Buying or Selling a Business

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Advice on buying or selling businesses

Succession Planning remains the buzz word of the corporate world but in fact it vital to the growth and success of your business. Whether your plans for succession and success results in growth and acquiring a business, or winding down and selling up, the corporate team can assist.

The transaction can take many forms but often falls into either an asset sale and purchase or a share sale and purchase. Subject to your desired outcomes, there are pros and cons to both. With an experienced corporate team, we can talk you through the whole journey which may start even before you agree a deal.

We have strong working relationships with fellow professionals including accountants and tax advisers and business agents to ensure you receive the full service required at any point during the transaction. Our employment team are always on hand to assist with any employee related matters and work proactively and commercially to ensure you get the right deal and any exposures to risk are minimised.

Related reading: A quick guide to buying and selling businesses for the first time

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Jonathan Carter-Lewis

Senior Associate

Business, Share Sales & Acquisitions

 Advising and negotiating on heads of terms and exclusivity agreements
 Legal Due Diligence, data room management and disclosure
 Asset Purchase Agreements - particular experience in the manufacturing, hospitality and professional services
 Share Purchase Agreements - particular experience in professional services, house building industrial and hospitality
 Deferred consideration terms and security over shares
 Corporate finance and re-financing
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Meet Jonathan Carter-Lewis - Senior Associate in the Corporate and Commercial Team.
Jonathan specialises in all areas of corporate law, including: setting up a business, buying or selling a business, corporate agreements, corporate re-structure & growth, commercial contracts.

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