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Halliwells Corporate Group Brochure

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Introduction to Halliwells Corporate Group.

Introduction to Halliwells Corporate Group.


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  • 1. Corporate Group An Introductory Guide from Halliwells’ Corporate Group
  • 2. 02 Our lawyers combine legal expertise and market knowledge with an understanding of your business to deliver advice which is constructive, practical and cost-effective.
  • 3. 03 Corporate Group Market recognition: Halliwells’ Corporate Group advises a broad range • UK Top 30 and Top 100 Europe law firm of corporate and institutional clients through teams • fastest growing UK Top 50 law firm 2006 and 2007 based in each of the firm’s offices in Liverpool, London, Manchester and Sheffield. The group’s • shortlisted for Law Firm of the Year – commercial approach and ability to respond quickly The Lawyer Awards June 2006, achieved third to opportunities has helped its clients to achieve place in finals considerable success. • AIM Lawyer of the Year 2005 (second place 2006) Whether you are an institution or a corporate, we • ranked number one Corporate Law Firm 2007 have in-depth experience across a wide range of and 2008 – Insider sectors. Our lawyers combine legal expertise and market knowledge with an understanding of your • ranked number two UK Legal Adviser to AIM business to deliver advice which is constructive, companies 2007 – Growth Company practical and cost-effective. Our experience covers a wide range of transactional and advisory work including acquisitions and disposals, takeovers, flotations, private equity investments, debt deals, corporate tax advice and employee incentive arrangements. The strength of our corporate practice makes us a substantial force in the legal market. We work with both national and international clients in the increasingly global business community. Halliwells has an enviable track record of working with leading corporates, institutions and entrepreneurs in fast moving environments to close deals on time and on budget. A number of the partners within the Corporate Group are amongst those very few lawyers in the UK who have gained the prestigious Corporate Finance qualification from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. The qualification draws on the experience of the ICAEW’s Corporate Finance Faculty, Europe’s largest network of professionals in corporate finance. It focuses on corporate finance, is truly global in perspective, and is targeted at industry leaders. Corporate Group
  • 4. 04 We are known for our pragmatic approach and will work with you to secure the best business solution – enabling you to achieve your corporate objectives.
  • 5. 05 Our Approach Our Approach to Fees Our approach focuses on assisting our clients We adopt an open and transparent approach to to achieve their business objectives through an our fees, and always agree these in advance with understanding of their strategic requirements. We our clients. For many corporate transactions we will do this by building close working relationships with agree a fixed fee as this approach is most popular our clients to become a trusted adviser. We provide with clients and provides certainty on cost. We are a partner-led service, meaning that you have day to always willing to discuss and agree alternative fee day access to our leading lawyers. The result of this structures depending on your requirements. is a high level of client satisfaction and loyalty. Our fee structures will provide you with fees We are known for our pragmatic approach and will which are clear and budgeted specifically to the work with you to secure the best business solution requirements of your deal. at a certain cost – enabling you to achieve your We staff each deal according to the input required. corporate objectives. In short we offer: This ensures you obtain the best value for money • a balance between specialisation and broader whilst guaranteeing that you always receive the legal knowledge, providing expert advice quickly highest quality advice. and with breadth of vision • ready access to partners and senior lawyers • open, pre-agreed fee structures ensuring that you pay only for the work you need us to do, all at a pre-agreed price • a proactive service where we take ownership of problems and develop solutions • a results orientated culture committed to closing deals on time and on budget • market-leading business processes and project management skills • an innovative commercial approach with access to cutting edge technology and facilities • flexibility and willingness to adapt to new challenges, differing legal environments and changing commercial realities This enables our clients to focus on the key financial and commercial aspects of their deals and with time to concentrate on the continued operation of their own businesses. More importantly, our approach increases the likelihood of transactions being completed – the result all our clients and co- advisers are working towards. Corporate Group
  • 6. 06 An increasing amount of our M&A work involves multiple jurisdictions. Our M&A team has a wealth of experience in overseas deals and the unique skills required to close complex, cross-border transactions.
  • 7. 07 Mergers and Acquisitions Private Equity Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) is the mainstay Our lawyers advise private equity houses on of the work we do. We handle numerous M&A their investments throughout the UK as well as transactions each year. Most involve either the management teams, corporate venturers and strategic acquisition or disposal of subsidiaries the acquisition finance divisions of many leading by corporates or the sale of private companies on banks. We also work with equity houses on the behalf of private equity or family/owner-manager establishment of funds and in the structuring of shareholders. We also have significant ‘Blue Book’ incentive arrangements for managers. expertise and regularly advise on public company The private equity team also works with equity takeovers. Our support includes advice in relation houses on exits, whether by trade sale, secondary to the M&A process, negotiation of deal terms, due buyout, flotation or refinancing. We understand the diligence and co-ordinating the input of specialist concerns of institutions regarding residual liability groups of lawyers and other advisers. and the obligations they have to their funds. Working The Corporate Group draws on the