Enterprise Investment Schemes (EIS) and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS)

Key Facts: EIS & SEIS legal advice

  • Getting your company qualified to receive funding under the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) or Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) will greatly improve your access to capital. By leveraging EIS and SEIS investment opportunities, companies, and particularly seed companies and start-ups, can launch, scale and grow thanks to tax reliefs available to investors.
  • Investing money via the EIS or SEIS is an excellent way for qualifying investors to obtain tax relief on qualifying investments in companies.
  • Our expert EIS lawyers can review your company’s eligibility for EIS or SEIS including helping you obtain EIS or SEIS advance assurance from HMRC.
  • Our team of EIS and SEIS solicitors guide companies who want to know if they are eligible for EIS or SEIS investment, as well as investors who would like to make qualifying investments in EIS or SEIS schemes. This advice includes reviewing the company to ensure it is EIS or SEIS compliant, through to advising investors on investment rules, investment limits and potential investment returns. They can also advise on the full range of reliefs available such as income tax relief, CGT deferral and EIS deferral relief.
  • Our highly-experienced corporate lawyers work as part of the EIS and SEIS legal team prepare Articles of Association and shareholders’ agreements that reflect the EIS and SEIS investment.

What we do: Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) solicitors

The EIS and SEIS schemes are a great way for companies to obtain investment in order to launch, scale and grow, as well as offering investors the opportunity for tax-free returns and tax reliefs including income tax relief, CGT deferral and EIS deferral relief. Deciding to pursue EIS or SEIS investment needs careful planning to ensure that the EIS and SEIS rules are complied with. Our expert lawyers can help your company make an application to HMRC for pre-investment assurance that your company qualifies for EIS or SEIS relief, through to ensuring that the EIS and SEIS rules are met throughout the term of the investment.

Our lawyers are business and finance law specialists, with particular expertise in EIS and SEIS schemes. Our EIS and SEIS solicitors have the legal skills and experience to help companies who want to use EIS and SEIS scheme funds to grow and benefit their businesses.

Our Enterprise Investment Scheme and Seed Enterprise Investment Schemes solicitors can help companies with:

  • Drafting, amending and re-structuring the company’s articles of association as well as preparing and advising on other necessary documents such as shareholders’ agreements.
  • Advising on the reliefs available to EIS investors such as EIS tax relief, exemption from Capital Gains Tax, EIS deferral relief and CGT relief when certain assets are sold and funds re-invested in EIS scheme shares.
  • Ensuring that EIS funds are used for a qualifying purpose and that the company seeking EIS relief is EIS compliant (a qualifying company carrying out a qualifying trade), and that the investor is a qualifying investor. We can also hold pre-investment funds in our client account.
  • Advising on the EIS investment rules including lifetime limits for EIS, SEIS and VCT, investment opportunities for older companies, and employee limits. For knowledge-intensive companies, our EIS lawyers can also advise on the R&D spending requirements, innovation and skilled-employee conditions.
  • For seed funding and investment in smaller start-up businesses less than two years old, advice on the SEIS including compliant companies, investment rules and investment limits, re-investments, income and CGT reliefs, and carry-back exemptions.
  • Together with our corporate lawyers, advising investors on investment opportunities under the EIS and SEIS schemes, how to obtain EIS and SEIS tax relief, drafting shareholders agreements in relation to qualifying companies, and providing assurance that proposed EIS and SEIS funding constitutes a qualifying investment.
  • Ongoing compliance within the EIS and SEIS framework including HMRC monitoring.

Additional advice: Venture capital

Where your company is investigating possible sources of capital in addition to EIS or SEIS, or your company is not eligible for EIS or SEIS, our venture capital solicitors can advise you on other options available to you for investment, and help you to structure any venture capital deal that is put in place. Or if you are a high net-worth individual, private equity or VC firm, we can provide legal advice on all aspects of venture capital funding, including preparation of all necessary corporate documents to ensure your interests are protected.

Who we help: Executive leadership, financial institutions and investors considering investment under the EIS and SEIS schemes

As an expert EIS and SEIS law firm, our solicitors advise seed enterprises, start-ups, boards, company directors and investors on the Enterprise Investment and Seed Enterprise Investment Schemes. Whether you are a seed looking to launch, a start-up looking to grow your business, an early-stage company wanting to scale up, or an investor seeking a tax-efficient way to help business and enterprise, our experts offer both legal advice and hands-on support.

Why choose our Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) solicitors?

We’re a modern law firm with a difference. Our innovative remote operating model means that you can access expert City-grade legal advice from partner-level solicitors at a fraction of the cost of traditional law firms. Our senior solicitors have all been recruited from top 100 UK law firms or large international businesses. Find out more about our EIS and SEIS lawyers here:

Our three transparent pricing packages are designed to give you the widest possible access to high-quality legal advice, whatever the size and nature of your business:

City

Straightforward access to senior solicitors from £200 per hour.

An affordable solution for businesses needing one-off legal support. Receive 'City' partner-level expertise at a fraction of 'City' prices.

Enterprise

Have legal peace of mind for £189 per month with additional support from £99 per hour.

A monthly subscription legal support package specifically designed for start-ups and smaller businesses.

On-Demand

For businesses requiring 60+ hours of support a year, with prices equivalent to £99 per hour.

Fully account managed quarterly subscription service for businesses with more complex legal needs.

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