Mergers and acquisitions

We regularly act in relation to significant mergers and acquisitions activity in our jurisdictions, whether as lead counsel for strictly local matters or as part of an international team for multi-jurisdictional transactions.

In addition to the negotiation of transaction documents, we assist clients with disclosure and due diligence exercises as well as obtaining competition authority clearances. Our focus is a practical one; looking to allow clients the certainty to conclude a deal in the knowledge that their risk has been identified and mitigated appropriately.

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Services
Acquisition finance
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Advising on acquisition finance is a key part of our services when acting on merger and acquisition transactions. We work with our corporate teams to provide solutions which may include conventional loans, leveraging the target, accessing capital markets, or typically, a combination of these. We act for lenders, corporates and corporate advisors.

Competition and regulatory pricing
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It is important for businesses to understand what constitutes a dominant market position in order to avoid becoming involved in anti-competitive practices, especially during mergers and acquisitions. Penalties can be significant and directors may be disqualified, or worse. In addition to regularly gaining merger approvals, our commercial team also advises a number of major businesses on the practical effect of the competition regimes on their businesses.

Corporate acquisitions and takeovers
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Our team has a wealth of experience advising on all aspects of corporate acquisitions providing seamless support from agreeing heads of terms all the way through to completion.

Due-diligence
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Our experienced team will handle the due diligence process, from initial requests for information and documentation, transitioning to the review phase, making further requisitions as necessary and producing a comprehensive due diligence report setting out key issues and areas for risk mitigation.

Mergers, amalgamations and schemes of arrangement
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We provide expert legal support on both local and cross border amalgamations of regulated and unregulated companies and work closely with our dispute resolution team on local schemes of arrangement.

Corporate reorganisations
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Our team has deep experience in complex, multi-jurisdictional corporate reorganisations and reconstructions.

Whether leading the project, or working as part of an integrated team with co-ordinating onshore counsel, we can assist with the variety of debt and equity restructuring processes and procedures available in our Collas Crill jurisdictions; from mergers and acquisitions, to migrations and redomiciliation, to schemes of arrangement and the more innovative and flexible solutions our jurisdictions are known for.  

With our mix of non-contentious and litigation restructuring specialists, Collas Crill offers the unique advantage of having being able to provide a team to seamlessly take a transaction from start to finish. 

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26 Oct 2023

BVI statutory mergers

British Virgin Islands (BVI) law permits a merger of (i) two or more BVI companies, and (ii) one or more BVI companies with one or more foreign companies whose laws permit statutory merger. The statutory merger is a merger in its purest sense: each compa...

27 Jun 2023

Collas Crill advises on acquisition

Collas Crill has advised Van Mossel, a leading automotive group in Europe as they agreed terms for the acquisition of Jacksons Group. Jacksons, which operates from six locations across the Channel Islands, Isle of Man and the Isle of Wight, is one of th...

5 Jun 2023

New corporate partner in BVI

Collas Crill has appointed Greg Boyd as Partner in its Corporate, Finance and Funds team in the British Virgin Islands. Greg is a transactional lawyer with more than 15 years' experience in BVI law and 20-plus years of cross-border corporate finance law...

20 Dec 2022

Wish you were here?

Associate Annabel Bishop recently relocated from Guernsey to the Corporate, Finance and Funds team in the BVI office. Here she shares her first impressions of her new life in the BVI. Anyone who knows me well will know that I love to travel to new place...

12 Dec 2022

Advocates admitted to the Guernsey

Collas Crill Senior Associate Ben le Page and Associate Harry Round have been admitted to the Guernsey Bar. Ben joined Collas Crill as a paralegal and went on to train with the firm, qualifying as a Solicitor of England and Wales in 2017. He was promote...

1 Dec 2022

BVI Bar admission

Collas Crill lawyer Annabel Bishop has recently been admitted to the Bar of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and joins the firm's BVI team as an Associate. Annabel advises on banking and finance transactions (including real estate finance and Islamic fi...

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