Mergers and Acquisitions
There are a number of legal, financial and commercial considerations when buying or selling a business. Our business services solicitors can guide you through each stage of the transaction and will work closely with you and your accountant to work out the structure of the deal which is most beneficial to you. We will also work with you to minimise risk and enable a smooth and timely completion.
Our buying or selling a business solicitors have a great deal of experience in dealing with mergers, acquisitions and de-mergers, ranging from small local deals to multi-million pound international transactions.
Recent work completed by our mergers, acquisitions and de-mergers experts includes:
- Complex de-merger of a media and printing business;
- Multiple sales and purchases of high value care homes ranging in value from £850,000 to £9,000,000, in the South West and throughout England;
- Sale of a multi million pound Dorset based civil engineering company;
- Sale of multiple accountancy practices;
- Acquisition of Dutch and German companies;
- Sale of a chain of pharmacy businesses;
- Sale and purchase of many financial services businesses that are affiliated to St James Place Plc;
- Sale of a multi- million pound chain of convenience stores;
- Sale of a £2,000,000 retail superstore;
- Acting for insolvency practitioners with pre-pack sales and purchases with pre-pack sales and purchases.
What is the difference between buying or selling a business and a company?
When you buy or sale a business you are buying or selling the “assets” of that business. For example, the goodwill, the fixtures and fittings, the customer base and so on. When you purchase or sell a company you are acquiring or disposing of the shares in a company.
Are there any tax advantages for buying or selling a business and opposed to the shares in a company?
Possibly, but we cannot advise on tax matters and would advise that you seek specialist tax advice from an accounting or tax professional. We will work with all of your professional advisors to ensure that the transaction runs as smoothly as possible.
Can you assist with due diligence enquires?
Of course. If you are buying a business or company we will send the seller a legal questionnaire on all aspects of the running of the business. Information and documentation is normally supplied by way of a data room and we will work with the seller’s solicitor to make sure that you and we have access in order to review such documentation.