Buying and Selling Agencies
For over 50 years our corporate lawyers have been helping owners and senior management in marketing and communications agencies set-up, develop, grow and sometimes sell their agency businesses.
Our corporate experts advise on shareholder and partnership agreements; creating bespoke incentive arrangements for key employees; structuring debt and equity investments; setting up, acquiring and selling businesses here in the UK and overseas. We advise some of the major agency networks on their acquisitions as well as regularly acting for agency owners selling their agencies. We have acted on sales to trade and financial buyers,listed companies on the London Stock Exchange and helped owners transfer their business into employee ownership.
Our mergers and acquisitions lawyers are steeped in the advertising and marketing industry and as they regularly advise both buyers and sellers – know what it takes to negotiate on both sides of the table. Our M&A teams comprise expert tax, real estate and employment lawyers meaning we give you peace of mind by taking full responsibility for all of the legal work required on a transaction.
Mergers & Acquisitions in creative industries: grow your value
In a challenging economy and ever changing business landscape, M&A remains a strategic priority, helping creative companies to transform, grow and build a new foundation for their future success. In this mini-series we explore issues that can arise for both buyers and sellers when they enter into M&A deals in the advertising and marketing industry.
Click on the links below to explore each of the topics further:
4. EMI options
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.
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.
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.
Lewis Silkin has advised Sideshow Group on the acquisition of Nomensa17 October 2022
Lewis Silkin has advised its longstanding client, Sideshow Group, on the acquisition of strategic experience design agency Nomensa.
Lewis Silkin has advised Next Fifteen Communications Group’s subsidiary, Savanta, on the acquisition of This is Motif Limited28 September 2022
Lewis Silkin has advised Next Fifteen’s subsidiary, Savanta, on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of This is Motif Limited, one of the largest independently owned insight agencies in the UK.
Lewis Silkin has advised Havas Group on the acquisition of Additive Personalisation Limited12 September 2022
Lewis Silkin has advised its longstanding client, Havas Group, on the acquisition of UK based data-led creative specialist agency additive+.
Lewis Silkin has advised ustwo studios in its transition to employee ownership24 June 2022
Lewis Silkin has advised ustwo in its transition to an EOT. As of April 2022, founders Mills and Sinx, and shareholder Marcus Woxneryd reduced their equity in ustwo studios and transferred the majority ownership of the business to all current and future employees.