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As well as the expected integration and handover activities, there are various post-completion matters that a buyer has to deal with, which include:

  • if completion accounts are required, these will need to be prepared (if the buyer is to prepare the first draft) and agreed with the seller;
  • where land is included in the asset sale, stamp duty land tax may be payable by the buyer. The appropriate registrations should also be made at HM Land Registry and the Land Charges Department, and notification given to landlords of leasehold premises in accordance with the terms of the lease;
  • if the buyer has issued shares to the seller as part of the consideration, there will be certain filings that have to be made with the Registrar of Companies;
  • the obligations of a buyer under the Transfer of Undertaking (Protection of Employees) Regulations 2006 in relation to an employees that have transferred across to the buyer have to be complied with and an integration plan should be implemented;
  • any intellectual property assignments that require registration in order to be effective should be registered;
  • if the transaction involves a listed company, the requisite announcements have to be made;
  • a review of the business should be carried out in order to identify any potential warranty claims and to ensure that any such claims can be brought within any time limit imposed in the business purchase agreement; and
  • a 100 day plan - this is a step plan that focusses on business integration and exploiting potential opportunities as a result of the acquisition.


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