Corporate & Commercial

Corporate and commercial

Our Corporate and Commercial lawyers in Portsmouth can help you to address the legal issues that arise in starting and growing a company, doing business with others, through to third party investment or exit strategies.

Many small to medium-sized businesses use us as their ‘in-house’ legal team and we work for a number of larger corporations including foreign companies and their UK subsidiaries, plus PLCs listed on the AIM market.

We also have award winning and independently recognised expertise in the niche fields of Marine and Sports law.

We pride ourselves on understanding our clients’ businesses and objectives and we provide straightforward, cost effective and commercial advice to help our clients achieve their business goals. Our experienced team will help add value to your business by assisting you in seizing business opportunities, managing and avoiding risk and growing your business to its full potential.

  • Mergers and acquisitions
    Mergers and acquisitions can quickly transform a business, but there can be many challenges involved in getting them over the line. The experience of our team means we are well placed at managing a wide variety of types of company sales and acquisitions and we often work alongside other professional advisers such as corporate financiers and accountants to help our clients achieve their aims

  • Lending and re-financing
    If you are looking for finance to support the growth of your business, we can help with negotiation of suitable finance options and structure of lending agreements.

  • Commercial contracts
    We can advise you on the contracts provided to you by suppliers or put in place bespoke contracts with the protection of your business in mind. Our services include advising on distribution, franchising, outsourcing, manufacturing, sponsorship and e-commerce agreements as well as commercial collaborations and joint ventures and more.

  • Data protection
    Cyber security and GDPR are two of the biggest data protection challenges for business at present. We can put your mind at ease by provide a cost-effective service to ensure the internal and external policies and procedures you have in place are robust and help to manage and mitigate the legal and commercial risks to your business. We also provide on-site training to management teams and staff at every level on all aspects of data protection.

  • Company secretarial
    Company secretarial is an important aspect of legal compliance and can demonstrate good corporate governance, showing that a business is on top of its regulatory affairs. We can take the burden away from you and provide an efficient service to keep your company filings up to date, saving you time and resource.

Contact our Corporate and Commercial team today on 023 9298 1000 for further information about how we can help you and your business.

Our credentials

“Thank you for all your work in dealing with the acquisition, your advice has been really helpful.”

Seller of a healthcare business, January 2019

Michael Dyer is an ‘extremely sound and level-headed lawyer’

Legal 500, 2018

“I would just like to say a very big thank you to you for all of your amazing hard work and patience during the course of the sale. Myself and the family very much appreciate it.”

Exiting shareholder of an IT company, July 2018

“The (Corporate and Commercial) team did Verisona Law proud. I really appreciate all your assistance throughout the transaction.”

Director of a Groundworks and civil engineering business, June 2018

"Mike (Dyer) quietly goes about his business; no fuss, no drama he just gets the job done."

Trevor Birch, Managing Director, Duff and Phelps Ltd

‘We worked closely with Grant Usher during the transaction. It was an extremely complex and complicated purchase of the business, working diligently with the buyer as well as BDO and Ernst & Young. During this period, Grant was personally always on hand to clarify any questions posed to him regarding both the transaction from all parties. Everyone associated with the business was impressed with Grant’s work during this period.’

Chief Executive of professional sports team

‘I would just like to say how pleased I have been with the way in which your company has handled the recent sale of my business. I would like to give a special mention to Grant Usher. I would like to say how very impressed I have been with his professional quiet and calm approach, clearly a fantastic representative for Verisona Law”

Former owner of a Hampshire-based children’s nursery

  • Michael Dyer

    Michael Dyer

    Director - Head of Corporate & Commercial

    T: 023 9231 2054

    M: 07768 453 966

  • Grant Usher

    Grant Usher

    Associate Solicitor - Corporate and Commercial

    T: 023 9231 2058

    M: 07464 547 366



Corporate

  • Sale and purchase of business, asset and shares
  • Business start-ups and SME’s
  • Management Buy-Outs (MBO’s) and Buy-Ins (MBI)
  • Share buy backs
  • Due diligence
  • Company re-organisation and re-structuring advice
  • Shareholders’ and partnership agreements
  • LLP and Partnership advice
  • Shareholder disputes

Finance

  • Drafting inter-creditor, facility, guarantee and other security agreements
  • Subordination and priority arrangements
  • Advice on personal and corporate guarantees

Commercial

  • Joint ventures and collaboration agreements
  • Terms and conditions of sale or purchase for goods/services
  • Agency and distribution agreements
  • Non-disclosure agreements (NDA)
  • Bespoke trading agreements
  • Intellectual property protection

Company Secretarial

  • Incorporation of limited liability partnerships and companies
  • Creating and/or maintaining statutory registers, minute books and share certificates
  • Preparing board minutes, resolutions and notices
  • Assisting with your confirmation statement
  • Drafting or amending Articles of Association
  • Dissolving or striking companies off the register
  • Implementing changes to your share capital
  • Drafting and filing of Companies House forms.

“Thank you for all your work in dealing with the acquisition, your advice has been really helpful.”

Seller of a healthcare business, January 2019

“I would just like to say a very big thank you to you for all of your amazing hard work and patience during the course of the sale. Myself and the family very much appreciate it.”

Exiting shareholder of an IT company, July 2018

“The (Corporate and Commercial) team did Verisona Law proud. I really appreciate all your assistance throughout the transaction.”

Director of a Groundworks and civil engineering business, June 2018

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