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.
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:
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Lewis Silkin has advised Havas on its acquisition of Ledger Bennett13 February 2024
Lewis Silkin has advised long standing client Havas on its acquisition of global B2B marketing agency Ledger Bennett.
Lewis Silkin has advised Norstella on its acquisition of J+D Consulting Ltd01 February 2024
Lewis Silkin has advised Evaluate, a Norstella company, on its acquisition of J+D ConsultingLtd, a leading provider of forecasting solutions for the pharmaceutical industry.
Lewis Silkin has advised the shareholders of Chartr Limited on its sale to Robinhood Markets, Inc.09 January 2024
Lewis Silkin has advised the shareholders of Chartr, a data driven independent media company and newsletter publisher, on its sale to Robinhood Markets, Inc, the American financial services group headquartered in California, U.S.
The National Security and Investment Act 2021: will it lead to greater certainty and lower burdens for businesses?07 December 2023
Since the National Security and Investment Act (the NSI Act) came into force on 4 January 2022, one of the criticisms levelled at the legislation has been its broad scope and ambiguity over whether a transaction might be captured by the mandatory notification regime or voluntary notification regime.
Lewis Silkin has advised Brandwidth Marketing Limited on its acquisition of Williams Commerce Holdings Limited and Cloudfy Limited17 November 2023
Lewis Silkin has advised Brandwidth, the digital experience specialists owned by Next 15 Group plc, on the acquisition of ecommerce specialists Williams Commerce (“WCL”) and B2B ecommerce platform, Cloudfy, as part of a long-term strategy to deepen its complete digital experience capabilities.
Lewis Silkin has advised Splendid Communications on its acquisition of DIY Creative, the third agency to join the Splendid Collective16 November 2023
Lewis Silkin has advised media consultancy Splendid Communications on its acquisition of DIY Creative, streetwear fashion and action sports specialists, having recently also advised Splendid on its acquisitions of leading culture and entertainment PR agency, Riot Communications and youth, culture and music specialist Kingdom Collective.
Lewis Silkin has advised Euronext listed Sopra Steria on its acquisition of Shared Services Connected Ltd08 November 2023
Lewis Silkin has acted for Sopra Steria Ltd on its acquisition of Shared Services Connected Ltd (SSCL), a joint venture founded by Sopra Steria Ltd and the Cabinet Office.
Lewis Silkin has advised Banijay UK on the acquisition of leading scripted producer The Forge02 November 2023
Lewis Silkin has advised Banijay UK on its acquisition of leading independent scripted producer, The Forge.