Mergers & Acquisitions

Service overview: M&A lawyers

  • Mergers and acquisitions usually bring two or more companies together into one legal entity or a group of companies. While mergers and acquisitions have distinct legal differences, the term ‘mergers and acquisitions’ is increasingly used to reflect any transaction where the ownership of one or both of the companies involved is changed.
  • A merger occurs when two or more separate business entities legally consolidate to form one new organisation with a new management and ownership structure. Their previous incarnations cease to exist. There are many types of mergers, but they are rarer than acquisitions.
  • An acquisition is when one company is bought by another. It may carry on as a subsidiary of that company or its business and assets may be transferred to the purchasing company, in which case the target company will usually be wound up.
  • Our mergers and acquisitions solicitors have extensive experience in M&A deals, and can act for buyers, sellers or advisers.
  • Your business might also need advice about commercial contracts, commercial property, employment law, intellectual property, employee incentive rights and tax, which our M&A team can also offer.
  • Don’t forget to read our Mergers & Acquisitions FAQs for lots of useful information.

What kinds of mergers and acquisitions legal services can we provide?

As a full-service commercial law firm, we have extensive experience of advising clients on all aspects of mergers and acquisitions (M&As).

To support you with your M&A transactions, we combine our specialist expertise across a range of disciplines, including:

This allows us to draft and tailor documents to make sure the very best advice is provided in a truly seamless service.

Who can we help with mergers and acquisitions legal advice?

We advise buyers, sellers and financial advisers on the disposals and acquisitions of both companies and businesses.

Our corporate lawyers have been involved in a variety of M&A deals recently, including:

  • £1.4m disposal of IT business to US buyer
  • £700k equity investment in online fundraising business
  • £1.2m disposal of a pharma company
  • £1m acquisition of UK printing company
  • £500k sale of shares in games manufacturer
  • £500k equity investment in telematics company

We’ve compiled some M&A FAQs to answer our clients’ most burning questions about mergers and acquisitions.

We also offer competitive rates for our M&A work and charge either an agreed fixed fee based on the overall consideration of the transaction, or an agreed hourly rate up front.

Why choose our M&A solicitors?

Our M&A solicitors appreciate that the disposal or acquisition of a business can be a stressful time for all those involved. We’re also aware of the nuances and the time constraints when completing a transaction on a deadline and to budget.

We’re pro-active from the outset and always aim to help you and your strategic partners to navigate this process to reach a successful outcome.

Find out more about our mergers and acquisitions solicitors here:

Pricing plans

Our three transparent pricing packages are designed to give you the widest possible access to high-quality legal advice, whatever the size and nature of your business:


Straightforward access to senior solicitors at a competitive rate.

An affordable solution for businesses needing one-off legal support. Receive ‘City’ partner-level expertise at a fraction of ‘City’ prices.


Have legal peace of mind for £189 per month with additional support from £99 per hour.

A monthly subscription legal support package specifically designed for start-ups and smaller businesses.


For businesses requiring 60+ hours of support a year, with prices equivalent to £99 per hour.

Fully account managed quarterly subscription service for businesses with more complex legal needs.

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