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ED: THIS NEEDS EXAMPLES OF USE ADDED BEFORE PUBLISHING. FOLLOW THE FORMAT ADOPTED FOR FIRST (MODEL) EXAMPLE do an end run (=to avoid): The council has done an end run around the proposed new state law on pensions. hit a…

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Below are some examples of language that may be used to effectively organize correspondence and other legal documents. Transitions like these are used to connect paragraphs. They help connect what may otherwise appear to be disconnected text and aid the…

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Examples of how British lawyers (barristers and solicitors) open and close letters Dear Mr Smythe, Re: Increase in share capital (may be in bold type, may include or omit “Re:”) You are a new client or someone with whom I…

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Standard opening phrases for correspondence This is in reference to your letter of ________ . We have received (and thank you for) the information you sent concerning … We are in receipt of your … This is to advise you…

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Standard closing phrases for correspondence Thank you for your (prompt) attention to this matter. I look forward to hearing from you (in the near future). Please feel free to contact me if you have any (further) questions. I would appreciate…

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Making a proposal We suggest/propose… Our proposal is… What we’re looking for is… We would like to put this forward for your consideration. We’d like… Could you consider…?   Asking for clarification I’m not sure I follow you. Did you…

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The term acquisition is used to describe a wide variety of transactions in a business context. The most common forms are the sale and purchase of a business (or asset sale) and the sale and purchase of all of the…

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Despite undertaking due diligence on the target, the buyer will still need to protect itself from the risks involved in acquiring shares or a business, since the law is one of caveat emptor (=the principle that the buyer alone is…

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During the initial negotiations on the terms of a proposed acquisition, the buyer and seller may draft non-binding heads of terms (US: term sheet) to record the results of their preliminary discussions and to provide a basis on which to…

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