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M B M Commercial We are an award winning independent commercial law firm with offices in London and Edinburgh. We are specialists in corporate transactions with a particular focus on investment, technology and high growth. Our experienced team, based across the UK, regularly advise on complex matters which allow businesses to scale up and operate on a global basis.

We completely understand the challenges and risks of scaling up and growing a successful business. We have done with this our own firm and have over the years launched other businesses where we have taken a risk, made an investment and agreed to be the first customer. This has shaped our values and our culture. We are entrepreneurial in the way that we work and this involves us giving you high quality and practical advice with a real focus on value add.

It is not just about the transaction, it is about our long term relationship with you and what we can do to help you succeed. We are in it for the journey and we look forward to working with you.
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read more › MBM Commercial is an award-winning commercial law firm that helps entrepreneurial businesses to start-up, scale up and go global. Many of our clients are businesses based throughout the UK, which are going through significant growth, either by investment, acquisition or by international expansion. We also offer US law capability to assist clients who are doing deals in the US, expanding into US markets or transacting with US businesses. We are also market leaders and sector specialists for advising on investment deals and tech companies.

read more › We are pre-eminent advisers in the early stage market and work hard to equip our entrepreneurial clients for starting up and climbing the growth curve. Raising funds is a critically important transaction for any company that is in growth mode. We specialise in investment raises, ranging from Seed to Series B, and can help you do this as efficiently as possible, enabling precious time to be spent on the business itself. Equity investment is at the heart of our business. We regularly set up tech investment funds and act for investor groups and institutions with their angel and venture capital investments into entrepreneurial and high growth companies.

read more › Solution-focused - We have a passion for supporting talent and helping you reach your full potential. We offer a guiding hand as an independent and trusted adviser to help ensure that, when faced with difficult choices and challenges, you take the right path and make the right decisions. Transparent with fixed-fee billing - We work with clarity and integrity, agreeing work scope and fees with our clients upfront so you can plan your budget and cashflow needs. Relationship-driven - We add value by connecting you and your business to new people and markets.

read more › The scope of our client base means that our lawyers can execute seed investments cost efficiently one minute, and switch to full commercial diligence and Series B investment terms the next. Our intuitive understanding of the concerns that founder teams and experienced investors all have mean that we can anticipate issues and proactively manage deals to achieve a flying start for any new investment. Our connections to early stage investment networks allow us help make connections and introductions to ensure that great companies find smart money.

read more › Our expertise in the formation of investment funds sets us apart from many generalist corporate practices and is a key aspect of our commercial focus. The majority of venture capital funds that we work with are based around the traditional limited partnership model, which remains the structure of choice for most UK collective investment schemes which are designed to deploy institutional venture funding over a relatively long term period. This has seen the limited partnership structure be adopted by the government-backed Enterprise Capital Funds ("ECF") which have become a specialisation of the MBM funds team.

read more › We have a strong reputation advising clients on the acquisition and disposal of businesses. We love acting for clients from their initial investment through to a successful exit. When an exit looks likely to go ahead, whether the sale was unsolicited or was the result of long-term planning, understanding the process should help founders and other selling shareholders to anticipate issues, protect value and manage expectations. The decisive factors in accepting any offer will vary. Other than the obvious issue of purchase price, the key issues often boil down to people and their own circumstances and aspirations.

read more › We have a strong reputation advising clients on the acquisition of businesses. For some clients, strategic acquisitions are key to their growth, whether as part of a medium-term exit strategy, or a longer-term expansion plan. Whether strategic or opportunistic, our work with buyers is a key part of our skill set. If you've never been through the process before, you'll need a safe pair of hands to guide you through the process and to drive the transaction to a successful conclusion. Whatever the complexity or size of the deal, you benefit from high-quality legal, commercial and strategic advice.

read more › Even the best laid plans can go wrong. Sometimes companies get into severe financial distress, and sometimes a company just needs to pivot to stay on track. Sometimes this is easily foreseen, and changes to finance or group structure can be implemented in a controlled manner. Sometimes events overtake, and there is a real urgency required to prevent creditor action. We are often asked to restructure a company or larger group. We act for creditors and debtors and know both sides of the negotiating table as a result.

read more › As the country with the world's largest economy, the United States offers some of the best business opportunities in the world. Our US Team can help when expanding into US markets, transacting with US businesses or selling to a US buyer. We provide expertise in navigating the complex US legal environment and market knowledge of the US market, working locally to support clients globally in corporate and commercial transactions. Our experience ranges from advising technology start-ups and other entrepreneurial businesses to supporting in-house legal teams on US matters and advising on larger international transactions.

