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Peter Godfrey-Evans features in Accounting Web

Corporate Advisory Partner, Peter Godfrey-Evans is featured in Accounting Web regarding ‘How an accelerated sale process saved a business’. Business Rescue should always be considered for viable businesses in financial distress. For Mercer & Hole’s restructuring team this is more than a belief – it’s what we do....


Date: 10th August, 2016
Author: Mercer & Hole Media

Corporate restructuring during the proposed moratorium

Mercer & Hole has, for many years, championed the benefits of creating a breathing space during which a financially stressed business can seek to invoke a real restructuring and avoid formal insolvency. While an insolvency process may become a necessity both to protect the creditors’ interests in any residual assets and to protect the...


Date: 13th July, 2016
Author: Henry Page

Purchase price and working capital adjustments in M&A transactions

On an acquisition, it is usual for the initial purchase price offered to be stated on a 'debt-free cash-free' basis.  In simple terms, this means that any cash in the business is retained by the seller and that all debt is repaid by the seller upon completion. Most deals also involve a purchase price adjustment mechanism in...


Date: 13th July, 2016
Author: Ross Lane

Caveat emptor?

Or to put it more colloquially – make sure you are not buying “a pig in a poke”!  If you buy a company, you take over not only its trade, assets and goodwill but all of its history, including any skeletons in closets. The sellers may not realise they have a problem - which makes unearthing details and disclosure somewhat...


Date: 13th July, 2016
Author: Cathy Corns

While every accelerated M&A is different, finding the right adviser is always essential

Buying and selling a company or business, often referred to as an M&A (mergers and acquisitions) transaction, typically takes several months to prepare and execute. But sometimes you just don’t have several months. If cash is running out and the transaction needs to be accelerated, more specialist skills and experience will be required to...


Date: 13th July, 2016
Author: Chris Laughton

Managing Change

Evolving businesses require change as they develop and the extent of change and the actions necessary need to be continually addressed by a company’s directors. It makes commercial sense! A change in approach will arise from either a vision for the better future for a business, or to resolve problems that are preventing a business from...


Date: 13th July, 2016
Author: Steve Smith

Review of the Corporate Insolvency Framework

The UK Government has today launched a consultation on options for reform of the corporate insolvency regime. Its proposals are in four broad areas: introducing a moratorium for distressed businesses to benefit from protection against legal action while considering their options for rescue widening the definition of essential supplies,...


Date: 25th May, 2016
Author: Chris Laughton

Mercer & Hole on saving an investment firm

The breakdown of corporate governance in any organisation can lead to significant problems, financially, operationally and structurally for the business going forward. Often such breaches are associated with financial loss, breach of regulation and loss of trust, both internally and externally. Once such a breach is discovered it is essential that...


Date: 18th March, 2016
Author: Chris Laughton

Administrators can sell fixed charge assets

Re: Musion Systems Ltd [2014] EWCA Civ 639 illustrates paragraph 71, Schedule B1 (“Sch B1”), Insolvency Act 1986 and endorses the sale by administrators of assets subject to a fixed charge. Background The company provided holographic illusion services at events organised by its customers. Three founder-directors had seriously fallen...


Date: 15th February, 2016
Author: Chris Laughton

The best Insolvencies are constructive

The latest Government statistics on corporate insolvency are available at: Mercer & Hole’s experience of formal insolvency appointments mirrors the downward trend in the Government figures, but the detail of our work is revealing. We have four of...


Date: 4th February, 2016
Author: Chris Laughton

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