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Mergers and acquisitions

Eversheds Sutherland’s global mergers and acquisitions team comprises more than 700 lawyers and is internationally recognized for acting on mid-market corporate transactions. As well as a wealth of experience advising on the most complex strategic projects, we also work on smaller transactions. Whether your business is public or private, we understand the challenges of M&A deals and are on hand to help you achieve your goals.

Experienced mergers and acquisitions lawyers

Our team combines detailed legal experience with in-depth knowledge of local regulations and cross-border M&A transactions. Wherever the transaction is led from, we provide a seamless and integrated relationship-led service.

Our lawyers are well versed in the unique requirements of mergers, tender offers, stock and asset acquisitions, corporate restructurings, spin-offs, recapitalizations and other deal structures. We negotiate and establish alliances, joint ventures and other partnering relationships. In addition, we develop innovative approaches to implement other tailored commercial relationships.

Our global M&A team advises clients across a broad range of sectors including aerospace and defense, communications, consumer products, e-commerce, energy, financial services, insurance, industrials and technology. We understand regulatory frameworks and the impact on transactions of the key issues that affect your business. This in-depth sector knowledge allows us to add real value to the M&A process.

Our international M&A lawyers are also trained in our customized project management process, ensuring a consistently high level of transaction delivery on time and within budget. This approach allows us to provide effective strategic guidance tailored to your individual business needs.

Our recent experience includes:

  • advising AID Partners Capital on its acquisition of HMV in Hong Kong, Singapore and Greater China
  • advising BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation on the structuring and negotiations related to its joint venture, BCIC Senior Loan Partners, LL, with Windward Investments LLC
  • advising Chemtura Corporation on the $1 billion sale of its agrochemicals business to Platform Specialty Products Corporation and its subsequent €2.4bn takeover by Lanxess
  • advising Cisco on the $5bn acquisition of NDS
  • advising Credit Europe Group NV on the disposal of Credit Europe Asigurari Reasigurari to ERGO Austria International, part of the German group Munich Re
  • advising DuPont on the European aspects of the $4.9bn disposal of its performance coatings business across 18 jurisdictions
  • advising First Data Corporation on the formation of Bank of America Merchant Services, a joint venture with Bank of America NA that involved more than $7 billion in acquisition transactions
  • advising Forest Investment Associates LP and Rayonier Inc on their joint purchase of Menasha Forest Products Corporation, a private real estate investment trust owned by investment funds managed by Campbell Global LLC, for approximately $560 million
  • advising G4S on its global non-core disposal program involving transactions in more than 30 countries around the world
  • advising the financial services holding company Great-West Lifeco on its acquisition of Putnam Investments from Marsh & McLennan for approximately $3.9 billion
  • advising the private equity house Inflexion on its acquisition of the travel agency Reed & Mackay from ECI Partners LLP and Livingbridge LLP
  • advising Iron Mountain on the buyout of its joint venture partners’ interests in Russia, the Ukraine, Denmark, Poland and Cyprus
  • advising Legal & General on the disposal of its French business Legal & General Holdings (France) SA to APICIL Prévoyance
  • serving as lead transaction counsel to Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) in its acquisition of MetLife’s US retail advisor force, the MetLife Premier Client Group (MPCG)
  • advising National Grid, on the £13.8bn sale of a large proportion of its UK gas distribution business (NGGD) to a consortium of infrastructure investors. The team also led on the resulting business separation
  • advising Siemens AG on its joint venture with Wood Group with combined assets of US$1 billion
  • advising Swicorp on its acquisitions in Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco

 Contact our mergers and acquisitions team

If you would like any further information or need advice on mergers and acquisitions, please contact our legal team.

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