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Specialist legal advice through a business acquisition or disposal

Acquiring or selling a business can be a great way for organisations to grow and transform, but it can also be complex and risky. There are many legal, financial and operational factors to consider which are not always obvious. Our expert mergers and acquisitions team can guide you smoothly through the transaction, allowing you to exploit the synergies that should become available from the joining of two companies.

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Our mergers and acquisitions experience

Our dedicated mergers and acquisitions lawyers advise public and private companies, institutional investors, private individuals and management teams, as well as foreign corporates and multinationals that are looking to acquire or dispose of businesses in the UK. Our expertise includes:

  • Share acquisitions and disposals
  • Asset acquisitions and disposals
  • Management buy-outs and buy-ins
  • Joint ventures and collaboration agreements
  • Group restructurings
  • Cross border transactions
  • Funding for M&A

How our specialist corporate M&A solicitors can help

Working with a specialist team makes a real difference to the success of an M&A deal. Our UK corporate lawyers have years of experience advising on all aspects of mergers and acquisitions, in the UK and overseas. We can help you:

  • Check the health of the business pre-sale
  • Understand the key issues involved in your transaction
  • Identify and manage the risks
  • Structure the deal for tax efficiency
  • Obtain regulatory approvals where required
  • Conduct genuinely focused due diligence
  • Negotiate and complete the deal
  • Integrate the business post-completion

M&A transactions are, by their nature, complex. As a full-service law firm, we have specialists in all the areas that an M&A transaction might require including competition, regulatory, employment, pensions, share schemes, real estate, environmental, intellectual property, data protection and corporate governance. Our corporate team ensures that all advice is coordinated and everyone is pulling out the stops to make your deal happen within your timetable and your budget.

Mergers & Acquisitions work highlights

ship in a harbour
Commercial advice for leading car manufacturer
Dog waiting to eat his food

Advising a complex M&A deal involving the purchase of a ship building company

We acted for a consortium of domestic & international family office investors in relation to a complex private equity backed M&A buy-side mandate which involved the purchase of a ship building company. We advised the buyer on all aspects of the transaction; from initial due diligence to a successful completion of the onward sale, where all parties walked away satisfied with the outcome.

Advising a family office on FCA regulatory requirements

We advised a family office on the FCA regulatory requirements of operating a multi-family office, as well as advising them on SAFEs under which they were investing in two early-stage companies.

Advising a M&A buy-side mandate for the purchase of a leading automotive manufacturer

We acted on a M&A buy-side mandate, backed by investment from a family office, in respect of the purchase of a leading manufacturer of dual-control systems for cars. We also advised on the equity financing of the special purpose vehicle, and the debt financing of the deal.

Advising an EU premium pet food producer for the acquisition of an English company

We advised a EU producer of premium pet food, backed by investment from a European family office, on the acquisition of an English company. The deal was structured to complete in stages, so it involved preparing a detailed shareholders’ agreement and options.

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Islamic finance

Our financial services team has experience in drafting and negotiating master purchase and sale agreements for Islamic finance products, including commodity based Murabaha trades and Sukuk bonds, negotiating with a number of Middle Eastern Banks in the process.

On the disputes side, we have been instructed by a number of state-owned Middle Eastern banks over the years on various financial and commercial dispute matters. As such we are aware and very familiar with the business and other cultural issues involved in acting both for and against clients in the Arab world.

Mergers & Acquisitions Publications

  • Share v asset sales guide visual

    Corporate Know-How Guides: Share v. Asset Sales

    Share and asset purchases are the two methods of acquiring a business in the UK.

    Do you know their differences? The business of a sole trader or unregistered partnership can only be acquired through an asset purchase as there is no owning entity for the assets which can be acquired, while a share purchase can be used for the acquisition of all or part of the shares in a company which owns and operates a business.

    Discover our new series of Corporate Know-How guides.

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    Corporate Know-How Guides: Shareholders’ Agreements: the Basics

    Did you know that a shareholders’ agreement is a written agreement, between the shareholders of a company, as to the relationship between them and how the company should be managed. By including the company as a party, the shareholders can ensure that it is both bound by and able to enforce the terms of the agreement against contravening shareholders.

    Discover our new series of Corporate Know-How guides.

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  • Corporate Know-How Guides: Selling a Business

    We look at the flip side of price structuring, instead focusing on how a seller could secure elements of the purchase price that are delayed – or at least obtain comfort around the buyer’s ability to pay them.

    Discover our new series of Corporate Know-How guides.

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  • Corporate Know-How Guides: Buying a Business

    When making an offer for a business, the question of when the consideration will be paid can often be just as important as how much will be paid. We look at four of the most common options available to prospective buyers (beyond upfront cash payments) and the risks/rewards posed by them.

    Discover our new series of Corporate Know-How guides.

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    Private equity/post M&A disputes

    Often involving complex, cross-border issues, our team has a great deal of experience in resolving the full range of post-M&A disputes.

