84 LAWYERMONTHLYNOVEMBER 2022 We firmly believe that the best way to deal with potential challenges is to work as collaboratively as possible with the buyer and its advisers to find a resolution that works for everyone. Alex Saunders Partner at Leathes Prior Solicitors Were any challenges encountered during the course of this merger? If so, how did your team overcome them? As with any corporate deal, there are always challenges which arise during the course of the transaction process. However, we firmly believe that the best way to deal with these challenges is to work as collaboratively as possible with the buyer and its advisers to find a resolution that works for everyone. When working on these transactions, it is important not to lose sight of the fact that, ultimately, all parties are working towards the same objective. We, as lawyers, are instructed to make the deal happen, not cause blockages or delays. How did you work with the other firms involved to ensure the merger was carried out to all parties’ satisfaction? We always aim to work collaboratively with other firms and be proactive in identifying and resolving any potential issues which could otherwise delay matters as early as possible. As with most transactions, we had a good working relationship with the other firms involved. This is always useful, particularly when you need to pick up the phone to chat through a potentially difficult or controversial point in the legal documents!