Our Corporate & Commercial team specialises predominantly in the small to mid-cap market where we have extensive experience and a client-focused approach, valued by our clients and recognised in the market.
We advise across a diverse range of sectors including technology & media, financial services and social enterprise & charitable business. Our extensive experience enables us to operate efficiently and with confidence, combining our legal advice with frank, clear and concise commercial advice.
BWB’s corporate department… has made significant in-roads in the corporate and M&A space, where the team demonstrates ‘excellent commercial judgement.'"
Legal 500 2014
We work with a wide range of organisations including multinational corporations, quoted companies, financial institutions, private companies of all sizes, partnerships, high-net-worth individuals and not-for-profit organisations, many of which operate globally.
Our reputation is acknowledged independently by both of the leading guides for the legal profession for:
- M&A: smaller deals up to £50m
- Commercial contracts
Our partners have been consistently singled out for praise over the years that these directories have been published, with current individual rankings held in Corporate / M&A, Information Technology and Partnership.
Mark Tasker leads a 'tightly knit' team whose advice is 'always clear and comprehensive.'"
Legal 500 2013
Corporate transactional services
We advise on company and business sales and purchases, joint ventures and corporate reorganisations, private equity and venture capital investments and equity capital markets; with a particular focus on the AIM market.
We advise on all aspects of partnerships and LLP law and have particular expertise in innovative legal structures.
We also advise on a wide range of tax issues arising from mergers and acquisitions, de-mergers and pre-sale planning; to new investments and fundraisings, private equity transactions, employee share incentives, and business succession.
The areas covered by our corporate practice include:
- Mergers and acquisitions (including MBOs and MBIs)
- Equity capital markets – IPOs and secondary fundraising
- Investment and shareholders’ agreements
- Banking and finance
- Joint ventures
- Share incentives
- Corporate governance and compliance
- LLPs and partnerships
- Directors’ duties
- Corporate tax
- Boardroom and shareholder disputes
- Social enterprise and finance
- Financial services
We provide a full service to clients across the broad range of commercial matters which businesses may encounter, from advising on multi-million pound outsourcing projects to supply and distribution agreements of all kinds.
We are steeped in the technology sector, advising major suppliers and their customers. It is one of our fastest-growing specialisms and we have seen a similarly rapid growth in our outsourcing practice. We advise both suppliers and customers on technology and outsourcing procurement, including the outsourcing of business and knowledge processes and logistics.
Key areas of our commercial practice include:
- Agency and distribution arrangements
- Collaboration agreements
- E-business including website terms and conditions
- Technology licensing and procurement
- Franchising agreements
- Licensing of all forms of intellectual property
- IP reorganisations
- Supply agreements
- Manufacturing agreements
- Energy contracts
- Data licensing
- Consumer law (including consumer credit law)
- Related regulatory advice such as compliance with the Bribery Act and data privacy