Private Company Acquisitions


Cost for BPP PD Members: £420 + VAT 6 CPD Hours
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Private Company Acquisitions

CPD hours:



This course will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the practices and procedures involved in private company and asset/business acquisitions. Using case studies and practical examples you will obtain a thorough grounding in this field and gain the confidence needed to deliver accurate, effective advice.


  • Paralegals
  • Apprentices
  • Trainee solicitors
  • Qualified solicitors (1-5 years PQE)
  • Legal execs
  • Non law professionals – please specify

  • Accountants / Finance Directors who may be involved in this sort of transaction
  • SRA competences (if applicable)

    B, C

    Course Outline

    This course will address the following issues:

  • Structure of the deal – what are the key differences between share sales and asset sales?
  • Data rooms – how should they be structured and what issues should be reviewed as a matter of priority?
  • Heads of terms – are they necessary? Are they legally binding? What should they contain?
  • Due diligence – what options does the buyer have when responding to issues discovered during due diligence?
  • Contractual protection for the buyer – how do warranties and indemnities work? When should a condition precedent be used? What should be included in restrictive covenants?
  • Contractual protection for the seller – what should be included in the vendor protection schedule? What are the key issues relating to disclosure?
  • Consideration – what are the different possibilities and how do they work?
  • Exchange and completion – separate or simultaneous? what is the impact on disclosure?
  • Emphasis throughout is placed on a commercially sound and compliant approach to these topics and the course will involve a series of practical exercises analysing each of the areas covered. Group feedback will be given.

    By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the process and the documents involved at each stage
  • Identify the principal structures and the differences between them
  • Carry out a review of a data room
  • Review and revise a heads of terms document
  • Conduct a due diligence exercise and identify key issues
  • Recognise the different perspectives of the buyer and the seller in relation to a share purchase agreement
  • Identify the key negotiating points in relation to warranties and indemnities
  • Manage practicalities in relation to exchange and completion
  • Assess the different factors involved in financing the acquisition
  • Advise on structuring deferred consideration

  • "A certificate of completion will be provided by BPP Professional Education Limited upon request, following attendance."

    Under the SRA’s new approach to continuing competence, solicitors are expected to use the Statement of Solicitor Competence to identify and address their learning and development needs. The competence statement requires the following competencies:
  • A - Ethics, professionalism and judgement
  • B - Technical legal practice
  • C - Working with other people
  • D - Managing themselves and their own work
  • This course has an online live option available. Same expert presenters delivering the same content to your desk or mobile over multiple days in short 180 minute sessions. Watch our 5 minute explainer video to find out more.

    Online LIVE Dates - -

    All online live sessions are 1:00 pm to 4:00pm

    Session 1 Session 2
    15 October 2019 17 October 2019 Book Now

    Course Dates

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    Leeds 03 Jul 2019 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM  Spaces Book Now
    London 23 Jul 2019 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM  Limited Book Now
    London 19 Aug 2019 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM  Spaces Book Now
    Manchester 10 Sep 2019 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM  Spaces Book Now
    Leeds 09 Oct 2019 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM  Spaces Book Now
    London 30 Oct 2019 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM  Spaces Book Now
    Manchester 12 Nov 2019 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM  Spaces Book Now
    London 11 Dec 2019 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM  Spaces Book Now

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