Mergers & Acquisitions
Acquisitions, disposals 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 multi-jurisdictional 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 disposal programs and implement productive strategies for acquirers, sellers or acquisition targets.
Global presence, sector focus and cross-practice insight
Our clients include leading multinationals and other corporations, 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
- Technology, media and telecommunications
- Healthcare and pharmaceuticals
- Real estate
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.
As a regular advisor to both public companies and activists, White & Case is uniquely placed to give clients valuable tactical and strategic insight on Shareholder Activism.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
Consistently ranked in the top 10 for deal value in leading M&A league tables for over 6 years
Thomson Reuters, Mergermarket and Bloomberg
#1 for Global M&A by value
Mergermarket and Thomson Reuters (Q1 and H1, 2021)
#1 for Americas M&A and Latin America M&A by value
Mergermarket (H1 2021)
Band 1 for SPAC Transactions
Chambers USA 2021
#1 International Law Firm to Activists Globally
Bloomberg Activism League Tables, FY 2020
#1 for Cross-Border Global M&A Deals
Bloomberg M&A League Tables Q3 2020
#1 Emerging Markets M&A by value
Thomson Reuters League Tables 2019
#1 Law Firm for M&A by deal value in the US, Europe, Asia-Paciﬁc and globally. This is the ﬁrst time a number one ranking has been achieved across the board by a single ﬁrm.
Mergermarket M&A League Tables H1 2016
Saudi Aramco acquisition of Valvoline's Global Products Business
We advised Saudi Aramco, one of the world's largest integrated energy and chemical companies, on its entry into an equity purchase agreement with US-based automotive services provider Valvoline Inc. (NYSE: VVV) to acquire Valvoline Inc.’s Global Products Business for US$2.65 billion, subject to certain customary adjustments as set forth in the equity purchase agreement.
Zimmer Biomet spin-off of dental and spine business
We advised Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ZBH and SIX: ZBH), a global medical technology leader, and ZimVie Inc. (NASDAQ: ZIMV) in the spin-off of ZimVie, Zimmer Biomet's former dental and spine businesses.
Athena Consumer Acquisition Corp. business combination with Next.e.GO Mobile SE
We advised Athena Consumer Acquisition Corp., a technology-enabled consumer focused special purpose acquisition company led entirely by women founders, CEOs, board members and other executives (NYSE: ACAQ), on its entry into a definitive business combination agreement with Next.e.GO Mobile SE, an innovative producer of urban electric vehicles based on disruptive production systems headquartered in Germany. The transaction values the combined company at approximately US$913 million.
Blackstone investment in Invenergy Renewables
We advised the managing entity of Invenergy Renewables Holdings LLC, the largest private renewable energy company in North America, on an approximately US$3 billion equity investment from Blackstone Inc. (NYSE: BX), the world’s largest alternative asset manager.
Marathon Oil acquisition of Eagle Ford Assets
We advised Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) on its US$3 billion acquisition of Eagle Ford assets from Ensign Natural Resources, an oil & gas company sponsored by Warburg Pincus and Kayne Anderson.
ABB carveout of Accelleron Industries
We advised ABB Ltd, a leading global technology company, on the separation of Accelleron Industries Ltd from ABB in preparation for its spin-off and listing on SIX Swiss Exchange. Formerly known as ABB Turbocharging, Accelleron is a global leader in turbocharging technologies.
BC Partners investment in Fedrigoni
We advised international investment firm BC Partners LLP on its co-controlling investment, together with international private investment firm Bain Capital Private Equity, in Fedrigoni S.p.A., an Italy-based producer of value-added paper products for luxury packaging and other creative solutions. The transaction valued Fedrigoni at €3 billion.
Avast merger with NortonLifeLock
We advised digital security and privacy company Avast plc on its merger with NortonLifeLock Inc, which was structured as a takeover of Avast by NortonLifeLock. The newly merged company is Gen Digital, Inc.
Brookfield Infrastructure's acquisition of HomeServe
We advised Brookfield Infrastructure Partners (NYSE: BIP) in connection with its £4.08 billion acquisition of HomeServe plc, a home repairs and emergency services group with businesses across the UK, US, Europe and Asia.
Largest-ever de-SPACing in Europe
We advised Pegasus Entrepreneurs and its sponsors on its de-SPACing with global entertainment group FL Entertainment that resulted in the listing of FL Entertainment on Euronext Amsterdam. The terms of the transaction represent a pro forma equity value of €4.1 billion and a pro forma enterprise value of €7.2 billion.
EQT Private Equity acquisition of Envirotainer
We advised EQT Private Equity on its joint acquisition with Mubadala of Envirotainer, a global mission critical biopharma transport services company, from Cinven, Novo Holdings and Sjätte AP-fonden - AP6. The enterprise value amounts to approximately €2.8 billion.
EIG bid for Origin Energy Limited
We represented EIG, an institutional investor to the global energy and infrastructure sectors, in its joint A$18.4 billion bid with Brookfield Asset Management (through its MidOcean platform) for Origin Energy Limited by Scheme of Arrangement.
CAA acquisition of CAA-GBG
We represented Creative Artists Agency, LLC (CAA), a leading global entertainment and sports agency, in its acquisition of the business of CAA-GBG, one of the world’s leading brand management agencies, operating through a joint venture formed in 2016 between CAA and Global Brands Group.
Landmark energy transition deal
We advised Macquarie Asset Management on its acquisition of a 60 percent stake in National Grid plc UK gas transmission and metering business in a consortium with institutional investors. The business owns and operates the UK’s National Transmission System, which currently transports natural gas but is planning to convert the network in the long term to hydrogen, and plays a critical role in the UK energy landscape.