Corporate and Commercial

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"Their support is tailored to clients' needs and they are very transparent and fair about how they work and what it will cost."

Sarah Turner, Angel Academe

We specialise in acting for entrepreneurs, owner managed businesses (OMBs) and investors. We advise in relation to corporate transactions, banking, financing, commercial contracts and on all aspects of running and growing a business in the UK. Our lawyers combine strong technical expertise with a track record in delivering flexible and creative solutions for our clients. 

Much of our advice is for early stage companies and startups in the technology and media sectors or for those investing in such entities. We host and sponsor Angel Academe, an award-winning network of angel investors whose members are mainly women, and which primarily invests in UK businesses led by women.

We also work closely with our Real Estate team to advise those investing in or developing commercial property on all of their financing, banking and related security issues.

Startup investments

We act for startup companies, as well as for those VCs, angel syndicates and individual angels making investments. We have particular experience of acting for founders: not only in terms of guiding them through the investment process, but also in resolving problems which may have arisen in earlier rounds. Read more about how we help startups.

 

Technology

We have many years of experience of advising on the legal issues which arise from running a technology business. Our advice may be of a general nature, or you may wish us to draft or comment upon technology agreements. Our aim is always to protect your rights and to allow you to realise the maximum value from your technology assets. Read more about how we advise technology businesses. 

 

Banking and Finance

Our banking and financing advice is primarily to entrepreneurs, owner managed businesses and funds on the borrower side, though we also advise a number of smaller banks. We also advise on any related security, and in relation to acquisition finance, the leveraged loan market, and development/real estate finance.  Read more about how we can advise on banking and finance.

 

Corporate transactions

On the corporate law side, we advise on angel/VC/private equity investments, mergers & acquisitions, re-organisations, shareholder agreements and listings on junior stock markets in the UK (NEX and AIM). Much of our work relates to the technology and media sectors, although we also advise businesses operating in real estate, sport, fashion, travel, publishing and engineering. Read more about our corporate transaction services.

 

Commercial and contractual

We will support you with commercial  advice on all aspects of running your business and on your relationships with customers and suppliers, and we can draft all those contracts which you require. In particular, we advise on intellectual property, branding, data protection, agency and distribution arrangements, sponsorship, and franchising. Read more about how our commercial advice may assist you.

 

Setting Up Your Company or LLP

We will help you to take the necessary steps to establish your business in the UK, whether you wish to set up a new venture or expand an overseas operation. Our business services teams work closely with other specialists to take care of all your initial and ongoing legal and operational needs, allowing you to focus on selling your products or services. Read more about how we can help you set up your company or LLP.

 

Our Recent Work

  • Advising a startup in the retail space on a £2.5m raise from a VC (April 2020)
  • Advising a data science startup on the sale of a proprietary software platform (April 2020)
  • Advising the sellers on a £10m sale of their shares in an SPV company holding commercial property (April 2020)
  • Establishing and advising on the reorganisation of a family investment company (March 2020)
  • Drafting a bespoke software licence agreement for the commercialisation of a blockchain based data management tool on behalf of a tech firm in the security and defence sector (March 2020)
  • Advising a syndicate of investors on a £450k follow on investment into a grocery delivery service (March 2020)
  • Drafting a customised software development agreement for a data analytics firm together with terms of service for the consulting division of the business. (February 2020)
  • £15m development finance transaction for a UK borrower with a high street lender for a build to rent scheme in Manchester (February 2020)
  • Advising the purchasers of an £80m Isle of Man-incorporated SPV, holding a commercial property in Central London (February 2020)
  • Drafting B2B and B2C terms of use for a subscription based online advertising platform together with associated privacy and website notices (February 2020)
  • £32m re-financing of a Super-prime property in Central London (February 2020)
  • Advising angel investors on a £550k investment into a marine technology business (January 2020)
  • Advising a Family Office on the acquisition and subsequent sale of a commercial building in the City held by a UK SPV (January 2020)
  • £80m cross-border re-financing for a Guernsey, US and Luxembourg obligor structure with real estate assets in London, New York and Italy (January 2020)
  • Advising on the terms of a research and development agreement for the testing and improvement of a wearable health tech device (January 2020)
  • Advising a startup company in respect of the exit of a co-founder (December 2019)
  • Advising a private equity fund administrator on the terms of a suite of its primary operational software licences (December 2019)
  • Advising a health tech company on a £2.1m follow on fundraise (December 2019)
  • £22m development finance transaction with a high street lender for a UK incorporated borrower with a Malaysian incorporated shareholder, in respect of a mixed residential and commercial development in London (December 2019)
  • Advising a leading professional services firm on the terms of a software licence and master agreement for remote support services in connection with a business critical financial management program. (November 2019)
  • Advising a vegan foods startup on a £1.2m investment from a VC (November 2019)
  • £25m acquisition finance transaction for a Guernsey incorporated borrower in connection with the acquisition of a portfolio of headleases from a large property developer (October 2019)
  • Advising a wearable tech developer on a £1.2m follow on funding round from angels and a VC (October 2019)
  • Advising a high profile sportsman on an ongoing basis on various endorsement and sponsorship agreements, including those relating to:
    • the extension of a promotional services agreement with an energy drinks brand (Dec 2019); and
    • promotion of a cybersecurity software company (Nov 2019)

 

"I wanted to thank you [Andrew Solomon] and the whole team for your diligence, hard work and attentiveness which in usual Kingsley Napley style has been utterly outstanding."

Tony Moss, Director, Cumberland Place Financial Management

"Not only are James and his team highly technically able, they understand the importance of working to get a deal done.  We always know we can trust their judgement."

Janet Paterson, Charter Tax

 

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