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Corporate

Our mix of home-grown lawyers and City hires work with businesses of all sizes on all types of corporate work

Our corporate team helps private and public businesses of all sizes with two core areas: transactions and governance.

Transactions involve a deal – where you’re buying or selling your company’s assets, acquiring a new subsidiary, raising debt or equity, or embarking on a joint venture. We have the skills, resources and experience to lead you through transactions efficiently and quickly.

Governance is about advising you on the proper process you should follow during your day to day operations – from board procedures to your transactions. We will help you establish what compliant and efficient looks like for your business, and then help you implement it.

You might need transactional advice one day, and governance advice the next. Either way, we can help.

We advise on:
Mergers & Acquisitions

Our team advises UK and international organisations on all aspects of buying and selling companies and businesses. Many of these transactions are international and span a range of industry sectors.

Whether you’re an SME or a large corporate, a buyer or a seller, we can help. Most of our work is in the lower to mid-market, although we can, and do, advise on larger deals, too.

We know how to complete deals efficiently, effectively, and within budget. And we’re regularly included in Experian’s list of the most active transactional legal advisers in Wales.

Private Equity

We’ve got over 30 years of private equity and venture capital experience – including in-house – so we know how it works. We have a practical understanding of the role private equity plays in the businesses it’s invested in – and our commercial advice reflects that.

We work with:

Sponsors

Because we build long lasting relationships, we get to be a part of the whole investment lifecycle:

  • Investment: we’ll help with your first round and subsequent investment
  • Management: we’ll help with day to day issues, restructuring, and refinancing
  • Exit: we can help you leave your investment – by sale, recapitalisation, or flotation.

Because we’re experienced, efficient, and cost-effective, lots of funders outside Wales choose to work with us instead of City-based advisors.

Management Teams

If you’re a company manager looking to take on private equity, the investment process is exciting – but it can also be daunting and confusing.

Because we’ve been through it countless times, we know what problems can crop up, and how to fix them. We’ll help you navigate the paperwork, questions, meetings, and negotiations with other advisers.

We also work with:

  • Business Angels
  • Family offices
  • Sellers and buyers of private equity and venture capital backed companies
  • Investee companies.

Equity Capital Markets

We work with issuers, nominated advisers, and brokers, on all aspects of equity capital markets transactions, often with an international element.

We can help with:

  • Initial public offerings on various exchanges
  • Takeovers and reverse takeovers
  • Secondary and tertiary fundraisings (placings, rights issues and open offers)
  • Block trades
  • Capital reorganisations
  • Demergers
  • Share buy-back programmes.

Business Advisory

To make sure that your business is structured and run properly, you need to comply with a range of laws, and have certain documents in place.

For example, if you’re setting up a new company, you’ll need a shareholders’ agreement. Or, if you’ve appointed new directors to your board, they’ll need to understand their duties.
We’ll give you all the company and governance advice you need to start, and keep, running smoothly.

But our advice doesn’t stop there. Over time, as we get to know you time, you might need guidance with issues that are more strategic than legal – and we’re more than happy to help. If you’re thinking about retiring, for example, you’ll need to consider how you’ll pass the business on. Or, if you’re expanding, you might question how many directors would work best on your board. Whatever stage your business is in, we’re on hand to help.

We also offer legal compliance training and a company secretarial service.

We’ve worked with Capital Law for a long time, and they genuinely understand our business and culture. Their expertise in Private Equity made navigating the investment process as smooth and enjoyable as possible! A big thanks to Tom, Alys, Laura, and the rest of the team.

James Smith
CEO, DevOpsGroup