Taking a big picture approach.

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

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 team advises entrepreneurs, owner-managed and family owned businesses and investors based in the UK and internationally 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.

Support across the business life-cycle:

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Optimising your key business documentation, policies & procedures.

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.

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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.

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

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.

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Documenting Decisions

Are you considering new funding for your business? Our handy flowchart highlights key questions to ask yourself and key points to document to ensure your business is protected.

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Ragavan Arunachalam

Senior Associate

Talk to Ragavan about Commercial & Corporate & Corporate recovery, restructuring & insolvency & Private equity

Manor renewable energy limited

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.

Paul Sillis

Partner

Talk to Paul about Commercial & Corporate

Sale of large property owner

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.

Paul Sillis

Partner

Talk to Paul about Commercial & Corporate

Sale of DIY retailer

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.

Nigel Brahams

Partner

Talk to Nigel about Corporate & Financial regulatory & Private equity

Sale of online translation company

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.

Paul Sillis

Partner

Talk to Paul about Commercial & Corporate

Acquisition of online fashion company

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.

Paul Sillis

Partner

Talk to Paul about Commercial & Corporate

Acquisition of film production facility

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.

Ragavan Arunachalam

Senior Associate

Talk to Ragavan about Commercial & Corporate & Corporate recovery, restructuring & insolvency & Private equity

He-Man Dual Controls purchase

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.

Manor renewable energy limited

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.

Ragavan Arunachalam

Sale of large property owner

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.

Paul Sillis

Sale of DIY retailer

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.

Paul Sillis

Sale of online translation company

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.

Nigel Brahams

Acquisition of online fashion company

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.

Paul Sillis

Acquisition of film production facility

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.

Paul Sillis

He-Man Dual Controls purchase

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.

Ragavan Arunachalam