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Mergers & Acquisitions

United Kingdom

The successful execution of a Mergers & Acquisition transaction, whether sell-side or buy-side, requires lawyers who understand their clients` businesses and markets, including the risks associated with their sector and how they can be mitigated in a pragmatic and cost-effective manner. Our M&A team is structured according to our clients’ sectors and will work with you and your other advisers to produce innovative structures and solutions that address the risks and challenges faced in your M&A transactions.

As a seller, buyer, financial investor or a company’s management team, we can advise you on all aspects of your transaction (public or private) involving the sale or acquisition of a company or business, both domestically in the UK or internationally. Consistently ranked by Mergermarket as the top Mergers & Acquisition law firm by deal count in Europe, our partner-led teams are structured and trained according to the industries our clients operate in.

With the resources of over 700 corporate lawyers in over 42 countries, over 120 of whom are based in the UK, we can advise you in all aspects of your Mergers & Acquisition transactions.

Whatever your size, whether you are a large publicly listed company or a small privately owned business, we can deliver a tailored, commercial, cost-effective solution for you. Covering areas such as M&A, private equity, equity capital markets, PFI, outsourcing, group restructurings and privatisations, Our cross-border teams consist of experts from all practice areas and sectors including financial services, consumer products, energy, infrastructure, insurance, healthcare & life sciences, real estate, hotels & leisure and technology, media & telecommunications. This allows us to pinpoint your real commercial issues and risks, and provide you with relevant commercial advice in context, saving you time and money.

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01 January 2020
High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in Equity Cap­it­al Mar­kets
Blue Prism on an AIM IPO and >£200m sub­sequent fun­drais­ings.City­Fibre on a £200m fun­drais­ing and sub­sequent £538m takeover.John La­ing In­fra­struc­ture Fund on >£750m fun­drais­ings and a sub­sequent £1.45bn...
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29 March 2021
CMS ad­vises Act­i­ve­Ops on suc­cess­ful £120m AIM IPO
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised Act­i­ve­Ops plc (Act­i­ve­Ops), a man­age­ment pro­cess auto­ma­tion soft­ware com­pany, on its suc­cess­ful ini­tial pub­lic of­fer­ing (IPO) and ad­mis­sion to trad­ing on AIM. The...
24 March 2021
CMS European M&A Study 2021
The CMS Cor­por­ate/M&A Group is pleased to launch the thir­teenth edi­tion of the European M&A Study
23 March 2021
CMS ad­vises on trio of lis­ted in­vest­ment com­pany fun­drais­ings
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised on three fun­drais­ings, rais­ing over £300 mil­lion for lis­ted in­vest­ment com­pan­ies.The firm rep­res­en­ted:Su­per­mar­ket In­come RE­IT, which in­vests in su­per­mar­ket prop­erty...
23 March 2021
CMS ad­vises Geo­Com­ply on in­vest­ment from Black­stone Growth and Atairos
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised Geo­Com­ply Solu­tions Inc. (Geo­Com­ply) on its minor­ity in­vest­ment led by funds man­aged by Black­stone Growth and from Atairos. Geo­Com­ply lever­ages ad­vanced geo­loca­tion...
23 February 2021
CMS ad­vises on in­vest­ment in­to Dex­ters Lon­don
CMS has ad­vised the founder and man­age­ment team at Dex­ters Lon­don, Lon­don’s lead­ing in­de­pend­ent Chartered Sur­vey­ors and Es­tate Agents, on an in­vest­ment led by funds ad­vised by private equity firm Oakley...
22 February 2021
CMS ad­vises Dis­cov­ery on SVOD in­vest­ment
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised Dis­cov­ery Inc. on its in­vest­ment in BluTV, Tur­key’s first and largest loc­al sub­scrip­tion video-on-de­mand (SVOD) ser­vice which is glob­ally avail­able to all Turk­ish...
22 January 2021
CMS ad­vises in­vestor on cross bor­der foot­ball club ac­quis­i­tion
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised New York-based cor­por­ate fin­an­ci­er Alex Knas­ter on the ac­quis­i­tion of a 75% stake in A.C. Cal­cio Pisa 1909 S.r.l, the own­er of Tuscan-based foot­ball club AC Pisa...
23 December 2020
CMS ad­vises Par­ent­Pay on mer­ger with ESS
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised Par­ent­Pay, a lead­ing on­line pay­ment ser­vice for schools and fam­il­ies, on its po­ten­tial mer­ger with ESS, a stan­dalone pro­vider of man­age­ment in­form­a­tion sys­tems and...
21 December 2020
CMS ad­vises Bibby Line Group on sale of Cost­cut­ter Su­per­mar­kets Group
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised Bibby Line Group on the sale of Cost­cut­ter Su­per­mar­kets Group (CSG) to Best­way Whole­sale, the UK’s largest in­de­pend­ent whole­saler. The agree­ment is part of a planned...
7 December 2020
CMS ad­vises All3Me­dia on Sil­ver­back Films ac­quis­i­tion
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised All3Me­dia, an in­ter­na­tion­al tele­vi­sion, film and di­git­al pro­duc­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion group, on its ac­quis­i­tion of Sil­ver­back Films, a lead­ing in­de­pend­ent pro­du­cer...
22 October 2020
M&A op­por­tun­it­ies in a post-COV­ID world
The COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic has cut a swathe through glob­al eco­nom­ies, in­dis­crim­in­ately af­fect­ing not only busi­nesses but live­li­hoods and, with that, pla­cing on hold the plans of thou­sands of in­vestors, lenders...
1 October 2020
Cap­it­al rais­ing by UK lis­ted com­pan­ies - COV­ID-19 and bey­ond
The COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic has cre­ated cash­flow is­sues for many UK lis­ted com­pan­ies, des­pite help­ful meas­ures such as the fur­lough scheme and, in some cases, for­bear­ance from banks. Com­pan­ies have nat­ur­ally...