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Mergers & Acquisitions
Mergers & Acquisitions

Mergers & Acquisitions

About

Acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures have always been an important strategic option for corporations, financial institutions and private equity investors.  Our clients rely on our advice to help understand and assess these options and execute their most complex transactions. Our global depth and breadth support our clients in both their domestic deals and their most complex multijurisdictional transactions.

Clients value our innovative approach and high degree of individualized attention. Our goal is to deliver superior service, earn your trust and build our relationship. Together with our clients, we have been involved in a number of market "firsts." Our knowledge and experience enable us to devise creative deal structures, win auctions, design acquisition and disposition programs and implement productive strategies for acquirers, sellers or acquisition targets.

 

Global presence, sector focus and cross-practice insight

Our clients include leading multinationals, major commercial and investment banks, private equity funds, entrepreneurs and smaller visionaries. We help clients close deals across industries, especially:

  • Private equity
  • Financial institutions
  • Natural resources, including energy, oil and gas, metals and mining
  • Infrastructure
  • Technology, media and telecommunications
  • Healthcare and pharmaceuticals
  • Chemicals
  • Industrials
  • Real estate
  • Consumer

Our global footprint ensures we can counsel clients no matter where they are based. Our strong presence in developed and emerging markets and our ability to offer a distinct blend of US, UK and local law insight provide our clients unique perspective into legal implications and local market conditions.

We regularly collaborate with other top-tier practices within our Firm to bring our clients the best specialized knowledge and experience that is relevant to their transactions, most notably in antitrust, financing, tax, employee benefits, real estate, regulatory (CFIUS, national security, energy, financial services), intellectual property, restructuring and litigation.

 

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AWARDS & RECOGNITION

#1 Law Firm by deal value in the US, Europe, Asia-Pacific and globally
Mergermarket M&A League Tables H1 2016

Named "Cross-Border Law Firm of the Year"
M&A Advisor 2016

Ranked Band 1 for Corporate/M&A
China, Central & Eastern Europe, Czech Republic, Finland, Israel, Mexico, New York, Russia, Slovakia, Turkey and United States
Chambers 2015

Named "US M&A and Buyout Team of the Year"
The Legal 500 2014

Ranked #1 Counsel to Investment Advisors for M&A Globally
Corporate Control Alert, The Deal 2016

"White & Case’s illustrious global platform and coverage of key support practice areas has given it a prominent status in US-related M&A and global M&A"
The Legal 500 2015

Experience

ANTHEM, INC.

US$54.2 billion acquisition of Cigna Corporation, 2015
We represented Anthem, Inc., one of the nation's largest health benefits companies, in its US$54.2 billion agreement to acquire Cigna Corporation, a combination that will create a premiere health benefits company with critical diversification and scale to lead the transformation of health care delivery for consumers.

ZIMMER HOLDINGS

US$13.35 billion acquisition of Biomet, 2014
We represented Zimmer Holdings, Inc., a world leader in musculoskeletal health solutions, in its US$13.35 billion acquisition of Biomet, Inc., one of the world's leading medical device manufacturers.

FORTIS

US$11.3 billion acquisition of ITC, 2016
We represented Fortis Inc. (TSX: FTS), Canada's largest publicly owned distribution utility, in its pending US$11.3 billion acquisition of ITC Holdings Corp. (NYSE: ITC), an electric transmission company operating in the Great Lakes and Great Plains regions.

QINGDAO HAIER

US$5.4 billion acquisition of GE's appliance business, 2016
We represented Qingdao Haier, a company that is 41 percent owned by the leading Chinese home appliance manufacturer Haier Group Corp., in its US$5.4 billion acquisition of GE's appliance business, through an auction process.

PANASONIC

US$1.545 billion acquisition of Hussmann Corporation, 2016
We represented Panasonic Corporation in its US$1.545 billion acquisition of Hussmann Corporation from shareholders, including Clayton, Dubilier and Rice LLC.

