Acquiring another business

Mergers and acquisitions can be a great way to expand your business but can involve a complex process. Having good legal advice from a specialist mergers and acquisitions lawyer from the start will make a real difference to the success of a transaction.

Our M&A experts can support you through every stage, from evaluating a company for acquisition, conducting due diligence and advising on the Takeover Code, through to making any necessary filings with government agencies.

Our M&A specialist commercial solicitors can support you by:

  • Working with you to ensure you have chosen the right target
  • Providing funding options for the acquisition
  • Working closely with your tax and accounting advisers to ensure your transaction is tax efficient
  • Drawing up the necessary legal documents as part of the transaction – including a letter of intent, exclusivity agreement, non-disclosure agreements, sale and purchase agreement for shares, banking documents and release of security
  • Protecting you post-completion by making sure that the warranties and indemnities you receive from the seller are sufficiently extensive
  • Advising on the options available to you to acquire a company including Management Buy Out (MBO), where a company’s management team purchases the assets and operations of the business they manage
  • Restructuring and reorganisation to support growth and corporate transactions, including TUPE – Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment)

Next steps: get in touch

If you need legal advice on how to expand your business by a merger or acquisition, contact our M&A experts on: 0800 533 5349 or

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Frequently asked questions

M&A stands for mergers and acquisitions and is a general term used to describe the consolidation of companies or assets through various types of financial transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, consolidations, tender offers, purchase of assets and management acquisitions.

Both terms often refer to the joining of two companies, but there are key differences. A merger occurs when two separate entities combine forces to create a new, joint organisation. Meanwhile, an acquisition refers to the takeover of one entity by another.

A management buy out (MBO) is a transaction where a company’s management team purchases the assets and operations of the business they manage.

An MBO is appealing to managers because of the greater potential rewards and control from being owners of the business rather than employees.

TUPE stands for Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment). A ‘TUPE transfer’ is when an organisation, or division of it, is transferred from one employer to another, or when a service is transferred to a different provider (for example, a new company taking over a cleaning contract for an office).

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