With hundreds of investment opportunities Investment in any business requires careful thought and planning. Successful investing means weighing up the risks and rewards carefully and on the basis of the right information...but also the right investment structure and protection.
The control of investment risk whilst maximising the benefits of potential returns will often necessitate evaluating and advising in several areas.
If you are considering investing in any business venture, Selachii's experience in corporate finance will prove invaluable. We will help you design an appropriate investment vehicle and set up your investment in a way that balances your risks and expected rewards.
Investment considerations we can help you with include:
Protection of Rights
Who runs the business and what rights do shareholders have in the running of the business?
As a shareholder, what rights will you have to information, or on the dissolution or sale of the company?
What rights will minority shareholders have if the majority take decisions that are not in their interests?
Can you prevent the dilution of your shareholding through the issuing of new shares?
Can you prevent the creation of debt that undermines the value of your investment?
Shareholder's agreements for investments in companies
Compliance with legislation
- Impact on investors of proposals to convert the limited company to limited liability partnership or public limited company.
- Compliance with all legislation and reporting requirements if the company is to be listed
- Financial Services Act compliance
- Anti-money laundering legislation
- Health and safety
- Compliance with taxation law
- Taxation applicable to investors
Valuation of a business is a specialised area. We can particularly assist in helping for an informed opinion on the valuation and title to of:
- Tangibles, such as properties
- Investments in other businesses, companies, subsiiaries
- Quality of the debt book
Systematic Business Risks
- Director and investor factors
- Skills audits
- Review of financial filings and compliance
- Protection of assets, intellectual property and sources of competitive advantage
- Corporate governance
- Compliance with legislation generally
- Data protection
- Background checks on directors and other investors
Obtaining Compensation for Losses
If an investment you have made turns out to be a bad investment because you have been being misled (or worse), Selachii's considerable litigation expertise can be called in.
Case study 1
When a client was attracted by a promising business opportunity through a friend of a friend, Selachii's review of his proposed new business partners turned up several adverse factors in the backgrounds of the directors of the company he was considering investing in – and some very creative accounting in the financial accounts. He declined the offer and nine months later the 'promising opportunity' had gone bust, leaving a very relieved client.
Case study 2
When a pensioner who was cajoled into investing £700,000 of his life's savings in a 'land bank' scam, there was no chance of obtaining repayment compensation from the scammers themselves when the investment turned out to be worthless. However, after taking action against the introducer, he was awarded more than £600,000 in damages.
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Institute of Chartered Accountants page on Corporate Finance
How Selachii Can Help
As a dynamic law firm based in Kensington, London, specialising in business and business litigation, we put the best interests of our clients at the heart of everything we do. We work with both businesses and private individuals, giving them legal advice and support which is unique to them and their situation.