Commercial & Contracts

Cygnus Law provides businesses with pragmatic advice and support on a wide range of commercial matters including preparing & reviewing commercial contracts, advising on regulatory compliance, advising on corporate structuring, shareholder agreements & JV agreements, and helping to buy & sell businesses. Cygnus Law can help you to understand the law’s impact on your business and how the law can be used to achieve commercial solutions. Key services include the following:

Commercial Contracts

Cygnus Law provides practical advice and assistance to prepare, review and negotiate a wide range of commercial agreements that matter to your business, including supply agreements, joint venture agreements, IT contracts, contractor agreements, terms of trade and confidentiality agreements.

Shareholder & Joint Venture Agreements

Cygnus Law helps to create clarity and certainty for shareholders and business partners by preparing, reviewing and negotiating shareholder agreements, joint venture agreements, constitutions and related documents. Shareholder agreements can cover a range of matters including share transfer restrictions, rights to appoint directors, shareholder powers and when & how a shareholder can exit. Agreements can be adapted to reflect relevant factors, including the role of the parties within the relevant business, the nature of the business (including whether it’s an early stage or long-established business) and any on-going funding requirements.

Buying and Selling Businesses

Cygnus Law can assist you to successfully complete the sale or purchase of businesses either via asset or share sales. We can help you with legal due diligence, preparation and negotiation of sale & purchase agreements & other documents and assistance with completion of a sale or purchase.

Structuring & Formation

Cygnus Law provides clients with practical advice and support on structuring and formation. We can advise you on the right structure for your business to help you achieve your commercial objectives and manage your legal and operational risks, and we can liaise with your tax adviser.

Corporate Governance

Cygnus Law provides clients with practical advice and support on corporate governance within their organisations including in relation to director appointments, directors’ duties, compliance systems, risk management & financial reporting. Cygnus Law advises on all aspects of the Companies Act.

Privacy & Consumer Law

Cygnus Law advises on consumer law relevant to your business, including the Consumer Guarantees Act, Fair Trading Act & Privacy Act. We can help you to understand and to comply with privacy obligations.

Cygnus Law advises on “unfair contract term” requirements including those coming into force in August 2022 that will apply to some business contracts. We can help you to navigate e-commerce, including with advice on contracting on-line and unsolicited electronic message obligations.

Advertising & Marketing Compliance

Cygnus law can provide advice to support your business to help to ensure advertising and marketing activities comply with law. Cygnus Law’s services include reviewing promotional materials to help to identify areas where there is a risk of making misleading or unsubstantiated representations.