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WEB 1028 Mergers & Acquisitions

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With the recent increase in merger, acquisition and restructuring activity in the UK, practitioners are more frequently being asked to advise on the immigration and right to work aspects of corporate transactions.  Where one or more of the entities involved has a sponsor licence, this will often consist of reviewing the current sponsor licence arrangements, advising on the appropriate arrangement post-transaction and then taking the necessary steps to ensure that the appropriate entity is able to continue to employ its sponsored workers.  This may involve either making a notification to the Home Office or submitting an application for a new licence.  If the transaction involves staff transferring between entities, this can also involve right to work issues.

Depending on the complexity of the transaction, practitioners are often required to have a good working knowledge of corporate structures as well as employment law issues.

Practitioners are also frequently required to have an understanding of the types of structures that international companies employ and advise on whether these structures mean that these businesses can transfer their non-EEA overseas employees to the UK under the Tier 2 (Intra Company Transfer) category. The course will concentrate on the issues which affect Tier 2 sponsor licence holders, although some reference will be made to where the Tier 2 requirements differ from those that apply to Tier 4.

Delegates have described this course as "an excellent session," and "would definitely recommend." Past attendees also mentioned that they liked "the presenters, content, and engagement amongst the group," the "easy-to-understand case studies," and "all of it!"


  • Initial Sponsor licence applications, with a focus on Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) licences;
  • A review of the different types of corporate entities such as branches, subsidiaries, joint ventures, LLPs etc;
  • Typical structures used in corporate transactions;
  • Worked examples of the steps that practitioners should take when notifying the Home Office when a sponsor licence holder is involved in a corporate transaction; and
  • Right to work issues which arise as a result of corporate transactions.


May 13
3:00 pm - 6:15 pm
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Tutor details:
James Perrott and Julian Grant
Tutor biographies:

James Perrott is head of the immigration team, with over 18 years’ experience providing specialist immigration advice to a range of clients including FTSE100 companies, Small and Medium Enterprises, Higher Education Institutions and high-net-worth individuals.

James provides strategic immigration advice to companies in various sectors and supports UK start-ups in relation to the Tier 2 Sponsor Licence regime. As well as assisting with the full process from the initial Sponsor Licence application itself through to obtaining visas for non-EEA employees, he also advises on compliance with the Points Based System and the illegal working legislation.  In addition, he assists organisations in their discussions with the Home Office following the threat of, or actual, downgrading / suspension of their sponsor licences, ensuring they retain the ability to sponsor non-EEA workers.

James has successfully assisted high-net-worth clients with Tier 1 (Investor), Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) and Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) applications as well as complex family, permanent residence and naturalisation applications. James is renowned for troubleshooting difficult situations, often persuading the UK Home Office to exercise discretion and approve applications where they do not fully satisfy the relevant requirements.

James regularly advises on European Free Movement matters, with an emphasis on Brexit-related issues, and UK outbound immigration applications.

James has also worked with representative organisations in submitting immigration policy recommendations to UK Government departments. As well as being a regular conference speaker, he writes articles for leading publications and has been quoted in the national press. James is a co-convenor of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association Economic Migration Working Group.


Julian Grant undertakes a broad range of domestic and cross-border M&A, private equity and venture capital work.

Julian has a particular focus on financial services, asset management and private equity.

Another area of focus for Julian is corporate transactions involving real estate assets, having acted for developers and investors on the acquisition and disposal and related joint venture arrangements of numerous real estate projects. Julian also has a particular focus on the technology sector and is a member of the firm’s cross-departmental technology practice group.

Concessionary Training Prices: £80
Member Training Prices: £160
Non Member Training Prices: £240
CPD Hours:
Aim of Course:
Attendees will obtain a working knowledge of the structures typically used by corporate entities.  The course will explore issues that arise when companies with complex structures apply for Tier 2 (Intra Company Transfer) sponsor licences.  It will consider the steps that need to be taken when a company that holds a Tier 2 sponsor licence is involved in a corporate transaction.  Finally, it will look at the right to work issues that arise from corporate transactions.
Spaces Left:
Intermediate, Advanced
This session is aimed at practitioners who have existing knowledge of sponsor licence applications and are looking to broaden their understanding of corporate structures and the steps that need to be taken from an immigration standpoint before, during and after the completion of a corporate transaction.
Webinar with case studies/group discussions