Cross-border M&A and Investing in the UK

If you are looking to invest in the UK then Goodman Derrick’s corporate team offers specialist advice to a wide-range of ambitious international clients who include:

  • Corporates acquiring or investing in a UK business
  • Corporates setting up operations in the UK
  • Entrepreneurs expanding into the UK
  • Investors seeking to invest in UK businesses
  • Corporates seeking to raise funds on the London Stock Exchange and AIM through IPOS or Secondary Offerings

The UK is one of the easiest economies in the world in which to invest, with a stable regulatory environment, a mature legal system and a strong business sector. The London capital markets also continue to offer liquidity from a large pool of institutional and retail investors from around the globe.

Our inward investment clients benefit from the firm’s rich history in the City of London. Not only do our clients receive commercially astute legal advice as they establish themselves in the UK, but we also provide:

  • Our long held connections in the City and a large network of advisers in related areas
  • An international outlook and a network of approved lawyers in Europe and beyond
  • A highly personal advisory approach

Working with lead counsel

The team also has an exceptional track record of working with lead counsel in other jurisdictions helping them deliver on the UK aspects of their clients’ transactions.

Our cross-border M&A and inward investment experience includes

Examples include:

  • Trademark Global - a portfolio company of Bertram Capital, on its acquisition of The EVLA Group
  • Outmatch - a portfolio company of US private equity firm, Rubicon Technology Partners, on its acquisition of UK based LaunchPad
  • Avisa Partners - a French-based global advisory firm specialising in managing sensitive matters, on the English law aspects of its acquisition of UK-based Gabara Strategies Ltd
  • rEvolution, the integrated global sports marketing agency, on its acquisition of 80% of the shares of London-based sports marketing agency Revolution Sports Marketing Group
  • Express Scripts - on the disposal of its UK Medco business
  • TomCo Energy plc - a US based oil shale exploration, development and technology group, on its AIM placing
  • Various cross border listings on the London Stock Exchange include Timan Oil & Gas plc (Russia); Stellar Diamonds plc (Sierra Leone); and Anglo African Oil & Gas plc (Republic of Congo)

Our specific corporate expertise for our inward investment clients includes:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Distressed M&A
  • Takeovers
  • Company and business sales
  • Joint ventures and shareholders' agreements
  • Commercial agreements
  • Secured and unsecured debt financing
  • Corporate governance and constitutional matters
  • MBOs, private equity and venture capital
  • Capital reorganisations and restructurings
  • Tax planning
  • Share options and management/employee incentive schemes
  • Family businesses and family investment companies
  • Corporate real estate

For our clients involved in the London Stock Exchange and AIM, we advise in relation to:

  • IPOs
  • Secondary offerings
  • Rights issues
  • Takeover Code transactions
  • Convertible debt instruments

Related international legal services include:

  • A French Desk for clients who require English law advice in French
  • International arbitration
  • Real estate investment
  • Major projects involving construction and infrastructure
  • London based dispute resolution

Please contact Edward Hoare for further information about our private company expertise at

Please contact Dominic Prentis for further information about our capital markets expertise at


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