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Share Sales and Acquisitions Specialist legal advice on share sales and acquisitions from lawyers in Milton Keynes

Buying shares in a company means that the buyer will also take on all the liabilities of the company. This can include existing contracts, employees, commercial premises and liability in litigation.

It is therefore vital for the buyer to be aware of the up to date legal and financial position of the business.

As well as carrying out due diligence, the buyer will be protected by clauses and warranties (a type of promise) in the share purchase agreement.

At Heald Solicitors in Milton Keynes, our corporate team have extensive experience in representing both sellers and buyers of shares in businesses across a range of sectors. We can demystify the process and will advise you of the documentation needed to ensure that your rights and interests are safeguarded as far as possible.

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Our corporate team have extensive experience in representing both sellers and buyers of shares in businesses across a range of sectors

Due diligence in share sales and acquisitions

Before entering into an agreement to buy shares, the purchaser and their legal team will carry out due diligence enquiries to investigate the state of the business. This includes going through the financial and legal information that has been provided in detail as well as looking at the liabilities and any disputes that the company may be involved in.

The seller and their legal team will be responsible for disclosing relevant and accurate information and responding to any enquiries the buyer raises.

The share purchase agreement

The agreement for the sale of shares will include a number of key clauses, including the following:

  • Warranties that the information provided is correct;
  • Indemnities in respect of anticipated future losses or liabilities such as customer claims, unpaid tax or litigation relating to an event before the date of the share purchase;
  • Restrictive covenants, for example, stating that the seller will not set up a rival business nearby or poach clients or customers from the company.

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Our share sales and acquisitions services

We can represent you throughout the share sale or purchase process, to include in respect of the following issues.

  • Representing you in preliminary negotiations
  • Preparing a non-disclosure agreement to keep the sale confidential;
  • Drawing up or approving the heads of terms which set out the basic agreed details of the transaction;
  • Carrying out due diligence enquiries;
  • Commercial property advice;
  • Advice in respect of employees and existing employment contracts;
  • Drawing up or negotiating and approving the share purchase agreement;
  • Negotiating the warranties to be given by the seller;
  • Negotiating the indemnities to be given by the seller;
  • Advising you about and negotiating deferred payments or earn-outs;
  • Dealing with completion of the share sale and transfer of the business.
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For expert advice contact our share sales and acquisitions solicitors

At Heald Solicitors, our share sales and acquisition lawyers can advise you in respect of the proposed share purchase agreement, to include negotiating terms on your behalf. While our office is in Milton Keynes, we regularly work with clients throughout England and Wales, often remotely, meaning that you can expect the same expert legal advice and excellent client care wherever you are located.

If you wish to talk to an expert share sales and acquisitions solicitor, please get in touch with our legal expert David Dees .

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