Lawrence Stephens

Corporate Acquisitions and Sales

Buying or selling a business can be challenging, especially when complex legal issues arise.  We aim to make our clients’ business lives less complicated.

Our lawyers handle transactions across a wide range of sectors, including technology, hospitality, retail, media, healthcare, sport and property.  We have successfully completed a broad range of transactions, from the acquisition of small family businesses to larger multi-million-pound operations.

Areas of specialism:
  • Business and asset purchases
  • Business and asset sales
  • Corporate funding
  • Management buy-ins
  • Management buy-outs
  • Share purchases
  • Share sales
  • TUPE advice

Specialist advice:

When acquiring a business, knowing the liabilities is critical.  Beyond undertaking extensive due diligence, we advise clients on diverse issues, such as their employee responsibilities.

We routinely draft documentation for an acquisition or sale, such as heads of terms, non-disclosure agreements, exclusivity agreements, as well as share sales and purchase agreements.  We ensure that the right warranties and indemnities are included to protect our clients’ position.

Where the transaction involves commercial property, our Commercial Property team can advise on how transfers and leases should be managed to ensure a smooth handover.