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.

Support across the business life-cycle:

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Seed

This is when a business venture is just a thought or idea. You want to ensure you make the best use of your limited resources to get the idea off the ground. We can work with you to determine which corporate vehicle best suits your needs and then incorporate it swiftly.

Alternatively, an investor might want to acquire an insolvent business through a newly fomed company or LLP. We have the expertise to guide you through this process.

Start-up

Your thought or idea is off the ground. You are starting to build relationships with suppliers and customers but you need capital to reach you market. We can provide you with tailored advice on raising debt or equity money.

Our Commercial team can also advise on issues involved in establishing your brand, including advising on website design, maintenance and hosting contracts.

Growth

Your business is up and running. You need to enter into appropriate contracts with the key third parties which will help your business grow. From agency agreements to distribution agreements, from supply contracts to service contracts, our Commercial team can draft any bespoke contract your business needs.

Established business

Your business is established and is a player in the market within which it operates. The nature of the contracts needed is evolving. For instance, you may need Non-Disclosure Agreements to help with negotiations with third parties. Alternatively, you may require more sophisticated arrangements regarding the services you provide or the supplies you need, such as the “licensing in” of third party intellectual property.

Expansion

Your business has reached critical mass and you are looking to move into additional channels and/or expand existing operations.

You may wish to purchase a business or take on investors, whether through debt or equity. Our team can guide you through these processes.

Mature

Your business may have reached a natural plateau and is stable in its income generation. You may need additional partners in order to kick-start growth again. Our Commercial team can provide guidance on the relevant contracts which may include sponsorship, joint ventures and licensing of intellectual property rights.

Alternatively, you may be thinking about succession and preparing your business for a successful exit. We can provide you with advice on the steps it would be prudent to take.

Exit

You have taken your business from the seed of an initial idea to a mature prospect and want to monetise all the hard work you have put in. Our team can assist with the sale of the business together with any corporate restructuring necessary to achieve the best outcome for you. Alternatively, you may need to protect yourself from creditors and save the business through an administration or turnaround. We are well positioned to provide you with strategic advice on this.

Seed

This is when a business venture is just a thought or idea. You want to ensure you make the best use of your limited resources to get the idea off the ground. We can work with you to determine which corporate vehicle best suits your needs and then incorporate it swiftly.

Alternatively, an investor might want to acquire an insolvent business through a newly fomed company or LLP. We have the expertise to guide you through this process.

Start-up

Your thought or idea is off the ground. You are starting to build relationships with suppliers and customers but you need capital to reach you market. We can provide you with tailored advice on raising debt or equity money.

Our Commercial team can also advise on issues involved in establishing your brand, including advising on website design, maintenance and hosting contracts.

Growth

Your business is up and running. You need to enter into appropriate contracts with the key third parties which will help your business grow. From agency agreements to distribution agreements, from supply contracts to service contracts, our Commercial team can draft any bespoke contract your business needs.

Established business

Your business is established and is a player in the market within which it operates. The nature of the contracts needed is evolving. For instance, you may need Non-Disclosure Agreements to help with negotiations with third parties. Alternatively, you may require more sophisticated arrangements regarding the services you provide or the supplies you need, such as the “licensing in” of third party intellectual property.

Expansion

Your business has reached critical mass and you are looking to move into additional channels and/or expand existing operations.

You may wish to purchase a business or take on investors, whether through debt or equity. Our team can guide you through these processes.

Mature

Your business may have reached a natural plateau and is stable in its income generation. You may need additional partners in order to kick-start growth again. Our Commercial team can provide guidance on the relevant contracts which may include sponsorship, joint ventures and licensing of intellectual property rights.

Alternatively, you may be thinking about succession and preparing your business for a successful exit. We can provide you with advice on the steps it would be prudent to take.

Exit

You have taken your business from the seed of an initial idea to a mature prospect and want to monetise all the hard work you have put in. Our team can assist with the sale of the business together with any corporate restructuring necessary to achieve the best outcome for you. Alternatively, you may need to protect yourself from creditors and save the business through an administration or turnaround. We are well positioned to provide you with strategic advice on this.

Paul Sillis

Partner

Sale of large property owner

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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.

Paul Sillis

Partner

Sale of DIY retailer

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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.

Sale of online translation company

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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.

Paul Sillis

Partner

Acquisition of online fashion company

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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.

Paul Sillis

Partner

Acquisition of film production facility

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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.

Jeff Roberts

Partner - Head of Commercial Services

He-Man Dual Controls purchase

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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.

Paul Sillis

Partner

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

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.

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

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

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.

Jeff Roberts

Partner - Head of Commercial Services

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.

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Jeff Roberts

Jeff Roberts

Partner - Head of Commercial Services

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Sharon Fryer

Sharon Fryer

Partner

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Nigel Brahams
Paul Sillis

Paul Sillis

Partner

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Ragavan Arunachalam

Ragavan Arunachalam

Senior Associate

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Valentina Falicheva

Valentina Falicheva

Associate

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Christian Davison

Christian Davison

Associate

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