Corporate Finance & Banking

Do you want to grow your business? Are you looking to buy a business? Perhaps you are looking to sell your business or retire?

More about Corporate Finance & Banking

Whatever your plans are our experienced corporate team are here to support you on a range of legal advice, growth strategies and financing.

Most businesses need financial backing at one time or another. We have a great deal of experience in dealing with a variety of funding related matters.

Our Corporate Solicitors act for both lenders and borrowers on a complete range of financial matters. We have strong relationships with banks, lenders, and other financial providers. Specifically, we advise major banks and financial institutions and corporate borrowers ranging from individuals in businesses, SME's and larger corporations.

We can provide you with advice on a variety of security documents, loan agreements, and other ancillary documents required when making new arrangements for finance.

Many transactions fall within our remit including personal guarantees and asset based lending. If you require experienced financial banking lawyers you needn't look any further than our experienced team.

No matter how large or small a case our philosophy is the same: to provide tailor made legal advice and treat every client as an individual. Team work is at the core of everything we do and we take the time to familiarise ourselves with every company or individual we work with. All of the advice we give will be informed by this and will be specific to each client's individual circumstances.

Our team works closely with financial institutions, venture capitalists and business angels who can assist with a variety of funding options dependent on your particular needs.

The Corporate team has a wide range of experience in Corporate Finance transactions including:

advising on the different types of funding available to you and your company; preparing and advising on investment agreements and loan agreements; advising on company restructures; and advising on the different types of security required by lenders.

Corporate Finance & Banking FAQs

My business needs more money to grow. What are my options?

There are numerous funding options which are available to a growing business. These include:

Share finance - issuing shares in a limited company for a price. The money gained can then be invested in the business. Personal lending - directors, shareholders, partners or other parties involved in a business may choose to lend money to the business. The terms of the loan can be agreed between the parties and are likely to be vastly different from one business to the next. Institutional lending - banks offer specialised business loans. These are likely to be secured against assets of the business (e.g. properties, money owed to the business, intellectual property, credit balances in the bank), or where the business is a company, against the company itself. Equity finance - someone else invests in your business and in return, takes a share in the ownership of the business. Grants - there are organisations who will provide grants to certain types of new business to help them get started. Though they can be hard to find, they are out there. Venture capitalist - there are groups who specialise in investing in businesses. What they will want in return for their investment is variable. Business angels - high net worth individuals looking to invest - are an example of potential funding.

How can I finance the purchase of a business?

There are various options open to a potential buyer to fund the purchase of a business. Below is an overview of the different options and an explanation of the financial terminology often used.

One common source of funding is through the use of a bank loan, often referred to as 'debt finance'. Before agreeing to any loan the bank will commonly wish to perform their own investigations as to the financial viability of the business to be bought. In return for the finance the bank may want to obtain various forms of security for the repayment of the loan. This may take the form of a charge over the assets or the whole undertaking of the business to be purchased. They may also ask the owners of a business to enter into a personal guarantee to repay the loan should there be any default.

'Asset finance' is another method of funding the purchase. Similar to 'debt finance' a lender will provide funding for the purchase of an asset or series of assets. The lender may take ownership of the assets to be purchased or may obtain a charge over them as security. The buyer will make set regular payments to the lender to cover the cost of the asset. This method enables the buyer to purchase the asset without the burden of making one large one off payment.

Under 'equity finance' a buyer raises the funding needed from external investors. In return for their investment, the investor will obtain a share of the ownership of the business and perhaps a degree of control over how the business is run. No repayments are necessary. The investor simply gets to enjoy the benefit to his investment should the business grow and may be granted a preferential right to any dividends.

Finally, with 'vendor assisted finance' the seller helps the buyer make the purchase of its business. This could be done through various schemes. The seller may allow the buyer to make deferred affordable payments over a period of time for the price of the business, or the seller may make a loan to the buyer for the purchase price for the buyer to repay at a later date. Another method is through 'earn-out' provisions. Under this scheme the buyer must only make further payments should the seller meet various future targets. Such targets could be based on the financial value of the assets in the business post completion of the purchase, or, if the seller is to still be involved in the business after the sale, the reaching of certain sale targets.

Deferred consideration may also be an option for both parties with the likelihood that the seller would want to protect the payment of the deferred consideration by way of security.

A member of our team can provide advice as to the funding options available and the terms of any funding agreements.

Our dedicated Corporate team

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Partner, Head of Department, Corporate

David Filmer

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Partner, Corporate

Jenny Burke

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Partner, Corporate

Nick Hodgson

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