We have considerable experience of a wide variety of group reorganisation projects. The key challenges tend to be:
keeping a holistic view of everything
assembling the right team and making sure that all the necessary stakeholders are both involved and committed
understanding the starting point
designing a new structure that meets the group’s commercial objectives
creating a detailed process plan to implement the required changes without causing problems such as lost value or additional liabilities
In the case of a post-merger integration project, the first step is to map the two groups’ structures – there will be many duplications, but that’s not to say that everything is always easily compatible.
Then we work out a new structure that will support the new group’s commercial objectives. Make sure that all the required stakeholders are included and are engaged. And then create a detailed process for getting from A to B successfully.
Why work with us?
World-leading Legal experts
We are the world-leading experts and educators in intercompany agreements and related corporate structures.
Global and cross-functional approach
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 tax-audit readiness
We provide an outsourced management service for multinational groups, to ensure that their intercompany agreements are maintained in a tax-audit ready central archive.
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!