Mergers & Acquisitions: A Legal Guide to M&A

3 days 15-17 May 2017, London UK £3,350.00 + VAT* Download brochure Add to basket
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Overview

Course overview

This course delivers the participant an understanding of M&A processes, the strategic priorities and approaches of the various deal player, and detailed information on the various documents typical to M&A deals and the legal issues that arise in respect thereof.

The fact is that most M&A deals never become a reality. The things that kill deals are: time, money, terms and ego. By learning best practice legal, strategic, commercial and financial aspects of the international M&A process, you will equip yourself with the knowledge that will ensure that your deal does not fail due to delays, illogical pricing, or unnecessary/inaccurate terms.

This course will give you a thorough understanding of the wide variety of skills that all parties involved in cross-border acquisitions must possess - e.g. the ability to read and digest financial information, successfully communicate with the relevant parties, whilst juggling a diverse range of international commercial and legal issues.

With this knowledge under your belt, you'll also have a much better ability to deal with the egos involved and to make your deal a success!

Summary of course content

  • How to structure a deal and value the target
  • How to negotiate the preliminary agreements and understand other complex pre-contractual issues
  • The complexities of legal due diligence
  • Technical legal issues, including intellectual property (IP) rights
  • The different ways to document M&A transactions
  • Complex issues involved in acquisition and financing
  • Best practice in post-merger integration

Methodology

The course is designed to be highly practical and features hands on workshop sessions and case studies.

 

Who should attend

  • In-house Lawyers
  • Managing Directors
  • Financial Directors
  • Commercial Directors
  • Senior Executives responsible for mergers and acquisitions

Instructors

We work with a series of expert instructors, please select the course location of interest to review the credentials of who will be delivering the programme.

London
Arun Singh

Arun Singh is an international lawyer and consultant to an international law firm. He was formerly a partner and Head of International Commercial Law at KPMG Legal globally. He is cited and ranked in Chambers Guide of the World’s Leading Lawyers. He specialises in international investment, joint ventures, licensing of technology, R&D, M&A, energy, outsourcing and corporate governance globally. He has worked with clients such as Standard Chartered, Bank of China, KPMG, Motorola and more.

He is a Visiting Professor in International Business, Leadership and Negotiations at Salford University Business School, Senior Associate of Oxford University’s Institute of Legal Practice, a Visiting Lecturer to Cambridge University and a Visiting Fellow to Leeds University Business School where he focuses on leadership, cross-cultural dynamics in international business and international trade and investment.

He is the non-executive director of an international investment fund listed on the London Stock Exchange and Chairs another international investment company where he approves and selects investments, their acquisitions, sales and their structures.

He was appointed an OBE by HM the Queen in January 1999 for services to international trade, investment and intercultural management.

Arun is an editor and contributor to a number of publications, in April 2010 his book on Business and Contract Law was published by Thorogood.

Venue

London

Central London Hotel Venue

All courses are held at four or five star venues in Central London, Zone 1. We strive to provide you with a training environment of the highest quality, to ensure that the whole learning experience exceeds your expectations.

Your training venue will be confirmed by one of our course administrators approximately 3-4 weeks before the course start date.

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Agenda

Day 1

Overview: Structuring and negotiating the acquisition

  • Context of the acquisition
  • The selling process
  • Valuation issues
  • Other pre-sale issues

Transaction management

  • Instructing counsel
  • Engagement letters
  • Contractual protection
  • Analysing accounts
  • Use of technology

Workshop: Drafting the preliminary agreements

  • Letters of intent
  • Heads of terms
  • Enforceability
  • Confidentiality undertakings
  • Information memorandum
  • 'Subject to contract'
  • Choice of law/jurisdiction
  • Lock out
  • Failed costs

Workshop: Confidentiality agreements

  • Dealing with confidential information

  • Types
  • Drafting agreements
  • What is confidential information?
  • Types of disclosure
  • Commercial confidences
  • Drafting a confidentiality agreement

Valuation concept for non-finance people

  • Process
  • Discounted cash flow
  • Return on investment
  • Price earnings ratio
  • Similar transactions
  • Net asset value

Day 2

Legal due diligence

  • Reviewing significant contracts
  • Regulatory compliance with laws
  • Insurance coverage and related issues
  • Litigation and claims
  • Understanding regulatory consents and hurdles to the proposed transaction
  • Dealing with specific cross border complications

Workshop: Drafting a disclosure letter

  • Vendor's approach
  • Purchaser's approach
  • Knowledge
  • How full and complete?
  • Example
  • Checklist

Intellectual property rights

  • Key IP rights
  • IP due diligence
  • Ownership
  • Warranties

Negotiating and drafting share purchase agreements - the general terms

  • General structure
  • Definitions
  • Purchase price
  • Closing procedure
  • Arbitration
  • Tax deed

Is it necessary?

  • Deed or warranty
  • Scope
  • Checklist
  • Drafting

Day 3

Key clauses – Comparative law implications

  • Letter of intent
  • Best endeavours, best efforts, reasonable endeavours
  • Confidentiality clauses
  • Penalty clauses
  • Force majeure
  • Hardship

Corporate governance

  • Codes
  • Directors
  • Fiduciary duties
  • Investors
  • Audit committee
  • Information flow

Warranty claims

  • Indemnities
  • Warranties
  • Making a claim
  • Damages
  • Misrepresentation
  • Limitation of liability

Workshop: Negotiating and drafting share purchase agreements – the specific terms

  • Warranties
  • Seller protection
  • Umbrella agreements
  • Conditions to completion
  • Goodwill
  • Post merger integration
  • Why bother?
  • Pre-merger preparation
  • Going for the real win - post merger integration that works

Case studies

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