Corporate and Commercial

Acquisitions and Disposals


If you want to buy a company or business, first you need to know what you are buying – warts and all. Only then will you know if the price is right.

You will also want the ability to make a claim against the seller if, afterwards, you discover something that you hadn’t bargained for – like a piece of undisclosed litigation or a hidden tax liability.

We will guide you through all aspects of acquiring a business, including:

  • any pre-acquisition reorganisation or re-structuring that might be necessary;
  • any relevant financing and security issues;
  • preparing any heads of terms and confidentiality (or exclusivity) agreements;
  • assisting in the information-gathering and due diligence process; and
  • drafting and negotiating the purchase agreement and ancillary documents.

We have particular expertise advising on earn-outs and management buy-outs.

Whatever the nature of the business, by providing quality legal advice and balanced commercial input, we work with your other advisers to ensure that the acquisition process is as smooth as possible.

Conversely, if you are selling your business, usually, your principal objective is to have as little residual liability as possible, so that you can use the sale proceeds for other projects without having to worry about any claims being made by the buyer.

With this in mind, we will advise you on all aspects of the sale process, including:

  • exit strategies and succession planning;
  • any pre-sale reorganisation or re-structuring that might be necessary;
  • preparing any heads of terms or other pre-sale documentation;
  • information-gathering for the buyer’s due diligence process;
  • managing the disclosure of key information to the buyer; and
  • drafting and negotiating the purchase agreement and ancillary documents.

We will also work with your other advisers to ensure that you can realise the proceeds from the sale of your business in as tax-efficient manner as possible.

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Our Corporate and Commercial Team

Matthew Miller
I am a Partner at Bolt Burdon and head of one of the firm’s two Company/Commercial teams. Read More
T: 020 7288 4753
Timothy Lucas
I am an associate in our Company Commercial department, having joined Bolt Burdon in January 2015. Read More
T: 020 7288 4778
Olivia French
I am a Solicitor in our Company Commercial Team. Read More
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