Corporate transactions

Your solicitor plays a vital role in negotiating the terms when you undertake any corporate transaction, so hiring a corporate lawyer with the skill and tenacity to get you the best deal is imperative.

Gaby Hardwicke’s corporate transactional lawyers have a wealth of experience in leading negotiations. We’re renowned for our ability to get the job done quickly, efficiently and on our client’s terms. In fact, we have yet to be involved in a deal, of any size, where we have not made or saved our client many times our fee.

Corporate transactions are complex and involved and we won’t pretend they’re not. It’s our job to simplify the complexities, guide you through the process and minimise the fuss, while ensuring you get the most from your purchase or sale.

Our expert solicitors can assist with every legal aspect of your transaction, including:

  • Acquisitions and disposals (shares and assets)
  • MBOs and MBIs
  • Share buybacks
  • Private equity
  • Corporate restructuring, reorganisations, schemes and demergers
  • Refinance
  • Due diligence
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Heads of agreement
  • Shareholders'/investors' agreements
  • Banking/finance documents
  • Commercial property
  • Tax planning
  • Contracts
  • Employment issues (including TUPE)

The businesses our experienced corporate lawyers have helped our clients buy and sell come in all shapes, sizes and sectors but include:

  • Accountancy firms and other professional practices
  • Automotive
  • Care homes
  • Dental surgeries
  • Engineering
  • Franchises (such as major fast-food outlets)
  • GP practices
  • Hotels
  • Manufacturing
  • Publishing
  • Pubs
  • Restaurants
  • Retail outlets

Contact us today on 01323 435 900 or email Partner Mark Williams to discuss how we can help you.


What our clients say

QuoteIt has been an absolute pleasure working with Mark Williams and the Gaby Hardwicke team through the legal process of our mutual clients' business sale. Axis as a company deals with a number of solicitors throughout the year, but on rare occasions finds a solicitor and firm that go the extra mile to achieve the client's wishes and get the job done.

The handling of the information, speed and attention to detail was excellent, always driving the process forward and meeting deadlines. I would have no problem in recommending Mark or Gaby Hardwicke to any of my clients looking to sell. The teamwork and communication was excellent, which is pivotal when selling a business and getting it right.

Robin Boxall-Hunt, MD, Axis Partnership UK Limited

QuoteThank you [to Mark Williams and the Commercial team] for the work that you did in order to achieve the sale of the business. It was great teamwork on Gaby Hardwicke’s part and Gemma [Ritchie] did a great job dealing with us all in order to ensure everything was signed and sealed by 9.30pm for the deadline. Hannah [Bambury] was also wonderfully co-operative and efficient. Many thanks to you, Gemma, Hannah and the rest of the Gaby Hardwicke team for their endless patience and support.

Wendy Teraoka, Language Teaching Centres UK

QuoteThank you for the extraordinary help and support that you have afforded us in the restructuring exercise. Your help, guidance and professional support has been outstanding. More than anything your ability to explain, the often complicated and involved processes, in a language that we all understand is a credit to you.

Graham Power, CEO, West End Studios

QuoteThank you for the professional and personal help you provided over the past weeks and months in the sale of the company. I enjoyed almost every bit of it and for experience I cannot think of two people that made the activity such a pleasure. I am glad that I did eventually sell the company with your help.

John Clarke, Managing Director, Modern Media Communications Limited


Recent deals

Sale of entire issued share capital of leading security systems company

Gaby Hardwicke acted on the sale of the entire issued share capital of a London-based security systems company to an overseas buyer. The company is a leading provider of integrated security systems in the private and public sectors. The deal involved a mixture of cash and future performance-based purchase consideration. Mark Williams, Corporate Finance Partner, who led on the transaction, said: “This sale had a very short timetable due to the requirements of the buyer to complete within their financial year but we got the deal through prior to Christmas with one day to spare! The transaction involved a number of lawyers from our Corporate, Employment and Property teams and demonstrates the strength in depth we have to push deals through in a very short timeframe.”

Sale of motorcycle dealership

Mark Williams, Corporate Finance Partner, led on the share sale of a motorcycle dealership based in the South East, one of Europe’s leading dealerships of this particular motorcycle brand. The sale is the latest in a series of recent transactions in the motor industry in which Gaby Hardwicke has acted. Mark commented: “We were delighted to act for the selling shareholders in this transaction having acted for the company for many years. This deal enables the sellers to retire after many years’ hard work building up such a prestigious dealership. It’s great to have sealed another deal in the automotive and motor trade sectors.”

Care home sales and purchases

The Corporate and Commercial Property teams at Gaby Hardwicke frequently act on the sale, purchase and refinance of care homes. Being specialists in this field ensures the transactions are completed efficiently and cost-effectively. Our team has completed a significant number of transactions in 2017.

Buyback of shares facilitates director’s reduced involvement

Mark Williams and Daniel Halls acted on behalf of a major supplier and manufacturer of specialist medical devices in a buyback of shares from one of its directors. Nicholas Febrer (chartered legal executive) from our Employment team advised on the employment aspects of the transaction.

Management buyout facilitates founding shareholders’ retirement

A well-established London architect’s practice instructed our Corporate team in the buyout of the founder shareholders by senior management to facilitate the founding shareholders’ retirement. Paul Maynard from our Employment team advised on the employment aspects of the transaction.

Motor dealership purchase

The Corporate and Commercial Property teams at Gaby Hardwicke recently completed the acquisition of a group of motor dealerships based in the south of England with a turnover of around £50 million. The transaction involved various teams within Gaby Hardwicke including Corporate, Commercial Property and Employment and was completed within seven weeks of heads of terms being signed. Mark Williams, Partner in Corporate Finance, commented: “We were delighted to act for our client in this strategic acquisition. There were a number of interesting complexities in the transaction, including a myriad of property issues, all of which were skilfully navigated by the Gaby Hardwicke team operating within a short timeframe.”

Language school sale

The Corporate and Commercial Property teams dealt with the sale of a business operated from one of the premises of a large, multi-site language school. The sale was subject to very tight timescales and complex negotiations.

Pharmaceutical acquisition

Mark Williams and Gemma Ritchie led a team of Gaby Hardwicke lawyers in a £20 million acquisition of a group of pharmaceutical companies. The complex transaction involved a number of overseas group companies and careful co-ordination between lawyers in different jurisdictions and required input from various teams within Gaby Hardwicke including corporate, employment, litigation and property. Mark Williams, partner in Corporate Finance commented: "This was a highly complex transaction involving various private equity funds, investors, funders and lawyers. We were delighted to be involved at the heart of it and complete the purchase on behalf of our client within a very tight time frame."

Franchise deals

Gemma Ritchie and Mark Williams frequently act on transactions involving international franchises including most recently McDonald’s, Domino’s Pizza and KFC. Transactions recently undertaken include sales and acquisitions of existing franchises as well as acting for franchisees on entering into a new franchise agreement. The transactions involve advising on the business and the franchise agreement itself and all property elements involved, bringing in members of the Gaby Hardwicke Commercial Property team as required.


Based in East Sussex but serving a much wider area, Gaby Hardwicke Solicitors has offices in Eastbourne, Hailsham, Bexhill and Hastings.

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