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:
4. EMI options
National Security And Investment Act 202101 September 2023
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.
Lewis Silkin has advised Palladium Group Limited on the acquisition of White Space Strategy Ltd24 August 2023
Lewis Silkin has advised Palladium Group, part of Next 15 Group plc, on the acquisition of commercial consulting firm White Space Strategy.
Lewis Silkin has advised Havas on its acquisition of a majority stake (51%) in Uncommon Creative Studio, the most awarded and fastest growing independent creative company in the UK12 July 2023
Lewis Silkin have advised longstanding client, Havas, on its acquisition of a majority stake (51%) in Uncommon Creative Studio, the most awarded and fastest growing independent creative company in the UK, reinforcing Havas’ longstanding commitment to investing in creativity to develop meaningful brands. The Uncommon founders will retain a material stake in the business (49%), maintaining their entrepreneurial zest, growing their brand globally and sharing best practice across Havas and parent company Vivendi, a world leader in media, entertainment, and communication.
EMI options: Top 10 mistakes uncovered on an exit – and how to avoid them29 June 2023
In this article we explore Enterprise Management Incentive (EMI) options, an extremely popular employee incentive mechanism for qualifying small and medium sized companies, thanks to their unrivalled tax benefits and the flexibility permitted around setting their terms.
Lewis Silkin has advised Publicis Groupe on the acquisition of Publicis Sapient AI Labs19 June 2023
Lewis Silkin has advised Publicis Groupe’s Publicis Sapient, digital transformation company, on the acquisition of Publicis Sapient AI Labs, a provider of predictive analytic solutions based on innovative AI research.
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 Norstella on disposal of Clinerion to form a strategic partnership with TriNetX21 April 2023
Lewis Silkin has advised leading pharmaceutical solutions provider Norstella on the formation of its strategic partnership with TriNetX, the global healthcare network driving real world research, which included the sale of Clinerion.