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Corporate and M&A

Mergers & Acquisitions lawyers in London and Thames Valley

 

Our corporate legal team advises on all aspects of buying and selling businesses, management buy-outs and management buy-ins for deals up to £100m in value.  

Supported by a large, multi-disciplinary, specialist team of lawyers, we undertake a wide range of acquisitions and disposals. Our network of international law firms allows us to regularly work on international transactions. 

“Very professional, knowledgeable and accessible lawyers.” 

Chambers and Partners

FAQs – Mergers & Acquisitions

The term ‘mergers and acquisitions’ refers to the purchase (and sale) of companies and businesses by individual and corporate buyers (and sellers). There are two broad categories of acquisition – ‘share sales’ and ‘asset sales’. The term ‘share sale’ refers to the purchase (and sale) of a company through the process of selling and transferring the ownership of its shares, whereas the term ‘asset sale’ refers to the purchase (and sale) of a business (which may be owned and operated by a company) through the process of selling and transferring the ownership of its assets.

Mergers and acquisitions can be advantageous for multiple reasons, including: enabling companies and businesses to become more profitable through purchasing already profitable companies and businesses, enabling companies and businesses to grow through acquiring more resources, assets and expertise, and enabling those who own a valuable company or business to receive money by selling such a company or business.

As well as potential rewards, there are potential risks associated with mergers and acquisitions; the main legal risks include the risks associated with the provision of warranties and disclosure. When selling a company or business, amongst other things, the buyer and the seller will usually enter into a share purchase agreement or an asset purchase agreement; as part of this agreement, the seller will usually provide ‘warranties’ (a ‘warranty’ is a contractual promise that a given state of affairs is true) about their company or business, but also qualify/negate these warranties by making disclosures against them in a disclosure letter. If, following the completion of the acquisition, the seller is found to have breached a warranty (against which there is not adequate disclosure), they could be sued for breach of contract by the buyer and be required to pay damages. Legal advice should be obtained by both the buyer and the seller of a company or business in relation to the warranties given and disclosure.

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“We are very pleased with the support and advice received from on the recent acquisition by BMW Group UK.  With clear, concise and timely advice and management, Ashan and his team helped us navigate through some complex arrangements and seamlessly bridged the gap between the legal and commercial issues”

Amit Kotecha, Senior Legal Counsel – BMW Legal Affairs UK & Ireland 

“I was impressed with the speed, turnaround and frequency of communication in my dealings with Clarkslegal’s corporate team led by Stuart Mullins, in concluding my share purchase.” 

Nigel Keene, Managing Director – Whiteknights Estate Agents

Ashan Arif is central to our working relationship – we have a high degree of trust and confidence in his work. He was interested in our business from the outset, clear about the firm’s capability and focus, and has provided high-value and cost-effective support.

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