We know that no two mergers are identical, and that the merger process and how the united organisation looks, depends very much on the individual circumstances of each organisation and its aspirations.

We work closely with you to help you to understand the processes surrounding mergers and the key issues you will face. Mergers have many different components and we will help you to appreciate how they can be configured to be delivered successfully and efficiently.

We frequently advise on mergers within the housing sector, including on some of the largest and most innovative ones the sector has seen. We advise on all stages of the process, from helping organisations to decide on their strategy, to brokering discussions between potential partners. We then look at how we can support clients through the merger process itself, both on the legal due diligence as well as corporate merger processes, group structuring and associated funding issues.

Our approach combines technical expertise with grounded, practical experience. We are able to draw on a wide cross-disciplinary team with sector-specific knowledge and experience of managing (and solving) complex issues thoughtfully and effectively by:

  • working in a creative, solutions-focused way to deliver the best possible outcome for you, as well as providing value for money;
  • focusing on the key objectives and priorities, to ensure that those are always at the fore of the delivery of the project;
  • ensuring that the legal due diligence demonstrates real value, focusing on the key risks so that it can be used as a tool for improvement rather than being a generic ‘tick-box’ exercise;
  • utilising our good relationships with the regulator, which has been immensely helpful in overcoming hurdles that can arise on these types of transactions; and
  • being aware of the key issues and stumbling blocks in a merger situation, which enables us to spot issues at an early stage and ensure these are built into the planning of your project.

For these important projects, our clients value our commitment to understanding their objectives, the outcomes we deliver, and the support we provide them with throughout the project.

Anthony Collins Solicitors was critical to the set-up of the new group structure for Torus Group, through the provision of strategic and specialist advice, practical guidance and support. The team was proactive, working to tight deadlines at times to ensure that we could proceed as planned, and took the lead on key aspects of the project. They have been dedicated to building a close relationship with us and have actively showed an interest in helping us to achieve our objectives.
Howard Roberts, Group Director of Finance and Investment, Torus Group.
Provisions within the Housing and Planning Act that remove the need for housing associations (“HAs”) to obtain consent from the Regulator to dispose of social housing (as well as to merge or enter new group structures) come into force on 6 April.

Such freedoms will allow HAs greater flexibility over how they use their assets and, potentially, how they structure their businesses. Our expert panel gathered to discuss the possible opportunities the deregulatory measures offer, together with the likely hurdles. Read the outcome of their discussion here.

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