Helping your business through change
An acquisition, merger or disposal is one of the most significant steps any company is likely to take.
Each brings about change, whether that’s through joining forces with a competitor or selling to the existing management team. While change is often positive, it’s not something businesses embark on lightly.
Those looking to grow often see a merger or acquisition as a way of pooling resources, skills, customers and finances. They can offer opportunities to diversify and expand into new markets and are also a way of changing the company’s ownership, perhaps from within.
Then there are business owners who are looking to sell up. For them, the objective will usually be a healthy return on their investment. They will be concerned about the company’s future and whether it’s in the hands of new or old management, each keen to stamp their own mark.
Whatever the motivation for the transaction, the issues and processes involved can be complex.
It helps to think of the deal as having a beginning, middle and an end. Broadly speaking that is:
- Identifying deal potential
- Agreeing terms, and
- Post-completion formalities.
The challenge for senior executives at the heart of the transaction is in staying focused through all three stages. They will need to consider financial elements like valuations, profit forecasts, liabilities and funding. They’ll also have crucial operational, management, and workforce issues to get to grips with. And all of this has to be carefully, and continually, thought through in the context of overall deal viability.
The level of detail involved, and the commitment required of individuals within the company, can be huge. That’s the same whether the business is going through its first or its tenth deal.
Company merger, acquisition and disposal lawyers
Our corporate lawyers make a difficult process easier. They work with companies every step of the way to design and implement deal strategies which get the right result.
Our team are quick and thorough, identifying opportunities and risks and working around problems threatening to stall the transaction. Clients see them as more than lawyers. They’re also project managers, navigating a deal’s twists and turns, working hard to maintain momentum and keeping attention fixed on the issues that really matter.
For more information about Nelsons’ services for businesses, email us or call 0800 024 1976 for a guaranteed response.
"Nelsons’ Leicester team is particularly strong in commercial transactions; Harpreet Sandhu, who splits his time across the firm's various East Midlands offices, leads the commercial and technology team which advises on outsourcings, product development, supply agreements and licensing work. On the corporate side, Chris Rees is praised by clients for his 'practical, innovative' approach to his work, which includes advising on private equity and investment transactions, corporate acquisitions and restructurings. Rees also has an extensive banking and finance practice, assisting with secured lending and asset finance matters."Legal 500
"...lawyers are "all very personable, down-to-earth and easy to work with.”Client Feedback
"Nelsons has a very strong corporate law team… Chris Rees is practical, innovative in his solutions and an excellent client facing partner who delivers reliably every time. Ziaur is an excellent technical lawyer as well as being friendly and approachable for clients. Together they make a tremendous team in terms of client delivery."Client Feedback
"...team of "super people" who are "cost-effective and technically reliable."Client Feedback
"With a presence in both Nottingham and Derby, Nelsons, which primarily focuses on corporate issues, advises a mix of owner-managed businesses, SMEs, PLCs and multi-national conglomerates. Duncan Taylor and David Kaplan lead the Nottingham and Derby teams respectively; both work extensively with shareholders on share sales and management buyouts. Harpreet Sandhu focuses on commercial work in the technology sector, including software development agreements, outsourcings and franchising issues."Legal 500
“Represents a broad portfolio of family-managed and owner-managed clients, as well as multinationals and plcs. Continues to be involved in a variety of transactions on both the buyer and seller sides, with particular activity in the healthcare sector as part of a broad offering. Offices across the East Midlands ensure local clients benefit from an impressive depth of resources to assist on transactional work. Active on deals across a variety of sectors including aerospace, banking and charities among others. Strengths - clients appreciate that the lawyers are 'approachable and transparent,' and that 'they become part of your team'."Chambers & Partners
"We have been able to rely heavily and with complete confidence in Duncan Taylor and his colleague Alice Rees… clearly supported by an excellent, competent, efficient, charming and approachable and diverse team of fantastic people."Client Feedback
"Duncan Taylor is clearly an expert in his field. He has an unparalleled breadth of knowledge and wide experience of his specialised fields …a well deserved reputation and is highly respected throughout the region’s professional sector. Alice Rees works alongside Duncan Taylor and is a truly wonderful person to deal with. She is clearly an expert in all things connected with company law."Client Feedback
"David Kaplan demonstrates considerable strategic thinking and gets to grips with the salient matters in a transaction."Client Feedback