Corporate

Corporates – whether public or private, large or small – and those who invest in them need lawyers they can rely on in today’s fast moving market. Our expert team provides smart, commercial advice, helping you to minimise threats and maximise opportunities.

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Helping you to succeed in the corporate market

With the added pressures of a difficult economic climate and ever changing regulations, it’s harder but more important than ever to compete in the fast paced corporate market. We can help you to face the challenges ahead and achieve your business ambitions.

Whatever your requirements, we can help. We provide advice on IPOs and listings, public and private placings, new funding rounds, mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, corporate restructuring, private equity, venture capital, joint ventures and company secretarial work.

We have more than 40 corporate solicitors, as well as specialist teams for areas such as tax, commercial and banking. Working on a wide range of national and international transactions has given us the knowledge, expertise and resources to provide you with pragmatic, cost effective support.

We work hard to understand your company and your priorities so we can provide an individual approach to the legal issues affecting your business. We will provide you with prompt, straightforward support and work closely with you and your team, including other advisers.


Our corporate lawyers

Our corporate law team is made up of 13 partners and more than 30 lawyers. In addition, we offer further specialist teams covering areas such as tax, commercial and banking and finance law. 

Our lawyers have the experience and capacity to manage large transactions, both national and international.

Our experience

Our experience in corporate law is extensive. Here are a few examples: 

  • Virgin Care: we advised Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Care on a number of groundbreaking multi £100 million transactions. Most recently we acted on an innovative three-way £130 million transaction, under which a complex range of children’s services along with over 1,000 staff transferred from the public sector. Virgin Care will oversee around 2,400 children with disabilities, children's mental health services, school nurses and health visitors in an innovative three-way transaction with the NHS and local authority. 
  • Ubisense: advised on the £40 million AIM IPO and two institutional fundraisings to raise over £10 million. 
  • Weetabix: we acted for the senior management at Weetabix Foods on the acquisition by Bright Food - one of China’s leading food groups with global revenues of more than £12 billion - of a 60 per cent controlling stake in the business, from private equity fund, Lion Capital. The transaction was valued at £1.2 billion. 
  • University of Cambridge: we advised the university on a £350 million bond issue in the first capital markets fundraising undertaken by the university in its 800 year history and the largest bond issue of its kind by any UK-based university. 
  • Validus: we acted on the management buy out (backed by LDC) of Validus-IVC Limited, a leading supplier of counter-fraud software services to major insurers. Our team covered all aspects of the sale of a significant stake to LDC and ongoing equity arrangements with the management team. 
  • In the last 12 months we have acted on over 45 venture capital investment deals with aggregate investment of over £48 million including advising on the £8 million fundraising for discount holiday retailer Secret Escapes. 
  • Spiral Software: We helped with the sale of this software company, with offices in the UK and US and customers throughout the world, to Invensys for a price in excess of $60 million. 
  • Egis: acquisition for this French engineering company of air traffic control consultancy, Helios. 
  • Abcam plc: we advised the company on its acquisition of UK-based Ascent Scientific Ltd, a complementary business for the purpose of expanding Abcam’s product portfolio. 
  • Trinity College: we advised on their acquisition of a 50 per cent interest in a limited partnership joint venture, which owns a portfolio of 11 Tesco stores.

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    Our clients

    In addition to the clients named above, our corporate clients include: 

    • Aviva plc 
    • Archant Limited 
    • Xaar plc 
    • FCA 
    • Aveva Group plc 
    • Bango plc

    What our clients and others say about us

    Recent recognition and awards include:

    • Regional Law Firm of the Year for Corporate and Commercial (Legal 500 Awards 2013)
    • Placed in the top band as National Leaders for Corporate and Commercial outside London (Chambers 2014)
    • Corporate Law Firm of the Year and having led the Deal of the Year, both as voted for by our peers at the Insider Central and East England Dealmaker Awards 2012.

    But the recognition we are most pleased with is in the positive feedback received from our clients:

    • “We approached them because they operate nationally. We are based in London, and they can provide top-notch advice across the country.” 
    • "The support, guidance and counsel received from Mills & Reeve was outstanding and ensured the timely completion of the transaction. We would be delighted to work with the team in the future." CEO, Weetabix Food Company 
    • “The team provides ‘insightful, first-class advice’.” Legal 500
    • "An outstanding practice, with lots of high-quality partners and associates." Chambers UK

    Legal resources you may find useful

    • Technology Law Update: updates, opinions and the latest UK technology law news in a blog by our technology lawyers. 
    • HR Law Live: our employment law blog written by our team of specialist employment lawyers, with regular commentary on the latest legal and policy updates affecting those with human resources responsibilities
    • LaunchPAD: Free information for entrepreneurs and start-ups, covering everything from raising finance to setting up a company structure and understanding employment, tax and commercial law
    • Publications and updates on corporate law: the latest updates on the legal issues affecting the corporate sphere

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