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Welcome to MBOs / MBIs

Ambitious management teams looking to take the step up to owning the business they run need legal advice that matches their aspirations.

In a similar vein, private equity firms and debt funders looking to help finance management buy-outs and management buy-ins require a legal team that is agile, commercially-focused and can be relied on to get the job done.

Ward Hadaway’s experienced corporate team have advised on a wide range of MBOs and MBIs in a broad spectrum of industry sectors, from manufacturing and engineering to professional services and retail.

We have the expertise and the strength in depth to deal confidently with everything from a management team’s first-time MBO to the latest investment for an experienced private equity house.

We have experience of acting for the sellers, management teams, equity funders and debt funders. This breadth of experience enables us to ensure we provide sensible, rounded advice to whichever party we are advising as we have a first hand knowledge of the needs and issues of all parties involved.

The range of deals we can advise on encompasses anything from a single SME buyout to public to private transactions and buyouts of multinational groups.

Whilst often having to react quickly to the opportunity, we take time to understand the key drivers behind the deal and provide early solutions to issues. This enables us to drive the process to completion on time and in a cost-effective manner, whilst causing minimum disruption to the business.

Our services include advice on:

For more details on making us part of your plans, please get in touch.

Take a look at some of the previous transactions we have advised on.

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What our clients say

  • "Katherine Hay-Heddle and the team at Ward Hadaway did an excellent and thoroughly professional job in advising on this investment [the secondary MBO of outdoor clothing company Weird Fish]."

    Paul Brown
  • "The team at Ward Hadaway were instrumental in us achieving our objectives and were very knowledgeable when dealing with a large plc seller."

    Bill Ward, Managing Director, Mill Garages North East Limited, on the management buy-out of five Volvo franchised car dealerships from Inchcape plc
  • "It was important to us that this project was completed quickly and Catherine and the team worked really hard to deliver the right result for us."

    Peter George, Chairman, Mitre Group
  • "Katherine Hay-Heddle and the team at Ward Hadaway provided fantastic service. This was my first experience of a management buy-out and Ward Hadaway did a fabulous job in guiding us through the process. They really looked after us and it was great to get such good advice from experienced lawyers who really know their stuff and keep you informed and up to speed with what is going on.”

    Mark Hewitt, Managing Director, TRN (Train) Ltd
  • "James Nightingale and the team at Ward Hadaway provided excellent support and advice throughout the MBO process. They always kept us fully up to speed with developments and their experience and commercially-focused approach was invaluable.”

    Dan Beishon, Managing Director, Process Combustion Limited

Independent verdict

  • "Ward Hadaway 'provides excellent services and punches well beyond its weight'."

    Legal 500
  • "They understand their clients, openly communicate and are dynamic."

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners