Owner Managed Businesses

An entrepreneurial law firm ourselves, we have established a strong reputation as expert and trusted advisers to owner managed businesses, helping them to grow and move through incorporation, expansion, fundraising and ultimately to sale.

We provide practical support for a variety of business sizes and structures and have a close appreciation of the changing cultural and operational dynamics of businesses as they graduate from family or private to public ownership, as well as generational shifts.

We support our owner-managed business clients in identifying and solving their day-to-day legal, commercial and tax problems and help to address the major strategic challenges they face, from inception through mergers, acquisitions and financing to exit, through trade sales, management buyouts or flotations. A key part of our advice to the owners of businesses covers planning for the sale of the business, or transferring ownership to the next generation. Our owner-managed business team works closely with colleagues throughout our firm, to provide effective overall legal solutions that help our clients to achieve their business objectives.

The partner-led, highly personalised service that is the hallmark of our firm’s approach ensures that our clients benefit from continuity, clear communication and the responsiveness of an effective business partner.

A number of our partners focus on specific industry sectors, and the owner-managed business team can draw on the knowledge of our firm-wide sector teams enabling us to provide practical and commercially informed advice that gives our clients a competitive edge.

If you have any questions or queries please call Ian on +44 (0)20 3036 7251 or email ibrent@fladgate.com

This firm focuses its practice towards internationally active entrepreneurial clients… Their ability to get deals done is well recognised by clients, who comment: “They are clever guys, but their great attribute is their ability to find a solution when problems arise”.

Chambers UK
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Fladgate LLP “consistently outperforms the competition” on deals, for a largely entrepreneurial client base. David Robinson is “extremely intelligent, has huge knowledge and experience”.

Legal 500

The SME sector remains the natural market for the “excellent” corporate team at Fladgate LLP, though it increasingly demonstrates maturity beyond that.

Legal 500

A growing firm with a specialism in representing high net worth individuals. Acts across a broad swathe of corporate matters in the UK and internationally on both public and private deals. Strengths: “They are very professional and they come up with the goods.”

Chambers UK

  • Handpicked Companies Limited (owners of online retailer The Handpicked Collection) – advising the major shareholders on its sale to News UK.
  • Founding shareholders of The Licensing Company – sale to Li & Fung, a Hong Kong headquartered and listed, multinational trading group, recognised as the world’s leader in consumer goods, design, development, sourcing and distribution.
  • Owners of Primary Health Care Centres Limited – sale of the company to Primary Health Properties PLC, the UK’s leading investor in modern primary healthcare facilities. The total acquisition cost was £26.8m.
  • Shareholders of Isle de France Group Limited – sale of a majority interest in Hotel Saint–Barth Isle de France to Adventurous Journeys, a specialist real estate investor and subsequently advising Adventurous Journeys and other investors on the disposal of the hotel to LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world’s largest luxury products group.
  • Gatenby Sanderson – sale of this market leading provider of permanent and interim executives to the public sector, not for profit, education and health sectors. The business was bought from its founder, Graham Goodwin, by a management team backed by the private equity house Primary Capital.
  • Nathoo family’s 4C Hotel Group – acquisition, development and management of a portfolio of branded luxury and budget hotels in central London, including transactions with a value in aggregate of £100m.
  • Shareholders of BIE Interim Executive Ltd – sale of the UK’s leading independent specialist provider of senior interim management to AIM–listed Hexagon Human Capital Ltd, an Executive Search and Leadership Consultancy Group.
  • Eddie Jordan – sale of the Formula One team Jordan Grand Prix Limited to Midland Group.
  • Lipsy – £17.4m disposal by the shareholders of this fashion brand to clothing retailer, Next.
  • Shareholders of Masternaut UK Ltd, known as Masternaut Three X – acquisition of the company by Masternaut International, a subsidiary of Hub Télécom owned by Europe’s second largest airport operator, Aéroports de Paris. The deal created Europe’s largest fully integrated telematics, mobile resource and fleet management solutions organisation.
  • Shareholders of You Me TV Limited – sale of the company to BSkyB. You Me TV was an independent retailer offering a variety of entertainment, broadband and telephony services via a network of 59 stores in the concourses of shopping centres around the UK, which were then the core of Sky Retail’s ambitious expansion programme.