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  • Overview

    Mergers and Acquisitions

    The mergers and acquisitions lawyers in our corporate team have a proven track record of successfully advising on pre-sale exit and succession planning issues and on the related corporate transactions. We recognise that each sale and purchase transaction is unique and can guide you every step of the way in the process.

    Mergers and Acquisitions law expertise

    We seek to drive the deal forward to deliver the project smoothly and quickly.  We cut through the detail and take a pragmatic commercial approach to resolve difficult issues that can sometimes emerge during the process. Our flexibility in approach and effective project management of the transaction are key to us delivering an exceptional service for our clients.

    The mergers and acquisitions work we undertake includes:

    • Exit and Succession planning
    • Private company sale and purchase
    • Business purchase and disposals
    • Auction sales
    • Pre and post sale preparatory work
    • Buyer and seller due diligence
    • Advising on related competition law issues.

    We have strong relationships with corporate finance firms and can introduce other professionals including accountants and specialist tax advisers to build your project team.

    Our membership to Geneva Group International means we have close links to law firms in foreign jurisdictions who can provide expert advice on cross border issues.

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  • Related Client Stories

    Acting for a longstanding client in their most recent acquisitions

    During 2016, Thomson Snell & Passmore acted for a longstanding client of the firm, Nurture Landscapes Holdings Limited, in respect of three acquisitions.  

    Advice on Fox Print Services Acquisition of Mastercolour Plc

    Thomson Snell & Passmore acted for Fox Print Services (Tunbridge Wells) Limited in relation to its acquisition of the entire issued share capital in Mastercolour Plc. Nick Gabay, a Partner in the Corporate & Commercial Team, led on the transaction.

    Acquisition of Attitude Magazine

    Thomson Snell & Passmore acted for Stream Publishing Limited in relation to its acquisition of Attitude Media Limited. Nick Gabay, a Partner in the Corporate & Commercial Team, led on the transaction.

    Motorline further expands its range and geographical base

    In March 2015 Motorline acquired a Maserati dealership in Cardiff. The business was acquired from the Arrow Automotive Group and will be the second Maserati dealership in the Motorline Group.

    Sale of Liz Dove Limited to Cook Trading Limited

    We acted for the shareholders of Liz Dove Limited in relation to the sale of that company to Cook Trading Limited.

    Sale of agricultural software company

    Thomson Snell & Passmore advised the shareholders of a company which specialises in the development of software for growers and agronomists on the sale of their company for approximately £6 million.

    Acquisition of ClinIntel Limited

    Thomson Snell & Passmore advises ClinIntel Limited on its acquisition by global biopharmaceutical giant.

    Thomson Snell & Passmore advise on sale of online tax news service to Wolters Kluwer

    Thomson Snell & Passmore advised Business Seminars International Limited (BSI) on the sale of its business to Wolters Kluwer, the leading provider of information, research and software tools in the global tax and accounting arena.

    Procter Consultancy Limited

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Corporate, Commercial, and Employment teams who together advised the shareholders of Proctor Consultancy Limited on the acquisition of Procter by Imparta Limited. The case study is an example of how we can work closely with a client to achieve the intended result, however complex the transaction and however short the timetable is.

  • Latest Updates

    Motorline acquires again to strengthen Nissan market in the South of England

    The Motorline group has recently completed another acquisition to add to its series of business purchases over the last few years.

    Thomson Snell & Passmore advises Nurture on its fifth acquisition in the last 12 months expanding turnover to £35m

    A national horticulture, landscape and grounds maintenance business headquartered in Surrey has completed its fifth acquisition in the last 12 months, with the latest deal taking its turnover to £35m and workforce to more than 500 employees.

    When a merger between two companies fails

    The following articles discusses why private and public acquisitions fall over, and how this can be prevented.  

    Thomson Snell & Passmore completes asset purchase of trades parts specialist centre for Reading

    Thomson Snell & Passmore’s corporate team has advised the Motorline Group in connection with its purchase of the Reading Trade Parts Specialist (TPS) Centre.

    Grounds maintenance company snapped up

    A Hampshire-based grounds maintenance company which has "more than 100 years of experience within the landscape industry" and works with some of the UK's largest blue chip organisations has been snapped up.

    Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Corporate team launches innovative tool for those looking to sell their business

    Leading South East law firm Thomson Snell & Passmore is delighted to launch their new interactive legal guide to selling your business.

    Share purchase agreement: validity of earn-out notice

    What is an earn out? An earn-out is a general expression covering any mechanism where, on a corporate acquisition, the purchase price is determined (in whole or in part) by reference to the performance of the target company or business over a specified period of time following completion of the acquisition.

    Completion Accounts: accounting policies

    What are completion accounts? The parties may in a share purchase transaction adopt a consideration structure whereby the purchase price is not fixed before completion and instead the transaction proceeds on the basis of a price which is adjusted after completion, on the basis of a set of completion accounts relating to the target company drawn up to the completion date.

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Just a short note to thank you for your outstanding support. I have seldom been through such a frustrating experience, but this was greatly eased by the thoroughly professional way in which you supported us. I cannot imagine there will be any more acquisitions coming my way, but if there is, you may be sure that I will seek your support again.


Congratulations on your 10 years of success, with the quality of service you and your team provide I am sure the next 10 years will see more deserved success for you.


Having the experienced and professional team from Thomson Snell & Passmore on board during the sale definitely added value to the transaction. Their tireless pressure and determination on legal points did not go unnoticed and I will always be grateful for the impact their hard work delivered to achieve the final result.


I’ve been so impressed with you all and it’s been a real pleasure working with you and I hope this is the start of a long relationship. I’ve really appreciated the extra time and out of hours effort you have put in to help us get to the finish line. So thank you so much.


We have had very good service across a number of disciplines and look forward to doing more in the future.


I realise they have not been the easiest outfit to work with but I just wanted to say thank you - to you and your team - for the extraordinary commitment you have all put in to get us to the line. I was expecting you to hit your limit of tolerance these last few days, if that happened you hid it well and due to your effort, flexibility and forward thinking we finally got there… despite their best efforts at times!


Thomson Snell & Passmore provides an ‘excellent level of service’ and ‘shows a good understanding of what is needed in all situations’.

The Legal 500 2014

Many thanks indeed for all you have done and particularly the way you have done it.  Straight to the point and very pragmatic – exactly how I was told you work and the way I like to do things too. The recommendation was spot on.


There was much to this conversion that was not encountered before by TS&P, and much which we discovered, which belied the siren voices of how easy it would be. We are now there, on our way, and picking up momentum. So I offer our thanks to TSP.


Had I not been recommended to TS&P and simply came across them, my answers would have been in the exceeded section but I was expecting exceptional and that is what I got!


TSP converted a business idea to an achieved business goal.


An excellent all round service from everyone involved.

Managing Director of Greenstar PLC

The ‘very approachable’ corporate team at Thomson Snell & Passmore is noted for its ‘clear advice’ and ‘exemplary service’.

The Legal 500 2013

The team demonstrates a premier service ethos together with a driven professionalism to support the client.


They have high quality people who you can have access to at the most senior level who will sort out your problem for you.


Very personable partners, vast experience in most areas of lawyer business.

Corporate Intermediary

They are our number one provider‚ I do consider them a very strong firm.

Corporate Intermediary

10 out of 10 for their clarity, plain English which helped me tremendously.


They understand our business so the argument is put in context.


If I had carte blanche to use any firm, I would use Thomson Snell & Passmore.

Chambers UK

Everyone we had contact with was a pleasure to work with and showed great patience with us through the whole process. Knowing that we were novices they always spent time explaining the situation - putting legal speak into terms we could understand and making sure we knew what was expected of us. By the end I certainly felt I had learnt a lot as well as completing the deal.


Superb professional service. Instant replies to issues and enquiries. Easy access to decision makers.  


Highly professional, not only dealing with the legal details but also with keeping the eyes on the overall commercial objective.


I would recommend any business people who wish to sell their business to use Joanne Gallagher.


I use TS&P as I have a very longstanding relationship. James Partridge has detailed knowledge of the affairs of my organisation and this, coupled with his sharp legal skills, means that I don't look elsewhere


I expect and receive first class advice and service. This is helped by James's knowledge of my organisation and a good chemistry between us. I like to understand the reasons for the advice and James is focussed and succinct when discussing matters over the phone


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