Mergers and Acquisition

Our Corporate M&A 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.

The 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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We 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

Meet the team

Mike Watson

Partner
Southampton

Nick Gent

Partner
Southampton

Lucy Gleisner (nee Grey)

Partner
Southampton

Mark Nixon

Partner
Poole

Jamie Earley

Senior Associate
Southampton

Nicola Piper

Solicitor
Southampton

Jason Riley

Solicitor
Southampton