Corporate

Merging businesses or just starting up. Forming a joint venture or striking out on your own. Our team is here to help.

We are experts in dealing with corporate and commercial transactions in the increasingly complex world of 21st century business. As our clients are all too aware, controls imposed by regulators are becoming stricter and more limiting over time, and the same tends to be true of any general legislation.

This means that corporate deals are inevitably becoming more and more complicated. The good news is that, running in parallel with our corporate business, we advise regulators such as the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The fact that we are so heavily involved in the setting up and administration of regulations means that we are uniquely placed to advise our clients on their impact.

When undertaking substantial acquisitions for example, we can fit the transaction within multiple regulatory regimes, ensuring that all the right boxes are ticked. Not only is this a supremely valuable position, but it is one which we have cultivated for 40 years. The fact that we also know all the players in a given sector means that we can offer flexible, innovative structures to our clients, turning difficult problems into simple solutions.

Range

Our versatility extends beyond our general corporate advisory service to include all the non-contentious corporate issues that face the following clients:

  • PLCs.
  • Private companies – from global organisations to SMEs.
  • Entrepreneurs.
  • City based businesses and financiers.
  • Partnerships establishing ventures.
  • Corporates in the third sector.

The issues we can deal with range in scope from one-off transactions that involve a small number of shareholders through to complex multi-national transactions involving multiple institutional, corporate and individual investors. No matter your size, the area you work in or the problems you are facing, we’ll be able to put together a team to help.

Personal Treatment

We understand that each corporate client is different, and so we take the time to invest in a genuine relationship with each one, making sure that we fully understand their business and the industry sector in which they operate. We consult and liaise at every stage of the process, making sure that the client feels fully involved and informed and shares control of events. The work carried out by our Corporate Team covers a broad range of legal topics and disciplines including banking, property, employment, competition, financial services, regulatory issues, intellectual property and information technology. We have developed a reliable network of accountants, tax advisers and consultants.

Expertise

Our expertise ranges from corporate rescues to mergers and group consolidations; corporate acquisitions and disposals; buybacks, management buy-outs and buy-ins; fundraisings and joint ventures (including LLPs); cost share groups; and new business set-ups. We have experience in amalgamations (including transfers of going concern) group structures and intra group reorganisations, and regularly support our clients on corporate mergers or grouping documentation. We can also carry out or help you to carry out any due diligence required spanning governance, finance, property, IT, HR, procurement, litigation and loan consent requirements.

The fact that our firm is partner-led means that it is simple for our commercial department to draw upon the expertise of other departments such as Employment and Property and the centralised pooling of information within our London office (in line with issues of confidentiality) means that all of this combined experience is at the fingertips of each and any client. We realise that some of our more commercially minded clients might wish to run their own negotiations and are happy to provide back-up expertise in such cases. Recognising the need for versatility alongside specific expertise, we have created industry focus groups in order to craft services in areas such as healthcare, hotels and leisure, logistics and construction. Looking forward, our general corporate and SME work is expanding rapidly and we are using our expertise to specialise in IT advice.

Recent notable cases include:

  • Advising on joint ventures to deliver the Barking Riverside and Clapham Park major regeneration schemes.
  • Advising a private business on the outsourcing of internal audit work for over 200 NHS Trusts over 3 phases.
  • Advising on substantial private equity investments in consultancy, medical and pharmaceutical businesses.

Get in touch

Gareth Hall

  • London Office Office
  • Devonshires Solicitors LLP
  • 30 Finsbury Circus
  • London
  • EC2M 7DT