Merging a business is a great way of expanding on your current business and capitalising on the benefits and skillsets that both businesses have.

There are several options when it comes to merging businesses, and you will see language such as vertical mergers or horizontal mergers. While this may seem complex, a simple way of looking at it is — are you merging with a competitor (horizontal) or a supplier (vertical)?

You will also need to consider if the merger will take place by acquiring all the shares within the company or by purchasing all the assets. One key influencer here could be the tax implications; for example, stamp duty will be payable on a share transfer but VAT can be chargeable on most assets or even SDLT on land.

With so many things to consider before merging, don’t forget to think about how your company cultures will work together.

There are different rules for companies that are publicly listed as opposed to private companies, and it’s important to consider them as you plan how your merger will happen.

At Hybrid, we understand the complexities of merging businesses, but at the same time, we understand the benefits. Our team of experts can assist you in finding the right solutions for you, your business and your goals.

We know exactly what you are thinking.

  • That is going to be costly
  • Solicitors don’t understand our business
  • It is too complicated
  • I do not have time for complex lengthy paperwork
  • We will lose control of our businesses

Our goal is to make raising capital or finance easy & cost effective

  • Fixed fees
  • Down to earth advisors
  • A team who cares
  • Years of expert knowledge at the dial of a phone
  • Simplified approach making the whole process easy to understand

Our approach is simple, well thought-out and effective

1.

Understanding your business

There are several ways to merge a business, and we need to understand your business and your goals in order to advise you on the best route for you and for the success of your newly merged businesses.

2.

Considering the impact

There can often be a significant impact from a merger, which can be amplified when the merger is badly planned. Take, for example, commercial contracts; these may not be transferable to the new merged company. Our experts can take a look at all elements of your business and advise you on the possible risks. They can help you mitigate those risks in order for the merger to be a success.

3.

Tax

We are happy to work directly with your professional advisors or we can provide you with contacts to help you get the tax side of this right.

4.

The paperwork

Of course, there is going to be paperwork, agreements to draft, forms to prepare, and negotiations to be had. We can make it easy, but we can’t remove the paperwork. However, we will be on hand to prepare this for you, working with you to make sure everything reflects your business and making sure you are comfortable with the proceedings.

5.

The aftermath

It is time to settle down in your new business. We will be on hand for as long as you need us to help you deal with any queries.

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