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Paul Symes-Thompson MA (Cantab)

Partner

I am a partner in the corporate and commercial team, with over 30 years of experience in this broad area of law.

I trained and qualified at magic circle firm Allen & Overy before moving to Cheltenham, joining Willans as a partner in 1995. I have advised on all kinds of corporate transactions with a particular focus on acquisitions, disposals, start-ups, joint ventures, MBOs and re-organisations.

I also deal routinely with incorporations, shareholders’ agreements and LLP agreements.

T 01242 542904 E paul.symes-thompson@willans.co.uk

Key skills

I can help you with a range of corporate & commercial issues, including:

  • Helping you to start a new business, and advising on the best legal structure for your needs (for example a private limited company or LLP)
  • Dealing with share issues, investment agreements, re-organisations and shareholder exits
  • Helping if you go on the acquisition trail, including drafting and negotiating the purchase agreement and all related documentation on your behalf
  • When the time comes to sell your business, guiding you through the legal process and helping to minimise your residual liabilities.

Experience highlights

  • Acting for private limited companies, public companies, limited liability partnerships, general partnerships, institutions, associations, individuals and companies limited by guarantee
  • Advising on shareholders’ agreements and drafting bespoke articles of association (with several share classes) for a wide variety of companies ranging from the subsidiaries of a multinational to professional practices
  • Acting on the acquisition and disposal of companies and businesses (including MBOs and MBIs) with transaction values ranging from less than £1 million up to £100 million
  • Dealing with group re-organisations, re-financings, redemptions and the purchase by a company of its own shares out of profits and capital
  • Guiding new and longstanding clients on their legal options when faced with difficult challenges and in relation to corporate compliance issues.
  • "An outstanding business lawyer who I can trust implicitly, for both his honest approach and his dedicated level of customer care."
    Chambers UK
  • "Paul is very fast to respond and utterly reliable, explaining possible scenarios, so you feel very reassured and in the best of hands."
    Chambers UK
  • "...very knowledgeable on corporate matters and displays "first-class" commercial awareness."
    The Legal 500
  • "I found Paul's advice clear, constructive and very focused on what we were trying to achieve. Any decisions taken were always dealt with promptly and efficiently."
    Chambers UK
  • "...extensive knowledge of M&A matters…very practical and calm in his approach."
    Chambers UK
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Paul Symes-Thompson MA (Cantab) can help you with a range of services

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