Related insights: Mergers and Acquisitions


WBD advises Vertu Motors plc on new acquisition

07 Dec 2020
Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) has advised Vertu Motors plc, a leading automotive retailer in the UK, on its c£18.7 million acquisition of BMW, MINI and Motorrad dealerships in Durham, Malton, Sunderland, Teesside and York from Inchcape. The acquisition expands the group into a new division, adding BMW and MINI to its existing offering.

Womble Bond Dickinson advises on MBO of Nigel Wright Group

13 Nov 2020
Womble Bond Dickinson has advised the management team on the management buy-out of recruitment firm Nigel Wright Group. The MBO was the result of a wider corporate restructuring exercise which was supported by the existing majority shareholders Baird Capital Partners Europe Ltd and senior lender Beechbrook Capital LLP, who both remain involved with minority stakes.

Brexit: the impact on merger filings

05 Feb 2020
The UK has formally ceased to be a member of the EU. We now have a transition period, until 31 December 2020, during which the UK will adhere to existing EU Rules including the EU Competition Rules. Businesses need to be aware that the "EU One Stop Shop" for transactions which fall under the EU Merger Regulation, will cease to apply to the UK at the end of the transition period, meaning that qualifying transactions may be scrutinised both by the EU Commission and by the Mergers Branch of the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).