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Quantified Financial Benefits Statements

Synergy announcements under the UK’s Takeover Code

Significant changes to the Takeover Code have increased the reporting burden for offerors and offerees in a transaction. These include a ‘Quantified Financial Benefits Statement’ (‘QFBS’) - a quantified statement of synergies expected from a proposed acquisition, made by an offeror; or a statement by an offeree company quantifying any cost saving or other financial measures that it proposes to implement if a contested offer is withdrawn or lapses.

This has driven a considerably greater level of work for companies and their advisers in developing robust synergy plans and the related market announcements. Given the size of synergies typically announced, this is a key constituent of transaction value for shareholders considering a takeover offer.

How we can help?

Rule 28 of the Takeover Code requires a QFBS to be supported with public reports from your Reporting Accountant and Financial Adviser(s). A detailed review of the underlying Synergy Plan by the Reporting Accountant will form the basis of these opinions.

The review brings robust, independent challenge to Management’s Synergy Plan. Whilst the Rule 28 obligations are often the principal driver for this, the exercise also brings significant additional benefits.

Market leading Synergy offering

We bring to bear our experience of the largest and most complicated deals - as well as the smaller ones - to assist clients through the process of making synergy announcements in transformational public company transactions.

Our team has worked on in excess of thirty synergy announcements under the QFBS regime, including multi-$bn synergy statements on global transactions through to focused UK only acquisitions.

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