Mergers & Acquisitions
Sale and Purchases
Our role here is to assist the buyer or seller from start to finish, carefully managing the transaction process along the way. We will scope out our role in an engagement letter and then work closely with our clients to achieve the objectives within the agreed timescale. Our work will typically involve the following:
- heads of terms
- confidentiality and lock out agreements
- share purchase/business sale agreement
- tax indemnities
- legal due diligence
- disclosure letters
- deeds of contribution amongst selling shareholders
- advising on employee issues
Management Buy-outs/Buy-ins/Venture Capital
We regularly act for management teams in management buy-outs and buy-ins and understand the issues particular to those transactions. We can also assist management teams on raising equity and funding.
Companies often need to reorganise their legal structure. The reasons may be tax, accounting, or legally driven. We can help in reorganising UK and international groups and dealing with the legal issues that arise. This can involve a number of issues such as consulting with employees, obtaining customer approval, dealing with property issues and the restructuring of internal debt or shareholder funds.
Succession Planning/Exit Strategies
Businesses grow and develop, but the owners ultimately need to consider how they will pass them on. We work with owner managers to identify how they may successfully realise their investment, for the benefit of themselves, their families, their employees or future management. This may involve a management buy-out, a management buy-in, a trade sale, or other ways to return funds to shareholders.