What we do

SZ Greenfields advises on a wide range of international corporate, commercial and finance matters. Please click on any button for examples of our lawyers' experience in a particular practice area.

  • £660m takeover of international hotel group by listed international hotel group
  • £300m proposed sale of international financial services group
  • Sale by scheme of arrangement of listed biotech company to listed group
  • £105m sale of controlling stake in international wealth management group to listed international asset manager and related re-organisation (submitted for Corporate Team of the Year at the Lawyer Awards)
  • $150m bid for international manufacturing group by international manufacturing conglomerate
  • Acquisition of European banking institution
  • £70m acquisition of food manufacturing business (first standalone acquisition by newly listed private equity portfolio company)
  • £65m sale of pharmaceutical consultancy to international group
  • $100m proposed acquisition of international hotel business
  • €52m acquisition of international manufacturing group by international conglomerate
  • €50m proposed acquisition of international hotel business
  • Advising consortium on proposed investment in international clothing manufacturer/retailer
  • Establishment and sale of potash mining project to quoted group
  • Acquisition of real estate company by listed food retailer
  • Advising on proposed acquisition of stockbroking businesses
  • Reverse takeover on AIM by healthcare software company
  • Demerger of consultancy business
  • Advising on acquisition of corporate finance business
  • Sale of mining services business
  • Sale of domestic construction company in administration and CVA by international group
  • Sale of consultancy business out of construction company in administration and CVA

Deal Driver™

High Impact Solutions for Special Situations

  • Senior committed leadership
  • Optimised outcomes developed from first principles
  • Courage built on risk management
  • Results delivered by serious determination

When business-changing opportunities arise, such as the acquisition or sale of a business, a joint venture or strategic alliance, a financing or refinancing, a buyout, a new business venture or an IPO, you can find yourself in unfamiliar, possibly even uncharted territory. The stakes are high and you know it is imperative you achieve the right outcome. This is when SZ Greenfields’ Deal Driver™ can help.

Our Deal Driver™ service helps you achieve your business ambitions through designing and building the right legal solutions when you need it most. A dedicated senior resource will help you achieve your objectives, supported, where necessary, by a small agile team of just the right people.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
Sir Winston Churchill

We specialise in complex deals with a unique set of circumstances. Our business excels in challenging the status quo, in charting new ground and in developing exactly the right solution, when getting the right outcome matters. We believe in courage through managing risk. We recognise that realising your business objective is the over-riding priority. We believe in achieving this with extraordinary determination.

We thrive on cross-border opportunities working with multiple diverse cultures and different legal jurisdictions. Examples of past successes include:

  • Helping private capital to pioneer the first UK potash mine in 40 years. This is now in the FTSE250 and our client is CEO.
  • Advising on the successful acquisition of a family-owned Turkish industrial group by a multi-national
  • Advising on the acquisition of a European bank by a world-leading industrial organisation.
  • Demerged a listed asset manager.

Each of these deals has proved highly successful

“We are very pleased to have had the support of SZ Greenfields on our acquisition of SFC in Turkey. This engagement required cultural sensitivity and an ability to work across different legal jurisdictions. Steven Greenfields provided these together with personal commitment, determination and a willingness to engage. SZ Greenfields succeeded where others had not.”

Clive Stanford, Corporate Finance Director, Kronospan

 

For further information, please email steven@szgreenfields.com or call +44 20 7148 6920.

Prima Facie™

A moment’s insight is sometimes worth a life’s experience

  • Fresh perspective to support your vision
  • Bringing life-changing opportunities into focus

Are you considering entering into a transaction or investment that will significantly impact your finances or operations? This proposal could be an internal idea to develop the business or an external proposition. Is this something where fresh perspective or additional insight could help evaluate the opportunity?

SZ Greenfields offers a service to provide a high-level initial review of the proposed transaction and to respond back with an objective perspective. We provide a clear recommendation on whether to proceed or not together with any initial recommendations or reservations. This service is called Prima Facie™. This fresh perspective from a senior corporate lawyer is often what you need to move forward with confidence.

