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Private Equity and Venture Capital

We know that successful businesses are attractive to private equity investors, and partnering with the right investor can supercharge a company’s growth. Working with lawyers that understand private equity investment and the importance of establishing a strong, trusting relationship between investor and management from the start are absolutely crucial to successful investment – whether acting for an investor or management team.

Key contact

Richard Wilkey

If you’re planning on buying or selling a company, looking to invest or seeking investment, or have any other issue related to running a business, let’s have a chat. I’m passionate about seeing businesses grow and develop, and I’ll provide you with commercial, proactive advice. I like to get involved with transactions as early as possible – that way, I can help you make important strategic decisions for your business or regarding an opportunity that you may not have considered.

Our lawyers become part of the investment team, aligned with our clients in ensuring the deal is the right fit. We have a large team of lawyers with extensive experience in all types of venture capital, VCT and PE or PR-backed transactions, from initial investment, buyouts, and buy-and-build platforms to secondary exits.

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Equity and debt investments

Our private equity team works with mid-market private equity institutions, helping structure the legal process while navigating issues that arise and giving commercial and pragmatic advice. The team are well-versed in new investment and platform transactions, and work closely with the Banking and Finance team where debt is also required as part of the funding. They have worked on complex structures in the UK and also on multi-jurisdictional deals, involving our International team. Our collective expertise means we compete comfortably with City firms; bringing a personal, knowledgeable approach to sourcing capital for our clients’ next venture.

If you need to raise funding, whether from a bank or through private equity, our corporate finance experts will help you identify the correct lending stream for your business. We have close links with banks and private equity and venture capital funders, from institutions and family offices to high-net-worth angel investors.

These close relationships allow us to ensure that we’re on the pulse of changes and emerging trends in the world of finance, giving you access to the most up-to-date ways of funding your business.

If you’re looking to refinance your business, we can guide you through every round of the refinancing process, whether you’re seeking new funding or negotiating with your current providers.

Capital restructuring

Our lawyers can help you to restructure your business in the most efficient way, including introduction of new funds, changes to share capital, share buy backs, demergers or changes to group company structures.

We know that the thought of restructuring can be daunting from a legal and financial perspective, as well as a HR one, so we blend our activities with that of your other professional advisers to transition any change smoothly and in the most tax-efficient way.

Hear what our clients say about us

The recent sale of our company seemed from the outset an extremely daunting and challenging ordeal which, thanks to the professional and efficient help and services supplied by the team at HCR turned out to be an exercise taken in their stride and proficiently executed. Alison made the entire experience for us a lot easier than we had ever anticipated. I would not hesitate to engage these guys again in future should such an opportunity re-present itself.

John Dawson Prestige Technology Solutions Limited

The whole process from start to finish was executed superbly and I always felt confident that I had the best team on our side to get this done. Thank you, it has been a pleasure working with you and I hope our paths will cross again.

Doug Novak Glantus UK

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