The entrepreneurs that Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner advise require expert corporate structuring. Across our firm as a whole, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner helps to execute over 250 corporate transactions per year, which had a total cumulative deal value exceeding £18bn over the last five years. We have been tier-1 ranked for mid-market M&A and mid-cap flotations for each of the last 10 years by independent legal directories.
Our team are expert in advising on the corporate structures held by high-net-worth individuals and their families, and advises clients in areas such as:
Our client wanted to offer shares in his company to external investors for the first time. We restructured the company to create a new class of shares which would give investors a secure income-return but ensure control remained with our client. We then drew up a shareholders’ agreement which included pre-emption rights in favour of our client, and set out different shareholders’ rights on a sale of the company. These steps allowed him to find the investment he wanted, on terms he was comfortable with.
Our client had built up a hotel business with operations in several European countries. First we reviewed the business’s tax model. Then we mapped the assets, intra-group services, and third-party contracts. Then we put new arm’s length contracts and service agreements in place.
These new arrangements allocated profits more appropriately to the relevant jurisdictions and minimised the risk of a tax enquiry. The new contracts also made the responsibilities of the group companies much clearer, and made the third party providers more accountable.
Our client wanted to sell part of a complex property-portfolio to a commercial-property specialist.
We restructured the portfolio to put all the commercial properties into a new vehicle and advised on its sale. The residential and development properties were retained in the existing company.
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