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Public companies

Publicly traded companies face many challenges – not least to continue producing excellent results while operating at scale, across markets. As a full-service, truly international firm we offer support with operations and advice on exceptional situations.

As a publicly traded company, your business has already been hugely successful. That success comes with responsibility, particularly to your shareholders, to go on producing excellent results. To keep growing you need to consolidate what has already been achieved, but also seek out new opportunities and markets.

Economics of scale

Staying efficient is a major challenge facing large companies. As you operate in more locations with more employees and partners, it’s important to get the right structures and agreements in place to protect your business. There will be commercial contracts, real estate deals, tax considerations, and regulatory issues to consider. From time to time, you may need to restructure; perhaps to acquire or dispose of assets.

Change is not always easy to implement in a public company. There is a natural tension between risk-takers and those who will argue that ‘this is the way we’ve always done it’. Shareholder activism is affecting many public companies, as stakeholders take a vocal interest in board appointments and decisions. Steering the course towards the best possible results needs good judgment and strong leadership.

A full-service team

Like you, we are a large and growing business that offers exceptional service. With lawyers in 18 offices around the world focused on corporate, employment, intellectual property, real estate, finance, litigation, tax and reputation management, we understand all your legal needs and can work closely with senior executives or in-house counsel to meet them.

Our advice covers everything from contracts to corporate structures and governance. Our dedicated corporate tax team will consider your local and cross-border tax planning strategies, and we have in-depth experience of regulatory matters including competition/antitrust, data privacy, anti-corruption legislation and consumer laws.
Whatever stage you are at in your journey as a public company, from IPOs to M&A, we can advise.

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M. Ridgway Barker

M. Ridgway Barker

Partner | Greenwich

M. Ridgway Barker

Partner | Greenwich

Corporate

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

David Guin

David Guin

Partner | New York

David Guin

Partner | New York

Corporate

Polly Chu

Polly Chu

Partner | Hong Kong

Polly Chu

Partner | Hong Kong

Corporate

Carl Newman

Carl Newman

Partner | London

Carl Newman

Partner | London

Litigation and Arbitration

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