We have a strong reputation advising clients on the acquisition and disposal of businesses. We love acting for clients from their initial investment through to a successful exit. For some clients, strategic acquisitions are key to their growth, whether as part of a medium-term exit strategy, or a longer-term expansion plan. Whether strategic or opportunistic, our work with buyers and sellers of businesses is a key part of our skill set
Whatever the complexity or size of the deal, you benefit from high-quality legal, commercial and strategic advice. We act on both high-profile, complex transactions to smaller, more straightforward deals, never losing sight of the fact that small deals can be life-changing for the individuals involved. We handle all aspects of M&A deals from start to finish including:
- Confidentiality and exclusivity
- Deal structuring (and pre-deal re-structuring)
- Negotiating Term Sheets
- Due diligence (including managing and advising on the use of online data rooms and technical reviews of patent and trademark portfolios)
- Advising on key deal terms such as:
- restrictive covenants
- price structures
- Drafting and negotiating all acquisition/sale agreements and any related ancillary documents
- Project management (including shareholder communications and distribution of sale proceeds)
- Hosting, managing and running completion of the deal (celebratory fizz included!)
Every deal is different, and we can structure your deal team to include input from specialist advisors from other practice areas such as commercial property, employment and intellectual property. The team are skilled project managers and have years of experience in executing deals within challenging timescales. Additionally, we have a hand-picked group of specialist consultants who can advise on deal-financing and post-acquisition integration issues. We can also connect you to experts in the corporate finance, tax and accounting worlds.
While most deals can be done under English or Scottish law, if compelling reasons require foreign law to apply, we can identify and engage quickly and seamlessly with legal teams in other jurisdictions. We also run US transactions with the help of our in-house US attorneys.
We have significant experience advising on acquisition and disposals, from the perspective of both the buyer and the seller, in a wide range of sectors including:
- Information Technology
- Life Sciences
- Professional Services
- Leisure and Hospitality
Our deal team will work closely with you throughout the transaction to truly understand and prioritise your business needs.
Our experience is clear from the deals which the corporate team have been involved in. Check out some of our latest deals - i-Deals.
The Bottom Line
To achieve an optimal outcome for clients we are pragmatic, anticipate issues, understand what is important, and are proactive to make sure that our clients get the benefit of our years of experience.
Contact our Corporate Solicitors in Edinburgh & London Today
If you are targeting an acquisition or embarking on a sale process, our team will support you to navigate the process, mitigate the risks and drive the transaction to a successful conclusion. Please contact us on 0845 345 5004 or fill out our online contact form.