Corporate, Banking and Finance Law
An experienced team dedicated to achieving the right result.
Our award-winning Corporate, Banking and Finance 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 finance 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 2022 directory. Partner Claire Williams is also individually highly ranked for her expertise.
The team is ranked Tier 1 in in the Legal 500 2022 directory, with James Bullock and Matthew Simmonds named as ‘Recommended Lawyers’ and Claire Williams recognised 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. In 2021, the team was shortlisted for four South East Dealmakers Awards, including a nomination for Claire Williams as Corporate Lawyer of the Year.
Find out more about our awards, accreditations and partnerships.
How we can help
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Corporate banking law 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.
Corporate restructures 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.
Joint venture companies
Our expert lawyers advise clients on the full spectrum of joint venture and collaboration agreements, including corporate and non-corporate arrangements.
We take time to understand how the relationship will operate, the expectations of the parties and the overall goals for both joint venture partners.
We can then advise on how to make the relationship a success, while protecting our client’s interests.
Find out more about legal advice for joint venture companies.
Mergers, acquisitions and disposals
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.
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.
Private equity and venture finance law
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.
Shareholder arrangements and share option schemes
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.
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The Legal 500 2022
The Brachers corporate team have delivered for us every time on several disposals and acquisitions. Their commercial approach to dealmaking is excellent and they quickly understand the risk appetite of an entrepreneur and appreciate the necessary flexibility needed to get deals over the line.
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 2022
It is an extremely experienced and efficient team that is good with time management
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.
Communication was excellent throughout the engagement.
Chambers & Partners 2022
The team is very good at explaining complex legal technology, has excellent response times and provides practical solutions during negotiations
Chambers & Partners 2022
Everyone I have dealt with has been helpful, effective and efficient