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Our market-leading practice acts for founders, companies and investors (including private wealth vehicles, venture funds and banks) at every stage of a company’s development.

This practice is international in character – many of our clients are not based in the UK - and goes right through to trade exit or IPO, and beyond.

Deal structuring is a key part of what we do. Not only does this include heads of terms and definitive documents that are needed to carry out the investment, but also specialist tax advice.

Our daily diet includes:

  • convertible loans, KISS and SAFE
  • subscription agreements
  • shareholders' agreements and investment agreements
  • options
  • articles of association
  • ancillaries (including intellectual property and employment)

We have robust market knowledge and strong industry relationships which we use as reference points for targeted advice and referrals.

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Lewis Silkin has advised BGF on a £14 million investment in Victorian Sliders.

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Lewis Silkin has advised BGF on a £14 million investment in Victorian Sliders, a South Wales based business which is the UK’s only fully integrated, specialist manufacturer of uPVC sash windows.

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SPACs post-Hill: a blank cheque to growth?

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