Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) encompass a legal practice area focused on consolidating businesses, involving the combination of two or more companies through various legal operations such as mergers, asset purchases, hostile takeovers, and other related activities.
The significance of M&A has grown considerably as numerous companies strive to achieve business growth and market diversification. By consolidating companies and assets, M&A endeavors aim to stimulate growth, gain competitive advantages, and expand market share.
While financial implications often come to mind when discussing M&A, the legal aspects are equally crucial. Throughout the acquisition or merger process, different legal issues may arise at different stages. Therefore, it is imperative to have adequate legal guidance when embarking on an M&A journey.
The complexity and sophistication of the legal operations involved in M&A deals vary depending on factors such as the deal’s size and the industries involved. The legal aspects of an M&A process typically encompass considerations such as deal structure, non-compete clauses, due diligence, representations (tax, compliance), and conditions.
During the initial stages of an M&A transaction, financial and legal advisors work together to identify any potential financial or legal incidents that may impact the transaction during the due diligence phase. These findings serve as the basis for discussions regarding the M&A deal. Once this phase is concluded, legal advisors proceed to prepare contracts and initiate negotiations. As the contracts are finalised, the M&A deal moves towards its completion.
Some of the key services related to M&A by Sciberras Advocates include:
- Due diligence and legal opinions
- Advising on all legal and tax aspects of transactions
- Drafting and negotiating transaction documents
- Making all required statutory filings
Thanks to the combined expertise of accountancy, financial transactions, corporate business experience and the law, Sciberras Advocates offers expert guidance on a variety of legal and commercial matters. For more information on M&A please visit: https://sciberras.legal/practice-areas/mergers-acquisitions/.
Article written by Ms Charlene Sciberras, B.A. (Hons), guest writer, is a marketing and business administration specialist with a special focus on corporate, accounting, and legal matters.
Sciberras Advocates founded by Dr Adrian Sciberras, is a law firm based in Malta. The firm prides itself to be multi-disciplinary, innovative and flexible in order to meet the changing times and any challenges in the local and international legal scenario. No matter what private or corporate complex demands are called for, Sciberras Advocates offers practical and cost-effective legal solutions to achieve your desired results. You may reach Sciberras Advocates by phone on +35627795222 or via email on [email protected].