Leiza has been my ‘go-to’ commercial legal advisor for many years. Along with her team at LCN, Leiza has dealt with a variety of commercial matters for me, both as an in-house colleague and as external counsel, and on every occasion demonstrates inimitable professionalism and efficiency. Her legal expertise is always delivered with commercial logic: it is this which really sets her apart from the competition and which ensures ongoing loyalty.
Sharma (FRAeS), Aircraft Finance Lease
It is a pleasure to work with Leiza, who is very knowledgeable, pragmatic and responsive
Michiel Verveld, Chief Legal Officer, Polaroid
We have worked with LCN Legal over a couple of years with a focus on a material corporate reorganisation project, resultant transactions and the setup of new intercompany arrangements. We have found LCN to be able to assist across wide ranging issues apart from the core reorganisation work for which they have been excellent. Not only has their implementation work been professional with fast turnaround times, we have been particularly impressed with their understanding of the business, their advice, design work and guidance throughout. Above this, they are a pleasure to deal with, a valued partner and we would strongly recommend their services.
Group Managing Director and CFO of a multinational FinTech business
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
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
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
At Caisson Investment Management, we have worked with Leiza across a number of areas including corporate restructuring and commercial agreements and we have always received a dedicated service that is second to none. Having legal agreements that are easily understood and effectively reflect the commercial terms is of great importance and Leiza delivers both effortlessly. It is an absolute pleasure working with Leiza as she guides you through the whole process with ease and professionalism.
Michael Newman, Finance Partner
Caisson Investment Management
You are by far and away the most pro-active people I have ever worked with. I normally have to chase.
Head of Group Finance
Well-known luxury hotels group
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.
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