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  • Overview

    Mergers and Acquisitions
     

    We are instructed by a wide range of clients with differing commercial objectives seeking to acquire or dispose of business assets or shares. Our M&A experts have accumulated years of experience advising owner-managed and family businesses, entrepreneurial high net worth individuals, private equity houses, management teams, private companies and international groups on M&A transactions.

    In particular, our mergers and acquisitions lawyers have a proven track record and specific expertise advising on pre-sale exit and succession planning issues and completing the related corporate transactions.

    Mergers and Acquisitions law expertise

    We recognise that each sale or purchase transaction is unique and presents a range of potential risks to you as well as rewards. We take a pragmatic commercial approach to manage risks against the potential rewards and to resolve difficult issues that emerge during the process.

    Our approach is to drive the deal forward to deliver the project smoothly and within your timeframe. We cut through the detail and legal jargon so you feel confident when you instruct us in relation to your commercial objectives. Our flexibility in approach, pragmatic advice and effective project management of the transaction are key to us delivering an exceptional service for our clients.

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

    The mergers and acquisitions work we undertake includes:

    • Exit and Succession planning
    • Private company sale and purchase of shares
    • Business and assets purchase and disposals
    • Auction sales
    • Transaction planning, structuring and heads of terms/letters of intent
    • Pre and post sale preparatory work
    • Legal due diligence / disclosure
    • Advising on related regulatory issues (including competition law).
       

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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.

Client

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.

Client

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.

Client

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.

Client

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

Client

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!

Client

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.

Client

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.

Client

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!

Client

TSP converted a business idea to an achieved business goal.

Client

An excellent all round service from everyone involved.

Managing Director of Greenstar PLC

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

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.

Client

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.

Client

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

Client

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.

Client

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

Client

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

Client

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

Client

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

Client

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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