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Deal Deliberations

Committing your business to a deal is one of the biggest decisions any business owner, executive or board can make. But once that strategic choice is made, the success of the deal depends on a multitude of factors. That is the rationale behind Deal Deliberations, bringing together our experience, views and opinions on not just deal negotiation but critically all the other elements which help ensure the success of your corporate transactions.

Deal Deliberations looks at legal issues directly relevant to negotiating the deals but goes far beyond that to consider all other issues that add real value to ensuring deal success. Papers consider a range of issues from fundraising to disposal, people to technology, compliance to regulatory approval and data to ESG. We know how to spot the bear traps and we understand where smaller snares can trip you up. We know where there may be opportunities for you not just to do a deal but to do it better.

Mak­ing and keep­ing cap­it­al mar­kets at­tract­ive
Im­prov­ing the UK’s sec­ond­ary cap­it­al rais­ing re­gime  |  5 min read Against a back­drop of low in­vestor ap­pet­ite and more com­pet­it­ive European cap­it­al mar­kets the UK is look­ing to make list­ing on the Lon­don Stock Ex­change more at­tract­ive for fast grow­ing and cap­it­al hungry com­pan­ies. Pro­pos­als for a more flex­ible sec­ond­ary cap­it­al rais­ing pro­cess in­clude im­prov­ing the abil­ity of com­pan­ies to raise smal­ler amounts quickly and cheaply as well as sup­port­ing ad­di­tion­al flex­ib­il­ity for cap­it­al hungry com­pan­ies.
Do­ing the deal is only the be­gin­ning
Re­tain­ing top tal­ent post M&A  |  6 min read Tal­ent is an in­creas­ingly fre­quent deal driver in M&A trans­ac­tions. Our 2022 M&A Study sug­gests that 36% of all European deals in 2021 could be linked to the ac­quis­i­tion of know-how or em­ploy­ees, up from 31% the year be­fore. When you are es­sen­tially pay­ing for highly skilled man­age­ment, a suc­cess­ful sales team, or tech­nic­al ex­perts, en­sur­ing a deal is suc­cess­ful ul­ti­mately comes down to re­tain­ing and in­centiv­ising those em­ploy­ees. Fin­an­cial and con­trac­tu­al con­sid­er­a­tions are cru­cial, but busi­nesses would be well ad­vised not to ig­nore cor­por­ate cul­ture.
Ig­nore IT se­cur­ity at your per­il
Cy­ber risks in M&A  |  4 min read Cy­ber se­cur­ity as­sess­ments are now ac­cep­ted as a staple part of M&A due di­li­gence. In this art­icle we ex­plore how buy­ers can max­im­ise their chances of a suc­cess­ful deal by tak­ing a ro­bust ap­proach to ana­lys­ing and con­sid­er­ing cy­ber se­cur­ity risks.