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Our focus is on dynamic business and we place great emphasis on understanding our clients' needs. Combined with a positive and lateral-thinking approach, our corporate and commercial work is technically excellent, commercially appropriate and delivered with high service quality.

Areas of work

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Management buy-outs
  • Private equity
  • Shareholders agreements
  • Joint ventures
  • Reconstructions and demergers
  • Corporate borrowing
  • Flotations
  • Overseas investment and acquisitions.

Our Expertise

Our corporate finance work encompasses the full spectrum of transactional and investment activity. Our corporate clients instruct us on mergers, acquisitions and disposals for both quoted and unquoted companies in the UK and overseas; corporate venturing; joint ventures; capital-raising through shares or debt; and stock exchange and financial services compliance.

Investment clients look to us to advise on the structure of their investment vehicle; on EIS and other tax reliefs and on the form and structure of their corporate investments.

We act for commercial lenders in negotiating facility agreements and taking security.

Individuals instruct us on start-ups, MBOs, MBIs and similar matters; as well as on their legal position as directors or shareholders.

We advise on group structures; reconstructions; demergers; capital reductions; share buy-backs (whether quoted or unquoted); family company succession; shareholding ratchets and similar arrangements.

Our specialist skills with employee shareholdings and share-related incentives enables us to devise innovative arrangements in this field, whether purely for incentive purposes or to achieve some corporate objective.

All clients look to us for due diligence; drafting of documents; negotiation and good counsel.


Richard Kennett
Tel:  +44 (0) 20 7842 8000
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7842 8080


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