I am head of the Corporate Team. I specialise in the sale and purchase of companies and businesses and is seen as a leading individual in this field.
I advise clients on a wide range of related company matters, such as joint venture agreements, shareholders agreements and investment agreements as well as general advice on compliance with the Companies Act.
In addition to the above, I also advise clients on all aspects of commercial contracts.
My clients range from fully listed international companies through to owner-managed businesses. I am considered to be a leading individual in Chambers 2017 as well as Legal 500.
"Mike Watson is highly regarded for his work on a broad range of corporate matters. His expertise includes M&A deals for both sellers and buyers, shareholder and investment agreements and joint venture matters. He is praised for his 'very pragmatic' approach" - Chambers 2017
Areas of Expertise
Some of Mike’s recent work highlights include:
Acting for the shareholders of an international group of companies in the bio-chemical sector in the sale of the group to an overseas acquirer;
Acting for a majority shareholder in the sale of his company to management (MBO), with the acquisition being funded by a mixture of cash and loan notes as well as ordinary shares and preferences shares in the acquiring entity;
Acting for a plc on two recent acquisitions;
Acting on a number of transactions involving the sale and purchase of regional builders merchants;
Acting for a plc on its outsourced logistics contract with a value into the tens of millions.