Experienced mergers and acquisitions solicitors
Mergers and acquisitions – ‘We’ll guide you through the M&A process and highlight any pitfalls that could arise in the future.’
Any merger or acquisition can be a complex and drawn out process. Our team of mergers and acquisitions solicitors is expert in project managing these deals and will always work to anticipate problems that may arise. This will prevent the process from stalling – or at least limit the impact of any difficulty.
From selling a company to management buyout advice
As specialists in corporate finance we can provide advice on every aspect of company acquisition and disposal:
- Buying or selling a company
Your deal structure is often driven by the tax implications for both sides. We will work in close partnership with you, your accountants or other corporate finance advisers to ensure that the correct structure is used and consistently reflected in the documentation.
- Buying or selling a business asset
You’ll need to know exactly which assets you’re acquiring and which liabilities you have taken on when the deal is completed. Your purchase may include TUPE aspects, which could result in future employee claims should you get it wrong. Our team of mergers and acquisitions solicitors can guide you through the process, highlighting any potential pitfalls.
- Management buyout
If you’re selling to an MBO team it can be tricky negotiating with your employees to get the best deal. Whatever your personal interest, the stakes are high. Receiving management buyout advice from an experienced corporate team who understand the best tactics can help you realise the full value of the deal.
“What the team is known for: Acts for a range of clients, including large owner-managed businesses and plcs in corporate reorganisations, sales and a variety of other corporate and private equity-backed transactions. Sector specialisms include technology, financial services and healthcare. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): The team is praised by commentators for its “dynamic and customer-focused” approach. Work highlights: Advised Fidelius Financial Holdings on its acquisition of MoneyWise Independent Financial Advisers.Acted for Bath City FC in relation to its proposed takeover by Bath City Supporters Society. Significant clients: Gold Care Holdings, Leiths School of Food & Wine, Airsprung Group, Socomec, Portchester Equity. Notable practitioners: Katharine Mortimer (Band 3) is held in high regard for being “very strong technically and thorough with an eye for detail.” She heads the firm’s corporate and commercial practice in Bath, and has a strong focus on the banking and financial services sectors. James Worrall (Associate to watch) is an M&A specialist with specific sector knowledge relating to technology and financial services. Interviewees say he is “commercially minded with good client rapport.” Chambers 2018 South West
“Associate Rishi Ladwa of Royds Withy King has “a commercial and corporate knowledge and personable approach that makes him a pleasure to deal with,” according to clients. He is known for his strong corporate transactional practice.” Chambers 2017 Thames Valley
“Royds Withy King is singled out for its ‘particularly strong offering in relation to owner-managed, private equity-backed and smaller quoted businesses’. A recent merger with Royds significantly strengthened the corporate team, positioning them to extend their geographic reach both within the UK and internationally. The group has strong sector focuses in technology, health care and financial services, where the firm handles high-value transactions for clients such as HSBC. The ‘experienced and responsive’ Katharine Mortimer advised the sellers of Applicable Limited on its sale to Arkadin. James Worrall (a ‘knowledgeable young solicitor with a mature approach’) is advising Bath City Football Club on its proposed takeover by Bath City Supporters Society. Healthcare sector specialist Hazel Phillips, who joined the firm from Burroughs Day LLP, advised on a corporate transaction involving international elements.” Legal 500 2017 South West
“Royds Withy King receives praise for its ‘flexible and friendly service’. As part of the Withy King’s merger with Royds Solicitors, Claus Andersen joined the firm’s London office and, together with solicitor Jennifer Sampson, advised new client Shaw Gibbs on its acquisition of Cooper Murray. Sampson joined from Harrison Clark Rickerbys and ‘always aims to reach a solution for the client’ with a ‘really positive and collaborative approach’. Swindon-based senior associate Rishi Ladwa is also well regarded. The firm’s clients also include Oxford Ventures Group, HSBC and TM Group.” Legal 500 2017 London