Whether you are a start-up setting out and looking to expand, an ambitious growth business preparing to float, or a multinational enterprise undertaking major acquisitions, complex corporate law issues span the entire lifecycle of any business.
Such challenges as selling your lifetime business, negotiating your next round of investment, or your shareholder rights or your next key acquisition, structuring your employee incentives, understanding governance issues and a raft of regulations and guidance are both commonplace and increasingly intricate. Each requires different skills and specific expertise from a range of legal practice areas, including tax, as well as real insight into nuances of the industry in question. We bring all of this together in one holistic, specialist team.
Unlike many corporate advisers, we are by no means purely transaction-focussed although it’s a large part of what we do. We often play a far more strategic role for our clients, driven by lasting business relationships and a partner-led, personalised service.
AIM becomes SME Growth Market – the implications for AIM companies10 January 2018
AIM, the London Stock Exchange’s international market for smaller growing companies, was registered as an SME Growth Market on 3 January 2018.
From the pub to the court room19 December 2017
It is not uncommon for commercial deals to be agreed with a handshake in an informal setting (often a bar, restaurant or other social venue). If agreed, parties usually then move the matter on to their lawyers to document the terms. But what if terms are never documented? How much reliance can be placed on commercial terms that are agreed orally?
Lewis Silkin advises Be Heard Group plc on its acquisition of creative agency The Corner and associated fundraising of £6.2m01 December 2017
Lewis Silkin has advised Be Heard Group plc, a digital marketing services group, on its acquisition of The Corner, an award winning integrated creative agency based in Soho, London, and an associated cash placing of £2.2m and convertible loan note fundraise of £4m.
The Damp Squid Budget?22 November 2017
Yes, yes, I know the phrase is “damp squib”. Call it pedant bait if you like. And the Chancellor (like everyone else) seems to be Blue Planet crazy, so you may detect a salty theme in this Budget update. Anyway, let’s dive into the icy waters of the latest Budget and see what monsters lurk beneath.
Lewis Silkin advises Next Fifteen Group on its acquisition of Charterhouse Research Ltd26 September 2017
Lewis Silkin, a leading international law firm to creative agencies, has advised Next Fifteen Group (Next 15), the digital communications group, on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Charterhouse Research Ltd (“Charterhouse”) through its data and insights subsidiary, MIG Global Limited (“MIG”). This deal marks the fourth acquisition that the Lewis Silkin team has been instructed on by Next 15 this year.
Lewis Silkin advises Next Fifteen Group on the acquisition of Elvis Communications Limited15 September 2017
Lewis Silkin, a leading international law firm to creative agencies, has advised Next Fifteen Group (Next 15), the AIM-listed digital communications group, on its acquisition of Elvis Communications Limited. This deal, worth £5.5 million, marks the third Next 15 acquisition this year alone on which the Lewis Silkin team has advised.
Directors and their general duties11 September 2017
English law imposes on company directors high standards of behaviour and they must put the interests of the company before their own. Their duties are derived from both statute and case law. In addition to general duties, there are extensive specific duties. This is an introductory guide to those general duties.
Lewis Silkin advises British start-up behind pioneering ‘flight suit’ on VC investment11 August 2017
Partner David Willbe advises Gravity Industries on investment from renowned American venture capitalists Tim and Adam Draper.