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    CB Checkpoint: overview

    There are a number of key policies, procedures and documents your business should keep up to date, to be both legally protected and in preparation for investment or exit. Our team will give your business a full check-over.

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    Turkish Language | An overview of our services supporting ambitious, often owner managed businesses, investors and entrepreneurs in building, operating and scaling enterprises from early stage right through to exit.

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    Mergers & Acquisitions: an overview of our expertise

    An overview of the expertise of our Corporate team in relation to mergers and acquisitions, where we act for experienced private equity backed buyers as well more novice sellers who need careful guidance through this potentially daunting legal maze.

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    Services for businesses

    An overview of our services supporting ambitious mid-sized businesses, investors and successful entrepreneurs in building, operating and scaling enterprises.

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  • The City of London just after sunset, United Kingdom

    Doing business in the UK

    Whether you are looking to set up a new business here or expand an existing one, this guide covers the key things you need to know to avoid potential pitfalls and get the most out of your investment.

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    key considerations when establishing business funding

    Are you considering new funding for your business? Our handy flowchart highlights key questions to ask yourself and key points to document to ensure your business is protected.

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  • Small business owner

    Pre-investment checklist

    An investor will want a range of financial, commercial and legal information about your business, before deciding how much to invest, and on what terms. This checklist helps you prepare for the legal part of that process.

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    Specialist legal advice through a business acquisition or disposal

    Acquiring or selling a business can be a great way for organisations to grow and transform, but it can also be complex and risky. There are many legal, financial and operational factors to consider which are not always obvious. Our expert mergers and acquisitions team can guide you smoothly through the transaction, allowing you to exploit the synergies that should become available from the joining of two companies.

    • The Team

      Our lawyers have the expertise and experience to provide you with creative, personalised solutions in a clear and understandable way.

      ArrowMeet the team

    • Our Publications

      Discover a wealth of invaluable guidance in the form of guides and brochures written by our expert lawyers.

      ArrowSee our downloads

    • Our insights

      Discover the latest insights and thought leadership from our team of legal experts.

      ArrowFind out more

    Our mergers and acquisitions experience

    Our dedicated mergers and acquisitions lawyers advise public and private companies, institutional investors, private individuals and management teams, as well as foreign corporates and multinationals that are looking to acquire or dispose of businesses in the UK. Our expertise includes:

    • Share acquisitions and disposals
    • Asset acquisitions and disposals
    • Management buy-outs and buy-ins
    • Joint ventures and collaboration agreements
    • Group restructurings
    • Cross border transactions
    • Funding for M&A

    How our specialist corporate M&A solicitors can help

    Working with a specialist team makes a real difference to the success of an M&A deal. Our UK corporate lawyers have years of experience advising on all aspects of mergers and acquisitions, in the UK and overseas. We can help you:

    • Check the health of the business pre-sale
    • Understand the key issues involved in your transaction
    • Identify and manage the risks
    • Structure the deal for tax efficiency
    • Obtain regulatory approvals where required
    • Conduct genuinely focused due diligence
    • Negotiate and complete the deal
    • Integrate the business post-completion

    M&A transactions are, by their nature, complex. As a full-service law firm, we have specialists in all the areas that an M&A transaction might require including competition, regulatory, employment, pensions, share schemes, real estate, environmental, intellectual property, data protection and corporate governance. Our corporate team ensures that all advice is coordinated and everyone is pulling out the stops to make your deal happen within your timetable and your budget.

    Mergers & Acquisitions work highlights

    ship in a harbour
    Commercial advice for leading car manufacturer
    Dog waiting to eat his food

    Advising a complex M&A deal involving the purchase of a ship building company

    We acted for a consortium of domestic & international family office investors in relation to a complex private equity backed M&A buy-side mandate which involved the purchase of a ship building company. We advised the buyer on all aspects of the transaction; from initial due diligence to a successful completion of the onward sale, where all parties walked away satisfied with the outcome.

    Advising a family office on FCA regulatory requirements

    We advised a family office on the FCA regulatory requirements of operating a multi-family office, as well as advising them on SAFEs under which they were investing in two early-stage companies.

    Advising a M&A buy-side mandate for the purchase of a leading automotive manufacturer

    We acted on a M&A buy-side mandate, backed by investment from a family office, in respect of the purchase of a leading manufacturer of dual-control systems for cars. We also advised on the equity financing of the special purpose vehicle, and the debt financing of the deal.

    Advising an EU premium pet food producer for the acquisition of an English company

    We advised a EU producer of premium pet food, backed by investment from a European family office, on the acquisition of an English company. The deal was structured to complete in stages, so it involved preparing a detailed shareholders’ agreement and options.

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    Our financial services team has experience in drafting and negotiating master purchase and sale agreements for Islamic finance products, including commodity based Murabaha trades and Sukuk bonds, negotiating with a number of Middle Eastern Banks in the process.

    On the disputes side, we have been instructed by a number of state-owned Middle Eastern banks over the years on various financial and commercial dispute matters. As such we are aware and very familiar with the business and other cultural issues involved in acting both for and against clients in the Arab world.

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