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Acquisitions and Disposals

Thursday, Jul-25, 2024

Acquisitions and Disposals

In the modern commercial world, it is a rite of passage for most businesses to pass out of the hands of their original owners and into those of the next generation. There is any number of ways in which this can happen, but all give rise to the same concerns and opportunities.

Some will want to release the value they have built in the company; others will want to ensure a future for themselves of ongoing involvement; others again will want to avoid buying - or funding - a "pig in a poke". And in the midst of it all, for everyone, the business has to keep going strong.

McCormicks can give any participant in the process the advice and the tools they need to engineer the future they want from the deal.


McCormicks reputation continues to grow in all aspects of corporate and commercial work. The firm is recognised in the market for its commercial acumen which comes from an experienced team of leading specialists in the field.

McCormicks corporate team acts for clients in all aspects of corporate and commercial law:

  • Business Acquisitions and Disposals
  • Flotations
  • Valuations
  • Investment Arrangements
  • MBOs
  • Intellectual Property
  • Appointment as General Legal Advisors to some of the Region's Best Known Businesses

McCormicks has continued to expand a growing reputation in advising on partnership issues in particular, having developed a niche of advising professional partnerships, especially accountancy firms, on their partnership structures and disputes.

The expansion of the portfolio of banks for whom McCormicks works testifies to its recognition in the corporate market for legal services.

Renowned for his sports and media expertise, Peter McCormick of McCormicks is ‘a great communicator and outstanding with client relationships.” Chambers UK

McCormicks’ Peter McCormick has an excellent reputation for contentious and non-contentious work across broadcasting, IP rights and sponsorship and for defamation complaints relating to print and broadcast media.” UK Legal 500

The well-regarded Peter McCormick leads the team which handles both contentious and non-contentious work and acts for high-profile companies as well as individuals. The practice spans broadcasting, media, personal contracts, sponsorship, defamation and complaints relating to broadcasters and the press.” UK Legal 500

McCormicks has established itself as one of the few English media firms outside London with a profile in the wider market.” Chambers UK

"McCormicks’ ‘excellent’ team has ‘unrivalled knowledge of football.’ The ‘very commercial’ Peter McCormick is highlighted for his ‘expertise’ and ‘sound advice.” UK Legal 500

This Harrogate-based team plays an integral part in the region’s sports sector. However it is the team’s work for the Premier League which marks it out as one of the country’s elite sports practices.” Chambers UK

Peter McCormick is a prominent figure within sport, especially football. One client was highly impressed with his ‘very practical approach to commercial business – when I make big decisions, I run them past him. He’s so streetwise that while I know his expertise is in sports law, I feel confident asking him about anything!” Chambers UK

“McCormicks provides ‘excellent’ advice. The Corporate Team ‘has an excellent appetite for work and attention to detail’ and specialises in advising on complex finance arrangements for a broad range of clients, including SMEs, private investors, high-net-worth individuals, international corporates, family companies, charities, sports organisations and clients from the hospitality and leisure sector. Senior partner Peter McCormick is highly regarded; he advises the Premier League on corporate matters, including governance and board functions. Recent highlights include advising the Premier League Charitable Fund on joint venture arrangements with Comic Relief, Barclays and others; advising a hotel on a multi-million pound refinancing and development facility; and assisting the Isthmian League with changes to its constitution. Other clients include Leeds United, Cleveland Process Designs, Plantagenet Media and Walsall FC.” - Legal 500