Mergers and Acquisitions Solicitors

Good businesses are built on great foundations and here at Pickering & Butters, we truly understand how much is at stake in merger and acquisition deals. 

Our team of specialist mergers and acquisitions solicitors seamlessly complete these deals on a regular basis. Acting for businesses and organisations large and small and across a broad spectrum of industries means there is little, if anything, we haven’t experienced.

When you work with us, you’ll benefit from a wide scope of insight, and years of expertise. We pride ourselves on being experts in mergers and acquisitions law, and always base our approach on a clear understanding of your needs and goals.

It all starts with getting to know your goals: what do you want to achieve from your merger or acquisition? What is your vision? Once we’re clear on your objectives, we can fix our focus on making sure you accomplish them.

We’ll be right by your side, helping you negotiate the best deal and applying flawless due diligence to protect your interests.

Buying or selling a business can be a complex process, with a number of important decisions to be made along the way. There are many legal and financial considerations, and the right legal advice can help a business make the most of a merger or acquisition transaction and ensure the deal runs as smoothly as possible. Pickering & Butters specialist team of M&A solicitors advises corporate clients on complex and transformational transactions.

Specialised knowledge & experience makes all the difference

Our experts can provide legal support and advice in the following areas:

  • Company mergers
  • Management buy-outs
  • Acquiring or disposing of a company through asset purchases and sales
  • Acquiring or disposing of a company through share purchases and sales

Get expert help from our mergers and acquisitions solicitors

For tailored legal advice on all mergers and acquisitions matters, please get in touch with our solicitors in Stafford and Rugeley.

Our mergers and acquisitions services

Management buy-outs

A management buy-out is a type of financial transaction where a management team, or one member of the team, buys a company from the current owners.

If you are approaching a management buy-out, our business acquisition solicitors can provide legal assistance in various ways, including:

  • Support to negotiate the terms and warranties
  • Drafting restrictive covenants, if applicable
  • Preparation of the investment agreement, the share purchase agreement, and any other relevant legal documents.
  • Assistance in carrying out due diligence procedures

Asset purchases and sales

An asset purchase means to acquire a company by buying its assets. Such assets may include machinery, commercial buildings, or land, along with goodwill and intellectual property.

Asset acquisition gives the purchaser flexibility because they do not need to take on all of the business’s liabilities. Rather, the purchaser has some choice about what they become liable for.

At Pickering & Butters, our mergers and acquisitions solicitors have ample experience in supporting clients with asset acquisitions and sales. Whether you are buying or selling a business, we can assist you in protecting your legal interests when approaching this type of transaction.

Share purchases and sales

A share purchase refers to acquiring a business by purchasing the company shares. As well as acquiring the company’s assets, all of the company’s responsibilities and liabilities are passed over to the new buyer.

If you need support with a share purchase or a share sale, our specialist solicitors can help. For more information, please get in touch with us at Pickering & Butters.

Business mergers

Business mergers refer to a process where two businesses consolidate. There are different ways in which this can happen. For instance, two companies might merge together to create a new business and brand. Alternatively, one business might purchase another, absorbing that business so that both continue to operate under the brand of the purchaser.

Our company merger solicitors have much experience in supporting a diverse range of businesses through the mergers and acquisitions process.

To learn more about the different types of business mergers, our mergers and acquisitions solicitors can help.

Mergers and acquisitions-key things to know

What are mergers and acquisitions?

Company mergers mean that two companies choose to consolidate, or to consolidate their significant assets. A business might purchase another, and absorb the company it has purchased, or alternatively, merge with that company to form a brand-new business. Other examples of mergers and acquisitions include one company acquiring the stock of another company, or a portion of another company’s assets or all of its assets.

Essentially, a merger refers to combining two firms to form a new business, whereas acquisition means that one company purchases another.

If you have any further questions about business mergers and acquisitions, or need support with a sale or purchase, our experts at Pickering and Butters can help.

What are the types of mergers and acquisitions?

There are various different types of mergers and acquisitions, a few of which include:

Horizontal merger: refers to a merging of two companies working in the same field, usually competitors. The companies join forces in attempt to pool resources and access a larger market share.

Vertical merger: referring to the merging of two businesses that produce different, but related goods. Essentially, it’s where two companies working at different stages in one supply chain merge together to improve efficiency.

Conglomerate merger: Meaning the merging of two firms with products or services that are not directly related, however, are searching for market and or product extension opportunities.

Why are mergers and acquisitions important?

Mergers are important for businesses as they can allow companies to expand their reach, access a larger market share, or offer products and services in new segments.

Whilst there are benefits to be gained, it’s important that companies approach such deals with the right kind of legal support, ensuring that their interests are properly protected.

What are the benefits of mergers and acquisitions?

There are many benefits of merging with, or acquiring other companies, including:

  • When companies combine their activities, there is the opportunity to lower costs and improve performance, both businesses can take advantage of each other’s strengths
  • Merging two or more companies provide the opportunity to gain a larger market share
  • With a vertical merger, a company can buy out one of their suppliers, and consequently, save money

Our solicitors are mergers and acquisitions law experts and can provide plenty of information if you are planning to merge your business with another.

Get expert help from our mergers and acquisitions solicitors

For tailored legal advice on all mergers and acquisitions matters, please get in touch with our corporate mergers and acquisitions solicitors in Stafford and Rugeley.