Mergers, acquisitions and disposals

Your challenges

Buying other companies and businesses; selling part of your own business; achieving your exit strategy by the trade sale of your own company – these are the most important steps in the development of your business. But often directors about to make acquisitions or disposals feel unprepared and unsupported. That is why you will need a team of experienced M&A lawyers to guide you through the transaction and bring it to a successful completion.

Achieving your ambitions

Whether your M&A transaction is an MBO, a bolt-on acquisition, the purchase of a business out of insolvency or the eventual sale of your own business, we will provide you with all the legal support that you will need.

We will take the time to thoroughly understand your business so that we can give you prompt, straight forward and economical solutions to the difficult issues that you will face as the transactions progresses. Because we act for both buyers and sellers, we will understand the issues that you will face from both sides of the table and because we have particular experience of international M&A transactions, we will understand the particular problems that can arise on cross-border work.

The strength you need

You will have the support of a team of over 30 M&A lawyers, including 10 partners. In addition, we will be assisted by lawyers in all the specialist fields that you will need during the transaction including intellectual property, IT, tax, employment, pensions, share schemes and real estate.

Recent M&A transactions that we have completed include the acquisition of the company that owns the O2 Arena, the purchase of Xploite plc’s Anix division for New York-listed Affiliated Computer Services Inc., the sales of UK Fire International, and Bowes of Norfolk and numerous acquisitions for Oasis Healthcare.

Lawyers you can trust

Because of the work we do across the UK and internationally, our M&A team is highly rated by the legal directories. Legal 500 says that our “value for money is fantastic, especially compared to London-based firms; the quality of their work is at least on a par and often more commercially aware” while Chambers says that our team “wins abundant praise for its extremely high quality work, high levels of responsiveness and excellent vision”.

Corporate finance
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