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.
Budget 2018. What a wonderful surprise! No really, you shouldn’t have!30 October 2018
It was my birthday recently, so I was delighted when the Chancellor told me he had got me a present. A Budget! It was a little late, distinctly homemade, and wrapped in a spreadsheet (natch) - but I was fascinated to find out what was inside. In other words, here is a selection of key tax changes for business that were announced in the Budget.
Corporate Governance and Insolvency reforms25 October 2018
The UK Government is implementing measures to strengthen corporate governance and insolvency laws. The aim is to increase accountability, improve creditor protection and promote company rescue. This note comments on a selection of the proposals which were published at the end of the summer.
Lewis Silkin French Desk advises long term client Sopra Steria (Euronext Paris) on the acquisition of lending solutions provider Sword Apak25 October 2018
The Lewis Silkin French Desk has advised its long term client Sopra Steria on its acquisition, through its subsidiary Sopra Banking Software, of lending solutions software provider Sword Apak, a subsidiary of Sword Group.
Matthew Rowbotham comments for Essential Retail: Will an Amazon Tax really save the UK high street?24 October 2018
In an article for Essential Retail, Matthew Rowbotham comments on the Chancellor of the Exchequer suggestion of bringing in a special tax on online businesses coined the "Amazon Tax" in an attempt to rescue brick and mortar retailers in the UK.
Sam Pennington featured in The Times - Raconteur report: Mergers, Acquisitions & Exit Strategies - Cover your bucks when dealmaking27 September 2018
Corporate partner Sam Pennington featured in The Times - Raconteur report - M&A and Exit Strategies today, quoted in relation to the growing use of insurance in Mergers & Acquisitions transactions.
Karish Andrews comments for Sportcal: Clubs reject CVC's £275m Premiership bid but would sell minority13 September 2018
Karish Andrews comments in an article for Sportcal, which discusses the clubs in the Gallagher Premiership rejecting a £275-million offer from CVC Capital Partners.
Jonathan Carr writes for Lawyer Monthly: What do US companies need to consider during UK M&A deals?01 August 2018
In an article for Lawyer Monthly, Jonathan Carr discusses employment law due diligence in M&A transactions, and what US companies should consider when investing in the UK.
Can we remove “limited” from the end of our company name?30 July 2018
In certain circumstances a private limited company can apply to Companies House to be registered with a name that does not have “limited” (or the Welsh equivalent) at the end. This article summarises the circumstances of this exemption.