Gateley is an entrepreneurial group with corporate activity at the heart of its business. We advise private and public companies, owner-managed businesses and entrepreneurs on a wide range of corporate matters. With a team of over 70 corporate lawyers nationally, we have the right people with the deal expertise to advise clients on all types of corporate activity.

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Mergers & acquisitions

As the most active corporate legal adviser in the UK, according to research by Experian MarketIQ, Gateley Legal acts on more corporate M&A deals nationally by deal volume than any other law firm. This position has been retained over time reflecting our strength of team in that we continue to win work at the highest level in a transactional and highly competitive marketplace. 

Clients come back to us, and other advisers continue to recommend us because we have the requisite technical knowledge, capacity and know-how to proactively drive the transaction process and to facilitate deal completions that consistently meet or exceed our clients’ expectations. Find out more about our mergers & acquisitions service.

Transaction support and due diligence

Due diligence speed is a major contributor to deal success. We have the expertise to recognise issues quickly and suggest practical, proportionate and commercial solutions. We regularly advise a broad range of private equity institutions, as well as management teams, on their investments and buy and build strategies, through to exit as well as a number of debt funders who finance those transactions. Find out more about our transaction support and due diligence service.

Equity capital markets

We have substantial experience of advising on capital markets work and are recognised as a market leader. Clients include companies from the UK, mainland Europe, North America and Asia across a variety of industry sectors. As the first UK law firm to be admitted to trading on the AIM market, we are uniquely placed to understand the process from both the client-side as well as that of legal advisers. We experienced first-hand many of the typical issues that arise during an IPO process, and we pass this invaluable hands-on expertise and experience on to our clients. We act for and have good working relationships with, many of the leading nominated advisors and brokers advising in the AIM and Main Market of the LSE. Find out more about our equity capital markets service here.

Private equity

We regularly advise a broad range of private equity institutions, as well as management teams, on their investments and buy and build strategies, through to exit, whether effected via trade sale, secondary buy-out or IPO. With a strong focus on the regional mid-market private equity space and our network of offices across the UK, we have the experience and resources to offer national reach and local delivery on regional deals and markets. Fund structuring and constitution is a core part of our full-service offering, and we’re one of very few firms outside of London to provide this specialist expertise. The creation and constitution of funds – in terms of the corporate and equity structuring of any transaction, as well as how it dovetails with banking, tax and employment law – is handled seamlessly alongside the investment work and our more mainstream areas of private equity practice. Find out more about our private equity service.

Inward investment 

Our inward investment specialists within International Investment Solutions help organisations looking to invest in the UK and elsewhere by finding the right location, people, funding and infrastructure. They are specialists in de-risking international investment projects and, through an extensive network of contacts, accelerating execution. An obstacle that many organisations find when looking to start up and scale up in the UK is in relation to opening a bank account. We can help you navigate all of this quickly by helping you set up an account, ensuring that it doesn’t disrupt the process of funds flowing from your customers to you and onto your suppliers and shareholders so that you can get on with running your global business. Find out more about our inward investment service.

Team facts

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Deals over £500K in the last 12 months

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% of deals worth £20M+

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UK ranking position for M&A activity by volume

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