Stephen is a Partner in the Corporate team.
Experienced in company incorporation, the establishment of traditional partnerships and LLPs, business mergers and acquisitions, company and corporate restructuring, share purchase agreements, business sales, succession planning and exit strategies, and the resolution of commercial disputes.
Clients include professional practices, owner-managed SMEs and family businesses, he also acts for trusts and charities who require guidance on organisational matters, governance and general legal affairs and who value his experience as a fellow trustee and immediate past chair of a midland’s based children’s hospice.
Recent examples of how Stephen has supported clients include:
- arranging the refinancing of seed capital worth £8 million on behalf of an alternative energy start-up following the closure of a government sponsored fund and its transfer to BP;
- aiding a father in the resolution of a protracted shareholder dispute with his daughter on terms which saw him exit the family business on commercially and personally acceptable terms;
- successfully defending the past trustees of a trust against allegations that they had wrongly disposed of trust assets by establishing that the assets in question had never been within the trust’s ownership; and
- devising a plan to enable the majority shareholders in a family company to acquire the interests of minority non-family shareholders to bring the company back within the family’s exclusive control.