expertise of closely with capital markets and acquisition finance lawyers who are highly trained in specialist areas colleagues, we offer bespoke advice in relation to of M&A work including real or intellectual property, possible IPO exits and debt arrangements. human resources, pensions, and tax and regulatory. We have a strong track record of advising on public In addition, we actively project manage M&A to private transactions, whether advising the target transactions on behalf of our clients, not just the company, private equity house, financial adviser, legal process. bank or management team. We utilise the skill sets Our expertise includes: of our private equity, M&A and capital markets teams to combine in-depth knowledge of the • acquisitions and disposals Takeover Code and all relevant UK listing rules with • public company takeovers our broad experience of private equity and debt • mergers and demergers funding arrangements. • group re-organisations • major projects, including joint ventures An increasing amount of our M&A work involves multiple jurisdictions. Our M&A team has a wealth of experience in overseas deals and possesses the unique skills required to close complex, cross- border transactions. We work with our own network of law firms throughout the EU, USA and Asia-Pacific region to deliver a seamless global service on cross-border deals. Corporate Group
  • 8. 08 Public equity markets are more complex and commercially demanding now than ever before and clients need legal advice that is innovative, concise and commercial.
  • 9. 09 Capital Markets AIM The capital markets team is experienced in all We are one of Europe’s leading legal advisers aspects of the public equity markets in the UK on AIM flotations. In recent years we have been and EU. We are one of Europe’s top five AIM legal independently recognised as AIM Lawyers of the advisers and completely dominate this market in Year by Growth Company. We employ our extensive the North of England. We advise on public equity experience of AIM to advise nominated advisers and fundraisings, from pre-IPO, through to IPO and brokers as well as UK and international companies secondary issues. seeking an AIM flotation. Public equity markets are more highly regulated, Our expertise covers all sectors and we have an complex and commercially demanding now than unrivalled level of understanding of the complexities ever before and clients need legal advice that is of an AIM listing. practical and incisive. Delivered with a thorough understanding of the dynamics of the markets Tax and Employee Incentives and informed by best practice, our advice supports a range of clients in executing their Our specialist tax lawyers combine leading edge strategies. We act for a domestic and international tax consulting with a broad commercial view of base of quoted clients as well as institutional the transactions on which they work, ensuring the clients including investment banks, corporate delivery of sophisticated and effective advice. finance houses and brokers. Our capital markets team works very closely Corporate Tax with its private equity colleagues to offer an Our tax team provides a full range of tax alternative realisation of leveraged and consultancy and advisory services including: development capital structures. • domestic and international structuring Our expertise includes: for mergers, acquisitions, demergers and reorganisations • IPOs/flotations (all markets) • planning for property transactions including VAT • secondary fundraisings and stamp duty land tax • private placements Corporate Group
  • 10. 10 Why Halliwells? About Halliwells We: Halliwells is an award winning national law firm. • take a practical and pragmatic approach to Consistently one of the fastest growing law firms anticipating and solving problems in the UK, Halliwells is widely acknowledged as a • identify key/time critical issues and deal with dynamic, modern organisation with a commitment them proactively to the very highest standards of client service. • have the ability to manage change rapidly The firm specialises in all areas of corporate law and acts for a wide range of institutions and • adopt an approach which maximises the success private and public companies on a national and prospects of our clients’ deals international level. • have an outstanding track record for delivering As a business founded on client satisfaction, results, on time, on budget Halliwells is continually investing in its people • have a proven history of closing deals for a wide and its processes. range of corporates and institutions Halliwells’ management team is committed to • provide total price certainty through our bespoke strong leadership, business focus, engagement of deal planning and budgeting capabilities people, open communication and sound financial • can deliver a full legal service across the UK and management. This approach has been instrumental globally through our international network in the firm’s accelerated growth. In recent years, Halliwells has attracted some of the UK’s very best lawyers – from both City practices and leading regional players. This high- profile lateral hiring has led to the firm significantly increasing its market share. Looking to the future, Halliwells remains committed to an ongoing expansion strategy underpinned by a commitment to excellence at every level. Corporate Group
  • 11. www.halliwells.com Halliwells LLP is a limited liability partnership Halliwells LLP Tel: +44 (0)844 875 8000 registered in England and Wales under registered number OC307980 whose registered office is at 3 Hardman Square Spinningfields Manchester M3 3EB 3 Hardman Square, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3EB. Fax: +44 (0)844 875 8001 DX 14317 Manchester 1 A list of members is available for inspection at the registered office. Any reference to a partner in relation 1 Threadneedle Street London EC2R 8AY to Halliwells LLP means a member of Halliwells LLP. Fax: +44 (0)844 875 8002 DX 98933 Cheapside 2 Regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. City Plaza Pinfold Street Sheffield S1 2GU This brochure was published in April 2008 and is intended only as a general guide. It should not be relied upon as a Fax: +44 (0)844 875 8003 DX 10525 Sheffield substitute for taking advice in particular circumstances. Before acting on anything contained within this publication, The Plaza 100 Old Hall Street Liverpool L3 9TD please consult your usual Halliwells partner. Fax: +44 (0)844 875 8004 DX 14126 Liverpool 1 www.halliwells.com Ref: Halliwells 0663/04.08