Mergers and Acquisitions

Our Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions Team work with a wide range of clients, from entrepreneurs and owner managers through to fully listed international companies. We advise on all aspects of M&A transactions (including mergers, share / asset acquisitions or disposals and management buyouts) providing a proactive, responsive and commercial approach, backed by a wealth of legal knowledge.

Our business lawyers have significant experience in advising both majority shareholders and management teams on full or partial management buy-outs, often backed by bank finance.

Through our combined experience of acting for clients in a variety of sectors we understand the commercial issues that are important to you and we strive to deliver legal solutions that meet your commercial objectives, working alongside your tax, accounting and other advisers.

Through our relationships with professionals externally and our internal colleagues in their specialist disciplines (e.g. real estate, employment) we can provide expert advice and project manage 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.

Although we advise clients in a variety of sectors, we have particular expertise in acting on transactions for clients in the betting and gaming, risk management, construction (builder’s merchants), healthcare, technology, manufacturing/engineering, transport and leisure sectors.

Examples of our deal experience include:

  • Acting on the sale of iSupply Energy Limited to Vattenfall GmbH
  • Acting for the management team of R&M Electrical Group Limited
  • Acting for the management team of CT Automotive
  • Acting on the sale of Opus Telecom to NIX Communications
  • Acting for the sellers of Stewart Signs Limited

Recommended as a Top Tier Firm in The Legal 500 2022 UK Guide

Trethowans’ Corporate & Commercial team are recommended as a Top Tier firm in the Legal 500 2022 UK Guide.

Testimonials from clients include:

‘This practice is unique. The whole team are very knowledgeable in their field and ALWAYS puts their clients first on all occasions. I have found they are willing to go the extra mile and nothing is too difficult for them. Having used other practices in the past, Trethowans are head and shoulders above the rest and their customer service is best in class.‘

Mike Watson and Lucy Gleisner are key individuals at the practice. Both are well informed, and put their clients’ objectives first. Great listeners and communicators. Both are able to work through complicated issues to a resolution.‘


The Mergers and Acquisitions team are praised as being ‘well-versed in handling M&A, divestments, joint ventures and corporate financing issues for clients in the logistics, insurance and technology sectors.’ Mike Watson is noted for his track record in M&A and joint venture transactions alongside corporate finance expert Nick Gent, and partner Lucy Grey, who focuses on EMI schemes and shareholder matters.

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Meet the team

Mike Watson

Managing Partner

Nick Gent


Lucy Gleisner (nee Grey)


Mark Nixon


Jamie Earley


Jonathan Sherman

Senior Associate

Jason Riley


Ben MacDiarmid


Gerta Xoxi

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