Acquisitions, Mergers and Disposals

Business sales and purchases can involve small and medium entities through to international company sales and disposals. Regardless of the nature or size of the transaction, it is crucial that the deal is structured appropriately and all key issues are properly addressed.

One of the fundamental issues to consider from the outset is whether the disposal or purchase should be of assets or shares of the target company. Once instructed our corporate specialists explore the nature of the transaction with the client and any other professional advisers involved (eg accountants or tax specialists). This cohesive approach helps us to guide the client on the detailed structure of the transaction which will be the most beneficial for the client. Our ethos is that whilst tax efficiency should not be the sole driving force behind the deal structure it is a fundamental factor that needs to be given priority and considered carefully.

Our corporate specialists have advised on deals of all sizes (including management buy-outs and management buy-ins) ranging from values in the thousands to multi-million pound transactions. We ensure that the same level of care, professionalism and attention to detail is provided throughout, irrespective of the size of the deal. We also regularly act for both buyers and sellers and so understand all the relevant deal dynamics, so we can provide strategic and commercially focused advice.

Most transactions are inevitably complex and the obligations and potential liabilities may not be obvious to a lay person. It is therefore important to ensure that the transactional documents, when finalised, reflect the deal actually agreed and the client fully understands the obligations and implications entered into.

The corporate team has extensive knowledge and expertise to advise on all aspects of a potential transaction including:

  • initial structuring of the deal;
  • conducting the due diligence;
  • drafting and negotiating the terms of the transactional documents; and
  • dealing with post completion matters.

If you are considering the acquisition, disposal or merger of a business, we advise that you get us involved from an early stage, for example when negotiating the value of the transaction, non­disclosure agreements or heads of terms, as this will often help avoid significant pitfalls and the incurrence of unnecessary loss or costs further into the process.

If you wish to discuss your requirements in more detail the please call us on 01895 207264 or email us at


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