Buying, Selling or Restructuring a Business

At some point in your business life-cycle you will need to buy, sell or restructure. We know this can be life-changing so let us help you keep it as simple and stress-free as possible.

What we do:

We can help with a wide range of matters:

  • Amendments to Articles
  • B Corporation
  • Business restructuring
  • Buying or selling a company, business, or asset
  • Due Diligence support
  • Investment Advice and Support including (S)EIS
  • Joint Venture and Partnership Agreements
  • Management Buy Outs/Ins as seller or buyer
  • Merging your business with another
  • Share issues and transfers
  • Shareholders and Investors’ agreements
  • Succession and exit-planning

Why use Haddletons:

Whether you are thinking of retiring, selling your business, acquiring a competitor or branching out into another market, we will guide you through the entire process. Whether it’s preparing intricate documentation or handling delicate negotiation, you can be assured that your transaction is in good hands.

The Haddletons Way


We earn your trust through our authenticity. We listen, we communicate honestly, we genuinely care.


We are people just like you. Get to know us and you will find that we can do more than just resolve your problems and lighten your load.

Personal Service

We look at the world through your eyes to offer a truly bespoke service. The more we understand you and your world, the more we can do for you.

Premium Quality

We offer a premium service with price certainty. Our insight and expertise applied to your needs.

Haddletons were instrumental in advising our business through some complex organisational changes. They were approachable, knowledgeable, and readily-available when we needed them most. We would not hesitate to recommend Haddletons to other companies and will be using their services again in future.

Wesley Gill

Managing Director, EasySwitch Energy

Frequently Asked Questions

What distinguishes a private limited company (Ltd) from a partnership?

A limited company has its own legal personality and the owners each own a part of it (shares). If they pay in full for those shares that is usually the limit of the owners’ liability.  Profits are typically taken as dividends. A partnership is an arrangement where two or more people go into business and share profits and liabilities. Personal liability is unlimited.

What is a joint venture?

A joint venture (JV) is the term used to describe two (or more) separate entities or people pooling their resources to achieve a common goal, usually for profit.

What is a shareholder agreement?

A Shareholder agreement sets out the rules to govern the relationship between those who own a company’s shares. It sets out how the company will be run and what each shareholder can and cannot do. If a new shareholder joins they will sign up to the shareholders agreement through a ‘deed of adherence’.

What is an MBI?

MBI is short for management buy-in. This is where an outsider buys shares in a company and inserts its own management team; perhaps due to under-performance

What is an MBO?

The acronym MBO is short for management buy-out. The management team of the company buy the business from its owners.

What is EIS and SEIS?

EIS stands for Enterprise Investment Scheme and SEIS is its sibling for “seed” or younger companies. These are government schemes to give tax relief to investors in small companies. You can read more here.

What is involved in due diligence?

Before buying a company or assets a buyer wants to know in detail what they are buying. Due Diligence is the process of questions and answers to understand the company (or asset) in depth. The extent of the enquiries may vary between transactions.

What is sucession planning?

Succession planning is the process of identifying the company’s next generation of leaders and managers. By planning ahead it allows the next generation to be trained up and shadow the current leaders.

What is the difference between a share sale and an asset sale?

In a share sale the buyer obtains the shares of the company and with it all the profits and liabilities. In an asset sale, the company transfers only the asset to the buyer, leaving ownership of the company unchanged.

Get Started Today

Let Haddletons guide you through any business aquisitions or disposals.