How to Future Proof Your Company Structure

10th August 2023
Discover how businesses are reshaping their structures to thrive amidst rapid changes and fierce competition. Explore Dragon Argent’s insights on crafting agile, future-proof company structures. Gain insights into navigating uncertainty and fostering innovation for long-term success.

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If you are a founder or owner-operator, have you ever stopped to ask yourself what your long-term goals are and what assets drive the value of your business?

If you haven’t, your corporate structure may not support your ambitions and could even slow you down. A company structure should facilitate the ambition of founding teams and protect the intellectual property or assets the value of a business is built on.  Here Dragon Argent, corporate law consultants have taken a look at the importance of investing in the structure of your business early.

The Problem Statement

Too often, entrepreneurs are poorly advised at the point at which a company is formed, acting on siloed professional advice that can create issues that are time-consuming and costly to unravel later.  A poorly planned corporate structure can:

  • Be difficult to adapt to changing needs
  • Can fuel risk for investors
  • Increase tax liability
  • Fail to protect founders’ long-term interests

Ultimately, creating barriers that make it harder for founders and entrepreneurs to achieve the long-term objectives they set out with.

The Solution

If planned appropriately, creating a future-proofed and flexible corporate structure can be straightforward and cost-efficient if you consider:

  • The intellectual property or assets the value of the business is based on and how to protect them long-term
  • Your likely expansion or joint venture ambitions
  • Future mergers or disposals opportunities

Joined up and commercial professional advice will consider these factors and result in a bespoke structure and framework that will help you achieve:

  • Appropriate tax treatment and protection of entrepreneur, EMI and EIS relief status
  • Flexibility to license or create Special Purpose Vehicles to adapt to opportunities and threats
  • Protection of shareholders’ long-term interests
  • Correct treatment of intercompany loans and other accounting considerations

These benefits become harder and more costly to realise the more complex a business becomes.  There are a myriad of objectives a founder can implement at any given time, but ensuring you have a future-proofed company structure that mitigates risk and allows you to respond to opportunities in an agile way is something that will deliver value throughout the lifecycle of a business.

If you’d like to discuss how to better protect your IP or assets, tax relief status, and long-term interests, get in touch with our startup law firm on the details below as we’d love to learn more about your business.

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