An experienced team dedicated to achieving the right result.
Our award-winning Corporate team is recognised as one of the leading teams in the South East.
We offer a full range of services, including advice on mergers and acquisitions, shareholder arrangements, restructuring and joint venture arrangements. We can also provide specialist expertise in corporate transactions.
Our legal expertise assists clients of a range of types and sizes, from owner-managed businesses to multi-national corporations.
Why choose our Corporate Law team?
Providing our clients with the best possible service is very important to us. Our corporate law specialists take the time to understand your commercial and strategic objectives and work to achieve the best outcome for you.
In a very real way, we will be your partner throughout the deal process, supporting you and helping you achieve the right result.
We consistently gain recognition from clients and the corporate industry for the quality of service we provide, the depth of our expertise and our practical, easy-to-deal-with approach.
Our corporate law team is particularly recognised as a regional heavyweight in mergers and acquisitions, sales, management buyouts, private equity and restructuring.
You will benefit from our strong relationships with the region’s leading accountants, corporate finance advisers and banks. We are appointed to the legal panels of a number of institutional lenders and act for all the major high street banks, including Handelsbanken, HSBC, Lloyds, NatWest and Santander, in relation to their commercial and corporate lending.
Brachers is a member of the Marcalliance network, an international alliance of independent law firms. This enables us to tap into extensive local-jurisdiction legal experience to help clients operating internationally, and to carry out complex cross-border work.
Recognition of our expertise
By choosing our Corporate solicitors to represent you, you can be sure that you are in expert hands.
Our Corporate Law team is highly ranked by leading legal directory Chambers and Partners. Head of the team James Bullock along with Partner Matthew Simmonds are ranked in Band 1 for Corporate M&A in the South of England in the 2024 directory. Partner Claire Williams is also individually highly ranked for her expertise.
The team is ranked Tier 1 in in the Legal 500 2024 directory, with Erol Huseyin, Alex Cosgrove, James Bullock and Matthew Simmonds named as ‘Recommended lawyers’. Claire Williams has also been named as a ‘Leading individual’.
Brachers is a member of the Kent Corporate Finance Alliance, an independent network of specialist corporate finance professional advisers. Partner Claire Williams has sat on the steering committee since its inception in 2010.
We are also proud to regularly be recognised in a number of industry awards, including the Kent Corporate Finance Awards and the South East Dealmakers Awards. The Brachers Corporate team, won ‘Deal of the Year (sub £10m)’ at the Insider South East Dealmakers Awards 2023 and the ‘International Deal of the Year’ at the Insider South Yorkshire Dealmakers Awards 2022. Claire Williams was also shortlisted for Corporate Lawyer of the Year at the Dealmakers Awards in 2023.
Find out more about our awards, accreditations and partnerships.
How we can help
Simply expand the sections below for more information on the services and support available to you.
Mergers and acquisitions
Our corporate lawyers are recognised as a regional heavyweight in mergers and acquisitions and help a range of businesses to pursue their goals.
We work very closely with our clients to make the sale process as simple and low-pressure as possible.
Our clients range from owner-managed businesses, to private equity backed companies, to multi-national corporates acquiring or divesting in the UK.
Find out more about mergers, acquisitions and disposals.
Our Corporate team has a great deal of experience of advising companies and individual shareholders.
No matter how complex your needs, our team can support you and ensure the right arrangements are in place.
Find out more about our legal advice for shareholders.
Private equity and venture finance
We have experience of advising a number of UK private equity houses, management teams and sellers on private-equity funded transactions.
We advise on the full range of acquisition and investment documentation, understanding the specific requirements and aspects of a private equity funded deal.
Find out more about private equity and venture finance law.
Banking and asset-based lending
Our highly-rated corporate banking lawyers act for both businesses which are borrowing and banks which are lending.
This means we understand the interests of both parties, can anticipate common issues and can advise appropriately.
We can support you with a wide variety of issues, from simple facility letters to more complex loan arrangements.
Find out more about our corporate banking and asset-based lending services.
Restructures, reorganisations and demergers
We have significant experience in all forms of UK corporate structures and have advised on a range of restructures and demergers.
Restructuring is often a complex matter requiring a detailed technical understanding of the process and its implications.
Our experience allows us to spot legal and practical issues before they arise and provide solutions to ensure the best outcome for your business.
Find out more about corporate restructures and demergers.
Partnerships and LLPs
Our team can advise you on all areas of partnership law, including Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs).
We can share the benefits of our extensive knowledge and experience to help you avoid any issues in the future.
Find out more about partnership and LLP law.
Joint venture companies
Our expert lawyers advise clients on the full spectrum of joint venture and collaboration agreements, including corporate and non-corporate arrangements (where the parties each take shares in a specially formed corporate entity).
We appreciate the implications of cross-border arrangements and have advised clients on a number of international collaborations.
We ensure that we take time to understand on a practical level how the relationship is to operate, the expectations of the parties and the overall goals for both joint venture partners. Within that context, we can then provide advice on the often complex mechanisms required to ensure the success of these relationships and to protect the interests of our clients if the desired outcome is not successfully achieved or the relationship is not working as planned.
Whilst we always hope to ensure the successful outcome of the venture, we always aim to provide clients with a practical understanding of potential exit strategies should their aims not be met.
Our advice frequently relates to:
- joint venture shareholder agreements
- joint venture articles of association
- joint venture agreements
- collaboration agreements
- confidentiality agreements
- IP and knowhow licensing and ownership
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Meet the Team:
Chambers & Partners 2024
The team are fully committed to the success of a transaction on behalf of their client.
Chambers & Partners 2024
It’s a highly responsive team that works tirelessly for clients. They’re knowledgeable and have a great work ethic.
Legal 500 2024
We have used Brachers for many years now and their key strengths are building real relationships with their clients and then offering joined up support in a breadth of legal scenarios.
Chambers & Partners 2024
Brachers provided exceptional levels of service and were extremely responsive.
Legal 500 2024
Personal and attentive service offering.
Chambers & Partners
Widely experienced corporate practice which displays a particular affinity for private equity work, offering extensive expertise in advising investors and investees on transactional matters and portfolio company work.
Chambers & Partners
They are attentive and quite happy to turn things around quickly. They are approachable and talk things through with us.
London-quality advice from a responsive and approachable local firm.