Corporate governance and advisory

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Our corporate team provides advice to clients large and small on all matters of general corporate law. We have considerable experience of advising clients, whether private companies, quoted companies, not for profit organisations or their directors, on all matters of corporate law relevant to their businesses.

We provide a full range of corporate law compliance advice, including advising directors on their statutory duties and Companies Act compliance generally. For publicly traded companies, particularly those on the AIM market, we advise on compliance with the additional layers of regulation which apply, including the Listing, Disclosure and Transparency Rules, insider dealing and market abuse regulation, applicable corporate governance codes and stock market rules.

Our team can advise on constitutional issues and relationships between shareholders, including drafting shareholders’ agreements for private companies and articles of association for both public and private companies. We also have considerable experience assisting with the resolution of disputes involving directors and shareholders.

We also advise charities and other non-profit organisations, including those in the educational and social housing sectors, on governance and constitutional issues, compliance with charity law and best practice and relations with the applicable regulators. We regularly advise on the establishment of new charities and registration with the Charity Commission.

Additionally, we assist organisations and their boards with managing key areas of legal risk and compliance including the formulation and implementation of anti-corruption and Bribery Act policies and procedures. We also advise businesses on compliance with the Financial Services and Markets Act including financial promotion and authorisation requirements.

We offer expert advice on:

  • Companies Act compliance
  • directors’ duties
  • constitutional issues
  • annual reporting requirements
  • governance for AIM companies
  • Bribery Act compliance
  • financial promotions

Recent work highlights

Compliance with regulatory bodies

Advising a new entrant to the financial services sector with a novel business model on the structuring of its offering to comply with the requirements of the Financial Services and Markets Act and the Financial Conduct Authority.

Ongoing regulatory advice

Assisting financial services company with the authorisation process and providing ongoing advice in relation to customer contracts and the impact of regulatory changes.

Anti-corruption procedures

Advising a manufacturing and distribution business with sales operations worldwide on the drafting and implementation of adequate anti-corruption procedures under the Bribery Act, including advising on the terms of appointment of overseas agents.

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Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority under number 419867.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP