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13 August 2020 0 Comments Posted in Corporate, Opinion

Protecting buyers’ value in M&A: Part 3 – Tax covenant claims

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Mergers and acquisitions

In the third article in a series on protecting buyers’ value in M&A deals, partner James Worrall in our Corporate team discusses tax covenants – how they differ from warranties and indemnities, when they are used and what function they have in a share purchase agreement.

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16 July 2020 0 Comments Posted in Corporate

Protecting buyers’ value in M&A: Part 2 – Indemnity claims

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Mergers and acquisitions

In the second article in a series on protecting buyers’ value in M&A deals, partner James Worrall in our Corporate team discusses indemnities – how they differ from warranties, when they are used and what function they have in a share purchase agreement.

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Double shortlisting for Royds Withy King at South West Dealmakers Awards

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Royds Withy King has been shortlisted for Corporate Law Firm of the Year at the 2020 South West Dealmakers Awards.

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8 July 2020 0 Comments Posted in Corporate

Protecting buyers’ value in M&A: Part 1- Warranty claims

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mergers and acquisitions

As anyone who’s read a share purchase agreement knows, the largest section therein is generally the warranty schedule. This schedule contains often dozens of pages of statements about the target company or group, covering matters ranging from details of its share capital to its tax affairs.

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Royds Withy King advises Fidelius on simultaneous M&A transactions

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Royds Withy King have advised long time client, £1.5bn asset under management wealth management group Fidelius Financial Holdings on a complex deal leading to the creation of a powerful new strategic partnership with Pacific Asset Management (PAM), the core asset management business of Sir John Beckwith’s Pacific Investments.

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5 June 2020 0 Comments Posted in Corporate

Four predictions for the the fate of M&A in the Covid-19 era

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Business predictions

The immediate impact of Covid-19 on UK M&A manifested in April, with the month seeing the lowest level of activity since September 1985. Yet, even amidst uncertainty, it would be unwise to give up on M&A in 2020. Partner James Worrall puts forward his predictions for the markets.

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15 May 2020 0 Comments Posted in Business, Commercial, Corporate, Opinion

Corporate Governance and Coronavirus

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The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, in conjunction with the Financial Reporting Council have issued a further Q&A offering guidance to companies in relation to statutory filings, AGMs and other general meetings.

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29 April 2020 0 Comments Posted in Corporate, Opinion

Corporate governance and coronavirus: IGCN issues new guidance

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Corporate governance

The International Corporate Governance Network (“ICGN”), the investor-led organisation that promotes effective corporate governance standards and stewardship globally has published an open letter offering its view on corporate governance priorities during the coronavirus pandemic.

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1 April 2020 0 Comments Posted in Corporate, Opinion

Business alert: Guidance on virtual board meetings

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Video meeting

The Chartered Governance Institute (“ICSA”) has published guidance for companies on holding virtual board meetings.

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30 March 2020 0 Comments Posted in Corporate, Opinion

Business alert: ICSA issues further guidance on AGMs during the coronavirus outbreak

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AGM during coronavirus

The Chartered Governance Institute (“ICSA”) has now published further guidance for listed companies on holding valid AGMs in light of the government imposed stay at home measures.

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26 March 2020 0 Comments Posted in Corporate, Opinion

Will unicorns have virus immunity? And other predictions from our M&A lawyers

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M&A lawyers' predictions

With City A.M. reporting that dealmaking activity in the UK has unsurprisingly slumped in response to the effects of the global coronavirus outbreak, what does this mean for buyers, sellers and funders currently involved in transactions in the UK?

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Business alert: Coronavirus and Stamp Duty – new HMRC guidance issued

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New HMRC guidance issued

HMRC has announced a change to its process for stamping stock transfer forms and form SH03s and the payment of stamp duty.

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