Range of Services

Our range of services

We offer the full range of Merger and Acquisition (‘M & A’) services to law firms and barristers’ chambers, including the following:-

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  • Acquisitions: market appraisal; non-disclosure agreements; target evaluation; assisting with ‘deal-breakers’ and negotiations; undertaking financial and cultural due diligence; heads of agreement; working with client firms and their lawyers to complete the deal; planning post-merger management and integration
  • Disposals: reality-checking; valuation; preparation of an Information Memorandum; market appraisal; non-disclosure agreements; evaluation of candidates; assisting with ‘deal-breakers’ and negotiations; due diligence; heads of agreement; working with client firms and their lawyers to complete the deal; planning post-merger management and integration
  • Mergers: acting as ‘honest brokers’ or facilitators on joint instruction, whether on a single aspect of a merger, or the whole project
  • Bolt-ons: the acquisition of groups, teams, or departments by an acquiring firm to fill an identified need for additional skills, services, sector expertise or clients, serviced as  ‘acquisitions’ above
  • Asset sales and purchases: the sale or purchase of WIP, cases and files, or teams, departments and offices, serviced as above

Our service takes a fully integrated holistic approach but encompasses:

  • Facilitating agreement on the strategic intent
  • Finding a merger party – on buy or sell side
  • Acting as lead adviser in negotiations
  • Valuation of the firms and in particular of work in progress and goodwill
  • Structuring the deal
  • Taxation
  • Funding – identifying the need and optimum structure and obtaining that finance
  • Forecasting and modelling the merged firm financials
  • Undertaking or sourcing due diligence and advising on its extent
  • Obtaining partner buy-in
  • Agreement and/or design of profit sharing regime and the capital structure
  • Resolution of partner issues
  • Assessment of respective cultures and advising thereon
  • Organisational design
  • Agreement of the brief to lawyers charged with documenting the deal and liaison thereafter
  • Advice on integration and if required leading the integration team

Merger and Acquisition services to law firms and barristers’ chambers