I love being part of a team, both at work and beyond it – I aim to work seamlessly with my clients so that they see me as part of their team, regardless of ‘lawyer’ and ‘client’ labels.
Because I advise a wide range of businesses on sales, acquisitions and mergers, I have the chance to build relationships in a variety of companies, from start-ups to global conglomerates. An example of recent work includes working with a private equity house on the acquisition of several companies with various international jurisdictions.
As a keen netball player, teamwork is vital – my teams play in the Avon league and the netball fun league.
Don’t rush during the negotiations stage of the deal and spend as much time as you need ensuring that you have sufficient financial and tax advice. Once the heads of terms have been agreed, it is not always easy to divert from this later on, unless a material issue comes to light during the course of the deal.
Call us! If you are unsure of something that the other side have put on the table, we can talk this through with you and discuss the options.
Think of the end goal. What do you want to happen? If you are selling, what is your bottom line? If you are purchasing, what is a deal breaker for you? Keep this in mind during the transaction.
How long will the transaction take?
It is a fair question and generally we are able to provide a reasonable estimate. But this depends on outside factors, including (but not limited to) how quickly the other side respond and whether any issues arise out of the due diligence exercise.