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Mergers and Acquisitions
We have a wealth of expertise in acting for selling shareholders, partners as well as prospective purchasers. Unlike a business acquisition, when buying a company you are acquiring the assets as well as the liabilities of the incorporated entity. Given that all liabilities will remain with the company post-completion, any sophisticated buyer will want to carry out extensive due diligence before committing to contract.
As well as looking into the assets and liabilities of the company, making key enquiries in respect of any employees is a crucial part of any company acquisition. The skills and know-how of the company’s employees can often be a main factor upon which a company is valued as a going concern. Saracens is experienced in advising clients on the transfer of employees and we will advise you on important details such as the restrictions contained within the employment contracts of the company’s main individuals. An important consideration for you will be whether the contracts of the key people in the business prevent them from leaving and working for competitors.
If a proposed merger is on the cards, you will need to consider any potential liabilities that may be assumed in merging the entities together. It may be necessary to isolate such risks and seek an indemnity from other parties involved. There are multiple issues that must be considered carefully and the veracity of any due diligence exercise by the solicitors involved is a key component of this. At Saracens we ensure that the level of diligence of our solicitors is maintained at an optimum level.
When dealing with cross border transactions, our key relationships with international lawyers allows us to deal with legal issues in other jurisdictions. We currently service a number of international clients. No matter the size of our client and their needs, we appreciate the importance of understanding the commercial business needs to effect completion and are happy working around the clock to meet our client’s requirements.
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