Corporate, M&A and Capital Markets


Ambitious businesses require a law firm that can advise across the full spectrum of corporate services. With everything available in one place, efficiencies are created, strategy is joined up and global matters are dealt with seamlessly.

At Gowling WLG, we offer you the depth and geography you require from your corporate lawyers: a legal service that has the capacity to change, grow and focus to match the job in hand. You tell us what you want and we'll provide it.

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The very highest quality legal advice delivered through a partner-led service makes the Gowling WLG Corporate team a popular choice with clients ranging from the world's leading financial institutions and public companies to private businesses and entrepreneurs.

This "simply superb" team provides "excellent service and high-quality advice", with a common sense approach and a cost-efficient pricing model.

This approach is valued by clients, with feedback such as "the team provides a superb service - everyone there takes the time to understand our business and shows enough flexibility with the fees to keep us coming back" (Chambers UK).

The 60-strong team has extensive experience across the full spectrum of corporate advice including equity capital markets on AIM and the Full List, investment funds, private equity and both public and private mergers and acquisitions.

This transactional expertise is combined with sector knowledge including energy and natural resources, financial institutions, advanced engineering, health and life sciences, technology, infrastructure, government, insurance and funds.

Whatever your expectations, all team members are committed to exceeding them by being:

  • Pro-active - a "highly responsive" (Chambers UK) team, we adopt "a proactive and efficient attitude" to meet all clients' needs. Never satisfied with acceptable, our Corporate team provides exceptional advice
  • Results focused - always focused on achieving the end result for the client
  • Decisive, clear-thinking, responsive and calm in a crisis - according to clients, our "advice is first-rate and response times are excellent" and "we appreciate ... responsiveness and excellent quality"

Wherever an issue arises, clients can call on our experience of cross-border deals, plus a global network of trusted advisers.

Independent investment company Morningstar Inc ranks our team as the number one legal adviser to AIM listed companies. We were also shortlisted for the M&A Team of the Year at The British Legal Awards.

'Patent Box' tax relief

The UK's 'Patent Box' regime offers companies an attractive lower rate of UK corporation tax on worldwide profits earned from their patents and other qualifying IP rights. The effective rate of tax will gradually be reduced and, by 1 April 2017, will be as low as 10%.

You can benefit from the Patent Box if your company is liable to UK corporation tax and makes a profit from exploiting patented inventions. Our intellectual property and tax experts can assist you and your patent attorneys in making the most of the Patent Box. Please contact Dr Luke Kempton to find out more.