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Intellectual Property, Data and Contracts Services Expansion

Our IPDC (Intellectual Property, Data and Contracts) team has recently expanded the scope of the services which it can provide to clients. We were delighted to enter into a strategic partnership with Ellis IP which sees principals, Michael Ellis and Claudia Duffy , appointed as patent attorney consultants within our IPDC team.  This is an important and exciting development for the team and the wider firm. The experience of both Michael and Claudia will be invaluable to MBM Commercial’s client base. Michael has a background in chemistry and pharmaceutical sciences and has worked in the patent profession since 1999 and founded...
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Funds Update

The potential use of EIS Funds, Luxembourg structures and UK limited partnerships continues to evolve. New EIS Fund Structure A new Enterprise Investment Scheme (“EIS”) fund structure will be introduced in April 2020.  This is a variation on the “approved EIS fund” structure which usually requires initial investments to be made within 12 months of the closing date of the fund.  The new structure is one of the outcomes from the Government’s Patient Capital Review in November 2016 and the new structure is intended to ensure that more patient capital is invested in the knowledge intensive companies.  The new structure will have...
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Key Tips for Negotiating Venture Capital Deals

In the lifecycle of your company, raising your first round of venture capital is a significant event.  Up to the point of raising venture capital, your company may have benefitted from simplistic financing from friends, family and maybe even the odd angel investor. Moving from this stage of financing and onto more structured venture capital comes with an intense change of pace and a degree of sophistication to the process which you may never have experienced before.  Negotiation is the norm and there will be a lot to get your head round.  That said, there are some things to keep in...
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M&A Trends in 2018 – W&I on the Rise

W&I – too expensive, too much hassle? Think again. It is fast becoming part of a buyer’s armour in M&A transactions. While W&I insurance has increasingly been used over the past 5-10 years, initially it was perceived to be too expensive and inflexible but it is now recognised as a solution driven M&A tool. However, the major change for 2018 has been that, due to increasing competition among brokers and insurers,there has been a noticable shift to open the market up to deal sizes, warranties and geographies that little over a year ago would have been uninsurable but which are now...
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Budget Changes for Entrepreneurs' Relief

Entrepreneurs’ Relief (“ ER ”) is a valuable tax relief for many founders and owner managers and a key consideration in exit planning. Where the qualifying conditions are met, individuals pay Capital Gains Tax on a disposal of shares at a rate of 10% rather than the standard rate of 20%. However, the Autumn Budget brought in some changes to this regime which have the effect of tightening up the qualifying criteria in relation to ER.   Previous Position The 5% test i.e. the individual must hold 5% of the share capital and exercise at least 5% of the voting rights...
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