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.
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AWARDS & RECOGNITION
M&A Deal of the Year (Sempra's US$9.45 billion acquisition of EFH)
The Deal 2018
Consistently ranked in the top 10 by deal value in the US and globally
Mergermarket, Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg league tables
#1 Law Firm for M&A by deal value in the US, Europe, Asia-Pacific and globally. This is
the first and only time that a single law firm has achieved a number one in each region
Mergermarket M&A League Tables H1 2016
Ranked among the "Elite" law firms for M&A in the United States and New York
Chambers USA 2018
#1 for Global Private Equity by value
Bloomberg League Tables Q1 2019
#1 Emerging Markets M&A by value
Thomson Reuters League Tables Q1 2019
US$54.2 billion acquisition of Cigna Corporation
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.
US$1.3 billion acquisition of AVG Technologies N.V.
We represented Avast Software, one of the world’s major players in the security software market, in its US$1.3 billion acquisition of AVG Technologies N.V. (NYSE:AVG), a developer of business, mobile and PC device security software applications.
US$1.05 billion acquisition of Noble Americas Energy Solutions
We represented Calpine Corporation (NYSE:CPN) in its US$1.05 billion acquisition of Noble Americas Energy Solutions, LLC, the nation’s largest independent supplier of power to commercial and industrial retail customers, and a subsidiary of Singapore listed Noble Group.
CHINA THREE GORGES
US$1.2 billion acquisition of Duke Energy's assets
We represented China Three Gorges Corporation, a clean energy group, in its US$1.2 billion acquisition of Duke Energy’s assets in Brazil.
Creation of an industrial Pan-European champion in payment services
Equens SE, one of the largest payment service providers in Europe, on a strategic business combination with the European market leader in payment and transactional services, Worldline SA.
US$11.3 billion acquisition of ITC
We represented Fortis Inc. (NYSE, TSX:FTS), Canada's largest publicly owned distribution utility, in its US$11.3 billion acquisition of ITC Holdings Corp. (NYSE: ITC), an electric transmission company operating in the Great Lakes and Great Plains regions.
US$1.545 billion acquisition of Hussmann Corporation
We represented Panasonic Corporation in its US$1.545 billion acquisition of Hussmann Corporation from shareholders, including Clayton, Dubilier and Rice LLC.
QATAR INVESTMENT AUTHORITY (QIA)
Joint venture between QIA and BRF
We represented Qatar Investment Authority on a joint venture between QIA and BRF, the Brazilian food manufacturer, to acquire a 79.5 percent stake in Banvit Bandirma Vitaminli Yem Sanayii A.Ş., a leading Turkey-based poultry company.
Purchase of stake in Empire State Realty Trust
We represented Qatar Investment Authority in the purchase of shares in Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (ESRT) (NYSE:ESRT), a REIT with office and retail properties in Manhattan and the greater New York metropolitan area, including the iconic Empire State Building, through a private offering worth approximately US$622 million.
US$2.9 billion stock-and-cash sale of FRHI Holdings Limited
We represented Qatar Investment Authority and Kingdom Holding Company of Saudi Arabia on the US$2.9 billion stock-and-cash sale of FRHI Holdings Limited, the parent company of luxury hotel brands Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel, to AccorHotels, a French public company.
US$5.4 billion acquisition of GE's appliance business
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. The transaction was named "Cross-border M&A Deal of the Year" by The M&A Advisor 2017.
US$11 billion privatization of Rosneft
We represented Rosneftegaz in the US$11 billion privatization of a 19.5% stake in leading Russian oil company Rosneft.
SOFTBANK GROUP CORP.
£24.3 billion acquisition of ARM Holdings plc
We represented Japanese investment banking and securities firm Mizuho Securities, financial adviser to SoftBank Group Corp., in its landmark £24.3 billion acquisition of ARM Holdings plc, the UK listed and based semiconductor design company. This is the largest overseas acquisition by a Japanese company.
SONY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
US$750 million acquisition of Sony/ATV Music Publishing
We are representing Sony Corporation of America in its US$750 million 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.
Sale of a US$8.6 billion majority stake to Tencent Holdings Limited
We represented Finland-based Supercell Oy in the sale of a US$8.6 billion majority stake to Tencent Holdings Limited, one of China’s largest and most used internet portals, in the largest ever buyout in the gaming industry.
UNITED ARAB SHIPPING COMPANY
US$11 billion business combination with Hapag-Lloyd AG
We represented United Arab Shipping Company and its majority shareholders (Qatar Investment Authority and Public Investment Fund, the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia) in the US$11 billion business combination with Hapag-Lloyd AG, a German publicly listed container shipping company.