Acquisitions can make or break a business, and selling a business is a significant decision personally for the owner-manager whose spent a lifetime creating it or for the corporate disposing of a non-core asset. So you need legal advice you can rely on and lawyers who speak your language.
Our corporate lawyers assist both buyers and sellers with a diverse range of transactional activity and we understand that making the decision to buy or sell a corporate or a business is a strategic decision and can be inherently complex. We aim to simplify the transaction process and work with you to ensure that the best commercial terms and appropriate legal protections available to you are reflected in the legal documentation.
Our approach, like yours, is goal-orientated and we will work closely with you to achieve successful completion of the transaction whilst providing clear and concise advice that provides practical solutions rather than mere options focusing on getting the deal done on time and within budget.
We have carried out acquisitions and disposals in all sectors from manufacturing, business services and IT to telecoms, printing, media, recruitment and motor dealerships and everything in between and have acted on a number of cross border transactions whether the buyer or seller are based overseas.
Cross border deals can add on other dimensions as often overseas legal approaches are not the same as in the UK. We can help you understand these differences and deal with them to your benefit working closely and in collaboration with foreign lawyers. Whether you are acquiring a company just around the corner or on the other side of the world, we can provide the same degree of help.
Our acquisitive clients include OMBs/SMEs, quoted company, international groups, venture capitalists, private equity houses and management teams. Our approach is tailored to your needs and experience – to those perhaps embarking on their first acquisition we can provide a real “hand-holding” service bringing our commercial experience to bear as well as our technical legal skills; to experienced acquirers, we will seek to understand your areas of concerns and focus and concentrate our work in those areas. So whoever you are, whatever and wherever the deal, we corporate lawyers have the expertise and the resources to give you the very best advice and guidance, delivered in a pragmatic, no-nonsense manner.
If you are selling a business you need clear, concise advice ensuring the best outcome for you. For those not in the business of regularly buying and selling businesses, this often means providing a general sounding board as well as dealing with the detailed legal advice needed. For those who have significant experience of corporate transactions, we will ensure the legal process is as smooth as possible with as little disruption to the business whilst seeking to ensure the agreements provide the best level of protection for you. Our corporate team has advised on all kinds of disposals, including selling early-stage businesses, owner-managed businesses and exits for multi-nationals.
Our areas of expertise include:
- Sale and purchase of shares in a corporate
- Management buy outs / ins
- Sale and purchase of material assets including IP
- Auction sales of a corporate or business
- Acquisitions out of insolvency from administrator or liquidator
- Cross-border transactions (working with foreign lawyers)
- Pre-sale legal audits
- Pre-acquisition re-organisations and spin outs
- Implementation of seller tax planning
- Post-acquisition consolidations
- Transfer of a business as a going concern
- TUPE considerations on a transfer of a business
- Mergers between two corporates assets
- Franchise business transfers
- Intra-group business and asset transfers
- Legal due diligence
- Pre-acquisition negotiations
- Pre-acquisition due diligence
- Implementation of buyer funding arrangements
- Project management of transactions