Helping business successfully merge or acquire in the UK and beyond

Public and private companies, banks and financial institutions, owner-managers and entrepreneurs, charities and insolvency practitioners regularly work with our corporate team. Royds Withy King’s breadth of experience – particularly in representing funding providers and the corporate finance community – means that our clients benefit from our understanding of the objectives, perspectives and practices of all parties on corporate transactions. Royds Withy King has a particularly strong track record in the areas of:  hospitality and leisure, media/publishing, property and telecommunications, jewellery and luxury goods and charities.

There are often international aspects to our work and our membership of the Interleges network of overseas law firms means that our clients are supported by a select group of lawyers in other jurisdictions – whether for UK companies on cross-border deals or for overseas clients looking to transact in the UK. The firm’s private client team are often called upon to advise on the impact of transactions on the private wealth of shareholders.

Areas of work where our clients frequently seek our advice include:

  • private share and business sales (both domestic and cross-border)
  • public takeovers (including by way of scheme of arrangement)
  • leveraged transactions, both for borrowers and debt funders
  • joint ventures
  • private equity investments and exits
  • acquisitions and disposals of property investment vehicles
  • distressed sales, corporate rescues and debt for equity swaps
  • amalgamations of charities


  • Advised on the reorganisation by way of section 110 demerger of the structure of a family owned group with interests in commercial property and the distribution of bathroom products (March 2011).
  • Advised the issuer on a second round fundraising involving a private offer of securities (January 2010)
  • Acted on the purchase from an administrator of a business manufacturing components for the automotive and power semi-conductor industries (April 2009)
  • Acted for State Bank of India on a US$100 million development facility (April 2009)
  • Advised on the rationalisation and reorganisation by way of a section 110 demerger of the structure of a diverse family investment group with interests in care homes, commercial property and medical instruments (February 2009)
  • Acted for two financial intermediaries on public takeovers of AIM-listed targets, including by way of scheme of arrangement (2008)
  • Acted on the £21 million disposal of a family-held property investment company with holdings of commercial and residential properties in the Greater London area (December 2007)
  • Advised a Swedish-headquartered automotive equipment manufacturer on its acquisition of a UK-based designer and manufacturer of paint-drying and curing systems (2006)
  • Advised a consortium of Middle Eastern investors on the £15 million sale of their UK property investment group to an offshore buyer
  • Acted for a Swedish listed client on a series of UK acquisitions, including on the UK and Chinese aspects of its purchase of a UK manufacturing company with a subsidiary and factory premises in the People’s Republic of China

Our credentials

“What the team is known for: Acts for a range of clients including large owner-managed businesses and public listed companies in corporate reorganisations, sales and a variety of other corporate and private equity backed transactions. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “The firm has carved out a unique position in its local markets by providing a truly client-focused service, giving clients direct access to experienced professionals and at a reasonable cost.” “Everyone we deal with at Royds Withy King is very approachable and friendly, and we are very happy that they make sure to take the trouble to fully understand our objectives.” Work highlights: Advised the owners and shareholders of Prob-Solve Group on the sale of the company to Exquip Network Services. Acted for Socomec SA on the £22 million merger of the group’s UK subsidiaries Socomec and Socomec Sicon. Notable practitioners: Katharine Mortimer (Band 3) focuses her practice on MBOs and restructuring matters for clients in the healthcare sector. Clients describe her as “detail-conscious and meticulous in her approach to transactions, with a thorough understanding of corporate law principles.”” Chambers 2017 South West

“Associate Rishi Ladwa (Associate to watch) 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

“Clients of Royds Withy King praise its ‘effective, one-team approach’, ‘understanding of client’s requirements and objectives’, and ‘tailored solutions’. David Cavaliero leads the team, which acts for owner-managed businesses, and public and private equity owned companies. It is particularly strong in handling transactions between £2m and £15m.” Legal 500 2016 South West

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