If you’ve hit this page, you’re probably thinking about buying a business, selling one, restructuring or exiting and selling to staff.
There’s no point in us throwing out an alphabet soup of clever structures we’ve helped with before, like VAMBOs or BIMBOs (although Rob is still desperate to do a RAMBO).
In the current climate, it’s worth us labouring just a little on the tax consequences of business sales. With Entrepreneur’s Relief thresholds (now Business Asset Disposal Relief) gradually shrinking and plans to increase Capital Gains Tax, it might be beneficial to consider accelerating any disposal or looking at alternative ownership structures like Employee Ownership Trusts which ca be structured to enable a tax-free sale for the vendor.
Unusually (we think) for lawyers, we can interrogate a balance sheet, suggest alternative funding or structure, we’ve got zero interest in one-upping the law firm on the other side and don’t judge our success by how many tables we can thump or pages we can draft.
“Thanks Anna and Jessica for all your hard work on this deal. You helped us acquire the Butler’s Grove brand, taking the deal from origination to completion in just 7 days. There was a complex mix of legal issues, including insolvency, employment and corporate. Lots to do over a very short space of time… so an impressive result. Really appreciated your cool calm communication throughout, it really helped me to know it was in safe hands.”
– Duncan Hider, MD, Hider Foods