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Management Buy-outs

Our Corporate law specialists have extensive experience of overseeing both management buy-outs (known as "MBOs") and management buy-ins (known as "MBIs"), acting for sellers and management teams alike.

In simple terms, an MBO sees the existing management team of a business take ownership of that business, whilst an MBI involves an external management team acquiring ownership and replacing that existing management team.

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MBOs and MBIs

The process of an MBO (or an MBI) can be complex and stressful for management teams and business owners alike, requiring careful negotiation to achieve success, so enlisting specialist legal advisers like us early on can ease the burden and help guarantee success. 

MBOs and MBIs often require equity or debt financing or an element of deferred consideration. If debt is needed, our Corporate lawyers regularly work with colleagues in the financial sector so we are well placed to make valuable introductions, helping avoid unnecessary delays and ensuring you’re working with trusted professionals.

If you’re considering an MBO or an MBI, our team of experienced Corporate lawyers can guide you through the whole process, from drafting restrictive covenants, negotiating the terms of the buy-out and advising on conflicts of interest, through to drafting the share purchase agreement and completion. 

Please contact a member of our Corporate team to find out how we can help you with your MBO or MBI.

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