“It's important to have perspective and to look at what you don't necessarily want to see”
Lynsea Addario, photojournalist

We work with the information that you have – background information, presentation materials and maybe a draft agreement. We review this information in isolation over a limited period, typically half a day to a week or two depending on the nature of the proposal. We then provide a high-level initial assessment and feedback including a green or red-light conclusion together with notable initial observations. Our Prima Facie™ insights are less about providing understanding or knowledge and more about providing a new context, in which things look different.

Examples of past engagements include:

  • Assessment of possible outcomes and courses of action for a portfolio company facing solvency issues
  • Assessment of an innovative green-tech investment in a developing country

“I was very pleased with the Prima Facie review that SZ Greenfields undertook at this early stage of the proposed venture development. By applying pragmatic business and legal experience, Steven quickly identified important structural risks. With the benefit of his insights, we fully agree with the recommendation to terminate. This quick early health-check was a great investment.”

Liz Priest, Business woman

 

For further information, please email steven@szgreenfields.com or call +44 20 7148 6920.

Consigliere™

Business Performance Architecture

Consigliere – noun (m)
con·sig·li·e·re
kon-(?)sil-'ye-re
trusted advisor,
counsellor

The No.1 reason for small and medium-sized business failure is a lack of planning. Successful planning involves considering business strategy from a legal perspective, dealing with legal matters consistently and being ready for business-transforming urgent legal matters. Planning shortcomings can lead to:

  • Unnecessary commercial risks due to absent, incomplete or inconsistent legal systems and arrangements
  • Inefficiency and lack of scalability
  • Missed opportunities or poor outcomes on major business opportunities

SZ Greenfields’ ConsigliereTM service can help with this. It provides city-grade legal support at the right level for your business, establishes a consistent legal infrastructure that all stakeholders understand and ensures you are always deal-ready. The service is flexible and evolves with your business culture and strategy.

Your designated Consigliere™ advisor is introduced early in the business life to minimise disruption, rework and costs. You get the benefits of a consistent legal perspective and support familiar with your business for a fraction of the cost of traditional legal advice or a full-time inhouse lawyer. Your assigned lawyer is further supported by the SZ Greenfields organisation and so has access to additional resources and traditional legal services as required. This includes our Deal Driver™ and Prima Facie™ solutions for transactions and strategic matters.

“Top Ten Legal Mistakes Made by Entrepreneurs:

#1: Thinking any legal problems can be solved later. It will cost much less to get it right at the beginning than to try to sort it all out later and correct it.”

Harvard Business School

The business outcomes you should expect include:

  • Improved business performance from business legal infrastructure aligned with the business objectives
  • Reduced commercial risk and improve efficiency from consistent legal agreements with your business stakeholders (customers, suppliers, employees, etc.)
  • Improved customer and stakeholder relationships from more consistency and transparency
  • A more bankable and investable business
  • A scalable platform for your business

"SZ Greenfields' Consigliere service is helping us a great deal to manage risk and develop an efficient scalable platform in a complex and demanding business environment. We are not experts in law nor do we have the capacity at the moment to have these skills in-house. Therefore, it's great to be able to outsource these most important issues in the capable hands of Nicky and Steve. I really like their Consigliere service as it covers all bases without being overbearing.”

Arjen Kuenen - Managing Director, CorpXSasia

For further information, please email steven@szgreenfields.com or call +44 20 7148 6920.

Genesis™

Design Solutions for Business Ideas

  • Blue sky design
  • Bespoke solutions from first principles
  • Innovative implementation

Are you considering new business ideas or ventures but just not getting the time to develop the right solutions? Are your resource constraints stifling what are potentially some of your best growth opportunities? In these situations, SZ Greenfields’ Genesis™ service could be just what you need.

Genesis™ is a service where we provide a seasoned business leader with the right legal and commercial experience who works with you to understand your ideas, map them, test them and then help you develop and implement them. Your best ideas deserve the best chance of realisation.

