Mergers and acquisitions

…[they] were professional yet approachable and explained the complexities of the legal jargon.

Mark Goddard, WG Healthcare

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Whether you are considering a business/asset or a share acquisition or disposal, our corporate team can guide you through the whole process, explaining the risks - and how to mitigate them - and the potential opportunities to achieve your business growth objectives.

Our corporate team has considerable experience of advising clients on M&A transactions including both public and private company share and business/asset acquisitions and disposals. A significant proportion of our M&A work is on higher value cross-border transactions where we work collaboratively with local counsel who are well-known to us whether through our non-exclusive membership of Multilaw and the European Law Group or otherwise.

We act for a broad range of clients on M&A transactions including entrepreneurs, family businesses, SMEs, charity and not-for-profit entities and large multinational corporates. We have particular expertise of M&A transactions in several key sectors including the technology, life sciences, property, social housing, retail and fashion sectors.

Having identified your commercial priorities, we adopt a focussed and creative approach to achieve the best outcome for you. We work hard to ensure that transactions progress efficiently and that you get the deal done in your timeframe.

We also work closely with other specialist teams across the firm as required to advise on M&A matters, including the commercial, employment, IP/IT, pensions, real estate and tax teams.

We offer expert advice on:

  • transaction planning (including tax structuring and post acquisition integration planning)
  • regulatory issues (including competition law)
  • business/asset sales and purchases
  • share sales and purchases
  • heads of terms/letters of intent
  • legal due diligence/disclosure
  • all transaction documentation (including the tax deed)
  • post-completion formalities and support

Recent work highlights

Sale of automotive spares distributor

Working closely with the Camberley Auto Factors shareholders advising on the corporate tax, employment and property aspects of the sale of the company to Andrew Page Acquisitions Limited, a Leeds-based vehicle parts distributor.

Recycling sector acquisitions

Advising Ellgia Recycling Limited on the acquisitions of the business and assets of M&S Holdings Plastics Recycling, the business and assets of Haven Recycling Limited and the share capital of Carlton Recycling Limited.

Oxford University Press

Acting for Oxford University Press on its acquisition of Nelson Thornes from Infinitas Learning, one of Europe’s leading providers of products and services for teaching and learning.

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