WLA Corporate Practice Group

In today’s competitive global markets, corporate clients need carefully crafted, bespoke legal advice.
Our global team of corporate lawyers has the depth and diversity of knowledge to advise on issues that arise over the entire life cycle of a company, from securing investment, to structuring executive pay, to completing mergers and acquisitions.

We excel at working with corporate clients both large and small, new and long-established and domestic and international. With our extensive experience in private capital as well as advising on personal and corporate issues, we can also find solutions to thorny regulatory problems and advice on day-to-day operations. In 2016, we were involved in projects worth more than US$5 billion across industries such as hotels and hospitality, pharmaceuticals, luxury products and banking and finance.

Private capital

Advising successful people around the world means we understand the unique legal issues surrounding private capital. This can range from investment, structuring and control of cross-border investments to the corporate and personal tax issues created. As a full-service firm, we are able to call on leading colleagues from other areas of business law such as corporate tax, litigation, real estate, immigration and wealth management to handle all your corporate needs under one roof.

Today more and more business transactions are taking place across borders.

WLA member firms address the intricate issues involved in international business transactions and supply their clients with advice and assistance that is both international in scope and local in insight.

Around the globe, WLA member firms have the expertise to deal with all types of commerce and transactions ranging from simple transactions involving one to two countries to large deals requiring the simultaneous delivery of services in dozens of countries.

Areas of focus

Acquisitions and divestitures
Corporate finance, including bonds
Corporate governance
Domestic and cross-border transactions
Due diligence
Equity capital markets transactions
Foreign corrupt practices and bribery
Initial public offerings
Joint ventures and strategic alliances
National and international supply agreements
Public to private transactions
Regulatory approval processes
Secured transactions, including cross-border
Securities regulation
Shareholder activism
Shareholder lawsuits
Tender offers

The WLA Advantage

Each WLA firm is well placed in its local commercial market and draws on a wealth of experience assisting multinational clients in dealing with the issues encountered in its home market – whether the client is planning to establish a permanent base in its local country or is engaging in a single commercial transaction that crosses the border into the local market of the member firm.

Our members often work with each other to deliver prompt and practical legal advice and support to clients. Using WLA connections, our member firms assemble multi-jurisdictional teams on the shortest possible notice with the goal of delivering advice required to enable clients to achieve real transactional success.