Keynote address to Institute of Financial Accountants


Senior Associate Edward Garston took to the lectern this week to deliver the keynote address at the quarterly meeting of the Essex Branch of the Institute of Financial Accountants.

Delivering insights into legal issues affecting the proper functioning of companies, the corporate specialist explained the types of problems that can occur and how an investor agreement could tackle them.

Using easy to understand scenarios, Edward Garston explained the types of issues which can occur if shareholders want to transfer shares, control commercial operations and if there is no overall board or shareholder control. 

Following a lively question and answer session, he then turned his attention to common issues which can occur during company acquisitions and sales, and specifically with a share purchase agreement and other key documentation. 

Commenting on the subject he observed “Accountants play a critical role during a company acquisition, and very often their input will determine how a transaction proceeds.  It is essential, therefore, to focus on those areas most likely to require their specific consideration”.

The event was attended by IFA members drawn from across East London and Essex, as well as representatives from the IFA itself, banks, and alternative lenders.


Pinney Talfourd’s commercial department regularly assists clients to achieve their business goals.  If you are thinking of taking a stake in a company, or disposing of your existing interest, contact us directly for specialist advice using the form to the right.This article was written by Edward Garston, a company commercial solicitor at Pinney Talfourd LLP Solicitors. The contents of this article are for the purposes of general awareness only. They do not purport to constitute legal or professional advice. Specific legal advice should be taken on each individual matter. This article is based on the law as of June 2017.


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