SONY CORPORATION OF AMERICA

US$750 million acquisition of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, 2016
We are representing Sony Corporation of America in its US$750 million pending acquisition of 100 percent of the Estate of Michael J. Jackson's equity interest in Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, one of the world's leading music publishers that is jointly owned 50:50 by Sony Music Holdings, Inc. and the Estate of Michael J. Jackson.

INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL BANK OF CHINA LIMITED (ICBC)

Acquisition of BEA, 2012
We represented ICBC in the acquisition of an 80 percent interest in The Bank of East Asia (USA) National Association. The transaction, which marks the first-ever acquisition of a US retail bank by a Chinese bank, was featured as one of the "Most Innovative M&A Transactions in the United States" by The Financial Times (2012).

Acquisition of Standard Bank, 2014
We represented ICBC on its £462 million acquisition of a majority stake in Standard Bank Plc. The result of the deal is a joint venture between ICBC and Standard Bank Group, Asia’s largest bank and Africa's largest bank.

MMG LIMITED

US$7 billion acquisition of Las Bambas copper project, 2014
We represented Australia's MMG Limited and the MMG-led consortium (which includes Guoxin International Investment Corporation Limited and CITIC Metal Co., Ltd.) in the US$7 billion acquisition of the Las Bambas copper project in Peru from Glencore Xstrata plc. This deal won the "Global M&A Deal of the Year, Latin America/Peru" award by The American Lawyer 2014.

GFI GROUP INC.

Successful completion of a tender offer by BGC Partners, 2014
We represented the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of GFI Group Inc., (NYSE: GFIG), the New York brokerage and clearing house, in the successful completion of a tender offer by BGC Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ: BGCP), a leading global brokerage company, for the outstanding shares of GFI, resulting in an equity value of approximately US$780 million and an enterprise value of US$1 billion. The closing of the tender offer is the final result of a competitive bidding process, and the transaction marks one of the most complex hostile M&A transactions.

DISH NETWORK CORPORATION

US$25.5 billion unsolicited proposal to acquire Sprint Nextel Corporation, 2013
We represented DISH Network Corporation in its US$25.5 billion unsolicited proposal to acquire Sprint Nextel Corporation. The transaction was one of the largest deals of 2013 and was a challenging unsolicited transaction involving the attempted breakup of an existing merger agreement between Sprint and SoftBank as well as Sprint's then pending acquisition of the outstanding shares of Clearwire that it did not already own.

SAUDI ARAMCO

US$20 billion joint venture with Dow Chemical, 2013
We advised Saudi Aramco with respect to its joint venture with The Dow Chemical Company to build and operate a US$20 billion world-scale integrated chemicals complex in Jubail Industrial City, Saudi Arabia. Our representation includes advising on all of the corporate/M&A aspects of the project development and project financing.  The multi-sourced Sadara transaction is the largest-ever project financing in the chemicals sector.

ABB GROUP

Cross-border carve out of Full Service business, 2014
We represented ABB Group, the leading power and automation technology group, on the divestment of its Full Service business to Nordic Capital Fund VIII. This transaction involved teams across the global network, including Brussels, Budapest, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Johannesburg, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Milan, New York, Prague, Singapore and Stockholm.

LABREGAH REAL ESTATE COMPANY

Acquisitions, 2014
We represented Labregah Real Estate Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company and Barwa Real Estate Company Q.S.C. on several matters, including: the approximately US$2.07 billion acquisition of Barwa City, a large-scale residential development project in Doha, Qatar; the US$2.5 billion acquisition of a 95 percent stake in Barwa Commercial Avenue Company; the US$673 million acquisition of a 37.33 percent stake in Barwa Bank, a Shari'ah-compliant Qatari bank and the sale of Barwa City Real Estate Company LLC to the General Retirement and Social Insurance Authority (GRSIA), the national pension fund of the State of Qatar. This is the largest-ever M&A deal in Qatar, and was recognized as "Domestic Deal of the Year 2014" at the IFLR Middle East Awards.