We know about the challenges, risks and rewards involved in starting, building and sustaining a business in the UK – because we have done it ourselves.

Fox Williams was started by entrepreneurial partners, three of whom remain partners to this day. We are specialists in advising overseas based companies on their inward investment into the UK.

Our specialist departments can assist you with all legal aspects of your new UK venture from the word go. It is never too early to contact us for a free consultation.

We are also able to introduce new businesses to other professional advisers (such as specialist accountants) as well as debt/equity providers.

We always try to take a long term approach to each client’s business. We take great pleasure, not only in helping them get off the ground, but also in helping them grow over the years by providing legal and business advice throughout the life-cycle of the company.

Click here for our guide aimed at businesses looking to establish in the UK.

Inward investment expertise

  • Agency distribution & international trade
  • Brexit
  • Corporate

Inward investment experience

  • Advised the JBC group, based in New York.

  • Assisted Crealogix, a Swiss tech company, on setting up a UK subsidiary and also on growing by acquiring a UK financial services technology company for £7.6m.

  • Advised to an Italian technology company on moving their operating company to the UK.

  • Acted for Flatpack Furniture, a New Zealand furniture business, on restructuring their UK operations.

  • Advised an Austrian investment company on taking a material stake in a UK liquor business.

  • Advised Bank Richileau on expanding their real estate lending operations in the UK.

  • Advised several US parent corporations on the cross guarantees and other security to be provided by their UK subsidiaries.

  • Advised Chain AG, a Swiss outsourcing company, on the setting up a UK subsidiary; assistance on business transfers and also on all their UK legal needs going forward.

  • Advised to Guided Knowledge, an Australian technology company on moving their business to the UK and on their subsequent debt finance work.

  • Assisting Venus by Maria Tash (a US jewellery designer) on all aspects of their launch into the UK market.

Inward investment FAQs

The vast majority of businesses are limited liability companies where the liability of the members is limited by shares or by guarantee. A limited company is a legal entity with a separate identity from those who own or run it.

Incorporation is the process by which a new or existing business registers as a limited company. A business cannot operate as a limited company until it has been incorporated at Companies House under the Companies Act 2006. Incorporation generally involves preparing a number of documents and delivering them to the Registrar of Companies at Companies House and paying a small fee.

Fox Williams understands first-hand  the challenges, risks and opportunities involved in building and sustaining a business. The corporate group assists clients through all stages of their transactions, from mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity to business crime and regulatory compliance. Our corporate lawyers have industry-specific knowledge and expertise in Financial Services, Technology, Travel, Fashion and other sectors.

When setting up a business in the UK, it is advisable to seek legal assistance to ensure that the process is as smooth as possible. The corporate team at Fox Williams is extremely well placed to assist you and, where relevant, introduce you to accountants and other third parties.

There are several websites that provide useful information regarding setting up businesses:

"Fox Williams is unique because they have a big pool of specialised departments. The most important factor is that the various teams work extremely well with each other."

Legal 500 2024

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