Corporate and commercial
We provide a comprehensive range of corporate transactional services, including mergers and acquisitions (both public and private), management buy-outs and buy-ins, trade sales and disposals, private equity, capital markets transactions (including IPOs and reverse takeovers on the Main Market and AIM) and VCT investment. We also handle company formations, re-organisations and re-structuring, joint ventures, shareholder and investment agreements and advise on general company law compliance and corporate governance. We also advise on share schemes and other employee incentives, from EMI schemes to more bespoke arrangements.
Our Corporate clients are diverse and include UK and international quoted and private companies, public sector organisations, owner managed business, start-ups, banks, investment funds, management teams and entrepreneurs.
With Weightmans, you'll benefit from the breadth of expertise you'd expect from a major national firm. Our dedicated team of transactional lawyers works closely with other advisers as needed and brings in supporting services from our banking, employment, pensions, real estate, environmental, planning, construction, commercial litigation and regulatory teams, particularly when it comes to transactional due diligence and disclosure.
We are a strong national team with corporate finance lawyers based in our Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London and Manchester offices.
Our national Commercial team consists of specialist lawyers who advise on a wide range of commercial services – including commercial contracts, data protection, cyber-security, IP/IT, media and entertainment, e-commerce, procurement, state aid and competition.
Our Commercial team is ranked by The Legal 500 and is regularly involved in multi-million pound commercial projects. For example, the team advised upon Peel Ports Group’s procurement of a £350 million deep sea terminal (Liverpool 2 Project). We've advised on contracts with global tech companies such as Microsoft, Intel, Google, HP, Sony, Fujitsu Packard Bell and Accenture, and blue chip companies in many other sectors.
We are regularly involved in global transactions and funding with multi-million dollar values and international agreements with foreign jurisdiction issues in North America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Japan.
The priority for our Commercial lawyers is to ensure that the legal arrangements allow the full commercial benefits to become a reality. Our team understands your commercial drivers and will work to create a mutually beneficial partnership, supporting your business's long-term success. Results-driven, we want to add value as well giving value for money.
Clients for whom we undertake commercial work include UK and international quoted and private companies, insurance companies, public sector organisations, healthcare organisations, NHS Trusts, police authorities, education establishments, universities, owner managed businesses, partnerships and sole traders.
Banking and financial law
Weightmans' banking and finance unit advises banks, borrowers, funds and local government entities on debt finance.Business restructuring services
Whatever the financial climate, there will always be businesses who need to restructure, whether through growth, to protect core interests or because of problems.Commercial contracts
The key consideration when negotiating a commercial contract is to ensure that the legal arrangements allow the full commercial benefits to become a reality.Company law and corporate governance
UK company law can be complex, involving a mixture of statutory provisions, regulations and codes of practice. It is vital that corporations understand.EU competition and procurement law
A results-driven service combining real-world experience and technical legal expertise to advise on all aspects of EU, competition, procurement and State aid law.Intellectual property and IT solicitors
Our specialist IT & IP team's extensive technical expertise and experience, overs every aspect of IT, e-commerce, IP and data protection.Mergers and acquisitions and capital markets
We act on a very broad range of transactions, from entrepreneurs selling their businesses to larger corporates and listed companies on an acquisition programme.Partnerships and joint ventures
Collaboration is often necessary to achieve business goals whether you operate exclusively in the public or private sector or co-operate across both sectors.Private equity advice
Advice on private equity investments focused on achieving a successful outcome with every transaction.
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