Whether you are a start-up looking to expand, an ambitious growth business preparing to list, 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 rounds 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 form the mainstay of our corporate practice. Each requires different skills and specific expertise from a range of legal practice areas as well as real insight into nuances of the industry in question. We bring all of this together in one team.
Our team is supported by the full range of legal skills. Our engagements commonly involve and require us to work closely with our employment, tax, intellectual property, data and real estate colleagues.
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.
Lewis Silkin advises Be Heard Group PLC Management on their takeover offer from MSQ Partners Ltd25 June 2020
Be Heard Group PLC has agreed to a GBP6.2 million takeover offer by marketing communications group MSQ Partners Ltd, in a deal which makes the group better placed to win more and larger clients both within the United Kingdom and internationally, particularly in North America and Southeast Asia.
The Future Fund: can it be both a success and a failure?29 May 2020
The UK Government opened its Future Fund for applications on 20 May. It is widely reported that on the first day applications for its matched funding exceeded £500m. These applications are to be processed and, if successful, funds are to be released within 21 days. This all sounds impressive, but there are siren voices. Why is that?
Lewis Silkin advises longstanding client Walker Books on its sale to Trustbridge Global Media13 May 2020
Lewis Silkin has advised longstanding client Walker Books on the sale of the group to Trustbridge Global Media.
Lewis Silkin advises Descours & Cabaud on its acquisition of the remaining 50% of Hayley Group12 May 2020
Lewis Silkin’s M&A team has advised French Group Descours & Cabaud, the leading distributor of MRO and PPE products in Europe, on its acquisition of the remaining 50% of Hayley Group.
Financial support for SMEs: The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)07 May 2020
Government-backed loans of up to £5 million to small and medium businesses
Financial support for SMEs: the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS)04 May 2020
100% Government-backed loans of up to £50,000 for small and medium businesses
Her Majesty’s Government enters the VC market24 April 2020
The UK Government is now to become the latest VC to provide finance to start-ups, but what are the terms of this support? Is this finance likely to be useful or are those terms overly punitive? Will this impact on the terms available from existing investors? We analyse this below.