Whether you are buying or selling a business, or merging businesses, it is essential to do the right deal, structured in the right way for your commercial interests. There are also a whole host of legal details you need to get right. It therefore pays to have the right experts on hand to guide you through the entire process.

At Stephen Rimmer, our business lawyers regularly assist companies through all manner of corporate transactions under a range of circumstances. We have expertise in both straightforward and highly complex business sales, acquisitions and mergers, so can ensure everything goes ahead as smoothly and efficiently as possible, while keeping you protected.

How our commercial law solicitors can help you with a business acquisition, sale or merger

Our commercial lawyers can assist with all types of business transactions, including:

  • Buying a business
  • Selling a business
  • Business mergers
  • Buying and selling business premises
  • Buying and selling business assets
  • Continuity of commercial contracts and agreements

Why choose our commercial solicitors for buying, selling or merging business?

Our commercial team works with businesses in Eastbourne, Hastings and across East Sussex, as well as further afield. Having worked with some of the largest companies in the UK, our solicitors offer the right expertise for even the most complex and high value transactions.

Able to work effectively in high pressure situations with tight budgets and deadlines, our team can offer sensible, commercially astute legal advice to achieve the right outcome for you and your business.

Consult our business transactions lawyers in Eastbourne

If you need help with any stage of a business sale, acquisition or merger, please contact a member of the team for a no obligation discussion:

Our business transaction services

Buying a business

Buying an established business can represent a great opportunity, but also carries significant risk.

Our team can help to make sure you fully understand the condition of the business, including all of its assets and liabilities, secure suitable warranties and guarantees from the seller, and make sure the terms of the deal are fair. You can then have confidence that the investment you are making is as safe as it can be.

Our commercial solicitors can help with business acquisitions including:

  • Asset sales
  • Share sales
  • Management buyouts
  • Management buy-ins

Selling a business

Selling a business may be part of your overall plan or it may be something forced on you by circumstances. In either eventuality, you need to ensure that you get the right buyer on the right terms and that you meet all of your legal obligations as a seller.

We can help you draw up the contracts of sale, respond to buyer enquiries, prepare the necessary warranties and guarantees, and deal with any other issues you need to consider as part of the sales process.

Our team can assist with all types of business sales and related matters, including:

  • Seller financing
  • Putting a business into employee ownership

Business mergers

Merging two or more businesses can allow you to rapidly expand your operation in many ways, including covering a wider area, as well as adding new expertise and services. However, making the right merger on the right terms for your overall strategic goals is essential.

Our team can guide you through the whole process of achieving a successful merger, including carrying out all necessary due diligence so you can be sure the deal matches your overall objectives, as well as dealing with all of the technical legal aspects of combining two or more businesses.

Buying and selling business premises

When buying, selling or merging businesses, there are often various property matters to consider. This might be buying new premises, selling premises you no longer need or dealing with commercial leases.

Our team is highly experienced in all areas of commercial property work, so can help you manage your business premises effectively in the best way for your commercial strategy.

Our commercial property expertise includes

  • Buying and selling freehold and leasehold properties
  • Office relocations
  • Commercial lease renewals
  • Ending commercial leases early
  • Property finance

Find out more about our commercial property services.

Buying and selling business assets

Buying and selling the assets of a business is often more desirable than buying or selling the business as a whole. This may be where the business wishes to divest itself of certain assets or where a business has become insolvent and its assets need to be sold off.

Whatever the circumstances, the asset sale needs to be conducted on the right terms, with all proper due diligence carried out. Our team can assist with this, making sure you get the right deal for your commercial requirements.

Continuity of commercial contracts & agreements

When taking over a business, its existing commercial relationships are often one of its most valuable assets. The new owner will need to review the terms of those relationships and decide which should be continued on the current terms and where it would be more advantageous to negotiate new terms or terminate certain relationships.

We can assist with this process, going through the contracts and agreements a business has in place, advising on their terms and the implications for the business. We can then help you decide what actions to take, as well as helping with getting new contracts and agreements in place where appropriate.

Our commercial contracts solicitors can assist with all types of contracts and agreements, including:

  • Distribution agreements
  • Business sale agreements
  • Confidentiality agreements
  • All other commercial contracts and ancillary documentation

Our business transactions pricing

We understand how important cost is when planning any type of business transaction, so we work hard to keep our pricing competitive while maintaining the very best standards of legal advice and client service.

We are able to offer fixed fees for some matters, where a price will be agreed in advance. Where this is not possible, we will tell you the hourly rates charged by everyone we expect to work on your case and give a realistic estimate of your likely overall costs.

Find out more about our hourly rates and the way we charge for our work.

Speak to our business transactions solicitors in Eastbourne

From our offices in Eastbourne and Hastings, our commercial team works with clients all across East Sussex, including in Bexhill-on-Sea, Hailsham, Polegate, Battle, Pevensey and St Leonards-on-Sea.

To find out how we can help you with a business sale, acquisition or merger, please contact our expert team now:

Our Business Services Team

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