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Corporate and commercial

Corporate

We provide a comprehensive range of corporate transactional services, including mergers and acquisitions, management buy-outs and buy-ins, trade sales and disposals, private equity 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 Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and London offices.

Commercial

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. 

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