Guiding a company as it takes this major step
A merger or acquisition can be a highly effective way of boosting shareholder value, market competitiveness or business performance. Although mergers and acquisitions are increasingly common in many sectors, they can be high-risk – which is why expert legal advice at an early stage is essential.
Scott-Moncrieff’s leading company and commercial lawyers have the professional know-how and real-life commercial experience to advise on the approach that best suits your business. We serve clients throughout England, including London, Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Leeds and Liverpool.
Whether you are the acquirer or the acquiree, we’ll structure a deal that has your best commercial interests at heart. Our commercial solicitors will work diligently to make sure every detail of the legal small-print serves your long-term business strategy. Just as importantly, we’ll oversee all aspects of the process from beginning to end so everything runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible. We know how important it is to communicate with employees, customers and shareholders so we’ll advise on what to say and when.
What are the stages in a merger or acquisition?
Although every merger or acquisition is different, there are a number of key stages that are likely to take place:
- One company identifies another as a potential ‘target’ or two companies decide to merge.
- Valuation of the business to be acquired.
- Communicating the deal to key stakeholders.
- Structuring the deal.
- Financing the deal.
- Post-deal integration and strategies to operate the new venture successfully.
A joined-up approach
Mergers and acquisition transactions are complex and no two are the same. Because Mergers and acquisitions are technically a form of restructuring there are all manner of wider implications to address – from tax and pensions to environmental, branding and competition issues. Scott-Moncrieff is a multi-disciplinary firm which means we can harness expertise from across the firm to make sure we dot every ‘i’ and cross every ‘t’, offering a seamless service at all times.
Our lawyers have been on both sides of the fence and have real-life experience of working in commerce for blue-chip companies. So you’ll find we’re refreshingly pragmatic in our thinking. We’re also straight-talking. We’ll do our very best to demystify the complexities so you have a clear view, always keeping a weather eye on the most commercially beneficial approaches.
Legal Advice: Costs
We know how important it is that you are 100% clear about the costs you’re incurring. So we always provide our clients with regular updates so there are no nasty surprises at the end of the process.
Contact our Commercial Solicitors in London