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M&A deal practice in Spain and the UK – key differences to bear in mind25 May 2023
Whilst mid-market transaction volumes involving UK and Spanish parties are lower than activity between the UK and France or Germany (for example), the UK is an important market for Spanish acquirers (and vice versa) especially now that the post-Brexit landscape has become clearer.
Lewis Silkin has advised Next 15 Group Plc’s Palladium Group Limited on the acquisition of onefourzero21 April 2023
Lewis Silkin has advised its long-standing client, Next 15 Group plc, on the acquisition by Palladium Group of onefourzero, the international digital and commercial M&A consulting firm.
Lewis Silkin has advised Publicis Groupe on the acquisition of marketing technology company Yieldify10 January 2023
Lewis Silkin has advised its longstanding client Publicis Groupe, a global leader in communications, present in over 100 countries and employing around 96,000 professionals worldwide, on its acquisition of Yieldify, a marketing technology company with operations in London, the US, Australia and Singapore.
National Security And Investment Act 202114 November 2022
The National Security and Investment Act 2021 (“NSI Act”) provides the UK government with new powers to scrutinise investments on national security grounds. The regime set out in the NSI Act came into force on 4 January 2022.
Restrictive covenants26 October 2022
In this article we explore restrictive covenants, what they are, their enforceability and their use in M&A deals in the advertising and marketing industry.
Tax issues on earn-outs26 October 2022
Earn-outs are an extremely popular method of pricing businesses in the advertising and marketing sector.
Earn-outs26 October 2022
In this article we explore so called “earn-out” deals: what they are; why they are used in private M&A transactions in the advertising and marketing industry; and some of the issues that they pose for both buyers and sellers.
EMI options: Top 10 mistakes uncovered on an exit – and how to avoid them26 October 2022
In this article we explore Enterprise Management Incentive (EMI) options, an extremely popular employee incentive mechanism in the advertising and marketing industry, thanks to their unrivalled tax benefits and the flexibility permitted around setting their terms.
Lewis Silkin has advised IFF Research on a senior debt plus equity investment from Connection Capital LLP28 September 2022
Lewis Silkin has advised its client, IFF Research, on an investment into the UK-based public sector and Policy Research provider by Connection Capital LLP.
Lewis Silkin has advised Next Fifteen Communications Group Plc’s Brandwidth Marketing on the acquisition of Cubaka Limited08 April 2022
Lewis Silkin has advised its longstanding client, Next Fifteen Communications Group plc, the digital communications and growth consultancy group, on the acquisition of Cubaka Limited, an award-winning social media agency.
Lewis Silkin has advised the shareholders of Cooper Projects Limited, the parent company of DVS Limited, on its acquisition by Midwich12 January 2022
Lewis Silkin has advised the shareholders of Cooper Projects Limited, the parent company of DVS Limited (“DVS”), a UK based distributor of video security products, on its acquisition by Midwich, the UK's leading trade-only distributor of technology solutions.
Lewis Silkin advises Sideshow Group on its acquisitions of Access and Reddico17 December 2021
Lewis Silkin has advised Sideshow Group, the award-winning independent digital agency, on its acquisitions of two further digital agencies, Access and Reddico. Together with the acquisitions of TRGT, Catch and Widerfunnel, Sideshow have announced five acquisitions since Waterland Private Equity made a significant investment in February. These acquisitions demonstrate that the Sideshow Group is following through on its ambitions to become a global challenger in digital experience and marketing services, and we are delighted to support those ambitions.
US/UK M&A: Introduction21 September 2021
One of the constant themes of mid-market M&A in the UK is the significant activity generated by US-based buyers acquiring British targets. The US is, by some distance, the single largest holder of foreign direct investments (FDI) in the UK (holding over US$800bn), and those investments represent around 12% of total global US FDI holdings and around 25% of total US FDI in Europe. That translates into a constant stream of acquisition activity here in the UK by both corporate and financial buyers from the US seeking either to expand their access to transatlantic markets or to access British technology and products.
US/UK M&A: Risk Allocation21 September 2021
In our second article in the US/UK M&A series, we explore deal certainty and the different appetite for, and measures that are used to apportion risk between the parties.
US/UK M&A: Price Adjustment Mechanisms - The Locked Box21 September 2021
Price adjustment mechanisms are common in both UK and US style M&A transaction documents to determine the final price that the buyer pays. However, the manner in which the price adjustment is achieved varies; in the US, a closing accounts mechanism is generally used, and although these have remain common in the UK, in recent years we have seen increasing use of “locked box” mechanisms in UK style share purchase agreements governed by English law.
US/UK M&A: Disclosure21 September 2021
The disclosure exercise against the warranties contained in the share purchase agreement (SPA) is a common element of an M&A transaction on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. In this article we will identify some of the different approaches taken in relation to disclosure in the UK and the US.
US/UK M&A: Miscellaneous/common issues21 September 2021
In our final instalment of our US/UK M&A series we will explore some of the common issues in the M&A process and deal practice in the US and UK.
US/UK M&A: Warranties21 September 2021
In this article we examine the different approaches to giving warranties in US and UK share purchase agreements (SPA) including the terms and scope of the warranties, who gives them, the basis of recovery under the warranties, the basis of the sellers’ liability and other protections available to buyers.
Notification Issues for Warranty Claims - A flowchart17 June 2021
We have produced a flowchart to identify some of the common steps (and pitfalls) to be considered by those seeking to notify a warranty claim under typical SPA provisions.
SPA warranty claims - getting the notice right17 June 2021
Today’s challenging economic climate has reduced the value of many businesses.