As a successful person, it’s a fairly safe bet that you started out firmly holding the belief that, in whatever way important to you, the future can be better than the present, and that you have the ability to make it happen.
So whether you’re a serial entrepreneur, or considering a switch out of employment to pursue your passion, or seeking venture capital or private equity backing, we can help.
Be part of a community of successful peopleWe are now one of the largest law firms in the world that focuses on individuals and their private capital interests. This is useful to you because it means we can help you if your plans take you internationally. But beyond that, we can also look for ways to connect you with people from our network who might be of assistance. As we have acted for over half the people listed in The Sunday Times Top 100 Rich List, and similar numbers of people in the US Forbes and Asia Forbes lists, we think a particular benefit to our entrepreneur clients is our relationships with this global group of potential investors and philanthropists.
The law firm for successYou hear a lot from law firms about the problems that you will face in business, and the structures you need to put in place to avoid mistakes. We know however that in reality you want to avoid time and money spent on legal questions, especially at start-up and at scale-up. Conrad Hilton linked success to action – he said that successful people keep moving; they make mistakes, but they don’t quit. We like to operate quietly and efficiently in the background, safeguarding your interests and keeping you moving towards success.
All success stories need a start. That’s why we are committed to helping start-ups through our involvement with a number of organizations, such as the ‘Startup Funding Club’ and the ‘Alley to the Valley’ organization.
How we can help
Our highly skilled commercial litigators assist with complex, multi-jurisdictional cases of all kinds. Whether acting for an investor, business or brand, our creative approach gets results.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.Corporate finance
We are proud to help companies secure the finance they need to thrive. A particular strength is advising directors, shareholders and potential investors on the rules in different jurisdictions.Employment
Fees for bringing and defending claims for unfair and wrongful dismissal in the employment tribunal
Whether you are an individual, a family or an employer, our lawyers know each country’s systems and speak the local language, helping you to navigate through what can be opaque processes.Intellectual property
With wide industry knowledge and experience, our lawyers will grasp your brand and its context quickly and advise on how best to protect mission-critical intellectual property and data.Joint ventures and strategic alliances
Joining with a partner can help to advance your ambition, but the venture must be set up appropriately. Our lawyers will discuss your goals, advise on suitable structures and negotiate agreements.Philanthropy
There is no single approach to philanthropy; what’s key is that your giving has the biggest impact possible. Whichever way you choose to donate, our team can advise on what is most effective.
As a firm built around the needs of individuals and families, we offer an exceptional service to private clients. Wherever you are, and whatever you need, our lawyers are here to help.Real estate
Our lawyers have experience with all kinds of property transactions. Whether you’re a business building a global presence, or an individual looking to acquire a new home, we’re here to help.Tax
With a team of more than 150 specialist tax lawyers, who are qualified in jurisdictions around the world, we are perfectly placed to handle even the most complex, cross-border tax issues.
Private acquisition of Australian food business
We acted for Jack Barclay in relation to the private acquisition of a meat processing facility in Victoria and his subsequent divestment of his interests.
Suit No. 629 of 2009/Q
Acting for the beneficial owner of shares in a group of companies against the companies and their directors and obtaining an anton pillar order.
Chilean US immigration
We helped the US-resident daughter of a successful Chilean entrepreneur through immigration issues and residency planning, supported tax and reporting efficient giving from her father, and provided cross border structuring advice.
US tax compliance for Brazilian entrepreneur
We investigated the circumstances of a client who was a Brazilian entrepreneur investing in the United States. We determined that he had inherited United States citizenship from his parents but had never filed US income tax returns or reporting forms. We quickly and efficiently addressed the noncompliance by entering him into the IRS offshore streamlined program.
Moving a fashion design business to the US
Represented a Canadian native and prominent fashion designer in immigrating to the United States. We helped the designer create her entrepreneurial business structure and supported her brand through multi-jurisdictional intellectual property advice to protect the trademark and key designs. We continue to provide employment and commercial advice as the business grows.
Representing Canadian entrepreneur
Our client is a prominent Canadian entrepreneur with US ties, who we have advised for over a decade. Amongst an array of legal services, this has included coordinating her worldwide succession planning structure and advising on postnuptial co-ordination for her second marriage to protect her substantial global business interests.
Defending a claim for enforcement of a US$30 million Russian judgment
Acting for a Russian industrialist in defence of claim for enforcement of a US$30 million Russian default judgment and successful appeal to the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) Court of Appeal and the UK Privy Council.
We represent Russian businessman Vitaly Archangelsky in a dispute with a Russian bank in relation to a port terminal in St Petersburg.
The US-born son of a UK businessman
When he became engaged to a Swiss citizen, the son of a high-profile UK businessman asked us to help him obtain a British Passport and expatriate from the US. We were also asked to draft a prenuptial agreement. Timing was of the essence but as a global, full-service firm we created a team of immigration, family and private client lawyers to meet tight deadlines.
Senior executives at King.com
Candy Crush Saga was one of the major global success stories of the free-to-play mobile device games, with more than 93 million players worldwide. We are proud to have acted for the founders of the company that owned it, King.com, in the high-profile sale of their business to Activision Blizzard for US$5.9 billion, achieving a very satisfactory outcome for our clients.
Two food entrepreneurs
We used our experience of working with entrepreneurs to help the founders of a food business providing goods to UK high-street retailers as they sold their company. Our lawyers assisted with the commercial aspects of the sale to a private equity firm, handling complex UK remittance tax issues and US tax issues. We were also involved in our clients’ reinvestment in a new holding company.
Hedge fund founders
When the founding principals of two of London's largest hedge funds turned to Withers for help devising a more integrated approach to tax structuring in the UK and US, our international knowledge and global reach made us ideally placed to help. We came up with the most efficient strategy and also advised them on effective estate planning, whether or not they stayed in the funds.
A financial services company
Withers was called in when the partners of a large financial services company needed to review its structure and convert to a limited liability partnership. Our team undertook a detailed review of the business and its assets. We then advised on a fresh strategy, taking into account the personal tax profiles of the partners, relevant regulatory issues and risk management. We also helped with succession planning and the company's future goals.
When the founders of a highly successful software company decided to sell the business to one of the world's largest equity houses, Withers was on hand to make sure the deal ran smoothly. We devised a tax-efficient exit for the founders and reduced their exposure to any future disputes, should they arise. Since the deal was completed, the founders have also come to us when they wanted to reinvest the sale proceeds into new ventures.
The founder of an online clothing business
The founder of this highly successful online clothing retail business wanted to sell a large stake to a leading luxury goods conglomerate. As the go-to law firm for fashion entrepreneurs, Withers was brought in to ensure that the value of our client's stake was protected and negotiate a fresh incentive package. We then worked to achieve a tax-efficient strategy for the disposal of part of the founder's interest.
7 September 2023 | Article
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