Mergers and acquisitions can offer excellent opportunities to expand, diversify or otherwise strengthen your business interests. But to achieve a successful transaction and set your business up for future success, it is essential to have the right legal advice at every stage.
CWJ is home to a highly experienced team of corporate lawyers who have been independently recognised for their leading expertise in the area of mergers and acquisitions. We work with clients all over the UK and abroad, advising on issues including:
- Business acquisitions and disposals
- Company mergers
- Management buy-outs and management buy-ins
- Corporate restructuring
- Corporate financing
- Employment issues
Combining market-leading corporate law expertise and strong business acumen, we can help you secure the right terms for your transaction and make sure it goes ahead smoothly, while keeping you and your business protected at all times.
Our mergers and acquisitions expertise
Our Corporate and Commercial team has decades of experience handling mergers and acquisitions for a wide range of clients.
Our lawyers have regularly handled transactions worth millions of pounds, so have the skills and seasoned expertise to effectively navigate even the most high value and complex mergers and acquisitions.
Our expertise has been independently recognised in the following ways:
- Ranked Band 1 for Corporate/M&A: SME/Owner-managed Businesses by Chambers & Partners
- Head of Corporate and Commercial Ben Madden is individual ranked Band 1 by Chambers & Partners while Senior Partner Andrew Wright is recognised as an Eminent Practitioner
- Ranked Tier 3 for Corporate & Commercial by the Legal 500
We have particular proficiency in the area of corporate financing and can draw on expertise from across the whole firm for issues related to mergers and acquisitions, such as redundancy and other employment law advice.
Our mergers and acquisitions lawyers can assist with…
Business acquisitions and disposals
Whether you are buying or selling a business, part of a business or assets of a business, our Corporate & Commercial team can provide expert assistance. We can prepare and review heads of terms, ensure due diligence is carried out and make sure any potential issues are addressed. This way, your transaction can go ahead on the right terms for you, keeping you protected now and after the deal is done.
If you are planning a business merger, it is vital to make sure that every detail is taken care of to ensure the deal is in the best interests of both businesses. Our team have extensive experience with business mergers, so can ensure every eventuality is properly considered and accounted for, so you can be confident your merger will be successful.
Management buy-outs and management buy-ins
Management buy-outs and buy-ins are very common, but there are a number of pitfalls that must be avoided. Our corporate lawyers can advise you on everything you need to consider, whether you are part of the management team taking over or taking a stake in a business, or if you are the existing owner.
When acquiring or merging businesses, there is often the need for restructuring to make the new business function effectively, improve efficiency or for a number of other reasons. Our team can help you to find the right structure for your business and take care of all of the legal processes involved, getting your business on a solid foundation for future success.
We can also help with demergers where there is the need to separate a business, whether with a view to selling part of the business or for any other reason.
Corporate financing for mergers and acquisitions
Corporate financing is a specialist area for our firm, so we can help you explore all of the various options for financing a merger or acquisition, ensuring you get the right funding in place on the right terms.
Employment law issues
There are often employment law issues to consider when going through a merger or acquisition, including the potential for making redundancies and the need to transfer employees to a different business (where TUPE rules come into play).
Our Employment team can guide you through these issues, ensuring you treat your employees fairly and remain in full legal compliance, minimising the risk of any employment claims.
Our legal fees for mergers and acquisitions
Cost is an important factor when dealing with any kind of business transaction. We aim to keep our pricing clear and competitive, with our rates benchmarked against comparable firms.
Where appropriate, we can act on a fixed fee basis, giving you certainty over the costs involved in dealing with your merger or acquisition. Alternatively, we can calculate our fees on an hourly basis where this is more appropriate for your needs.
We offer flexible payment options so you can structure your payments in a way that fits your circumstances.
Find out more about our fees.