Corporate

Understanding your business

The corporate team has a wide range of experience across the whole spectrum of business activity, whether clients seek to grow their organisations or manage their exposure to risks. Team-members focus strongly on working as business counsellors with clients to offer commercially astute advice and support. We believe in building long-term relationships with our clients, whether in the UK or overseas, and frequently deal with sophisticated and complex matters on both a national and international basis.

We can assist with the following:

  • Management buyouts/ buyins (MBOs/MBIs)
  • Purchase and sale of assets
  • Share acquisitions and sales
  • AIM
  • Share option schemes
  • Intellectual property
  • IT
  • Service agreements
  • Partnerships and limited liability partnerships (LLPs)
  • Commercial agreements
  • Law of the European Union
  • Company secretarial services including formations, and annual compliance

For further information, please contact Malcolm Sadler, head of commercial team, or Leon Arnold, head of corporate team.

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Testimonials

"The ‘reliable and flexible’ team at Freeths LLP experienced an uptick in cross-border work and shines in matters such as company disposals and acquisitions, and management buyouts and reorganisations. Corporate practice head Leon Arnold and recently promoted director Tom Walker ‘make corporate law uncomplicated and provide a reliable service’. Arnold advised Safeware Quasar on its sale to UL, a US-based safety consulting and certification company, and also assisted with a number of acquisitions for Integrity Print, including its purchase of Alliance Labels, EU Mailers and Colebourne & Partners, which is in administration; Walker acted for the shareholders of Ace Hotel in a multimillion-pound refinancing and restructuring of a central London hotel. Other clients include Higher Education Policy Institute, DTC International and ResMed. Senior partner Malcolm Sadler heads the commercial team and has a wealth of experience in advising companies in different stages of development on joint ventures and share structures, among other matters."

The Legal 500, The Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2017 Edition

"Freeths have provided us with excellent support on our EUGDPR project. They responded to our need for specialist GDPR advice as we prepare to meet the requirements of the new legislation. Their dedication and support has been much appreciated."

Recent comments from a client

"Freeths’ ‘high-calibre team’ is noted for its ‘swift, efficient management of the transaction process’. Corporate head Leon Arnold is ‘an exceptional lawyer who ticks all the boxes’ and ‘fully understands the client’s business"

The Legal 500, The Clients' Guide to the UK Legal Profession,2016 Edition

"Well this has been a long journey and the reality hasn't sunk in yet. You guys have been absolutely brilliant, and I'm sure Bob feels the same - we can't thank you enough."

Recent comments from a client

"Freeths is 'extremely competent across all legal disciplines', the arrival of corporate head Leon Arnold having 'ensured a clear specialism in the area'. Arnold 'always gives pragmatic advice with the end goal in mind', senior associate Tom Walker 'provides clear and comprehensible guidance'."

The Legal 500, The Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2015 Edition

"Freeths’s corporate capability was significantly bolstered by the arrival from Thomas Eggar LLP of the highly regarded Leon Arnold, who ‘gets the balance of legal and commercial just right'. The ‘excellent' Malcolm Sadler heads the commercial side, with senior associate Tom Walker also attracting praise for his client service. Clients include Variohm Holdings and Original BTC."

The Legal 500, The Clients' Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2014 edition

"I would highly recommend the team at Freeths who helped me through the sale of my shares in Recommended Hotels Limited. The client service was excellent and they steered me through what to me was an alien process, keeping me informed at all times and holding my hand when necessary. I would have no hesitation in recomending Leon, Tom and the team at Freeths. "

Recent comments from a client

"Their advice was spot-on in terms of legal and commercial aspects"

Chambers & Partners, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2014 edition

"Their availability is second to none, it's fantastic - calls on Saturday night and everything"

Chambers & Partners, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2014 edition

"the team is 'very progressive and service-oriented'"

Chambers and Partners, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2013 edition

"noted for its top-quality, professional work and good commercial acumen"

The Legal 500, The Clients' Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2012 edition

"Described as 'a pillar of the firm,' Malcolm Sadler impresses clients with his extensive knowledge as well as his practical approach to legal matters."

Chambers and Partners, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2012 edition

"efficient and supportive"

Chambers and Partners, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2011 edition

"Led by the 'experienced, knowledgeable and helpful' Malcolm Sadler"

The Legal 500, The Clients' Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2010 edition

"The lawyers work really closely with the client to ensure they understand the documents and legal issues in layman's terms"

Chambers and Partners, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2010 edition

"commercially minded and incredibly efficient"

Chambers and Partners, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2009 edition