Clarkslegal LLP - Solicitors in Reading and London


Our corporate lawyers provide strategic commercial advice on corporate issues and mergers & acquisitions from start-ups and SMEs to multinational corporations, to maximise value and manage risk.

We can support you through acquisitions, fundraising, re-organisations, to buying and selling businesses, buy ins, buy outs and exits, including Employee Ownership Trusts. Our corporate law team can quickly get to grips with the key issues and delivering on key objectives.

Our clients benefit from our extensive experience acting for start-ups, and early-stage companies along with well-established businesses operational globally.

Our team advises clients on the whole remit of corporate work including:

Banking and Finance

Our corporate team advises on a wide range of banking and finance matters including corporate borrowing, project finance, acquisition finance, property finance, development finance, corporate debt and restructuring, asset finance and trade finance. We advise on straightforward lendings to complex national and international financings and securities.

We can also advise on Islamic finance, by working with Islamic scholars to ensure deals are Sharia compliant, our team can efficiently and effectively navigate you through the complex documents and rules.

Business divorce – shareholder disputes and exits

Often a difficult and emotionally draining experience, shareholder disputes can be damaging to your business. We draw on our wealth of experience and our positive attitude to assist clients in achieving a quick and satisfactory conclusion to disputes whilst always ensuring the underlying value of the business is not materially affected.

Cross-border transactions

Our experienced corporate legal team regularly advise clients on cross-border transactions. Working closely with advisors from other jurisdictions, the team is well versed in running deals involving significant cross-border assets and is equally adept at supporting cross-border transactions where the principle element of the transaction is abroad.

Company secretarial

We are often asked to advise clients on general company law matter and governance. An in-depth and solid knowledge of the Companies Acts means the team are always at hand to help.

Our dedicated team can undertake company secretarial matters for private companies, from a registered office only facility to an all encompassing full company secretarial service, including share for share exchange, subdivisions, share buy backs and general re-structuring support. .

Due diligence

Supported by a high quality multi-disciplinary team of lawyers, we engage in providing strong legal and commercial due diligence support to clients and other professionals, whether in preparation for an acquisition or disposal or as a one- off piece of work.

Employee Ownership

Employee Ownership Trusts can benefit business owners who are considering selling their business. Owners of a business may sell all or a qualifying interest in their business to a trust, the beneficiaries of whom are the employees. The transfer of the business must be at fair value, and provided the conditions are met, sellers can dispose of their shares without triggering a capital gains tax liability.

Since the enactment of the Finance Act 2014, the popularity and acceptance of the Employee Ownership Trust (EOT) as an exit option for business owners has continued to gain support from lawyers, accountants, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and business owners themselves. We anticipate the growth and popularity of the EOT as an exit model for business owners to continue well into this decade. Our Corporate team can assist with EOT’s business sales.

LLP and partnerships

We are experienced in acting for a wide range of traditional partnerships and LLPs, with a particular focus on professional partnerships.

The corporate law team has a wealth of experience advising partnerships/LLPs, whether it is a simple incorporation, a partnership or LLP agreement, a retirement or dissolution, a merger or a complex partnership dispute.

Mergers, acquisitions and disposals

Our corporate legal team advises on all aspects of buying and selling businesses, management buy-outs and management buy-ins for deals up to £100m in value.

Supported by a large, multi-disciplinary, specialist team of lawyers, we undertake a wide range of acquisitions and disposals. Our network of international law firms allows us to regularly work on international transactions.

Owner managers

We have extensive experience of acting for owner managers seeking to exit their businesses. Whether it is a full or partial exit, our team prides itself on providing specialist legal and commercial advice to exiting owner managers to ensure maximum value and minimum risk.

Venture and growth capital

We understand the difficulties facing start-ups and early-stage ventures. Our depth of experience acting for start-ups and early-stage companies gives us the knowhow to advise clients effectively and efficiently and help them grow and achieve their ambitions. Our fantastic network of contacts allows us to make suitable and often significant introductions.

Our corporate law team is also experienced in a wide range of fundraising, whether for starts ups or for established businesses seeking further investment.  Acting for clients seeking investment and those making an investment gives us a deep understanding of the commercial issues and key objectives facing the parties. This allows us to take a prominent and decisive role in negotiations to effect a swift and effective conclusion.

Reorganisations and demergers

We regularly advise clients on reorganising their group structure, whether in the form of a demerger, buy-out or other means.

There are a number of commercial reasons why clients engage in such transactions and we work closely from the planning stage, together with tax advisers, to ensure a correct and seamless transaction with minimum disruption to the wider business.

Share buybacks

A company purchasing its own shares sounds like a simple process but there are some complicated rules governing this corporate activity with serious implications for getting it wrong. The Clarkslegal corporate law team has advised many clients on various ways of undertaking the buy-back of shares and has an in-depth knowledge of the legal rules and processes involved.

Shareholders’ agreements and joint ventures

Our corporate law team has an in-depth knowledge of advising on shareholders’ agreements and appreciates the sensitivities surrounding the issues contemplated by a shareholders’ agreement. Whether it is a simple agreement between a few shareholders, or a complex agreement dealing with a multitude of issues, we have the necessary expertise and experience to advise clients clearly and effectively.

The corporate team regularly advises clients on joint ventures, collaborations and partnerships and can assist in negotiating and formalising such arrangements.

Shareholder disputes can be damaging to your business. We draw on our wealth of experience and our positive attitude to assist clients in achieving a quick and satisfactory conclusion to disputes whilst always ensuring the underlying value of the business is not materially affected.

For immediate advice and assistance from our corporate solicitors based in London and Reading, please call on 0118 958 5321 or email our corporate team.