Securing the best price for your business, whilst also safeguarding its success for the future, is naturally the goal of anyone who owns and manages their own business. Often the best buyers of any business, but ones likely to be overlooked, are members of the company’s own existing management team. A sale to such persons not only answers the desire to ‘look after’ the people who have made your business a success but also has the added advantage that they are unlikely to require the extensive warranties and indemnities that often makes a sale to an unconnected party more complex.
We have extensive experience in handling a variety of different management buyouts, working both with sellers and the management buy-out teams on different occasions, to ensure the sale and the transition to the management team, takes place as smoothly as possible.
Management buy-outs will often also involve complex tax issues and we have considerable experience of working with tax accountants to find the rights structure for the management buy-out to be concluded in a tax effective manner.
Here are some examples of management buy-outs and associated work that we have advised on :
- a scheme of arrangement to enable a company to be split into two separate entities to allow the sellers to retain the entity holding the freehold premises and a trading entity which was then purchased by the management buy-out team;
- a company re-organisation which enabled a freehold property to be sold to the seller thus allowing the management buy-out team to acquire the ongoing trading business;
- a buy-out by the managers of one of the longest established cycling companies.
What our client’s say:
“From my first meeting with Danielle through until completion of our job I felt entirely in knowledgeable and capable hands. I was always kept up-to-date with the progress and milestones we needed to take and Danielle was efficient and diligent in following up with all parties to ensure the process moved along smoothly. Danielle was always available to answer and clarify any queries I had. I’d be very happy to recommend Danielle and her team at Geoffrey Leaver and will of course take any future legal problems I may have directly to Danielle for her expertise.”
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The Company Commercial Team
Tim Roberts Senior Partner
Company Commercial 01908 689356Tim Roberts is Head of the Department and the firm’s Senior Partner. He began his career as a solicitor in the City of London before moving to Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors Company Commercial department. He has over 30 years of experience in Company Commercial and specialises in all aspects of the sale and purchase of companies and businesses, including management buy-outs, corporate restructuring, banking and corporate finance.