31 March 2015 - Article
A newly established IT sector client wished to move its headquarters from the US to the UK and to insert a new UK holding company with the same shareholding structure as its then existing US trading company. Agnes worked closely with our US colleagues and with the client to deal with the many different aspects of the transaction.
Together with colleagues in the real estate and wealth planning teams, Agnes advised a private individual on the acquisition and subsequent liquidation of an offshore company holding property, which was previously owned by a US trust. As well as drafting and negotiating the necessary documentation for the acquisition, Agnes coordinated input from local counsel, accountants and liquidators.
Assisted colleagues in the employment team on many occasions, advising on the corporate aspects of individual clients’ exits from their employment and negotiating the documents required for the realisation or safeguarding of their interests in their former employers.
Advised corporate and individual clients, both in the UK and overseas, in respect of the requirements of the new ‘register of people with significant control’ to be maintained by UK companies and LLPs following the PSC regime coming into force on 6 April 2016.
Advised a long-standing AIM-listed company client on the acquisition of a number of owner-managed business, each specialising in integrated information security and information technology. Over the years, she was able to build up a good working relationship with the client’s management team which helped each subsequent acquisition to run even more smoothly than the last.
England and Wales, 2008
‘How U.S. Persons Can Be Made Public by the UK Register,’ Estate Planning - August 2017, co-author
The Law Society
Me in a minute
I enjoy the feeling of being part of a team making something good happen in the business world
A particularly inspiring company law professor at university, whose 9am lectures on Friday mornings were always packed, made me decide to practise in corporate law. My love of organising things has also proved useful over the years when dealing with the numerous pieces of paper involved in any completion meeting.
As a corporate lawyer I get to work with colleagues across different practice areas as well as working closely with clients and solicitors on the ‘other side’, and I enjoy the feeling of being part of a team making something good happen in the business world.
My favourite moments in my career so far have been watching clients - sometimes my clients and sometimes the other side’s - who have built up their business from scratch, photographing the room full of completion documents and toasting the successful completion of the sale of their company with a glass of champagne. The hope and excitement of those moments - as the sellers consider what they will do next, and the buyer starts to plan for the integration and development of its new business - is something I will always remember.