Metis Partners has built up a wealth of experience working with insolvency practitioners and distressed companies. Our Corporate Recovery team is the UK’s only dedicated team focusing on valuing and selling intellectual property assets from insolvent and distressed scenarios. We have operated for over ten years in the UK market with US, European and Asian experience.

Maximising the financial recovery for creditors and ensuring compliance with statutory obligations is vital in corporate recovery situations and we have a proven track record of helping insolvency practitioners achieve both of these goals in dealing with IP assets. We assist at a number of stages, both pre and post insolvency, and our specialisms include supporting pre-pack negotiations and assisting with cases where there is a high level of buyer interest in an insolvent company’s intellectual property assets.

Using our unique methodology, we highlight intellectual property assets with real recoverable value. We have recovered £tens of millions for creditors from the sale of IP assets and have provided valuation advice in hundreds of cases.

Our expertise and dedication to excellence in our field has been recognised by numerous awards. We were thrilled to receive the prize for Asset Valuer / Auctioneer of the Year at the Insolvency and Rescue Awards 2015 and 2011 and to have been nominated as a finalist in the  three years between. Insolvency practitioners and other stakeholders continue to return and use Metis Partners’ services due to our proven added value. Our key services include:

Metis Partners identifies and assesses intellectual property assets and provides an informed and realistic valuation of these IP assets in the form of our unique and SIP16-compliant Intellectual Property Valuation Opinion™. This is relied upon by insolvency practitioners or corporates working within a range of insolvency scenarios from Administrations (including Pre-pack Administrations) to Liquidations. Our valuation methodology ensures valuations are in line with current market requirements and conditions. We understand and appreciate that each case and company is unique, and we tailor our approach to suit the case.

Read our case study on IP Valuation Opinions.

Metis Partners provides a comprehensive, specialist outsourced intellectual property asset sales service, often on accelerated timescales, to maximise returns for creditors. We produce sales packs which highlight value. We proactively approach the market through carrying out bespoke market research on every case and using our comprehensive network of international buyers. Our proven auction process ensures competitive tension is created throughout. We have recovered £tens of millions for creditors from the sale of IP assets.

Our intellectual property asset sales from insolvency have included:


Realtime worlds

Get Juiced




Thru vision


Money Republic


Millar McCowan






Land of Leather


We’ve sold…

  • Patents to US, Chinese and Russian multinationals and trade players as well as patent aggregators
  • A series of renowned furniture and furnishings brands
  • The design portfolio of an established jeweller
  • A dormant fashion brand for four times the original offer made to the insolvency practitioner
  • Copyright in the qualifications of an awarding body to a buyer who re-engaged over 7,000 students
  • Source code to the former clients of a software development company
  • Product testing and certification documentation
  • And a lot more…

Metis Partners’ evaluation and subsequent involvement in the disposal of the intellectual property and other intangible assets were of considerable assistance to us and ensured the recoveries were maximised.
Colin Dempster, Restructuring Partner

SIP16 Assure™

Our SIP16 Assure™ product has been designed specifically to meet critical compliance requirements, as set out in the latest SIP 16, in respect of the valuation, marketing and sale of assets in pre-packs. As your agent, we can demonstrate verifiable credentials for qualification, independence and the necessary professional indemnity insurance. We will guide you through our proprietary process, which includes the provision of a defensible IP valuation delivered by our expert team with experience of more than 500 IP transactions and an industry-leading database of market-tested reference data. We will create a comprehensive marketing exercise, tailored to each assignment, which will guarantee a wide exposure amongst our trusted buyer contacts.

Our SIP16 Assure™ Report will provide insolvency practitioners with the evidence they need to demonstrate that they have acted in the best interest of creditors in respect of the sale of IP assets and that they comply with the SIP 16 requirements to:

  • Seek independent valuations for all assets, including intellectual property (‘IP’) and goodwill
  • Use appropriately qualified independent valuers
  • Demonstrate that all assets have been marketed as widely as possible, to ensure the maximum recovery for creditors

Contact us

To find out more about our Corporate Recovery services, please contact Morven Fraser at or Aylin Dzhafer at Alternatively, please call us on 0141 353 3011.

We are a friendly lot, so please feel free to call us to discuss any current cases or to chat to us about our services. No Charge!