read more › Our Dispute Resolution team was awarded Litigation Team of the Year in the Scottish Legal Awards 2016 and was shortlisted for the same award in 2017. The department was also shortlisted for Litigation Firm of the Year at the Law Awards of Scotland 2015, and Team of the Year at the UK Lawnet Awards 2015. The team is ranked Band 2 for Banking Litigation in Chambers & Partners 2021 and is commended for their commercial dispute resolution work in The Times' Best Law Firms 2021 (Scotland). Team head is Cat MacLean, a former advocate (barrister) with both English and Scots Law degrees.

read more › All businesses are facing increased compliance issues. Our Company Secretarial Service is designed to alleviate our clients' worries about key compliance obligations under the Companies Acts, thereby enabling them to concentrate fully on building and promoting their business. Preparation of board minutes and statutory forms associated with the appointment and resignation of Company officers. Maintaining Company Books together with relevant Statutory Registers in both paper and electronic formats.

read more › As a practice that specialises in corporate transactions, many of the deals that we work on are either tax driven or have important tax implications. Many investors will only invest in a company if they can secure SEIS, EIS or VCT tax relief on their investments, additionally investee companies often need to secure a tax opinion or clearance from HMRC to give the investors the comfort that the deal should go ahead. Once the deal completes various tax returns must be made. Many companies will incentivise their staff with EMI and other share option schemes.

read more › Our Employment and Holistic HR team can help guide you through the constantly changing maze of employment law and HR issues. For employers who are looking for specialist advice at a fixed cost without the uncertainty and worry of escalating fees, we are pleased to introduce you to Holistic HR, a service offering unlimited employment law and HR related advice for a set annual fee. If you would rather we provided advice as and when required, in the majority of cases we'll do so for a fixed fee. We can also assist you in developing a strategy for the implementation of your business objectives and ensure that your obligations to staff are met.

read more › Commercial Property, also referred to as commercial real estate, involves any premises or piece of land used to generate profit, either from capital gain or rental income. Whether you're an investor, developer, owner or occupier, to make sure you get the best possible deal and mitigate any potential problems in the future, it's important to have the support of experienced and commercially minded legal professionals throughout the entire process of your commercial property transaction. At MBM Commercial, our expert commercial property specialists are committed to help you resolve your commercial property matters as swiftly and smoothly as possible.

read more › Many of our lawyers are dual qualified, and we have several US qualified lawyers and Australian qualified lawyers. We are a member of Eurojuris, the leading network of European law firms. We speak your language, too, with associates fluent in several languages including Dutch, German and French. We offer a sophisticated US law capability alongside our UK law advice, to help when a business is expanding into US markets, transacting with US businesses or selling to a US buyer. We provide expertise in navigating the complex US legal environment and market knowledge of the US market, working locally to support clients in US corporate and commercial transactions.

read more › The MBM German Desk is made up of our fluent German-speaking English and Scottish qualified lawyers. They are from a range of disciplines and all have a practical understanding of the German legal system, market and culture and can advise German companies on all matters of English and Scottish law, in their native language if preferred. Corporate structuring - which legal entity is best suited for a local business establishment with headquarters in Germany. Business establishment - preparing terms for operation and ancillary advice on, amongst others, Real Estate or Employment matters.

read more › Alex completed his Scots law degree, LLM in International Commercial Law and Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at the University of Strathclyde. Throughout his time at university, Alex volunteered as a Student Advisor in the University of Strathclyde Law Clinic, providing pro bono advice and representation on numerous legal disputes. Alongside this, he was the Club Captain of the University of Strathclyde Men's Hockey Club before being elected Vice President of Sports and Wellbeing in between his masters and diploma.

read more › Alexander is a corporate lawyer with experience advising on spin-outs, mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt finance including SEIS, EIS, debt instruments such as convertible loan notes and IPOs. Alexander is dual-qualified in the UK and US and is a licensed attorney admitted to practice in New York. Alexander has assisted angel syndicates, VCTs and high net worth individuals with advice on substantial investment into early stage companies. Alexander provides advice from start-up and spin-out, through investment and admission to capital markets, having assisted on several early stage and Series A investments, private placings and exits.

read more › Anelda is an Associate in Corporate team. Prior to joining MBM, Anelda spent two years as a trainee at Dentons in Edinburgh where she completed seat rotations in Real Estate, Corporate, Employment, and Commercial Contracts. Anelda has assisted on investment rounds, mergers and acquisitions. She enjoys working with early stage companies and start-ups taking companies through their journey as they reach high growth status. She is passionate about providing efficient and effective support to founders to help them reach their goals.

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