Corporate Law

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Establishing a business, or being responsible for the running and growth of one, can be extremely rewarding and exciting, requiring commitment, passion and drive.

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Taking a big picture approach

Successful entrepreneurs and business leaders thrive on the highs of their commercial and personal successes and know to seek the support of trusted advisers when navigating more difficult times.

SMEs, in particular, may be more susceptible to the commercial challenges faced by all businesses, be they complications around funding, governance, supply chain or other aspects of the day-to-day running of the business. However, as a valuable and crucial part of the economy, they are also more adaptable and responsive to change. They have the ability to see opportunity and move quickly to capitalise upon it. To move your organisation forward, you should be working alongside a team with an in-depth awareness of your overarching commercial strategy and the expertise to provide you with innovative, proactive guidance.

Our Corporate lawyers advise UK and internationally-based entrepreneurs, owner-managed and family-owned businesses and investors on all aspects of their business affairs. Getting to know you as the client is crucial to the work we do. We take a big picture approach, understanding your commercial interests far wider than the instruction itself so we can provide you with uniquely tailored advice. We embed ourselves seamlessly into your team, creating a strong and enduring business partnership.

With our clear understanding of your long-term strategy and objectives, we can work with you closely throughout the life cycle of your business, planning and supporting growth from inception, through domestic or international expansion, mergers and acquisitions, right through to exit. We advise ambitious individuals and businesses and pride ourselves on constantly striving to find new and creative strategies to help our clients achieve the best possible results.

Owner-managers of businesses have the additional challenge of balancing the requirements of the business with their personal and family priorities, and it can be difficult not to let one impact the other. It is possible for relationship breakdowns and family conflicts to affect your business, if not managed properly. When you are faced with difficult personal situations, we draw on the expertise of our Private Wealth colleagues to help ensure both your business and personal life move forward in the right direction.

Watch the video below to find out more about how we work with entrepreneurs and small business owners to support their business and personal requirements.

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We support our clients with individually tailored legal advice, in areas such as:

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Make an enquiry Mergers & Acquisitions

Acquiring or selling a business can be a great way for organisations to grow and transform, but it can also be complex and risky. There are many legal, financial and operational factors to consider which are not always obvious.

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Traditionally, corporate governance has been the preserve of listed companies. For many years now, all listed public companies in the UK have been asked to ‘comply or explain’ – either follow the UK Corporate Governance Code or explain why they do not.

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Make an enquiry Private Equity & Venture Capital

Whether you need assistance with seed and early-stage funding or mature market raises to fund management buyouts, growth or development capital, our team has the experience to support you.

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Make an enquiry Funding & Finance

All businesses need adequate funding in order to operate, develop and grow. We work for both commercial lenders and borrowers on a range of funding transactions, both domestic and cross-border.

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    Mergers & acquisitions: An overview of our expertise

    An overview of the expertise of our Corporate lawyers in relation to mergers and acquisitions, where we act for experienced private equity-backed buyers as well more novice sellers who need careful guidance through this potentially daunting legal maze.

    Optimising your key business documentation, policies & procedures.

    CB Checkpoint

    There are a number of key policies, procedures and documents your business should keep up to date, to be both legally protected and in preparation for investment or exit.

    Collyer Bristow’s ‘CB Checkpoint’ team will give your business a full check-over, reviewing your key documentation and advising on any changes that are suggested or required.

    A guide to establishing your business

    Doing business in the UK

    The UK is one of the most straightforward countries in which to do business. However, it  does have its own distinct business practices. Whether you are looking to set up a new business here or expand an existing one, this guide covers the key things you need to know to avoid potential pitfalls and get the most out of your investment.

    Strategic support for ambitious businesses

    We support ambitious, often owner managed businesses, investors and entrepreneurs in building, operating and scaling enterprises from early stage right through to exit.

    Read our guide for business owners on protecting your business against incapacity.

    A Question of Capacity: a guide for businesses

    Our guide, A Question of Capacity, outlines key points for consideration to ensure you, as a business owner, can put your business in the best position possible in the event of your incapacity.

