Head of Corporate and Commercial
From start-ups through to family businesses and large mature enterprises, how a business is organised structurally, along with the relationship between its owners and other stakeholders, is often a fundamental part of its success. We have the knowledge and depth of experience to ensure that a business’ structure is tailored to meet our clients’ objectives and to allow for the development & protection of the business.
Our experienced team can advise on the constitutional framework under which a business or company operates, the protection of shareholders’ rights or the optimal structure for tax efficient investment & growth. We also advise on the statutory and common law duties relevant to the operation of a business, including the fiduciary duties of its directors, to ensure compliance with applicable legal requirements.
Each business is unique, and we often find that the ‘best fit’ solution is a mix of various measures of owner protection. Drag and tag provisions, hurdle shares and weighted voting rights by way of alphabet shares can all play their part in that mix.
Through articles of association, shareholders’ agreements, partnership agreements and LLP agreements, we look to tailor capital, income and voting rights to achieve the most effective structure for a business to facilitate the operational, tax and funding requirements of its stakeholders. Our ability to frame these fundamental documents in the context of the business’ wider objectives provides a solid foundation for our clients to operate their businesses and we are always available to provide advice and support throughout the life of the business.