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Thinking of selling to a US buyer?

Thinking of selling to a US buyer? If so, read on… As M&A becomes increasingly international, historic differences between UK and US practice are diminishing but several key distinctions remain. Recognising these can help to bridge the transatlantic gap in negotiating terms of purchase agreements. Some of these key differences include the following: Deal Certainty: US purchase agreements typically contain more conditions to a purchaser’s obligation to complete the transaction than those in the UK. Regulatory approvals and financing conditions, allowing the buyer to withdraw from the deal if it has failed to obtain the necessary financing, are common in US...
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Doing the Deal: LONDON

This winter has seen the start of our Doing the Deal series of events.  We kicked it off with an Angel Investing Workshop with Galvanise and Kingston Smith supporting some insight delivered by Stuart Hendry , our Senior Partner.  Galvanise is a nation-wide angel syndicate whose focus is on angel investments, and along with Kingston Smith and MBM, we had a great panel of experts in this field. Angel Investment in UK businesses is estimated to be in the region of £1.5bn per year and is fundamental to the UK being one of the places where high growth business attract the...
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Bottleneck for the Licensing Trade

Since 1 September 2009, as a result of the coming into force of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005, sales of alcohol are only legal in Scotland if carried out from a licensed premises and if authorised generally or specifically by a Personal Licence Holder (PHL).  While Premises Licences could run indefinitely, Personal Licenses are conditional on the PHL undergoing refresher training every 5 years and must be renewed every 10 years.  With an estimated 30,000 plus Personal Licences falling to be renewed by 1 September 2019, and only a 9 month window for applications for renewal to be made and processed...
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The Extraordinary Lives Club

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The Extraordinary Lives Club – two years of showcasing the lives of people who have done, or who are doing extraordinary things… From inventors and front line journalists, to biological weapons experts and script writers: at MBM we’re delighted to have welcomed individuals from many walks of life to share their fascinating stories with our clients, staff and business contacts.  Since we launched the Extraordinary Lives Club around two years ago, we have been thrilled by the quality of speakers and the positive feedback from our guests.  All of the speakers have one thing in common: they have entrepreneurial spirit, and...
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SME Finance Report issued by the Treasury Select Committee

After an extensive series of evidence hearings at Westminster, with witnesses ranging from the Chief Financial Officers of Clydesdale and HSBC, to HM Treasury, British Chamber of Commerce, crowdfunders, pressure groups such as SME Alliance, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, academics and lawyers, a Report on SME Finance was published by the Treasury Select Committee on 26 th October 2018, evaluating what needs to be done to address deficiencies, imbalances, misconduct and regulation in the SME finance market. The Report concludes that although providing more small businesses with access to the Financial Ombudsman Service is a sensible step, above and...
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