Mergers & Acquisitions
Mergers & Acquisitions Solicitors, London. International.
The terms “mergers” and “acquisitions” are often used interchangeably, although in actuality they hold slightly different meanings. When one company takes over another entity, and establishes itself as the new owners, the purchase is called an acquisition. From a legal point of view, the target company ceases to exist, the buyer absorbs the business, and the buyer’s stock continues to be traded, while the target company’s stock ceases to trade.
On the other hand, a merger describes two firms of approximately the same size, who join forces to move forward as a single new entity, rather than remain separately owned and operated. A purchase deal will also be called a merger when both CEOs agree that joining together is in the best interest of their companies.
We provide advice at all stages of an acquisition, sale or divestment process including deal evaluation, structuring, execution (including negotiation) and post-closing integration and compliance.
Our M&A team have experience in a broad range of transactions across a variety of sectors. We can advise companies in relation to:
- Public company mergers and takeovers;
- Private company acquisitions and sales;
- Acquisitions and sales of subsidiaries; and
- Divisions and other assets.
As an integral part of our M&A service, we use our market-leading expertise to provide a bespoke, exceptional service to our clients.
In addition to providing guidance to the transaction, our specialised team also assess the cyber risks in mergers and acquisitions in order to properly advice how such risks can be mitigated. In a time when cyber crime has increasingly become common, buyers should be concerned about protecting the cyber security of the target company. Jeopardising the cyber security of the target company may have severe repercussions and impact operations, the reputation of the business and its value. Our M&A team highlights these cyber risks to our clients to ensure that these issues are not overlooked as such risks could be detrimental to the entire deal.