Farrer & Co's Corporate team has market-leading expertise in complex, high-value transactional and advisory work. Our corporate lawyers are recognised as being pre-eminent in the private capital sector. Our clients include global high net worth individuals and their businesses, investors, established entrepreneurs, international family offices and trust companies as well as management teams and individual executives.
We have particular focus on the private wealth and financial services sectors as well as publishing, education, media and professional practices. With strong links to the global wealth management community, a significant volume of our corporate work includes an offshore element and we deal regularly with assets in the Middle East and the US as well as the major offshore jurisdictions, such as the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Jersey and Guernsey.
Our corporate law services
- Mergers and acquisitions
- FCA and PRA regulated transactions
- Fundraising and investment
- Reorganisation and restructuring
- Joint ventures
- Private equity
- Offshore SPV transactions
- Alternative exits and succession planning, and
- Corporate governance.
Our transaction focus is predominantly private company mergers and acquisitions with particular expertise in complex, mid-market deals involving private capital.
Whether acquiring, disposing, merging or reorganising, we assist in all areas of the transaction lifecycle including
- Exclusivity negotiations
- Heads of terms
- Due diligence
- Regulatory compliance
- Principal document preparation and negotiation
- Disclosure, and
- Execution and post-completion integration.
For your convenience, we have created a basic legal guide to choosing an appropriate business vehicle when setting up a new venture. Click here to view and download.
We have also created a guide to the process of selling your business, should this be useful. This can be viewed and downloaded here.
We advise on the incorporation and structuring of joint venture vehicles for a range of clients. Our work includes purely commercial ventures between profit-making entities but also more complex structures involving institutional clients or international parties and for a diverse range of purposes such as joint purchases, international licensing deals and innovative funding arrangements. We advise on all aspects of the JV arrangements including funding, commercial terms, tax implications, exit mechanisms and disputes.
For your convenience, we have created a basic legal guide to the process in establishing a joint venture. Click here to view and download.
Fundraising & Investments
We act for founders, companies and investors on all aspects of the fundraising and investment process. We provide advice at all stages, from tax-efficient, early-stage investments to secondary and growth rounds of fundraising. We understand the cost sensitivities for early-stage businesses and take a pragmatic, efficient approach. Our international experience means we also have an understanding of the priorities of investors in a variety of non-UK jurisdictions including the US, China and the Middle East.
For your convenience, we have created a basic legal guide to the process of entering into an investment. Click here to view and download.
We work regularly in the specialist area of private equity transactions, from management buy-outs (MBO) and buy-ins (MBI) to raising expansion capital and exits. In the context of buy-ins and buy-outs we understand that the focus should be on building solid foundations for the relationship between investors and the management team. Our experience helps us avoid raising issues that are unnecessary or irrelevant that can place strain on this key relationship. Working closely with our Tax team, we are able to provide seamless and pragmatic structuring advice.
We advise boards, associations and executives on the full range of corporate governance issues including board structure and composition, reorganisations, elections, conflicts of interest and constitutional change. Our broad client base and wealth of experience mean we have a deep understanding of the tensions that can arise both at board level and between the executive and members during times of transition or crisis. We can provide unambiguous advice coupled with clear communication to your stakeholders to ensure a smooth and proper process and effective risk management.