John Alvarez and Max lesser were our main contacts who made a great team to handle our complex project, leaving no stone unturned and examined in detail to ensure a positive outcome. Throughout the process they were very communicative and always on hand to discuss proceedings. Throughout the process they remained totally professional whilst developing a good rapport with out team.
I would like to pass on my thanks! You have been brilliant! I am sorry it was a tad more messy / complicated than originally thought!
Thanks for all of your help in guiding me through the difficult and demanding process of selling the business – I’ve enjoyed working with you.

About Max

Max qualified as a solicitor in 1990.  He joined Machins in November 2021 as a partner in the Company Commercial team following a diverse career working in private practice for small and large city law firms and as general counsel in the Insurance industry.

At his previous firm he was a business corporate, commercial and employment law partner focusing on sales and purchases of private companies and businesses, advice to investors taking shares in private companies, corporate and asset finance, shareholder partnership and LLP agreements, joint venture arrangements, agency and distribution agreements, IT contracts, terms and conditions and general commercial contracts.

Over the course of his career, Max has also been head of company and commercial law at a boutique law firm in Islington as well as heading up the company commercial and employment law team at a 12 partner London law firm advising SMEs on their business needs.

He was a partner for 10 years at a niche commercial law practice specialising predominantly in the insurance sector. This included numerous high profile eight to ten figure transactions working with magic circle and silver circle law firms and a number of pre-eminent US law firms.  He has also been general counsel for Swire/EW Blanch Insurance responsible for legal, secretarial and regulatory matters and leading various acquisitions and disposals including the acquisition of a major City based Lloyd’s insurance broker.

Approach to work

Max is a business orientated, flexible and straight talking lawyer who thrives on commercial involvement, produces results and gets things done. A rare ability to get to the heart of critical commercial and legal issues on a wide variety of matters for a diverse range of clients from start ups to major international businesses.

Specialist practice areas

  • Sales Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Corporate and asset finance and lending
  • Shareholder/Partnership/Supply/Franchise/Manufacturing agreements
  • Terms and Conditions
  • Corporate governance
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Insurance Contracts and Law
  • Employment contracts and law

Latest news by Max Lesser

Setting up or growing a business? Choose the right structure

When starting or growing a business, it’s important to consider what legal structure will give you the best chance of success. There are several options to explore, including sole proprietorship, partnership, and limited company. Each structure has its own legal considerations, liability implications, and tax obligations that should be thoroughly understood before making a decision.

Court sanctions business transfers to Belgium following Brexit  

By Company Commercial

An insurance company has been granted permission to transfer the management of three policies to Belgium so that they can be conducted in the European Economic Area (EEA) following Brexit.  UK-based insurance policies are no longer able to exercise passporting rights to provide cross-border services and conduct business in the EEA following Britain’s exit from

Clampdown on directors dissolving companies to evade debts

By Company Commercial

The government is introducing new powers to clamp down on directors who dissolve companies to avoid paying their liabilities. Rogue directors may be required to pay compensation to creditors. The new legislation extends the Insolvency Service’s powers to investigate and disqualify company directors who abuse the company dissolution process. The Rating (Coronavirus) and Directors Disqualification

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