Our track record

We have advised sellers, buyers, financial advisers and joint venture partners on all aspects of buying and selling private companies and businesses. These transactions were both domestic and cross-border, and covered many different industry sectors.

Our senior lawyers have trained and worked at international law firms such as Linklaters, Baker McKenzie, Pinsent Masons and KPMG’s UK law firm. The LCN Legal team also has considerable in-house experience of managing mergers, acquisitions, business sales, joint venture and post-acquisition integration projects, within organisations such as Accenture, A J Walter Aviation Limited, AAR Corporation and The Phoenix Group, the UK’s largest life insurance fund consolidator.


Case study

A change of plan

Mergers and Acquisitions work is, in many ways, the cornerstone of LCN Legal’s business. All our senior lawyers have a strong background in international corporate M&A work, and it’s this hands-on experience which enables us to bring a genuinely commercial view to everything we do.

The client in this case is a software developer that has created an innovative product which helps people to make online payments without revealing their card or account details. When we first started working with them they had not yet begun trading, but were preparing to do so. We were brought in to work with them on a restructure project, consolidating their operations in the USA, the EU and elsewhere under UK ownership.

The reorganisation was well underway, and group was almost ready to launch its product and start trading, when the main investor pulled out. Of course, this created a very serious problem: without an injection of capital the group would become insolvent within a few months. The directors decided to sell the business to a large US-based software firm.

In theory, our client was in a somewhat strong position due to the valuable IP that it owned. But this kind of product needs people who know the software, and those people will quickly find new jobs if they feel that their employer might stop paying them. So it was vital to get the deal done as quickly as possible.

It took about six weeks from start to finish. Even when speed is a factor, all the stages of a transaction must be carried out properly. It’s never easy to negotiate when you don’t have many strong cards to play, but the fundamentals still apply: understanding the client’s business and the key drivers of the deal, including the associated risks. Then working out an appropriate structure for the transaction. Then managing the process pragmatically, efficiently and cost-effectively.

Perhaps the biggest tribute to our work is that the investment bankers who advised the client’s shareholders during the deal have since given us the opportunity to work with them on other M&A projects.

Why work with us?


We are the world-leading experts and educators in intercompany agreements and related corporate structures.

Global and

We liaise with all the stakeholders involved, not just in tax, to ensure that the intercompany agreements and legal structures we maintain support all of the group’s objective.

Ongoing support
to maintain

We provide an outsourced management service for multinational groups, to ensure that their intercompany agreements are maintained in a tax-audit ready central archive.

LCN take a pragmatic approach to intercompany agreements: documents are written to include the necessary terms but are not overly complex or lengthy for no good reason. The team turn things round quickly and are priced competitively.

Alex Williams, Chief Financial Officer
Axis Spine Technologies Ltd

I worked with Paul Sutton for many years whilst he was at McGrigors / Pinsent Masons, in my role as Group Tax Manager of Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems (Europe) Ltd (SEWS-E Ltd), and also for a period as SEWS-E Ltd Company Secretary. In this time I had extremely valuable assistance and advice from Paul, not only as regards general corporate law matters, but also particularly across a wide spectrum of legal aspects of SEWS-E Ltd group transfer pricing policies, implementation, inter-group agreements and legal compliance.

Martin L Kinsey, Group Tax Manager
Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems (Europe) Limited

I have worked with Paul and his team in structuring significant Corporate Debt and have found his approach to be commercial, pragmatic and measured. I would have no hesitation working with Paul again, as we value his commercial and responsive approach.

Joanne Luce, Director
Acqua Trust Company Limited, Jersey

All-Fill Inc, a US based manufacturer of packaging machinery, has had the distinct pleasure of working with Ivan Hanna and the LCN Legal team in relation to our overseas acquisition projects. Ivan has displayed patience and intricate knowledge of English law as it applies to us as a foreign company. Ivan’s counsel has been calculated and sound, together we tailored an approach that is telling of our company’s aggressive nature. I was most impressed at Ivan’s willingness to dig deep into the details and investigate any way to give our side a competitive advantage while negotiating. Ivan has been our guiding light since our initial engagement.

Ryan Edginton, President & CEO
All-Fill Inc

I have been working with Ivan Hanna over the past year on various corporate matters including a group share restructuring project and intercompany agreements for our transfer pricing compliance. Compared to other corporate law firms I have worked with, Ivan took the time to understand our business, our stakeholders and my needs. He was incredibly responsive and went above and beyond to manage our various stakeholders and turn around a big piece of work in a short amount of time. I have no hesitation in recommending Ivan or LCN Legal – they are what all solicitors should be!

Becky Karver, CFO
Deallus Consulting

It is my privilege to recommend Ivan. He is able to process requirements quickly and formulate an effective strategy that protects one’s commercial interests. He is very personable and exceeds expectations. A great lawyer!

Roop Singh Sood, Executive Producer
AKA Filmworks

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