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The life of a business never remains static. Whether your corporate strategy is to expand by growth or to diversify into new sectors and markets, to exit investments or to divest of non-core activities, to raise funds or to list on the public markets, our experts offer you the right mix of legal and commercial advice. Our international team of more than 700 corporate lawyers in over 65 offices worldwide, of whom over 120 are based in the UK, can assist you in all aspects of corporate law, both domestically and internationally.

We advise on M&A, private equity, equity capital markets, joint ventures and corporate advisory issues.

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One of the things that stands out is the quality of their senior associates. We have a good working relationship with the partner and excellent support from their senior associates.

Chambers UK, 2016

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    Equity Capital Markets

    As a company wanting to raise new investment, you may be considering different sources of funding, including via equity capital. You will be looking for legal advisers with deep experience and a high level of technical expertise, combined with a detailed understanding of the market and a solution-driven approach. Our Equity Capital Markets Team provides this. We regularly advise companies, investment banks and brokers on IPOs and secondary offerings. We also advise on public company M&A and a wide variety of different quoted company transactions, including those that require preparation of a circular as well as approval from shareholders.

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    Mergers & Acquisitions

    The successful execution of an M&A transaction, whether sell-side or buy-side, requires lawyers who understand their clients' businesses and markets, including the risks associated with their sector and how they can be mitigated in a pragmatic and cost-effective manner. Our M&A Team is structured according to our clients’ sectors and will work with you and your other advisers to produce innovative structures and solutions that address the risks and challenges faced in your M&A transactions.

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