Our corporate team gives clear, pragmatic and commercial advice. We combine these essentials with our commitment to delivering a first-rate, personalised and responsive service to our clients.
We provide services to clients wishing to sell their businesses, or to raise capital for them, or that wish to make investments, dispose of existing assets or enter into strategic partnerships. Our experience includes advising on corporate acquisitions and disposals, capital markets transactions and private fundraisings, private equity investments and exits, management buy-outs and buy-ins, joint ventures and reorganisations.
We work as an integrated team with specialists in other departments of the firm in order to provide the full complement of legal services and all-round technical expertise that our clients require. For international work, as we are independent, we are able to select and work with the best lawyers for the job in the jurisdictions where overseas advice is needed.
Our clients include high-net-worth individuals, business owners, private and publically listed companies, international groups, family offices and private equity and sovereign wealth funds. We have significant experience in acting for wealthy individuals in relation to their corporate law and business requirements, complementing the firm's leading position for private client and family work.
We value long-term successful relationships with our clients, which is why we spend time getting to know their businesses and commercial objectives, so we can provide the right solutions to the issues that matter to them. We provide advice on a full range of company and commercial law matters for many of our clients.
We advise clients who operate across a wide range of different industries and sectors including:
- financial services
- professional services
- hotels and leisure
- real estate
- food and beverages
Reorganisation of DNA Fit Limited
Payne Hicks Beach advised DNA Fit Limited (“DNA Fit”) on a reorganisation involving its acquisition by a new holding company, DNAFit Life Sciences Limited, and the issue of new shares to a group of participators who had contributed significantly to the business since its inception.
DNA Fit, which is headed up by CEO Avi Lasarow, is an award-winning UK genetics company which creates training plans based on customer genetic profiles. Most recently, it was ranked 8th in Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Data Science. See the attached Press Release.
The Payne Hicks Beach team included Corporate Associate Howard Taylor and trainee Luke Scarratt.
Payne Hicks Beach advises ICICI Bank UK Plc on its loan to Lux International AG
Payne Hicks Beach advised ICICI Bank UK Plc ("ICICI") on its provision of a multi-million Euro loan facility to Lux International AG ("Lux").
Lux improves the quality of life of a growing number of people around the world, through innovative solutions for clean air, pure water and a better indoor environment. With water purifiers, vacuum cleaners, air purifiers, steam cleaners and more, the Lux Group offers innovations for a healthier, happier life at home.
Our role included not only advising ICICI on the English law aspects of the transaction but also co-ordinating advice from overseas lawyers in India, Switzerland and Germany in relation to the security provided by other companies in the Lux Group based in those jurisdictions.
LMT Southgate Holdings Limited’s refinancing by HSBC Bank Plc
Payne Hicks Beach advised LMT Southgate Holdings Limited (“Southgate”) on the refinancing of its current secured loan from the Royal Bank of Canada by HSBC Bank Plc. Southgate owns freehold property at 56 to 64 The Strand, London WC2, and its tenants include Top Shop, Pizza Hut and Abercrombie & Kent.
Payne Hicks Beach advises The Picture Desk Limited on digital library sale
Payne Hicks Beach advised The Picture Desk Limited and associated companies on the sale of their digital image business to Rex Features Limited (“Rex”). Rex is part of Shutterstock Inc, a leading global provider of imagery, listed on the New York Stock Exchange with offices worldwide.
The Picture Desk comprises two renowned image collections: The Art Archive, specializing in fine art, history and ancient civilization and The Kobal Collection, the leading movie stills archive containing over 100 years of publicity images from iconic cinematic legends, including classic portraiture, film stills and posters.
The Kobal Photo Archive, containing over a million vintage black and white and colour photos, highly esteemed as one the finest Hollywood stills collections in private hands, remains with our clients.
SIA Partners UK Plc acquire Molten Holding Group Limited
Payne Hicks Beach advised SIA Partners UK Plc (“SIA Partners UK”) on its acquisition of Molten Holding Group Limited (“Molten Group”).
SIA Partners UK is part of the global management consulting firm which services the energy and utilities sectors, banking, insurance, transport, industry and retail, telecoms and the public sectors, and which has more than 850 employees. Molten Group is a London based consultancy working mainly for clients in the oil and gas sector, including BP, Gazprom, Shell, and MOL.
The Payne Hicks Beach team included Corporate Partner Max Baird-Smith, Corporate Trainee Solicitor Isobel Symonds, Employment Solicitor Orla Bingham and Property Solicitor Andrea Yiakoumetti.
Kings Road Publishing Limited’s acquisition of John Blake Publishing Limited
Payne Hicks Beach advised Kings Road Publishing Limited (“Kings Road Publishing Limited”), part of the Bonnier global media and publishing group, on its acquisition of John Blake Publishing Limited and its subsidiaries (“John Blake Publishing”).
John Blake Publishing, founded in 1991, specialises in high profile, mass market non-fiction. Best-selling titles include Being Jordan by Katie Price and Not Quite a Geordie by Holly Hagan. It published 110 titles in 2015. It becomes part of Kings Road Publishing, led by CEO, Perminder Mann.
The Payne Hicks Beach team included Corporate Partner Jonathan Gatward, Corporate Solicitor Marcia Kidd, Employment Associate Chris Weaver and Property Solicitor Andrea Yiakoumetti. Horsey Lightly acted for the sellers.
Bonnier Zaffre Limited aquires Totally Entwined Group Limited
Payne Hicks Beach acted for Bonnier Zaffre Limited (“Bonnier Zaffre”), part of the Bonnier global media and publishing group, on its acquisition of Lincolnshire based Totally Entwined Group Limited (“Totally Entwined Group”).
The acquisition includes Totally Entwined Group’s leading flagship erotic romance publishing house, Totally Bound Publishing, Pride Publishing, Finch Books, Evidence Press and Celebritease. It becomes part of Bonnier Zaffre, led by CEO, Mark Smith.
The Payne Hicks Beach team included Corporate Partner Jonathan Gatward, Corporate Solicitor Marcia Kidd, Employment Associate Chris Weaver and Property Associate Marisa Beccarelli. Chattertons McKinnells acted for the sellers.
Legrand Electric Limited acquires Jontek Limited
Payne Hicks Beach advised Legrand Electric Limited (“Legrand”), part of the Legrand global electrical manufacturing group, on its acquisition of Stockport based Jontek Limited (“Jontek”)
Jontek is a developer and provider of monitoring software and response centres for assisted living facilities and has been at the forefront in that sector for more than 20 years. For Legrand, it is an ideal complement to the business of Tynetech Limited which it acquired in July 2013, and which supplies at-home alarm systems and assisted living call systems.
The Payne Hicks Beach team included Corporate Partner Jonathan Gatward, Corporate Solicitor Marcia Kidd, Employment Associate Chris Weaver and Property Associate Marisa Beccarelli. Gorvins Solicitors acted for the sellers.
Petty France Limited acquires Stockworth Limited
Payne Hicks Beach advised Petty France Limited (“Petty France”), a privately owned property investor, on its acquisition of Stockworth Limited (“Stockworth”), which owns the Gainsford Estate in Bermondsey, London SE1.
The Gainsford Estate is a mixture of freehold property and commercial and residential leasehold properties.
The Payne Hicks Beach team included Property Partner Richard Stapylton-Smith and Corporate Partner Jonathan Gatward. Howard Kennedy Solicitors acted for the shareholders of Stockworth.
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