“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free” Michelangelo Buonarroti, Sculptor (1475 – 1564)

We specialise in complex deals with a unique set of circumstances. Our business excels in challenging the status quo, in charting new ground and in developing exactly the right solution, when getting the right outcome matters. We believe in courage through managing risk. We recognise that realising your business objective is the over-riding priority. We believe in achieving this with extraordinary determination.

We love to think outside the box and we specialise in designing and building fresh solutions from first principles. Great ideas usually need to be given the latitude of a bespoke solution. They require ambition, courage, open-mindedness and determination. Our agility, lateral thinking and experience of first-of-a-kind ventures will give your ideas momentum, form and substance. Examples of past successes include:

  • The first ever 2-stage rights issue performed for United Utilities
  • Pioneering the York Potash project, created from scratch in the absence of any precedent of its type for forty years
  • Redesign and restructuring of a listed asset management group from an organic partnership culture to a functional structure improving corporate discipline and streamlining business performance
  • Creation of the Euroclear Bulletin Board: a mini marketplace to create liquidity in the securities of an unlisted plc

“High quality legal advice, all delivered in an efficient way”

Jonathan Roe, Managing Director, Commerzbank

 

For further information, please email steven@szgreenfields.com or call +44 20 7148 6920.

Proof Test™

Taking Business Forward

  • Stress-test your business infrastructure
  • Improve settings and consistency
  • Build confidence in future performance

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things” Leonardo Da Vinci

Business structures are set up initially to be simple and fit-for-purpose at the launch and in the early years of the enterprise. With the growth of the business and changes to the business environment, legislation and strategy, the business can outgrow its structure and machinery over time and past practice can become increasingly obsolete. This can make operations inefficient and leave the business ill-equipped to deal with unforeseen major events and exposed to unpredictable risks.

  • Does your business work as well as it should?
  • Are your sales, supply-chain, employment and contractor arrangements consistent and aligned to your business strategy?
  • Are your cross-border operations legally and financially sound?
  • Is your intellectual property adequately protected?
  • Is your corporate structure a liability?

SZ Greenfields offers a customised service named Proof Test™ to test your business’s legal structure, how efficiently it operates and what unnecessary risks are being taken. We take time to understand your business and can test against a range of relevant scenarios. Depending on the outcomes, we discuss optimisations that can be made with the view to:

  • Improving legal consistency
  • Improving alignment to business strategy
  • Improving business efficiency and scalability
  • Improving value creation and preservation
  • Reducing financial risks

“Chance favours the prepared mind”
Louis Pasteur

We believe law is the coding in commerce. Having a legal framework that reflects your business strategy, is consistent and understood throughout your business is fundamental to efficient and predictable performance.

By considering from first principles and insisting on keeping things simple, we make the law a useful and familiar tool for your business advantage instead of a mystery or a burden.

For further information, please email steven@szgreenfields.com or call +44 20 7148 6920.

Re-Proof™

Business Built to Last

  • Current and dependable
  • User-friendly and consistent

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”
Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father of the United States of America 1706 - 1790

Having your legal infrastructure up to date, realigned and in good working order, free from significant inconsistencies or defects is a fundamental requirement of running a business well. This is especially important for those parts of your legal infrastructure that are frequently relied on, but only occasionally tested. These include:

  • Corporate structure
  • Shareholder arrangements
  • Joint ventures
  • Client contracts
  • Supply chain contracts
  • Employment contracts
  • Contracting and consulting arrangements
  • IP Protection

Are you aware of defects or inconsistencies in your legal infrastructure? Do you recognise that, in parts, your business is not working as well as it should? Do your key people all understand why you operate how you do? Have these items been sitting on your to-do list but never made it near the top to get addressed? Re-Proof™ is a customised solution for these needs.

These are unnecessary risks in critical infrastructure. They will need to be fixed eventually so why not get it fixed now before you must pay the consequences – financial and reputational?

