Mergers, acquisitions and disposals

At Talbots Law, our extensive experience in mergers, acquisitions and disposals puts us in the best place to help our clients. From complex cross-border acquisitions to small UK private company arrangements, you can trust in us to keep things simple and straightforward from day one.

We advise buyers, sellers and investors on all aspects of mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and disposals. Our firm is widely recognised throughout the West Midlands and beyond as having a high quality M&A practice. Our services in this sector includes:

  • Public company takeover bids and responses;
  • Private company acquisitions and disposals; 
  • Joint ventures
  • Reorganisations including schemes of arrangement;
  • Venture capital and private equity; and
  • Share buybacks and capital reductions.

As a firm we provide a wide range of services, which support our clients in M&A and disposal transactions. Our other disciplines include employment, tax and incentives, financial services, regulatory, property, intellectual property and commercial.

Why choose Talbots Law for M&A and disposal matters?

When it comes to M&A and disposal matters, you need a law firm that knows the law inside out.  Deals can move quickly and negotiations need to take into account a number of factors, often within a short space of time.  The company law experts at Talbots Law have the expertise and experience needed to meet these challenges effectively.

Our clients trust that we are business people first, lawyers second.  In the area of M&As and disposals, this is vital. We understand the large amount of capital and investment at stake, and the need for the livelihoods of employees and the reputation of the brand to be looked after as the deal goes through.  Our negotiators are experienced and will work tirelessly to ensure you and your company’s interests are protected throughout the process.

How important is tax structuring in M&As?

Structuring an M&A deal in a tax efficient matter can add significant value.  Tax planning should be reflected clearly in the documentation relating to the deal such as the sale and purchase agreement.

Matters to consider include:

  • The tax implications of acquiring assets or shares in a company
  • Holding company jurisdictions and minimising tax leakage
  • Reducing acquisition costs, such as VAT on the transaction

What is the difference between a share or asset purchase?

A business may be acquired by way of share purchase or asset purchase.

Under an asset purchase, the buyer selects the assets and liabilities it wishes to acquire from the seller (explicitly excluding those which it does not wish to acquire) and purchases them, together with the business in which those assets are used (the target business). It does not acquire the company carrying on the target business. An asset purchase is therefore also commonly known as a 'business purchase'.

Under a share purchase, the buyer takes over ownership of the company carrying on the business (the target company), which comes with all of its assets, obligations and liabilities (whether or not the buyer was aware of them).

You can rely on the experience and expertise of Talbots Law to manage your M&A and disposal matters.  To find out how we can advise you, please call us today 0800 118 1500.


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