Welcome to St George.
We’re a boutique business advisory firm made up of results-driven professionals specialising in the enhancement of enterprise value and corporate performance at those critical stages of the business life cycle.
We work with executives from across the UK and further afield to help their businesses overcome their most vexing challenges – we do this through our ability to frame complex problems, think creatively and find pragmatic solutions to generate favourable business outcomes that have a positive, measurable impact for our clients.
Fresh Thinking. Compelling Results.
Our consultants have a unique mix of skills and experience and the confidence that comes with being experts in their respective fields to blend expertise with fresh thinking – to transform your ideas and business needs to produce compelling results.
Our offering presents a fresh approach to resourcing business and legal talent by making available to clients a mix of senior professionals from which they can select a dedicated ‘seconded’ adviser to provide the kind of ‘in-house’ support when they need it but without having to pay for expensive salaries and other overheads when they don’t – helping businesses meet peak demand without having to increase permanent headcount. (more…)
It’s our business to understand yours.
We provide our clients with the tools they need to manage both the day-to-day and the strategic businesses issues that arise to help them make the big decisions, keep ahead of their competitors and achieve their strategic objectives to successfully grow their businesses. We do this by investing time in understanding our clients’ needs, their business structures, goals and objectives, to provide practical, commercially driven advice – every time.
This alignment of focus, experience and expertise, and commitment to the highest standards of client service, is what helps us to consistently promote and deliver favourable business outcomes for our clients.
So, whether it’s helping set right your corporate governance, closing that all-important merger or acquisition, navigating a financial crisis or the threat of insolvency or negotiating significant commercial contracts, our consultants are here to help.
Risk assessment, efficiency and speed of contracting
Our clients often cite these as major ongoing challenges for their businesses. Contract negotiation can be tricky but if not managed carefully can lead to significant business risk, including exposure to potential losses over an extended period, adversely affecting the profitability and success of a business. It’s essential that terms are understood and framed precisely in the way they’re intended to apply in order to reduce risk and uncertainty and meet the objectives of all participants.
We understand these challenges and work closely with our clients to determine the scope for improving the entire contracting function covering risk management, efficiency, and speed of their contracting operations, to better manage their contracts activity (from negotiation to execution to performance). Our approach to contracting ensures risk is actively managed, allows for stronger negotiations and more informed and better decision making – this means contracts are usually executed faster, revenues are protected, more deals are won and those crucial relationships with contracting parties are protected.
Our clients do not want to litigate and would prefer to avoid contractual disputes, however should they arise, our legally qualified consultants are on hand to help resolve them. With a wealth of experience in resolving complex commercial disputes and successfully avoiding disputes in the first place – our careful drafting together with our approach to drafting comprehensive dispute resolution clauses has kept more of our clients out of court and promoted a speedier resolution to contractual disputes.
Governance is the way that an organisation is directed and controlled and the processes that ensures that all activities undertaken comply with legal, ethical and regulatory requirements.
Championing high standards of governance
We know what good and effective governance looks like so we can help ensure that our clients are seen as championing high standards of governance – we do this by drawing upon a unique mix of legally qualified consultants and chartered company secretaries to review, assess and lay down markers that ensure our clients comply with their legal obligations under the Companies Act and any other rules and regulations to which they are subject. We’ll also advise our clients on the structure, implementation and maintenance of effective governance policies and procedures that we think should be in place to foster and promote better corporate performance.
Helping you to stay on top of complex regulatory change
Our consultants have exceptional experience working with boards and organisations of different sizes and across different sectors of the economy, helping them stay on top of new and existing rules and regulations, and where necessary, navigate complex regulatory change to promote the development of renewed internal processes and ways of doing business.
STEER™ by St George
This is our bespoke corporate governance offering aimed at startups, fast growth and investee companies and includes some or all of the following: new business formation, company secretarial support and compliance, board evaluation, independent NED service, investor relations and reporting, and a set number of hours of included legal consultancy per month with rates starting from £395 per month.
We’re focused on helping clients solve the kind of problems that arise when dealing with, or operating, financially troubled companies. We understand that early decisive intervention and strategic thinking is critical when dealing with potential insolvency matters to safeguard the commercial interests of our clients, which include distressed companies, their shareholders, boards of directors, creditors (secured and unsecured) and insolvency practitioners.
The ‘full’ toolkit
Our experience spans the broad spectrum of corporate recovery from restructurings, reorganisations and workout initiatives, providing pragmatic advice to overcome the threat of insolvency and promote the future success of a company.
In particular, we have the experience and expertise to help our clients manage the kinds of issues that can arise when lenders look to actively manage or recover problem loans, taking particular care in the promotion of faithful board performance and sound decision-making by company directors (in turn safeguarding risk of financial loss to directors personally) particularly when trading in the ‘twilight zone’.
Focused on turnaround
We ensure that our clients have the advice and support they need to produce solutions most appropriate to their businesses. Through close collaboration with management and senior teams to identify the scale of the issues that need to be addressed, we’ll work quickly to develop a recovery plan and identify the business critical milestones that need to be achieved. Our consultants are experienced negotiators and can support the delivery of a recovery plan by being directly involved in negotiations with key stakeholders.
We advise public and private companies, both large and small, young and old, on a range of corporate and commercial matters such as company formation, joint venture and shareholder agreements, investment structures, share incentive schemes, capital raisings and other capital restructurings and reorganisations – the broad spectrum of corporate issues that arise when owning, managing and promoting the success of private companies.
Mergers & Acquisitions
A merger or acquisition represents a defining moment in any company’s history and we’re proud to have worked for an impressive list of clients on the implementation of their growth plans and exit strategies as well as advising an increasing number of overseas investors seeking M&A opportunities in the United Kingdom. We’re highly regarded due to our experience, progressive approach and excellent project management skills.
We’ve developed a strong track record advising businesses on significant strategic transactions such as mergers and acquisitions and deals to demerge certain operations to make each client’s business a more attractive proposition to investors.
Companies looking for alternative means to learn and innovate may be considering investment into a high growth and high potential privately-held business. We have helped a number of companies make the most of corporate venturing by partnering with them to develop internal venture capital capabilities and develop a model for investment that exploits both the strategic and financial imperatives – to provide not only a potential source of financial return but also to foster the strategic priorities of the parent company by aligning goals, exploiting synergies, and creating systems to transfer knowledge, develop intellectual property and extend innovative capacity.
Venture Capital is a niche source of funding that is often a catalyst for early-stage high-potential growth companies and we’re excited to be working with venture capitalists and entrepreneurs to support them with the formation and promotion of new and ground-breaking companies (startups).
The risk profile of a venture capital investment matches closely the uncertainty that comes with pioneering new ideas and technologies – we understand that when our clients have found their next investment, they’ll want to spend the majority of their time focusing on securing the upside potential, so while they’re doing that, our consultants will be on hand to ensure they have appropriate downside protection as well.
Our consultants have come from leading private equity houses and law firms and their expertise is found at every point of the private equity fund cycle including fund formation and administration, LBOs, MBOs, MBIs, secondary buy-outs, capital raisings, portfolio monitoring, exits and divestments.