At SZ Greenfields we love to get this critical infrastructure exactly right. That means not just legally sound but also operationally smooth and fit for purpose. We recognise the importance of linking to a central business strategy and designing and implementing an approach that is consistent across the business. This can also be supported by training people on “what?”, “why?” and “how?” as an important means of improving internal communication, alignment, effectiveness and risk management.

We love to think outside the box and we specialise in designing and building fresh solutions from first principles. Great ideas usually need to be given the latitude of a bespoke solution. They require ambition, courage, open-mindedness and determination. Our agility, lateral thinking and experience of first-of-a-kind ventures will give your ideas momentum, form and substance. Examples of past successes include:

Keeping your legal infrastructure current, consistent and in good working order strengthens your business by assuring:

  • Smoother and more effective operation
  • Reduced financial risks
  • Fewer surprises and distractions
  • Management confidence

You could also improve scalability and investability.

For further information, please email steven@szgreenfields.com or call +44 20 7148 6920.

2018
LEADING CUSTOMER SERVICE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR Lawyer International Legal 100
INDEPENDENT INTERNATIONAL LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR - UK Lawyer International Legal 100
UK - CLIENT CARE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR ACQ5 Law Awards
UK - GAMECHANGER OF THE YEAR ACQ5 Law Awards
UK - INDEPENDENT INTERNATIONAL LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR ACQ5 Law Awards
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN ENGLAND Corporate Intl Global Awards
LEADING CUSTOMER SERVICE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR M&A Today
INDEPENDENT INTERNATIONAL LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR - UK M&A Today
BEST INDEPENDENT INTERNATIONAL LAW FIRM - UK Corporate USA Today
2017
BEST BEST M&A LAW FIRM – UK APAC Insider
LONDON'S MOST INNOVATIVE CEO CV Magazine Corporate Excellence Awards
BEST M&A LAW FIRM – UK Acquisition International Legal Awards
LEADING CUSTOMER SERVICE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR Corporate USA Today
INDEPENDENT INTERNATIONAL LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR - UK Corporate USA Today
BEST INDEPENDENT INTERNATIONAL LAW FIRM - UK Global 100
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, ENGLAND Global Law Experts
LEADING CUSTOMER SERVICE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR M&A Today
INDEPENDENT INTERNATIONAL LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR - UK M&A Today
UK - LEADING CUSTOMER SERVICE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR ACQ5 (Acquisition Finance) Global Awards
UK - INDEPENDENT INTERNATIONAL LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR ACQ5 (Acquisition Finance) Global Awards
UK - GAMECHANGER OF THE YEAR, STEVEN GREENFIELDS ACQ5 (Acquisition Finance) Global Awards
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR - ENGLAND Corporate International Global Awards
INDEPENDENT INTERNATIONAL LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR ACQ5 (Acquisition Finance) Legal Awards
LEADING UK CUSTOMER SERVICE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR ACQ5 (Acquisition Finance) Legal Awards
GAMECHANGER OF THE YEAR ACQ5 (Acquisition Finance) Legal Awards
LEADING CUSTOMER SERVICE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR The Lawyer International - Global Awards
INDEPENDENT INTERNATIONAL LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR - UK The Lawyer International - Global Awards
2016
BEST M&A LAW FIRM – LONDON Wealth & Finance International Finance Awards 2016
INDEPENDENT INTERNATIONAL LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR ACQ5 (Acquisition Finance) Legal Awards
LEADING UK CUSTOMER SERVICE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR ACQ5 (Acquisition Finance) Legal Awards
GAMECHANGER OF THE YEAR ACQ5 (Acquisition Finance) Legal Awards
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, UK Global Law Experts
MOST INNOVATIVE LAW FIRM IN THE UK Acquisition International Legal Awards
BEST INTERNATIONAL LAW FIRM Acquisition International Legal Awards
2015
BEST INDEPENDENT INTERNATIONAL LAW FIRM Acquisition International Legal Awards 2015
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