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Mergers & Acquisitions

Successful mergers and acquisitions demand much more from corporate lawyers than just executing the transaction. The lawyers in our M&A team invest time in understanding our clients’ businesses and industry as well as being cognisant of our clients’ corporate and personal ambitions.

We tailor our advice and the transaction to each situation recognising that one size never fits all. We always focus on what really matters and won’t make a fuss over small points. We will add value in the planning and the execution of a transaction and will work to resolve issues pragmatically and speedily.

We never lose sight of our clients’ commercial objectives and we constantly look for the most direct route to achieve them. We draw on the expertise of our specialists in tax, real estate, employment and intellectual property to deliver a truly integrated team completely focused on delivering a knowledgeable, efficient and focused experience for our clients.

We have a long history of:

  • advising shareholders in privately-owned businesses on their exit
  • advising management on exit terms
  • acting for in-house teams in private and publicly-owned companies on their acquisitions
  • acting for private equity clients on their acquisitions.

Our depth of knowledge and a lifetime of working with people and companies in the media, advertising, marketing and digital economy delivers tangible benefits when advising our clients on transactions in those sectors. Our M&A team is consistently highly ranked and in the leading UK legal directory, Chambers, we are ranked in the top band for lower to mid-market M&A.

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