We understand what it means to do business in the real world.

We work with organisations of all sorts and sizes. Small independents. Giant multinationals. Charities and social enterprises. From the worlds of finance and technology, to the fields of healthcare and the environment.

They come to us because we look beyond the letter of the law, drawing on our decades of first-hand experience to offer clear, practical and commercially-sound advice.

Many of our clients are driven not just by profit, but also by the desire to make a positive difference in the world. As a B Corp ourselves, we know exactly where they’re coming from.

How we help

Our Corporate team works closely with experts across the firm in all the legal areas that might affect your business or organisation: competition/antitrust, real estate, compliance, employment, dispute resolution, data protection, tax and more.

Plus we have a global network of trusted associates across the globe, with the local knowledge and connections to handle cross-border issues.

We can help you with:

  • mergers and acquisitions
  • venture capital
  • private equity
  • capital markets
  • partnerships and LLPs
  • joint ventures and restructuring
  • tax issues (around mergers & acquisitions, fundraising/investment, employee share schemes, business succession)
  • innovative legal structures
  • transaction project management.

So we can advise you on any of the issues your business or organisation might face, wherever you operate.


  • Bates Wells' corporate department… has made significant in-roads in the corporate and M&A space, where the team demonstrates ‘excellent commercial judgement

    Legal 500

  • The pragmatic and technically excellent team handles a great variety of good-quality work and provides thorough, detailed, accurate and prompt advice

    Legal 500