Mergers & acquisitions

Our international M&A tax teams in the US and London are experienced in negotiating and structuring cross-border mergers, acquisitions, disposals, reorganizations, spin-offs and split-ups.

We regularly counsel strategic buyers and sellers, including multinational companies and private equity funds, structuring their M&A transactions so as to maximize their after-tax position. We can help with cross-border tax implications, purchase and sale structures, tax warranties and indemnities, and optimization of company's tax attributes (including US net operating losses and UK trading losses).

In the UK, our team advises on the impact of stamp duty in all its forms, and the application of group relief, in the context of mergers and acquisitions. We also guide UK resident shareholders on the application of rollover and similar reliefs in these scenarios.

Recent Work 

  • Advising a major German energy company on the acquisition of a UK company with substantial North Sea interests. 
  • Involvement in the purchase of Kazakhstan oil and gas interests from a North American based company.
  • Counselling a major London-based public multinational, involved in market research, in the acquisition of three US-based closely held custom research companies. 
  • Acting for a worldwide technology company listed in Italy, in its acquisitions of two US-based privately held manufacturers of embedded computer boards.
  • Counsel for a major London-based public multinational, engaged in market research, in three acquisitions of US-based closely-held custom research companies.
  • Counsel to a Canadian-based family-investment fund in its acquisition of a US food manufacturer. 
  • Counsel to a major UK-based business services company on various acquisitions in the US.
  • Tax counsel to a US shareholder of a public Middle East-based corporation on its reverse merger transaction and the US shareholder's private placement of stock.
  • Counsel to a US manufacturer of specialty flavor, color and fragrance chemicals used in well known consumer products in its sale to a LSE-traded European conglomerate.

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