Business Structures and Restructuring
For clients who are starting a new business, it is really important that proper consideration is given to the structure in which the business is to be set up and operated depending on the individual circumstances of the client. A company is not always the preferred structure. We have assisted many clients in such situations and are confident that we would be able to advise and guide you through the pitfalls of choosing the correct structure for your business.
We also assist existing businesses to restructure their businesses in a manner that facilitates, business expansion, operational efficiency whilst providing the necessary asset protection plan.
This area of the law or practice involves planning for the sale of your interest or share in a business to your business partners or trusted employees or (in the case of a family business) passing over control to other family members when you retire. A well thought through business succession plan will help maximise the return on your investment, ensure a smooth transfer of ownership and control minimise disruption to business operations. Normally, such plans will also include an appropriate insurance cover to help facilitate the buy-out of the business.
Commercial & Business Contracts, Intellectual Property
Commercial and business deals and their terms and conditions are captured in written contracts are now. Consequently, a well-prepared contract will ensure your business transaction to proceed and safeguard your interest during and after the transaction. We do more than just writing contracts to meet with your instructions. We also provide strategic inputs to ensure that you achieve the best outcome and protection possible in the circumstances. A well written contract will put you in good stead should a dispute arises by minimising your risk and expense.
We have prepared contracts relating to the sale and purchase of businesses, loan agreements (including those with securities), confidentiality and non-disclosure deeds, assignment and transfer of intellectual property and guarantees and security documentation.
We are also able to assist you with the registration of trade marks and patents.
Company and Incorporated Associations (non-profit and charities)
We provide services relating companies and associations, including the preparation of the company and association’s constitutions and shareholders agreements to provide corporate governance, compliance structure, shareholders rights and obligations in order to avoid unnecessary disputes.
We also provide advice relating to capital raising and company financing.
Employment and technology Contracts and other deeds
Businesses would necessarily require services relating to their employment relationship with their employees. We prepare employment contracts to facilitate a clear and comprehensive employer-employee relationship in order to lay a foundation for an unambiguous working relationship. We also prepare consultancy contract where clients require special expertise to assist with their businesses that may not be otherwise available from their pool of employees.
In addition to the commercial and business contracts mentioned above, we also prepare:
- Discretionary, Fixed and Hybrid Trust deeds;
- Exclusive mandate deed;
- Licence agreements;
- Technology or IT agreements;
- Joint Venture agreements; and
- Partnership agreements.