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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.

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Corporate partner Sam Pennington featured in The Times - Raconteur report - M&A and Exit Strategies today, quoted in relation to the growing use of insurance in Mergers & Acquisitions transactions.

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