Matthew is an experienced corporate law specialist, who helps clients achieve successful outcomes in domestic and cross-border transactions.
Matthew advises UK and international clients across the spectrum of corporate transactions. These include M&A, joint ventures, restructurings, shareholding arrangements, fund raising and investments. His clients range from UK start-ups to global conglomerates, and come from a variety of industries, particularly transportation, energy, technology, cannabis, retail and real estate.
He also advises overseas companies on inward investment into the UK on matters relating to corporate structures, employment, trade mark protection, contractual arrangements and related areas.
“A SINGLE MINDED FOCUS ON PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS”
Professional Associations & Memberships
Law Society of England and Wales
What you may not know about Matthew
A classic MAMIL, I enjoy cycling to work
My matter highlights
Advised Subsea7 (Oslo listed) on its acquisition of 50% of Seaway Heavy Lifting (c$320m)
Advised Aegean Marine Petroleum Network (NYSE listed) on its proposed acquisition of HEC Europe (c$367m)
Advised Top Ships (NASDAQ listed) on a ‘milestone’ JV with Gunvor (c$55m)
Advised a US private equity house on its acquisition of a UK freight forwarding/logistics company (£undisclosed)
Advised a software house on its acquisition of a software business from IBM (£undisclosed)
Advised a foreign exchange company on its sale to private equity (c£20m)
Advised a tech start-up on an early stage investment round (£1m)
Advised a Thai based automative group on its disposal of a Dubai based marine business to a South African business (£undisclosed)
Advised a global shipping trust on its corporate sale of a Mayfair freehold to private equity (c£20m)
Advised Canadian company, High Tide, on its acquisition of BlessedCBD, an online retailer of hemp-derived CBD products (c£9m)
My testimonials and accolades
“Matthew Stratton has a good proactive approach and is a very good problem solver with a commercial mindset.
“Matthew Stratton – he has provided excellent counsel throughout my work with him. Matt is incredibly thorough, responsive and diligent and I have absolute faith in his advice – I trust him implicitly. He’s committed to getting you the best possible result, whatever that takes, and shows incredible resilience to get you there. He’s witty and pleasant to deal with and I value all my dealings with him, and would have no hesitation in wholeheartedly recommending him.
My recent publications
News / First-Ever Pan-European Public Opinion Poll on Cannabis Finds a Continent Ready for Legalisation
A Report Backed by New Polling Data and Contributions from Top Cannabis Executives Finds That More Than Half of Europeans Support Adult-Use Cannabis Legalisation.
News / Corporate Governance Code 2018
A new Corporate Governance Code designed to attract long-term investment to the UK and promote integrity in business will apply to premium listed companies, for financial years beginning on or after 1 January 2019
News / Considerations when buying a property through the purchase of a company
09-07-2018 / Real Estate
Where UK real estate is owned by a company and that company wishes to dispose of it, buyers can, in certain circumstances, choose between acquiring 100 of the shares in the company from its shareholders or buying the property outright from the company One of the main advantages of structuring a real estate transaction so that a buyer acquires the shares in the company is that the buyer can realise significant tax savings
News / New corporate criminal offence of failure to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion
22-01-2018 / Maritime
The Criminal Finances Act 2017 (“the Act”) came into force on 30 September 2017. Its target is the prevention of tax evasion, which is the deliberate and illegal circumvention of tax rules in order to escape a tax liability. This should be distinguished from tax avoidance, which is a legal method of minimising tax liability. The legislation impacts all service providers, including those operating internationally, as many shipping companies do, provided they have a presence and/or business operations in the UK and/or there is some other link to the UK.
News / Corporate criminal offence of the failure to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion
19-10-2017 / Energy & Infrastructure
The Criminal Finances Act 2017 (the Act) came into force on 30 September 2017 Its target is the prevention of tax evasion, which is the deliberate and illegal circumvention of tax rules in order to escape a tax liability Contrast this with tax avoidance, which is a legal method of minimising tax liability
News / Ince Co advises RNA Analytics on its acquisition of risk and actuarial modelling technology
On 30 June, RNA Analytics (a subsidiary of South Korean company RNA Holdings Co Ltd) successfully completed an acquisition of software assets and technology
News / New reporting requirements on payment practices for UK businesses
09-06-2017 / Energy & Infrastructure
Every year, thousands of businesses experience serious financial difficulties, even insolvency, simply because they are not paid on time. Late payment is recognised by the UK government as a key issue for small and medium-sized enterprises (“SMEs”) as it can adversely affect cash flow and jeopardise the ability to trade.
News / Update on the UK Transparency Regime - important changes to UK Companies Law are now in force
14-07-2016 / Energy & Infrastructure
In our October 2015 bulletin, we mentioned some forthcoming changes to UK companies legislation, including the introduction ofa mandatory new PSC (person of significant control) Register and the abolition of corporate directors for all UK entities. This note provides an update on the status of these changes, as at July 2016.
News / New transparency regime for English companies - are you ready?
This note focuses on the impact of the new regime on English incorporated companies. Broadly similar rules apply to LLPs and SAs but are outside the scope of this note.
News / Shipping E-Brief April 2016
29-04-2016 / Maritime
The Shipping E-Brief is a quarterly publication providing you with key information on legal decisions and developments in shipping and related business areas.
News / The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015: Forthcoming changes to the Companies Act 2006
12-10-2015 / Energy & Infrastructure
The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 received Royal Assent on 26 March 2015 (the “Act”), the provisions of which aim to enhance the transparency of companies in the UK. The Act has brought about many changes to key provisions in the Companies Act 2006 and has, amongst other things, created a new central register of beneficial owners of companies, banned the creation of new bearer shares and adopted a prohibition on corporate directors. Energy contractors often have English incorporated entities within their group structure. If this applies to you, you will need to take action! This note considers the impact the Act will have on English companies and what companies should be considering now to ensure compliance.
News / Ince Co promotes corporate specialist Matthew Stratton to partner
News / Mind the gap: dealing with a delay between signing and completion
On 26 May 2014, Rio Tinto, Chinalco and the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation announced a deal to develop Guinea’s iron ore deposits – potentially doubling Guinea’s GDP. According to the firms involved the ‘Simandou’ project will be the biggest combined iron ore and infrastructure project ever seen in Africa, with a value in the region of $20 billion (£12 billion).