Corporate transactions

We typically advise on deals ranging from £500,000 to in excess of £50 million and have particular expertise in acting on transactions for clients in the betting and gaming, risk management, healthcare, technology, IT, manufacturing, transport and leisure sectors.

We can help with the full range of corporate transactions including:

  • management buy-outs (MBOs)
  • management buy-ins (MBIs)
  • acquisitions and disposals
  • mergers
  • restructuring
  • joint ventures

 We have a proven track record of providing realistic quotes at the outset and delivering clients’ objectives on time and within budget.

Through our colleagues in other disciplines within the firm and relationships that we have with professionals externally we can provide specialist advice on all areas relevant to a particular transaction in a smooth and efficient manner and help to reduce the risks facing buyers and sellers looking to complete a successful transaction.  We look to adopt a collaborative approach to all transactions we act on. This involves working with all parties to complete a transaction which meets the needs of everyone involved.

Brief examples of our recent transactional experience is set out below:

  • advising an established leader in the commercial satellite market on its acquisition of a company providing door entry systems
  • advising the shareholders of a large privately-owned provider of specialist nursing care in the sale of its entire issued share capital to a purchaser backed by a venture capital fund
  • advising the owner managers of a leading plastics distributor and manufacturer in an MBI backed by a venture capital fund
  • advising an Icelandic mobile business solutions provider on its acquisition of a leading UK EPOS provider
  • advising the shareholders of a building repair and maintenance company on a working capital investment by a venture capital fun
  • advising the shareholders on the disposal of a coach company group
  • advising the existing management team in the seller assisted MBO of a leading provider of after the event and legal expenses insurance

Chambers (2017) recommend us for being a well reputed corporate practice with a focus on acting for sellers in M&A transactions, together with expertise in investment related matters, joint ventures and MBOs.  Our clients say "They're very efficient and it's a friendly and personable service", that we "... deliver great customer service and work very hard." and "... have been well trained and developed ...".

Legal 500 (2015) also praise the team. Mike Watson attracts considerable praise for his ‘tactical astuteness’, ‘calm reassurance’ and ‘knowledge of what the client wants from a deal’. Nick Gent and Paula Eckton provide additional partner-level M&A and commercial contract expertise respectively, and senior associate Lucy Grey is recommended.

What people say about us

“A respected regional presence acting on behalf of both local and national companies.”
Chambers & Partners 2016

Our clients include ...

Ladbrokes, Jewson (part of the Saint-Gobain Group) and Bacardi-Martini

What people say about us

“Expertise across a wide range of transactions, including M&A work, joint venture agreements and commercial contract matters” 
Chambers & Partners 2016

Meet the team

Partners

Sophie Eales
Partner - Banking
Corporate
Southampton
023 8082 0514
07880 726338
Corporate
Paula Eckton
Partner
Corporate
Southampton
023 8082 0532
Corporate
Nick Gent
Partner
Corporate
Southampton
023 8082 0460
07971 974 748
Corporate
Lucy Grey
Partner
Corporate
Southampton
023 8082 0539
07500 935 697
Corporate
Mike Watson
Partner & Head of Commercial Services Group
Corporate
Southampton
023 8082 0546
07917 157 734
Corporate

Associates

Jamie Earley
Associate
Corporate
Southampton
023 8082 0545
07707 185057
Corporate
Mark Nixon
Senior Associate
Corporate
Poole
01202 338556
07881 343970
Corporate
Susie Sanusi
Associate
Corporate
Poole
01202339023
Corporate
Louise Thompson
Senior Associate
Corporate
Southampton
023 8082 0486
Corporate

Consultants

Christine Ward
Consultant
Corporate
Southampton
Corporate

Solicitors

Tori Lewis
Solicitor
Corporate
Southampton
023 8082 0456
07880 716970
Corporate

Chartered Legal Executives

Nicola Piper
Chartered Legal Executive
Corporate
Southampton
023 8082 0519
Corporate

Paralegals

Gerrard Tin
Paralegal - Banking
Corporate
Southampton
023 8082 0531
07792 602273
Corporate

Trainee Solicitors

Andrew Campbell
Trainee Solicitor
Corporate
Southampton
023 8082 0543
Corporate
Alex Coles
Trainee Solicitor
Corporate
Southampton
023 8082 0470
Corporate

Legal Secretaries

Ann-Marie English
Legal Secretary
Corporate
Southampton
023 8082 0507
Corporate
Karen Fennell
Legal Secretary
Corporate
Southampton
023 8082 0542
Corporate
Alice Kelly
Legal Secretary
Corporate
Southampton
Corporate
Hayley McLeod
Legal Secretary
Corporate
Southampton
023 8082 0548
Corporate