergie, owner of the Acorn group of companies in the UK, on the disposal of its UK subsidiary Acorn Learning Solutions, the training arm of leading recruitment agency Acorn Recruitment, to the Welsh based training provider ACT, in January 2018.
Lewis Silkin’s French Desk advises Descours & Cabaud Slovakia, part of the French group Descours & Cabaud, on its acquisitions of Hayley cz02 February 2018
The French Desk of Lewis Silkin assisted existing client the Descours & Cabaud Group in its acquisition of 100% of the share capital of Hayley cz, a company based in the Czech Republic.