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US & the Americas

Through a combination of our expert desks and our tried and tested strategic alliances and other close relationships with law firms across North America, we can leverage our in-depth market and sector knowledge, to provide market-leading legal services across the continent.

We have extensive experience of advising US-based corporates on the acquisition and disposal of companies and businesses in the UK and around the world. Clients include publicly-listed corporations, private equity-backed businesses and closely-held family businesses all across the US and Canada, and recent transactions have involved sectors including high-value manufacturing and software and data businesses. The experience built up over many years enables us to advise North American clients not only on the UK legal aspects, but on the surprising differences that can arise between deal practice in the UK and Europe as compared to the US and Canada.

Our recent experience in the region includes advising:

  • Harbour Group, a privately-owned diverse manufacturing business based in Missouri, USA on its sale of an omni-channel gaming provider
  • John Bean Technologies Corporation, a NYSE-listed multinational manufacturer, on the acquisition of Autocoding UK and its US and Australian subsidiaries
  • Spark44, the agency established by Jaguar Land Rover, on their contracts with Ben Kingsley, Mark Strong and Tom Hiddleston for the launch of the Jaguar F-Type, which broke during the Super Bowl
  • A US pharmaceutical company on changes to its senior executive team's terms and conditions of employment and share scheme benefits in preparation for a NASDAQ listing
  • Xact Data Discovery, Inc., a private-equity owned litigation support services business based in Kansas and owned by Consilio, on acquisitions of IT and legal support services companies in the UK
  • 365 Retail Markets, a private-equity owned global leader in unattended retail technology based in Michigan, on the acquisitions of UK businesses Spoonfed and Kafoodle
  • McCarthy Capital, a US mid-market private equity fund, on its investment in web services business Kinsta Ltd
  • Harbour Group on its 100% share sale of biopharmaceutical processing equipment, life sciences equipment and lab apparatus products manufacturer, SP Industries to Automation Tooling Systems
  • SpotSee Holdings, a subsidiary of Harbour Group, its acquisition of TMC Hallcrest and LCR Hallcrest, which are pioneers of temperature sensitive, colour changing graphic technology and specialise in the manufacturing of temperature indicating labels, pigments, inks and paints
  • The founders of digital transformation consultancy Public Digital, on the sale of a material stake in Public Digital to New York-headquartered Kyu
  • The Boston-based owner of the Saltie Girl restaurant group on a corporate joint venture which will operate a London Saltie Girl location
  • The Ladies Professional Golf Association on its joint venture collaboration with the Ladies European Tour

 UK M&A: A Guide for US Buyers


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.

Whilst the M&A process and deal practice in the US and UK have many similarities, there are nonetheless some important differences which a US-based buyer should take into account at an early stage in any transaction.

In our UK/US M&A series we focus on some of these areas of difference in deal practice and terms, including:


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