Metis Partners has more than a decade of experience working with insolvency practitioners and distressed companies. We have a dedicated Corporate Recovery team focused on valuing and selling intellectual property assets from insolvent and distressed scenarios. Having worked on more than 500 IP transactions, we are the market leaders in the UK and have worked with numerous clients in USA, Europe, Australia and Asia.

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. 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 IP assets.

Using our unique methodology, we highlight IP 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 at the TRI awards for Asset Valuer / Auctioneer of the Year in 2016 and 2017. 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 IP 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, private equity professionals, and corporates working within a range of insolvency scenarios from Administrations (including Pre-pack Administrations) to Liquidations, as well as understanding final value to inform investment decision-making processes. Our valuation methodology ensures IP valuations are in line with current market requirements and conditions. We 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 IP asset sales service, often on accelerated timescales, to maximise returns for creditors. We produce sales packs which highlight areas of IP value. We proactively approach the market through carrying out bespoke market research on every case and using our comprehensive network of known international buyers. Our proven auction process ensures competitive tension is created throughout.

Our IP asset sales from insolvency have included:



House of Holland

Palmer and Harvey




Beatroot Music

Get Juiced

Factory Media



Africa Channel


Money Republic







Land of Leather







Wee World

We have sold a variety of IP assets from insolvency, including:

  • 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 performance royalty income streams

  • Copyright in the qualifications of an awarding body to a buyer who re-engaged over 7,000 students

  • A music software platform to an US based record label

  • Source code to the former clients of a software development company

  • Greywater technology and renewable energy patents

  • Product testing and certification documentation

  • Volume Microsoft licences

  • 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 IP 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 wide exposure amongst our trusted buyer contacts.

Our SIP16 Assure™ Report will provide you with the evidence you need to demonstrate that you have acted in the best interest of creditors in respect of the sale of IP assets and will make writing the SIP16 statements easier to achieve.

Contact us

To find out more about our Corporate Recovery services, please contact Ruby Chan at or Andrew Smith 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!