Mergers & Acquisitions
Successful mergers and acquisitions demand much more from corporate lawyers than just executing the transaction. The lawyers in our Corporate team invest time in understanding our clients’ businesses and industry as well as being cognisant of our clients’ corporate and personal ambitions.
We are proud to have developed long term partnerships with sophisticated in-house M&A teams at publicly owned companies - helping them to deliver efficient, streamlined and effective acquisitions. We have a long history of advising stakeholders in privately owned businesses navigating what may be for them a “once in a life time” exit.
We tailor our advice and the transaction to each situation recognising that one size never fits all. We always focus on what really matters and won’t make a fuss over small points. We will add value in the planning and the execution of a transaction and will work to resolve issues pragmatically and speedily.
We never lose sight of our clients’ commercial objectives and we constantly look for the most direct route to achieve them. We draw on the expertise of our specialists in tax, real estate, employment and intellectual property to deliver a truly integrated team completely focused on delivering a knowledgeable, efficient and focused experience for our clients.
Our depth of knowledge and a lifetime of working with people and companies in the media, advertising, marketing and digital economy delivers tangible benefits when advising our clients on transactions in those sectors. Our Corporate team is consistently highly ranked and in the leading UK legal directory, Chambers, we are ranked in the top band for lower to mid-market M&A.
Lewis Silkin advises Haymarket on its sale of five consumer media brands to Future plc26 March 2018
Lewis Silkin has advised its long-standing client, Haymarket Media Group, on the sale of five consumer media brands to Future plc, for an aggregate sum of up to £14m.
Lewis Silkin has advised the Harbour Group on its acquisition of US textiles and furniture company Thibaut Inc.15 February 2018
Lewis Silkin has advised its client the Harbour Group on its acquisition of US based company, Thibaut Inc.
Lewis Silkin advises Next Fifteen Communications Group plc on its acquisition of The Brandwidth Group Limited08 February 2018
Lewis Silkin has advised its client Next 15, the digital communications group, on its 100% acquisition of The Brandwidth Group, a UK based digital innovation agency on 6 February 2018.
Lewis Silkin French Desk advises the global HR management group Synergie on its disposal of Acorn Learning Solutions06 February 2018
The French Desk advised long term client Synergie, owner of the Acorn group of companies in the UK, on the disposal of its UK subsidiary Acorn Learning Solutions, the training arm of leading recruitment agency Acorn Recruitment, to the Welsh based training provider ACT, in January 2018.
Lewis Silkin’s French Desk advises Descours & Cabaud Slovakia, part of the French group Descours & Cabaud, on its acquisitions of Hayley cz02 February 2018
The French Desk of Lewis Silkin assisted existing client the Descours & Cabaud Group in its acquisition of 100% of the share capital of Hayley cz, a company based in the Czech Republic.
Lewis Silkin French Desk advises the French group Descours & Cabaud on its acquisition of Hayley 24/7 Engineering Services01 February 2018
The French Desk assisted existing client Descours & Cabaud SA in its acquisition of 100% of the share capital of Hayley 24/7 Engineering Services Limited which completed in December 2017.
Lewis Silkin advises on sale of Games Warehouse to Blueprint Gaming31 January 2018
Lewis Silkin has advised its client on the sale of omni-channel gaming provider Games Warehouse to Blueprint Gaming, part of the Gauselmann Group.
Further clarity on relevance of TUPE following a share sale31 January 2018
How relevant is TUPE in the context of a share sale? A recent decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) provides a reminder that TUPE can easily come into play when a buyer is considering what to do with its newly acquired subsidiary. In this case, the buyer’s actions led to an unexpected TUPE transfer and a £3.5 million bill.