Acquisitions, sales and mergers

If you are seeking to acquire or dispose of shares or a business/asset, our corporate advisors are ready to help. Experienced in dealing with all aspects of M&A transactions for a range of clients, we have the technical know-how to provide the best strategic advice in relation to your transaction.

For every company, and its board and shareholders, M&A deals are major projects. Our role is to make the process as user friendly as possible, so that you can focus on your strategic goals.

Whether you represent an SME, management team, acquisitive trading group, a target of an acquisition or another interested party, we can assist with your M&A requirements. Our corporate lawyers also advise entrepreneurs and other owner-managers who are ready to exit their organisation.

If you are embarking on an M&A deal, we recognise that it can feel like an overwhelming process. Most M&A transactions will be intensive, and often very complex. As an M&A transaction operates in both a legal and commercial context, a degree of strategic risk is inevitable. We will work closely with you and your advisers to help manage those risks, walking you through the transaction and close the deal on the right terms for you, on budget and on time.

Every organisation is different. We ensure that our approach is tailored to your unique commercial profile. You maybe sophisticated and experienced user of legal services, comfortable with the M&A process, having sold or acquired many corporate entities before. Equally, this may be your first M&A venture. We work with you to identify your needs and objectives so that we can offer you the appropriate level of support.

An M&A deal has various elements, and the transaction will go through several stages. These typically include agreeing Heads of Terms, structuring, due diligence, negotiating key documentation, fulfilling conditions and completion.

Our corporate advisors can assist with the entire M&A process, including but not limited to:

  • establishing data rooms
  • due diligence
  • preparing disclosures,
  • negotiating warranties
  • advising on tax-efficient structures for both sellers and buyers

Our track record of acting for both buyers and sellers means that we understand the challenges from both sides of the table.

As a full-service law firm, we can offer you an integrated advice utilising the specialisms across our other teams, including intellectual property and IT, employment, and commercial property.

Much of our work has an international element, and our corporate advisors are experienced in dealing with international transactions as well as UK deals. As part of our M&A offering, we can assist with any legal issues concerning commercial interests in France, Italy, Spain and Germany.