Buying a Business

Securing the right funding, undertaking the required due diligence and negotiating the best possible terms are some of the vital steps needed when buying a business.

Birkett Long’s team of business lawyers will ensure you receive expert, commercial advice, helping you to assess your opportunity and achieve your objectives.

Whether it is buying the shares in a company or a business and its assets Birkett Long’s team is able to handle transactions of all sizes. One of our key strengths is our ability to tailor the process to the deal size – ensuring value for money and a commercial approach. Our deals have ranged from £20k to £90million.

Birkett Long’s lawyers are highly experienced at handling mergers and acquisitions, purchases of shares, management buy-outs and buy-ins (MBOs and MBIs), group restructuring and joint ventures.

There are many issues to consider when buying a business, whether it’s

  • the financial position,
  • what’s going to happen with existing employees  
  • or how property will be dealt with.

Birkett Long has specialists in all these areas who will guide you through what you need to consider, and advise you on decisions that must be made.

When buying a business we will advise you on the TUPE regulatory requirements relating to any employees to transfer with the business and we assist with any changes to any contracts of employment.

Birkett Long brings together a multidisciplinary team comprising business lawyers with skill sets specific to your needs. We are always happy to have an initial no obligation conversation to help you understand the process.

Our portfolio includes a very wide range of clients, from UK businesses of major multinationals, to locally headquartered listed Plcs, to SMEs and sole traders. We handle all types of commercial and corporate finance work, advising on all aspects of businesses including business structures and exit strategies.

Birkett Long’s business experts have City and international experience. We are panel members for several banks and advise them on a wide variety of matters.

What our clients say

  • Birkett Long LLP were, without exception, lovely people to deal with, highly professional, proficient and most importantly, commercially formidable. My complete trust was well founded.
  • Like any transaction with Birkett Long involved, went at a good pace, they were always available to speak to, would always respond to emails and would also cover the points sometimes the client doesn’t want to. They were informative every step of the way and actually encouraging throughout the process. 
    Martin Cooper, Director of Finance at Runwood Homes

Staff re-order for buying a business

  • Tracey Dickens
  • David Wisbey​
  • Martin Hopkins
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