The lawyers in this team actively advise, rather than just process, and have real international capacity.

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Our USA group comprises a dedicated, multi-disciplinary team of experienced lawyers who operate across all our UK offices, and locally in San Francisco. The team frequently acts for a diverse range of individuals and globally-ambitious businesses looking to expand and grow their operations in Europe and beyond.

US companies are increasingly targeting international expansion as a means for strategic growth.  Our San Francisco office offers immediate access to specialist UK lawyers who can advise on the best ways to approach the European market and further afield.  Through our dedicated foreign direct investment (FDI) team, we are regarded as a leading firm for inward investment into Europe from the US.  We provide a bespoke, fixed cost start-up package of legal advice for businesses setting up in the UK, enabling us to deliver certainty and consistency for early stage and growth companies.

The firm’s thriving technology group is well connected in the San Francisco and Bay Area.  Work goes beyond just the transactional - our partners have close ties with the investment community in Silicon Valley, and strive to act as connectors between the US and the UK.  We actively support and sponsor Global Tech Advocates and Tech London Advocates as well as Silicon Valley Comes to the UK (SVC2UK), bringing together leading US and UK entrepreneurs and investors.

On a national level, our corporate, commercial, IP and technology specialist lawyers in the UK have strong connections with the US adviser community both through the Multilaw network and our local networks across the country.  In addition to technology, we act for clients in a number of key sectors including life sciences, retail and food and beverages. 

Our top ranked family and international private wealth teams work closely with leading family and private client lawyers throughout the US and have a recognised expertise in US work.  The teams also have a long tradition of helping and supporting US citizens in the UK.

Penningtons Manches is actively engaged with the Department for International Trade and is a full member of its UK Advisory Network (UKAN) which delivers high quality support to investors setting up in the UK, as well as UK companies doing business overseas.  Our proven track record in advising prominent US companies, ranging from emerging businesses to some of the most established brands, has recently included the likes of 500 Startups, RocketSpace and Yelp.

We offer expert advice on:

  • corporate set-up, annual company secretarial services and corporate governance
  • strategies for start-ups and growth businesses looking to expand into the UK
  • trademark protection and brand management
  • regulatory issues, including data privacy, e-commerce and consumer protection
  • operational arrangements including customer contracts, joint ventures and distributor networks
  • cross-border M&A, venture capital/development capital transactions and reorganisations
  • immigration and employment issues
  • fund raisings, public offerings and corporate finance
  • stand alone and transactional corporate tax issues
  • developing and managing real estate assets, including real estate tax
  • dispute resolution – including boardroom disputes
  • private wealth and family law issues including jurisdiction, divorce and relocation

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Penningtons Manches LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. San Francisco is an associated office.

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