Owners and entrepreneurs

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 people

We 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 top 100 of The Sunday Times Rich list, and similar numbers of people in the US Forbes and Asia Huron lists, we think a particular benefit to our entrepreneur clients is our relationships with this global group of potential investors and philanthropists.

We’ve been running a popular series of events for the last decade called ‘Inside the Entrepreneurial Mind’ which allows our clients to hear from other successful people who are part of the Withers international community. Founders and owners like Kevin Byrne (Checkatrade), Remo Gerber (Gett), Patrick Baynes (Peoplelinx) and Elle Kaplan (Lexicon Capital Management) are just a few of the global leaders who have generously shared their experiences at these events.

The law firm for success

You 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 ‘Start up funding club’ and the ‘Alley to the Valley’ organization.

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Recognition

Ranked in Band 1 for private client for the last 16 years

Leading firm for private wealth

Leading firm for employment (2015-2017)

Leading firm - Tier 1 for private wealth in Singapore

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I have worked with Meriel Schindler for many years and she is a superb lawyer. Thoughtful, insightful and when necessary bold. We have been involved in many situations together and charted excellent courses based on her fine judgement and counsel. I have no hesitation in recommending Meriel.

Harriet Green, former CEO of Thomas Cook
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Withers were clear and concise in their advice to me during the sale of my company.

Dame Natalie Massenet, Founder - NET-A-PORTER
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I was so thankful that I engaged Withers to handle my private affairs. They were extraordinarily professional, discreet and above all, kind. They saw me through a very difficult time, with tact, diplomacy and an abundance of wisdom, for which I am extremely grateful.

Business owner
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I find them to be practical and empathetic, clear as to the law but equally capable of listening and taking clear instructions. It is hard to describe working with lawyers over such matters as a pleasure, but certainly they have been a pleasure to deal with and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.

Founder, Venture Capital firm
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I was introduced to Withers by one the UK’s most significant and successful entrepreneurs. He advised me that to develop my business I needed the best lawyers. I took his advice and since then have worked with Withers on several aspects of my business. What I hear from them is, “Kev, we are here to protect you”, and protect me they do very well. Their advice spans further than just legal, they have a network of professionals and high net worth clients and often bring them together. Withers have proved to be a very valuable partner of Checkatrade and nothing at any hour of the day is too much trouble for them. If you need the best on your side, then look no further.

Kevin Byrne, Founder and CEO - Checkatrade
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Withers take not just a commercial point of view but an entrepreneurial one too by standing in the clothes of their clients and seeing things from our point of view.

Iqbal Wahhab - Roast Restaurant
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I have relied on Withers’ legal strengths on numerous occasions, and in particular when negotiating agreements with distributors and retailers. The team at Withers has mentored me as my business has developed over the past 10 years, and their practical guidance has been very valuable in forming my commercial approach.

Amanda Lacey Luxury Skin Care
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The team at Withers has been a great support to the creative development of our brand over the years, providing legal advice that has given us stability, and that is always informed by the firm’s deep understanding of the fashion industry.

Preen
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As a leading fashion, lifestyle and entertainment agency, we provide a highly focused, expert service in connecting global consumer and luxury brands with celebrity talent. We enjoy working with Anthony Indaimo and the experienced team at Withers due to the firm’s in depth understanding of both brand strategy and talent engagement. The Withers team intrinsically understand what makes a successful brand-talent collaboration and how to navigate both the legalistic and business sides of this sometimes complex landscape. The team’s pragmatic advice, passion and approach with clients reflects our own and ultimately best serve our clients’ interests. This is why Withers is always our preferred partner and our first recommendation to all clients who are seeking outside legal counsel.

Sharon Ainsberg - SHO + CO

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Track record

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.

Software entrepreneurs

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.

Vitaly Archangelsky

We represent Russian businessman Vitaly Archangelsky in a dispute with a Russian bank in relation to a port terminal in St Petersburg.

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.

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 has become one of the major global success stories of the free-to-play mobile device games, with more than 93 million players worldwide. Withers was proud to act 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.

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.

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.

A prominent Russian businessman

Successful representation of a prominent Russian businessman and officials in highly complex and interrelated committal, bankruptcy and Commercial Court proceedings.

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.

£30m dispute for Ukranian businessman

A prominent Ukrainian businessman instructed us to represent him in a complex £30 million dispute involving breach of contract, misrepresentations and fraud allegations.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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