Running your business


With the inception of a new company comes the challenge and excitement of moving from employee to self-employed to employer. Our Employment team is equipped to guide you through the transition.

The team advises both employers and employees on their employment related rights. Businesses benefit from this since the team are able to provide practical insights, based on their experience, into the way in which an employee is likely to react to a particular situation or approach.

More specifically, the team can help you with:

  • assessing the extent that you still have legal obligations to your old employer (for example, confidentiality clauses, non-compete agreements, and restrictions on poaching clients and employees)
  • your responsibilities as an employer, including health and safety requirements and employee benefits
  • preparing suitable employment contracts for your staff (which include adequate non-disclosure and confidentiality provisions)
  • incentive plans for key managers to promote, reward and retain the talent you recruit
  • fund manager carried interest and performance plans
  • employment disputes
  • boardroom disputes
  • internal restructuring, mergers or takeovers.

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Real estate

Entrepreneurs need to set up shop, either virtually or physically.

When it comes to commercial real estate, our team advises on:

  • Acquiring or leasing property as a business or business asset
  • Securing property for development
  • Sourcing property as an investment
  • Financing of property
  • Project managing any property transaction

Commercial litigation

Every case is different and each client's situation unique some require immediate action in the form of pre-emptive solutions, while others involve complex strategic planning. Our litigation team deals with a range of commercial and financial services disputes and investigations including:

  • commercial disputes generally, for example over contractual terms and payment
  • reputation management issues
  • insolvency disputes
  • professional negligence
  • fraud
  • disputes involving financial services and other regulatory bodies
  • contentious trusts and probate
  • property disputes; and
  • matters which require arbitration.

Growing, buying and merging

As the size and complexity of your business increases, our team advises on:

  • public offerings, acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures
  • controlling and maintaining tax efficiency and maximising returns
  • cross-border transactional issues; and
  • re-investing sale proceeds.
  • negotiating and structuring cross-border mergers, acquisitions, disposals, reorganizations, spin-offs and split-ups.
  • strategic sales and purchases. We can help with cross-border tax implications, purchase and sale structures, tax warranties and indemnities, and optimization of company's tax attributes.
  • the impact of stamp duty in all its forms, and the application of group relief, in the context of mergers and acquisitions.

We advise clients on the formation of joint venture entities with shareholders' agreements as well as more traditional partnerships, limited partnerships and limited liability companies where the nature of the strategic relationship is set out in the partnership or operating agreements.

We also advise clients on innovative options to acquire businesses based on the level of success experienced in the early stages of the strategic cooperation.

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