Expert M&A lawyers
Blake Morgan is an expert corporate and M&A law firm with nationwide offices. Our award-winning team of lawyers are specialist transaction lawyers and are recognised as leaders in their field advising on cross-border and domestic mergers, acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures and private equity backed transactions.
Blake Morgan is a full-service law firm and can call upon an array of corporate support specialists including those with extensive experience in banking and finance, pensions, intellectual property, technology, tax, regulatory competition, employment, real estate and environmental issues.
We handle over 100 transactions in each year, with deal values typically ranging from the small, sub-£5m, to the very large, £100m +.
Mergers, acquisitions and disposals – our main areas of expertise
Our team is acknowledged within the legal industry and in the independent legal directories, as providing a first-class level of service across a wide range of transactions, such as:
Private company acquisitions and disposals
Our teams have significant experience in advising all relevant stakeholders in respect of corporate transactions. Our experts offer commercial and pragmatic advice and support to ensure our clients' commercial objectives are met and terms are properly documented. Transactions also commonly include a private equity, external capital or debt funding element and our M&A team work with our specialist Private Equity, Banking and Finance teams to provide the relevant support and advice.
We are experienced in advising on all aspects of business transfers, including dealing with pre-completion transfers of assets or restructuring exercises, tax issues, TUPE and employee consultations, real estate issues and third party consents and assignments.
Reorganisations and mergers
Our teams have significant experience in advising on complex group reorganisation and restructuring transactions across multiple jurisdictions.
Our teams regularly advise on corporate and commercial joint venture transactions, including advising on the preparation of joint venture agreements, commercial arrangements, financing and tax structuring.
Our team of legal specialists enable us to undertake comprehensive due diligence exercises on behalf of our clients, including vendors, purchasers and funders. The firm has sufficient depth of resource to ensure that due diligence exercises are concluded within the requisite timescales using our in-house secure online data room and document sharing facilities to ensure that confidentiality and information security is maintained at every stage.
Blake Morgan is a member of TAGLaw, which is a global alliance of vetted, high quality, independent law firms with more than 140 member firms based in nearly 100 countries. Its 7500+ lawyers work out of 300 offices to provide a full range of legal services to clients all over the world, meaning that cross-border and international transactions can be managed via our own network of trusted connections.
Blake Morgan has an international portfolio of multinational client companies (public and private), SMEs, owner managed businesses and start-ups with a need for high-quality corporate and M&A support and advice. Blake Morgan also regularly advises funders, lenders and institutional investors and their portfolio in connection with M&A and the implementation of buy and build strategies.
"Simply legal rockstars! You guys were so immense throughout the process, kept us focused and delivered an outstanding service. Thank you."
- Mary McGregor, Founder and Managing Director, Dec 2021
"The M&A team at Blake Morgan is diligent, professional and highly capable, providing top-notch service at a competitive fee rate."
- Legal 500, 2022
"They are a first-class team with a good depth of lawyers. They are a go-to firm for corporate transactions."
- Chambers and Partners, 2022
"Blake Morgan has a great UK mid-market M&A practice full of highly experienced partners. Every deal is given the fullest care and attention. As a regional law firm, I’d say they provide a comparable City quality service at much more attractive chargeout rates."
- Legal 500, 2022
"Blake Morgan provided exemplary legal advice on this very important deal for our business. They surpassed expectations, offering commercial and pragmatic advice on the technical aspects of the sale. On behalf of myself and my fellow shareholders, I would like to thank Mat, Stephen, Mythri and the rest of the team who advised us throughout the transaction. We have been very impressed by the level of service received."
- Richard Kendall, Shareholder in Kendall Group commenting in connection with the sale of Kendall Group to Aggregate Industries UK Ltd in 2018.
"They came well recommended and they certainly did not disappoint. It's a big organisation with true competency in their fields, underpinned by personal commitment and organisational competency."
- Chambers and Partners, 2020
"We approached Blake Morgan to assist with our acquisition of Cobell Limited. The team who assisted us were very professional and knowledgeable resulting in a smooth process for all involved. One thing that stood out was their commitment to resolving the challenges in hand along with great speed of execution. I would recommend and use Blake Morgan for future transactions requiring this depth of knowledge and understanding.”
– Nick Russell, Vice President at Symrise
"It's a strong firm which provides a quality service and looks at long-term benefits."
- Chambers and Partners, 2020
"Dear Rob, a massive thanks to you and the team at Blake Morgan for representing us recently with the sale of our business. Although the process, at times, was complex and stressful, this was moderated by the attention to detail, conscientiousness and flexibility of your team. The efficiency and 'solution focused' approach allowed for a smooth transaction."
- Jonathan Toomey & Alison Finn (previous shareholders of FosterCare UK Ltd)
"Very clear and professional approach. They have some real strength, depth and talent which runs across the department."
- Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession, 2019
"Blake Morgan LLP has an excellent range and depth of team knowledge and good commercial understanding."
- The Legal 500, 2019
Awards and Accolades
Acting for Personnel Hygiene Services Limited in connection with their continued growth through acquisition. This has involved advising on no less than 250 acquisitions since 1996, ranging in value from less than £1m to circa £100m.
Acting for exiting and rolling management and shareholders in a £100m investment by PE in the luxury services industry involving the listing of loan notes in Jersey and the rolling up of shares in a bidco, debtco, midco, topco structure.
Acting for a finance house in connection with the auction sale of a £50m debt portfolio.
Awards and Accolades
Corporate and Commercial Team of the Year
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