Public & Private M&A

Stephenson Harwood has extensive experience of advising on M&A transactions. We deliver practical, commercial advice for every aspect of your transaction. We pride ourselves on our straight-talking approach which provides clarity to complex issues and helps our clients make informed decisions throughout the M&A process.
  • Profile
  • Experience
  • Key contacts

We advise a wide range of clients globally including:

  • listed and unlisted companies
  • domestic and international companies from a wide variety of industry sectors
  • financial advisers
  • private equity
  • investment banks, nomads and intermediaries
  • bidders and targets.

Many of our M&A deals have significant cross-border elements and we work in seamless integrated teams with leading local counsel to provide the best expertise and contacts for each transaction. Our in-depth experience means that we focus on the key value drivers and risks for your transaction, and this enables our clients to make informed commercial decisions on the most complex and time pressured issues.

We understand what matters to our clients and we will provide you with clear and straightforward advice at every stage of your M&A transactions. We project manage the legal documentation process throughout the entire transaction, from planning the commercial and tax aspects, conducting the due diligence process, through to contractual negotiation and post-completion integration.

We deliver the full range of services which apply to an M&A transaction, working in multi-disciplinary teams with lawyers from across the firm.

We can help you with:

  • Share and asset sales and purchases
  • Due diligence
  • Auction and other sale processes
  • Post-acquisition integration
  • Tax advice
  • Employment and pensions issues
  • Corporate restructuring
  • Competition advice
  • Share options
  • Intellectual property

"Their depth of knowledge is second to none and on corporate deals I would not use any other firm."
Chambers UK 2015

Acadia Healthcare Company

We advised a major provider of inpatient behavioural healthcare services on its £395 million acquisition of Partnerships in Care – one of the largest and most experienced providers of secure and step-down care across the UK.

Cofely GDF Suez

We acted for a leading provider of integrated services in the energy and facilities management sectors on its acquisition of Lend Lease's UK facilities management business.

Baker Tilly/RSM

We acted for the auditing and accounting advisory firm on its acquisition of RSM Tenon Group plc, at the time the UK's seventh-largest accountancy practice, by way of a pre-pack administration.

HNA Group

We advised the Chinese conglomerate on the acquisition of GE Capital's TIP Trailer Services, a European market leader of transport equipment leasing, rental and service solutions.

Corporation Service Company

Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance advised the Delaware-based global leader in providing digital brand services to brand owners, on its acquisition of the IP Mirror group, a leading provider of corporate domain name registration and online brand protection services across Asia.

Incadea Plc, £122 million recommended takeover

We advised Incadea, an AIM quoted software provider on its £122 million recommended takeover by NASDAQ listed Dealertrack Technologies, Inc.

BTG Plc, £177 million takeover

We advised BTG, the FTSE 250 speciality pharmaceuticals company, on its £177 million takeover of Biocompatibles International Plc.

The Parkmead Group Plc

We advised Parkmead on its £14.5m takeover of AIM quoted Lochard Energy Group plc and subsequent £40 million placing.

Private schools acquisitions

Our Paris office advised on two separate acquisitions of specialised private schools in France and Italy which were privately controlled by investment funds.


Our Singapore office advised Bertschi, a Swiss based global logistics business, on its acquisition of a Singapore headquartered logistics business with global operations.


Voon Keat Lai Managing Partner

T:  +852 2533 2790
M:  Email Voon Keat Office:  Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai


Patrick Mousset Partner

T:  +33 1 44 15 80 78
M:  +33 6 83 39 01 03 Email Patrick Office:  Paris


Duncan Stiles Partner

T:  +44 20 7809 2163
M:  +44 7768 122 740 Email Duncan Office: 

Latest news & insights

04 Nov 2015

From News

Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance advises on M&A deals worth $300 million

Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance has advised on three high-profile M&A transactions across Asia in September and October 2015, with a total value of approximate..


28 Jun 2015

From News

Stephenson Harwood advises Singapore Technologies Telemedia

Stephenson Harwood LLP advised Singapore Technologies Telemedia Pte Ltd on a strategic investment in Virtus Data Centres, the UK's fastest growing data centre provider..


10 Nov 2014

From News

SH alliance advises CSC on pan-Asian business services acquisition

Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance advised new client, Corporation Service Company on its acquisition of the IP Mirror group.


22 May 2014

From News

Stephenson Harwood LLP advises on two AIM reverse takeovers

International law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised on the two recent reverse takeovers of Feedback plc ("Feedback") and Rex Bionics Plc ("Rex Bionics").


09 Apr 2014

From News

Stephenson Harwood advises Ambience Ventures on the acquisition of stake in RVR

Stephenson Harwood advised Ambience Ventures Limited on its acquisition of a 34 per cent stake in the national rail operator of Kenya and Uganda, Rift Valley Railways...


02 Apr 2014

From News

Stephenson Harwood advises Lansen on the acquisition of Sicorten Plus

International law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised Lansen Pharmaceutical Holdings Limited (Lansen) on the acquisition of the rights to sell Sicorten Plus


10 Sep 2013

From News

Stephenson Harwood advises Baker Tilly on operations acquisition

International law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised Baker Tilly, on the acquisition of RSM Tenon Group plc, by way of a pre-pack administration.


13 Aug 2013

From News

Stephenson Harwood advises GDF Suez on £190 million Balfour Beatty acquisition

International law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised GDF SUEZ on the £190 million cash acquisition of Balfour Beatty's UK facilities management division.


04 May 2013

From Insights

Changes to the Takeover Code and the application of the residency test

We discuss the key changes to the Code and explain the action that relevant companies, shareholders and others should consider taking.


03 Feb 2013

From News

Stephenson Harwood appoints new partner to the corporate practice

International law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has appointed Tom Nicholls as a partner in its corporate practice.


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