    At what stage is your business?

    There are seven stages to the growth cycle of a business. Each has its own challenges and opportunities, which our firm is uniquely placed to help you navigate.

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    Recent experience

    • We acted for the buyer of Manor Renewable Energy Limited (MRE). MRE is a cutting edge company specialising in temporary engineering solutions for the offshore industry. The deal was backed by a consortium of domestic and international private equity, and we advised the buyer on all aspects of the transaction; from initial due diligence to a successful and smooth completion where all parties walked away satisfied with the outcome.

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      Manor renewable energy limited

      Ragavan ArunachalamPartner

      Case study

      We acted for the buyer of Manor Renewable Energy Limited (MRE). MRE is a cutting edge company specialising in temporary engineering solutions for the offshore industry. The deal was backed by a consortium of domestic and international private equity, and we advised the buyer on all aspects of the transaction; from initial due diligence to a successful and smooth completion where all parties walked away satisfied with the outcome.

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    • We acted in the sale of a company which owned a substantial property in the South of England, to an investment management company. The deal included the signing of a development partnership agreement between the buyer and a leading construction company to develop the property.

      CORPORATE

      Sale of large property owner

      Paul SillisConsultant

      Case study

      We acted in the sale of a company which owned a substantial property in the South of England, to an investment management company. The deal included the signing of a development partnership agreement between the buyer and a leading construction company to develop the property.

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    • We acted in the sale of a large independent DIY and decorating retail businesses, with multiple branches, to a large international builders merchants business. As well as handling the sale, the process also included a large property aspect and employment law advice, due to the retail nature of the business.

      CORPORATE

      Sale of DIY retailer

      Paul SillisConsultant

      Case study

      We acted in the sale of a large independent DIY and decorating retail businesses, with multiple branches, to a large international builders merchants business. As well as handling the sale, the process also included a large property aspect and employment law advice, due to the retail nature of the business.

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    • We acted for the sellers in the sale of the entire issued share capital of a successful international on-line translation company, with a Far-Eastern subsidiary, to one of the largest UK-based e-commerce organisations.

      CORPORATE

      Sale of online translation company

      Nigel BrahamsPartner

      Case study

      We acted for the sellers in the sale of the entire issued share capital of a successful international on-line translation company, with a Far-Eastern subsidiary, to one of the largest UK-based e-commerce organisations.

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    • We acted for the buyer in a deal for the acquisition of an innovative online fashion company. Our advice included the SPA and due diligence, as well property, employment, IP and IT aspects. This was a very complex matter due to the number of selling shareholders involved.

      CORPORATE

      Acquisition of online fashion company

      Paul SillisConsultant

      Case study

      We acted for the buyer in a deal for the acquisition of an innovative online fashion company. Our advice included the SPA and due diligence, as well property, employment, IP and IT aspects. This was a very complex matter due to the number of selling shareholders involved.

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    • We advised one the UK’s leading suppliers of film and TV post production services in its acquisition of another post production facility in London. The deal included property and employment aspects, as well as arranging the funding.

      CORPORATE

      Acquisition of film production facility

      Paul SillisConsultant

      Case study

      We advised one the UK’s leading suppliers of film and TV post production services in its acquisition of another post production facility in London. The deal included property and employment aspects, as well as arranging the funding.

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    • We acted for a company backed by private equity (including Jon Moulton) in its purchase of He-Man Dual Controls - a leading manufacturer of dual-control systems for cars. In addition to the acquisition we also advised on the equity financing of the Special Purpose Vehicle (buying company), and the debt financing of the deal.

      CORPORATE & PRIVATE EQUITY

      He-Man Dual Controls purchase

      Ragavan ArunachalamPartner

      Case study

      We acted for a company backed by private equity (including Jon Moulton) in its purchase of He-Man Dual Controls - a leading manufacturer of dual-control systems for cars. In addition to the acquisition we also advised on the equity financing of the Special Purpose Vehicle (buying company), and the debt financing of the deal.

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