Mergers and Acquisitions - Legal Services

Planning an M&A transaction?

We’ll accompany you at every step of your M&A transactions, whether you’re selling, buying, entering into a joint venture, merging, or otherwise restructuring.

We will prepare or conduct the due diligence, structure and negotiate the deal, draft the relevant legal documents and close the transaction.

Challenges we solve 

Advice and best practice insights

Our legal experts guide you through the process step-by-step and support you with their experience on how best to structure, set up, negotiate and close your M&A transaction.

Due diligence

If you’re selling, we optimize your chances of receiving a higher valuation and better terms by ensuring you’re backed up by a solid legal structure.

If you’re buying, we analyze what’s truly important in your target and provide you with a comprehensive, yet concise and strategically relevant report. We give you strategically actionable advice based on our findings.

Negotiations

Our legal experts are highly trained and experienced in M&A negotiations and will ensure to maximize the value of your deals by conceiving bespoke win-win solutions. We know how to deal with necessary tensions and conflicts, but will avoid escalation or pettiness and always aim to create value.

Tech assisted drafting of legal documents and personalized advice

We tailor all the required legal documents and corporate actions to your specific needs, using continuously improved state-of-the-art drafting software and templates. This means that our documentation is bespoke and flawless. You will not be paying for a junior’s time copy-pasting clauses and adjusting outdated word templates.

What types of transactions can we help you with?

  • Sell-side or buy-side share deals
  • Sell-side or buy-side asset deals
  • Share-swap-based transactions
  • Joint-ventures
  • Management buy-outs or buy-ins
  • Leveraged buy-outs
  • Mergers
  • Demergers
  • Intra-group restructurings
  • Others

 

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What drives the legal fees in an M&A transaction?

1
Pre-deal

Seeking legal advice very early in the discussions, usually at the time of the letter of intent or even earlier, will ensure that both parties get the best out of the deal and that expectations are met and taken in account throughout.

2
Legal documents

The quality of the first draft legal documents is a critical factor for fast, successful and efficient deals. Ideally, we use our state-of-the-art templates for best-in-class speed and quality.

3
Negotiation

The type, origin, organization, industry, way of negotiating and knowledge of Swiss law of your counterparties will affect the time required and the number of negotiation rounds.

M&A services & packages

Workshop

Based on your specific situation and project, our legal expert will explain how your M&A project would be rolled out and what is to be expected. This workshop will be tailor-made to your needs and prior knowledge.

As an option, our legal experts can discuss additional topics such as tax implications, regulatory hurdles, intellectual property, and many others.

The package includes an initial discussion to establish your exact needs and a 2-hour workshop.

Purchase agreement drafting

Discuss the transaction structure and its variables during a one-hour meeting with our legal expert. Based on this, we draft the contract and meet you again for one hour to discuss its content.

Share purchase agreements: Flat-fee depending on deal size and kind of deal
Other types of contracts: Up-front quotes or flat-fees

Legal due diligence

If you are on the sell-side, we work with you and your team to identify any red flags before the Purchasers do and tell you what’s needed to close any gaps.

If you are on the buy-side, we analyze everything that’s legally relevant to your target and provide you with a comprehensive, yet concise and understandable report. We give you strategically actionable advice based on our findings, instead of conservative risk assessments.

Upfront quote and competitive hourly packages.

 

Signing and closing preparation organization

We ensure that the execution of your deal is ready and that everything runs smoothly.

Upfront quote and competitive hourly packages.

Expert M&A advice throughout the deal

We assist you throughout the transaction, from the first NDA (or even earlier) to closing, according to your specific needs. Depending on your wishes and M&A knowledge, our experts will assist you with all legal aspects of the deal, represent or assist you in all negotiations and provide advice on strategic matters (e.g. with respect to target integration and redundancy management).

Upfront quote and competitive hourly packages.

About us

We’re a growing team of 10+ legal professionals – our M&A experts include:

  • 1

    Elie is the Head of Mergers and Acquisitions at LEXR. He is focused on advising Swiss and international founders, start-ups, companies of diverse sizes, and investors in all types of M&A transactions, including namely sales, purchases, mergers, demergers, carve-outs, management buy-outs, joint ventures, and many others.

    Elie Bourdilloud, Head of M&A and Legal Counsel

  • 2

    Michele is focused on corporate and commercial law and has a strong background in M&A transactions.

    At LEXR he advises Swiss and international founders, start-ups and investors – from incorporation to the first investment rounds, risk financing, complex business transactions and exits.

    Michele Vitali, Head of Startup Financing and Venture Capital

  • 3

    Christian has advised tech-companies and regulated industries on all legal matters and has built a strong track record on helping startups to get off the ground and get funded.

    Christian Meisser, CEO & Legal Counsel

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