Mergers and Acquisitions



Dechert represents buyers, sellers and advisers in planning, negotiating and executing mergers and acquisitions around the globe. Whether the deal is domestic or international, public or private, negotiated or hostile, worth millions or billions of dollars, our M&A team’s commitment to achieving our clients’ business imperatives remains consistent. We strive to structure financeable deals, focus on speed-to-market execution and protect our clients’ interests in all phases of their transactions.

Our lawyers advise clients engaged in mergers, tender and exchange offers, leveraged buyouts, cross-border transactions, going-private transactions, strategic alliances, collaborations and joint ventures, acquisitions, divestitures, proxy contests and special committee assignments. We are particularly adept at bringing a business-oriented focus to transactions, assisting clients in not only the legal and technical aspects of complex transactions, but also economic and value-related implications.

A Top-Ranked Practice

Dechert’s M&A group has earned top rankings in the most prominent league tables, including Corporate Control Alert, Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg, The Deal, Mergerstat and mergermarket, and has been recognized as a leading practice by Chambers, The Legal 500 and IFLR. In a recent edition of Chambers USA, clients and peers described Dechert as “the quintessential businessman’s law firm” and “the firm of choice for sophisticated, high-level transactions.” In addition, Dechert is consistently recognized as a leading adviser to private equity sponsors in executing M&A transactions.

International Reach

Dechert provides integrated services to meet our clients’ global needs. Our M&A lawyers, numbering more than 200 worldwide, are deployed at offices throughout the United States, Europe, Middle East and Asia and have a solid command of the unique practices and laws that govern their respective local markets. Dechert’s M&A team delivers strategic guidance and efficient, sophisticated advice on transactions wherever our clients do business. In countries where Dechert does not have offices, we maintain a network of trusted law firms to provide our clients with the representation that best meets their needs.

Interdisciplinary Teams

Our M&A team includes lawyers in related practice areas who focus on tax, antitrust, finance and capital markets, real estate, intellectual property, environmental, employee benefits and labor issues to ensure comprehensive, seamless service. When needed, we are also able to leverage our skills and knowledge in other practice areas such as private equity and banking.

Industry Experience

We approach each M&A transaction with a thorough understanding of our clients’ industries, their business context and the concerns of all involved parties. This knowledge enables us to structure transactions to achieve our clients’ business objectives and to anticipate and resolve industry-specific issues raised in the process. We have deep industry experience in, among other areas, business and financial services, life sciences and healthcare, technology, industrial and manufacturing, retail and consumer products and real estate.

Client Service

Clients often choose Dechert for help with critical M&A assignments because of our top-quality legal advice, ability to work collaboratively with in-house personnel and flexibility in meeting staffing requirements. At the outset of each engagement, we provide a realistic assessment of cost and determine the most efficient use of resources.