Investments and funding

The UK’s economic growth relies on the continued success of SMEs across the country. For ambitious business owners and directors, private equity investments can be an attractive and effective way of catalysing growth in a company – whether you’re looking to expand, carry out research, launch new products, acquire another business or invest in new talent.

Our private equity lawyers draw on years of experience to guide our clients through the most complex of transactions. We can support your business with the full range of legal work involved in gaining and setting up funding, from the preparation of offer materials through to conducting due diligence, negotiating contracts and drafting the documents needed to detail the final investment agreement.


Why choose Stephens Scown?

For more than 70 years, we’ve been committed to the South West and its economy, supporting companies from high street retailers through to PLCs. In turn, we’ve developed an excellent understanding of the marketplace and local networks, as well as key relationships with accountants, banks and other funders in the region.

We can help you overcome the daunting nature of complex negotiations by providing multi-disciplinary team. Don’t take our word for it we’ve been ranked as the number one corporate team for SMEs in the South West by Chambers, the independent guide to the legal profession.

Our personable, engaged team of solicitors can help you with:

  • Start-up investments
  • MBO/MBIs
  • Development capital investments
  • Exits
  • Business acquisitions and disposals
  • Equity and debt restructurings
  • Employee share and incentive schemes


Our track record demonstrates both our experience and ability. We have:

  • Acted for a regional property developer on a complex financing arrangement with senior and mezzanine lenders.
  • Acted for Wolf Minerals Limited on funding issues surrounding Drakelands Mine, the fourth largest tungsten deposit in the world.
  • Advising on state aid, procurement and grant funding
  • Advising on investments and co-investments of equity through funds, angels, the “crowd” and high net worth individuals.
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