If you’re looking for help with a transaction - especially a transaction that relates to a business operating in the tech or creative sectors - rest easy. You won’t find anybody better at this stuff than us.

Corporate law comes in two varieties. There’s the internal stuff that covers the mechanics of the company and then there are the transactions that the company gets involved with. These are the deals that the company is a party to that involve the buying or selling of its shares or assets. Most of the corporate transactions that we handle are investment deals. From pre-seed rounds to Series A, our founders were dealing with startup investment deals before the UK tech sector was even a thing - way back to the days of the Difference Engine, Europe’s first immersive accelerator programme, where they were mentors. Whether you’re looking for help with a conventional equity-based investment, a convertible note or an advance subscription agreement (we negotiated the terms of one of the UK’s first SEIS/EIS compliant ASAs with HMRC back in 2015), we have the experience to know how to build a proposition that’s proportionate to the size of the raise. Not all corporate transactions involve external parties, though. You might want to put together a sweat equity arrangement with a key supplier under which they will receive equity as milestones are met. Or you may intend to appoint an advisor you couldn’t otherwise afford by offering her share options. And any company that wants to incentivise its employees should be considering an EMI (employee management incentive) scheme. The potential tax savings such a scheme offer make it an essential for any business wanting to maximise its attractiveness in an increasingly competitive talent market. Certainly, every startup between seed and series-A should already have an EMI scheme… or have one in its roadmap. Ultimately, high-growth businesses are built for exit. Depending on the context, this might be a conventional ‘share sale’, where the owners sell their shares to an acquirer. It may be that you are seeking to close the company and realise its assets, in which case you’re probably looking at an asset sale, intending to wind the company up thereafter. We can help with all of this. Of course, it may actually be that you’re actually intending to acquire another business, in which case the process starts with ‘due diligence’ - something that requires an exacting, experienced eye and an almost nerdish attention to detail. All things we have in abundance. So, if you’re looking for help with a transaction - especially a transaction that relates to a business operating in the tech or creative sectors - rest easy. You won’t find anybody better at this stuff than us.

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