Corporate finance for retail
Corporate transactions in the retail sector can be complex and pressurised, requiring swift legal advice and technical knowledge. From major strategic transactions such as MBIs, MBOs, joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions, to every-day business advice, our experienced lawyers can offer innovative solutions which are tailored to meet the needs of your business.
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