Hi I'm John Walters, partner and the head of the corporate transactions department. Whether you are the buyer, the seller or funding a transaction, we will actively pursue and protect your interests, alerting you to any potential risks and informing you of viable alternative options, if the need arises. My corporate team work hand in hand with the lawyers in other commercial teams here at Tilly Bailey & Irvine to achieve the best possible outcome for the client and 'get the deal done'. Do you have a question I can help with? Click the ask me button to get in touch.
Mergers and Acquisitions / Disposals
Tilly Bailey & Irvine’s corporate team have extensive experience in dealing with corporate mergers, acquisitions and disposals, including dealing with banking, mezzanine and venture capital funding arrangements. Our lawyers regularly act in transactions valued in the region of GBP2m to GBP10m and have the skill, legal knowledge and commercial acumen to guide you every step of the way to acquiring or disposing of shares or assets.
Tilly Bailey & Irvine’s corporate team work hand in hand with the lawyers in other commercial teams to achieve the best possible outcome for the client and ‘get the deal done’.
Management Buy Outs / Buy Ins
Tilly Bailey & Irvine is aware that the prospect of a management buy out for the managers of a company often offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire and develop the business they have worked hard to build. These are exciting times, but Tilly Bailey & Irvine is also very aware of the stress, time and distraction from core business that the acquisition process can cause.
Tilly Bailey & Irvine’s corporate lawyers have advised on numerous successful management buy outs and can re-assure you at every step, managing the crucial legal aspects of the deal to make the acquisition as painless as possible.
Tilly Bailey & Irvine’s lawyers have extensive experience and knowledge of working with a variety of financial investment sources including banks, angels, venture capital and local, national and european funding programmes.
A joint venture involves participants with a common aim but not necessarily common interests in the business vehicle chosen to bring about that aim. There are numerous problems and issues that the managers of both participants will face to enable the joint venture to succeed.
A successful joint venture can allow a company or business to grow, expand and develop using the diverse talents each participator brings to the table . Tilly Bailey & Irvine’s corporate lawyers have the ability to structure a joint venture to balance the contributions and rewards of each participator.
Business Acquisitions and Disposals
Business acquisitions and disposals range from the multi million pound deals that are splashed across the national press to deals that involve a much smaller entity and a more modest price. However, the smaller deals are often as complex as the larger deals to document “get done”.
Tilly Bailey & Irvine has extensive experience and expert lawyers who are well versed in dealing with business acquisition and disposals valued at tens of thousands of pounds through to millions of pounds. Whether it be a small local business, a family owned business or a large internationally operating corporate wanting to dispose of part of its business Tilly Bailey & Irvine has the experience and ability to advise on the deal and progress matters to a satisfactory result for all concerned.
Refinancing and Restructuring
At certain times throughout the lifespan of your business it may be necessary to create additional capital or to restructure the organisation. This could be for a variety of reasons. Whether it is the issue of additional shares in a private limited company or the repurchase of shares by the company, Tilly Bailey & Irvine’s corporate lawyers have the legal knowledge to guide you through the minefield of complicated legislation and tax traps that exist to regulate these areas.
Recent client stories
Zumtobel Lighting GmbH
We advised Zumtobel Lighting GmbH on the UK corporate law aspects of the acquisition of the remaining 30% of the issued share capital in Thorn Lighting Asian Holdings B.V. from Jardine Matheson Europe B.V. for a multi million euro sum. Thorn Lighting Asian Holdings B.V. is the Zumtobel Group's holding company for its subsidiaries in the Far East, including China, Hong Kong and Singapore. We acted for the manager/shareholders in the sale of 75% of the issued share capital in their company as a means of attracting much needed development capital to enable the company to take best advantage of the opportunities which arose as a result of the owners' commitment to their company. The managers saw significant advantages in "owning a smaller part of a bigger pot".
Ferguson McIlveen LLP (“FM”)
We advised the members of Ferguson McIlveen LLP ("FM") in the sale of its international planning, architectural, engineering and project management business for GBP10.1M to Scott Wilson Limited, the trading subsidiary of Scott Wilson plc, a company listed on the London Stock Exchange. FM is a leading international consultancy organisation with its registered office in Middlesbrough and trading offices in Belfast, Dublin, Londonderry, Glasgow, Chester, Guildford, Leeds and Swansea.