Corporate and commercial

With extensive experience of acting on UK acquisitions and by teaming with local partners, we are able to act as a onestop shop for many of our clients’ international deals.

Corporate and commercial

Our Corporate team specialises in acting for clients in the construction, technology and financial advisor sectors and is able to assist with: M&A and business transactions; business and ownership structures; data and GDPR; IP and brands; and, business support. We have extensive experience of advising on acquisitions and, by teaming with local partners around the world, act as a one-stop shop for our clients’ international deals.

Our corporate and transactional lawyers are able to advise you on:

  • M&A and business transactions: including mergers and acquisitions; divestments of non-core business streams; distressed purchases; due diligence investigations; management buy-outs and buy-ins; and private equity, corporate and project finance.
  • Business and ownership structures: joint ventures and strategic alliances; setting and restructuring of corporate groups and LLPs; shareholders’ and LLP agreements; professional practice succession planning.
  • Data and GDPR: advice covering digital and electronic assets, GDPR and data protection.
  • IP and brands: commercialisation of new ventures; identifying and managing potential risks to IP; introducing measures to safeguard confidentiality; enforcing non-disclosure; safeguarding copyright and moral rights; defending defamation allegations; protecting digital rights; conducting IP litigation (both as claimant and defendant); licensing of IP rights; managing IP portfolios covering patents, registered and unregistered design rights and trademarks.
  • Business support: our lawyers advise on property and lease transactions and problems; employment practice issues – from the day to day, to transactional support; employment rights, dismissal and restrictive covenant claims; share and option schemes; and a comprehensive contract advisory service for a whole range of business activities and commercial relationships.

Our Corporate and commercial Experience

IT outsourcing

Acting for an engineering institution with a national and international membership on the contract for outsourcing IT support, its commercial operations (bookings and publications) and helpdesk.

Trademarks and advising on IP licensing agreements

Registering UK and European trademarks and advising on IP licensing agreements for an international wine producer. We have also acted for this client in relation to the infringement of trade marks.

Ramboll acquisition of DEG Signal

Advising international engineer Ramboll on its acquisition of rail signal consultant DEG Signal.

Advised owners of fencing contractor Littlewood on sale to Ground Control

Advising owners of consultants Sinclair Johnston on sale to Byrne Looby

Advised owners of valve engineer Provalve on sale to Well Services Group

Flowline acquisition and investment by BGF

Acting for drainage contractor Flowline on its acquisition of Clearaway Drainage Services and private equity investment by the Business Growth Fund (BGF).

Flyertech sale to Gama Aviation

Advising the owners of aircraft engineers Flyertech and Aerstream on their sale to LSE listed Gama Aviation.

Advising investors in sustainability scheme CEEQUAL on sale to BRE

Sale of The Communicator Corporation Limited to J2 Global

Advising Reach plc (formerly Trinity Mirror) on the sale of The Communicator Corporation Limited, an email marketing business, to US cloud services provider J2 Global.