Tier 1 for corporate/ M&A for 10 consecutive years. Chambers and Partners UK

Mergers & Acquisitions

BLP advises on the full range of corporate transactional work, including public takeovers, private M&A and disposals, complex joint ventures and strategic alliances, both domestic and cross-border.

To support our clients on M&A transactions, we combine our transactional skills with specialist expertise across a range of disciplines, including employment, pensions and incentives, tax, acquisition finance, anti-trust, real estate and intellectual property. We understand the urgency of today’s markets and the need to provide integrated expert advice quickly and effectively.

Our US securities law team can provide advice on structuring cross-border tender and exchange offers to comply with potentially applicable US securities law, e.g. Williams Act and Tier 1/Tier 2 exemptions.

We specialise in:

  • Public takeovers
  • Private M&A transactions
  • Demergers
  • Corporate restructurings
  • Joint ventures and strategic alliances
  • US securities law

Latest examples of work

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      Redde

      Advised on its proposed £43.2 million acquisition of the entire issued share capital of FMG Group Holdings (FMG) from its management and funds managed by Endless LLP. FMG specialises in outsourced fleet management, specialist rapid response and recovery management, fleet risk management and legal services.

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      British Car Auction Group (BCA)

      Advised Haversham Holdings on its £1.2bn acquisition of BCA. The reverse takeover was funded by a placing of ordinary shares and a new debt facility with the company’s listing being moved to the standard listing segment of the Official List.

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      Technicolor

      Advised on its acquisition of London-based The Mill, the world’s largest visual effects and content creation studio for the advertising industry, for £190 million on a debt-free basis, and additionally advised Techicolor on the formation of Deluxe Technicolor Digital Cinema, a joint venture with Deluxe Entertainment Group Services that specialises in theatrical digital cinema mastering, distribution and key management services.

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      Ferrero takeover

      Advised the international confectionery brand on its takeover of Main Market listed chocolatier Thorntons. The offer valued Thorntons at £111.9m.

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      Quintain Estates and Developments

      Advised on the recommended cash offer by Bailey Acquisitions, an investment vehicle indirectly controlled by Lone Star Real Estate Fund IV

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      Prime Investors Capital Limited

      Advised Prime Investors Capital Limited in relation to the acquisition of the long leasehold of Admiralty Arch from the UK Government, which completed ahead of schedule on 17 June 2015. BLP acted on all UK aspects of the transaction including the equity and debt funding and the negotiations with the Government, in a project lasting almost three years. Admiralty Arch is a grade 1 listed building and a London landmark with historical and architectural significance.

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      St Ives

      Advised the UK’s leading provider of marketing solutions and publishing services, on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Fripp, Sandeman and Partners - a provider of retail consultancy services. This is the ninth acquisition upon which BLP has acted for the St Ives Group in the last four years.

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