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Deals with third parties and finance raisings can represent a major strategic move that is business or career defining, or the culmination of a lifetime’s work. We recognise the importance of these situations or events, and our lawyers are dedicated to seeking the best outcomes for you and your business.

We also recognise that not all situations are the same and that it is hugely important for us as legal advisers to understand the drivers behind key business activities. That’s how we can identify what is important to you, what challenges we need to address and the outcomes we need to help you achieve.

We can help you:

  • prepare for the purchase or sale of a business
  • structure, negotiate and conclude a deal with a third party 
  • co-ordinate a difficult shareholder dynamic 
  • incentivise your management team
  • establish smooth transactions and robust contractual arrangements. 

We like to bring the best of KPMG to your business challenge, working as one team with our colleagues in deal advisory and tax who complement the legal work we do on your behalf. We can also add significant value by employing deal technology.

 

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Legal solutions for deals and financing

We support you with core business execution, tackling important or strategic events and preparing for the future. Our solutions support individuals or businesses with one off deals and also organisations where regularly closing deals are a core part of their ongoing strategy. We offer support with accelerated acquisitions and disposals where companies are under financial stress. And we help businesses secure financing to realise their aspirations. Discover how we can support your needs.

Selling a private enterprise

Looking to realise value for your business? Transition the business to the next generation? Does an exit represent a way to resolve a working capital or strategic funding issue? Or are you looking to carve out a non-core part of a group? Whatever the situation, we specialise in sell-side deal solutions, backing you to achieve the result you need.

Equity funding

Whether introducing additional finance from your existing shareholders or raising seed, development or investment capital in the market, we understand the objectives of businesses and investors and can assist you in navigating all stages of the investment life cycle. We also support clients with how to incentivise their management teams with equity reward.

Reviewing ESG performance

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations are increasingly being factored into investment decisions. Our Insite ESG tool uses cutting edge technology to help you interrogate the ESG maturity of a target business. Similarly, if you’re selling a business, you can use the tool to understand how your business will be assessed on qualitative ESG criteria.

Buying a private enterprise

We support you at every step of your acquisition, from early terms negotiation, legal and other due diligence, through to negotiating and closing of deal terms. For overseas investors, our inbound buyer M&A solutions provide local insight with global reach. If M&A is core to your business strategy, we can help you establish a consistent and efficient buy and build approach.

Cash pooling and cash repatriation

If you manage a group of businesses, particularly across borders, we support you with the complexities of cash repatriation and cash pooling, which can give rise to complex issues. We can help you implement effective and compliant tax pooling arrangements, working with our tax specialists who can also overlay transfer pricing considerations.

Debt funding

We can help you understand the impact of commercial events on existing debt finance documents (including consequences of breaches or potential breaches) through to documenting financial covenants and amendments, waivers and consents. We also advise on new or additional borrowing and refinancing if you are planning more significant changes to your debt financing. 

Transacting with private equity

Are you a founder rolling forward deal proceeds alongside a private equity investor? A growth business taking series-based funding rounds? A management team being offered sweet equity for the first time? We understand the private equity dynamic and our lawyers have experience of acting on all sides of these deals, leveraging that experience for your benefit.

Assessing exit readiness

If you’re planning a divestment, it’s important to identify any issues early on. That enables you to remedy them or position them to maintain value, reduce risk during negotiations and ensure a smooth deal process. Our InSite Exit Readiness business intelligence product helps clients navigate and prioritise such issues across legal, tax and finance disciplines.

Forming a joint venture

Joint ventures, whether structural or contractual, require a strategic analysis of the risks and clarity over “what if” scenarios to complement the commercial momentum driving them. Our lawyers have extensive experience of what it takes to put together a joint venture that achieves the desired outcomes and gives the right legal protections.

Talk to our legal experts

Please contact us if you have any questions on how we can support you with doing deals and securing financing.

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