Finance and business strategy

Whether you want to raise finance, join forces with someone else, buy or sell a business, it pays to be aware of the legal implications.

Raising finance - overview

Investment, bank loans and other forms of funding can help successful businesses grow. Identifying the right financing for your business.

Floating your business - overview

Floating your company’s shares on a stock market can allow a company to raise additional equity finance or provide an exit for existing investors.

Dealing with insolvency - overview

If your business cannot pay its debts, it is insolvent. Taking action helps minimise the risk of insolvency and the consequences for those involved.

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Becoming a PLC without a listing

It's a common misconception that to become a plc you have to float your company on the Stock Exchange. Discover how you can become a PLC too.

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Floating your company

Floating your company can be one of the most exciting experiences in your business life. But it can also be stressful, time-consuming and expensive.

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If your company has debts it can't pay, it's insolvent. By understanding your options, you can take steps to improve the situation. Read our guide.

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Insolvency FAQs

Frequently asked questions about insolvency, including how you can reduce the risks and what to do if you or your business becomes insolvent

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Joint ventures FAQs

Different ways two or more businesses can work together, and the most important legal and other issues that need to be addressed.

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Obtaining venture capital FAQs

Sourcing venture capital, negotiating a deal and deciding on shareholder rights and management input. What to do if things go wrong.

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Valuing a business

The worth of a business is based on how much profit a buyer can make from it, and the potential risks. Read our guide to valuing your business.

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Buying a business

Buying a business can be a big step forward, but there are pitfalls. Find out how to complete the purchase and check the real state of the business.