Corporate

Mergers and Acquisitions

Recognized for M&A achievement and excellence

Dechert represents buyers, sellers and advisers in sophisticated, complex mergers and acquisitions around the globe. Our deal portfolio includes public and private, negotiated and hostile and multi-million and multi-billion dollar transactions across scores of industries, including financial services, life sciences, healthcare, technology, industrial, consumer, retail, agribusiness, food and beverage, and travel and hospitality.

Dechert has been recognizedas a top M&A law firm in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Latin America by legal and business sources, among them Bloomberg, Chambers, Legal 500 and IFLR 1000. Thomson Reuters recently named us a leading law firm for total number of announced M&A deals worldwide. Our clients laud the practice for its creative legal solutions and commercial approach. We advise on both the legal and technical aspects of complex transactions as well as on financial and market implications. 

Representing industry leaders in complex transactions worldwide

The M&A practice represents leading private equity firms, public and private companies, global investment advisers and major investment banks. Our imperatives are to structure financeable deals, carry out speed-to-market execution and protect clients’ interests in every transaction phase.

We plan, negotiate and execute the full range of public and private transactions:

  • Acquisitions
  • Divestitures/auctions
  • Joint ventures and collaborations
  • Leveraged buyouts/management buyouts
  • Tender and exchange offers
  • Cross-border transactions
  • Going private-transactions
  • Strategic alliances
  • Proxy contests
  • Special committee assignments
  • Distressed mergers and acquisitions (e.g., bankruptcy)

During the planning phase, we analyze tax and regulatory implications and assess risk. As parties prepare for transition, we explore alternative structures, consult with the client on tactics, negotiate competitive bids in auctions, manage closing details and advise on corporate governance. Because due diligence is crucial, we have established world-class capabilities to conduct thorough due diligence covering all relevant legal areas in every type of transaction.

A full-circle perspective that benefits all clients

Our experience with diverse M&A clients and transactions means that our lawyers can anticipate and spot deal issues from multiple sides of the table. For instance, because we know the requirements and tolerance levels of strategic and private equity clients, we can forecast economic constraints, appetite for risk and other leverage points. We use our knowledge of market positions to avoid protracted debates and settle issues quickly.

International talent, integrated teams

Dechert provides integrated services to meet our clients’ global needs. Our more than 225 corporate/M&A lawyers, located in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, negotiate and structure deals that conform to local and regional markets’ laws and practices.The M&A practice collaborates with Dechert’s tax, finance, intellectual property, antitrust, international trade, real estate, environmental, employee benefits and labor teams so that all deal components and their complexities are handled flawlessly and efficiently. To ensure continuing successful collaboration, the firm holds interdisciplinary training sessions that educate deal lawyers on collateral legal issues and lawyers from supporting practices on deal perspectives.

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