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Private companies

As a private company, you need reliable, efficient service as you grow your business and react to changing market environments. As the only global law firm focused on private capital, we are here to help you protect your interests every step of the way.

Private companies can be seen as the engine that drives the global economy. From start-ups to long-established family businesses to household-name brands, many businesses are privately owned.

The next chapter

If you are part of that story, these are exciting times. The world is changing rapidly and private companies are well placed to react quickly to developments in their markets.  But as your business evolves you will need to act to protect your interests.

If intellectual property is an issue, you may wish to develop rights via trademarks, copyright, patents or design rights.  Or perhaps you need commercial agreements such as supply agreements, or terms and conditions of sale to businesses and consumers.  It could be that you are looking to grow your business through acquisition or international expansion, or maybe you are even looking to sell it, creating a range of complex legal issues.  As a multinational, multidisciplinary law firm – still privately held ourselves – we can assist in every scenario.

A private law firm heritage

Our own story began more than 125 years ago, when a London lawyer named John Withers established his own firm in London, quickly establishing a niche that the firm still occupies, in representing successful individuals and families.  Today wealthy people still choose us to handle their private and commercial interests, knowing that we understand the passion that drives them.  And we are highly qualified to meet their needs.

Your initial point of contact may be with a Withers lawyer dedicated to (for example) corporate law.  Depending on your ongoing requirements, they can also bring in colleagues from our tax, employment law, IP, real estate, finance and litigation teams – or if necessary lawyers from our offices abroad – creating a bespoke team to handle everything under one roof.

We can also connect you with people from our wider network who may be able to assist you, whether as partners or investors.  ‘People with lots of money are not sitting on it.  They’re happy to invest it,’ explains Ridgeway Barker, a corporate law partner in our US Greenwich office.  ‘They’re looking for opportunities and being able to showcase some opportunities that we come across on the corporate side to the capital base is beneficial to both.’

Track record

Our team

Mark Lanning

Mark Lanning

Director | Hong Kong

Mark Lanning

Director | Hong Kong

Private client and tax

Paul McGrath

Paul McGrath

Partner | London

Paul McGrath

Partner | London

Corporate

M. Ridgway Barker

M. Ridgway Barker

Partner | Greenwich

M. Ridgway Barker

Partner | Greenwich

Corporate

Ceri Vokes

Ceri Vokes

Partner | London

Ceri Vokes

Partner | London

Private client and tax

Steven Wheeler

Steven Wheeler

Partner | Tokyo

Steven Wheeler

Partner | Tokyo

Commercial real estate

Ben Williams

Ben Williams

Partner | London

Ben Williams

Partner | London

Intellectual property and technology

Winston Seow

Winston Seow

Partner, Withers KhattarWong* | Singapore

Winston Seow

Partner, Withers KhattarWong* | Singapore

Corporate

Yin T. Ho

Yin T. Ho

Partner | San Francisco

Yin T. Ho

Partner | San Francisco

Real estate

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Corporate

We are the go-to law firm for private capital, working hard to help individuals, families, startups, household names and charities to grow their assets and protect their interests around the world. Find Out More
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Corporate finance

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Corporate governance

Good governance is more important than ever. Our team offer advice on the regulatory frameworks of different countries where you operate, within the operational context of your business. Find Out More
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Divestitures and reorganizations

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Financial services regulatory

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Investment management

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Mergers and acquisitions

Our seasoned team has acted in the full range of transactions, be it public company takeovers or contentious buyouts – getting the deal done quickly, within regulations and with minimal fuss. Find Out More

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