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Group reorganisations & simplifications

We advise clients on all aspects of group reorganisations and demergers.

Our experience includes:

  • HMRC cleared solvent reorganisations at the point of exit, aimed at separating the retained business from the business to be sold,
  • partition demergers to allow business divisions to pursue different strategies in the hands of the same or separate shareholders' groups,
  • intra-group transfers including hive ups, and
  • highly distressed restructurings to preserve value and ring-fence trades or assets.

We understand the available mechanisms to address different structural problems, especially where it involves tax planning, and work collaboratively with clients and their other professional advisers to ensure that the reorganisation is achieved on time and on budget, and with sufficient rigour to withstand scrutiny by a third party buyer or taxation authorities.

We can help you simplify group structures by eliminating surplus entities, reducing cost, complexity and risk, either by a Members’ Voluntary Liquidations (‘MVL’) or by more cost effective striking off/dissolution.

Where an MVL is appropriate, we work closely with the proposed insolvency practitioner to deliver a seamless solution.

Clients appreciate our depth of expertise in this area, specifically prior to an M&A transaction, as part of our Company Secretarial service or as a key component of our Corporate Turnaround offering.


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