Corporate, Private Equity, M&A and Commercial

Corporate, Private Equity, M&A and Commercial - UK

We balance business risks; you see the rewards of a deal done

Our first-class Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Private Equity and Commercial practice acts on some of the highest-profile transactions internationally. Working with some of the world’s largest companies, investment banks, private equity firms and investors, we offer the complete range of corporate services – covering corporate law, M&A, private equity, corporate governance and commercial work.

In the UK, our team advises on all aspects of corporate, M&A, private equity and commercial law. This includes:

  • Commercial contracts and outsourcing
  • Corporate advisory
  • M&A
  • Private equity transactions
  • Secondaries
  • Corporate real estate.

With stability and confidence returning to the market, corporates and financial buyers have increasing appetite for M&A. And with the UK economy gradually recovering, confidence in business investment is improving and is driving deal-making forwards.

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Achieve your commercial goals

Against this backdrop, we can give you expertise in transactions and the integrated knowledge of our specialist corporate, M&A, private equity and commercial lawyers. This enables us to devise appropriate strategies to limit risks and optimise opportunities to meet your corporate needs and help you achieve your commercial goals. We are business advisors committed to your success.

Our lawyers work closely together with our specialist colleagues in other teams such as tax, EU competition and financial markets, employment and pensions, real estate, finance and international funds to help structure and implement transactions of all types from major cross-border to domestic.

We’ve advised on some of the highest profile deals in the market. For example Universal Music Group, the largest of the four global music majors, turned to King & Wood Mallesons to advise them on their £1.2 billion acquisition of EMI's recorded music division. Our team then advised on the sale of the Parlophone Label Group to Warner Music Group for £487 million. 

Other recent work highlights include advising:

  • Long standing client British Land on the joint venture arrangements in respect of the £3.4 billion Broadgate Estate, including the exit by Blackstone and the entry into new joint venture arrangements with GIC
  • Amcor on its $2 billion acquisition of the Alcan Packaging Group from Rio Tinto and the divestment associated with obtaining EU clearance
  • IRESS, the Australian software company, on its £210 million acquisition of Avelo FS Holdings
  • Investcorp on its €600 million sale of Skrill, formerly Moneybookers, to CVC
  • Ladbrokes on its agreement with Playtech for the provision of advisory services to assist in the development and growth of Ladbrokes’ digital business and also to expand Ladbrokes’ existing software and technology agreements providing access to Playtech’s full product suite and technology
  • Atlas Mara on its acquisition of a 77% controlling stake in the commercial arm of the Development Bank of Rwanda from the Government of Rwanda.
"With their ability to think outside the box and push each deal forward we regard this firm as a real alternative to the magic circle."

Chambers & Partners

Discover our latest insights into legal issues affecting your business

Corporate partner Andrew Wingfield discusses the potential M&A activity in blockchain.

26 January 2016

Partners Cheng Lim and James Walsh, Technology specialists in Australia and the UK, discuss the increasing threat of cyber risks to M&A in TelecomFinance.

22 January 2016

Corporate partner Andrew Wingfield and associate Matt Clift explore the second wave of blockchain technology in an article for BlockchainBriefing.

15 January 2016

The Private Equity Reporting Group has released its annual report on compliance with the Walker Guidelines, the first since new reporting requirements were introduced.

14 January 2016