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Cash or control: Is PE right for your law firm?

Simon Lord provides some pointers on how to decide if private equity investment is right for your law firm

30 July 2012

The option for law firms to adopt alternative business structures (ABSs) has made it possible all types of investors to participate in the evolution of the UK legal services sector. Private equity investors are keen to get involved.

The prospect of obtaining PE investment can seem daunting and unfamiliar. This relatively uncharted territory may not be for every law firm, but investigating its potential may be beneficial in other ways. Even if you decide that using a private equity investor is not appropriate, it may lead to the creation of an alternative roadmap. You can be sure that if you’re not doing it, your competitors will be.

Look in the mirror

The first thing to consider is if your firm is an attractive investment proposition. PE investment is only appropriate if the firm has a...

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