Growing companies don’t just need lawyers - they need strategic business advisors who possess an understanding of key business drivers and are equipped with the focus and skill necessary to protect their clients’ best interests.
Our business model is based on forging strong client relationships which span many years and many transactions. We are particularly proud that our corporate clients frequently ask us to assist them in transactions that represent fundamental turning points in the life of the company – and that our relationship often continues even beyond these events.
We have extensive experience representing both sellers and buyers of businesses, which allows us to bring efficiency, focus and a high degree of skill to the transaction process. Our continual transaction flow enables us to retain cutting-edge knowledge of “what is market” in the negotiation of the deal terms and management of the process. We ensure that our transaction teams understand and address the underlying tax, accounting and financial objectives of our clients, which often drive these transactions. Since we regularly work with some of the largest global corporations, we respect the relationship between in-house counsel and their internal clients, providing additional resources and in-depth experience as requested to facilitate in-house counsel in fulfilling their mission.
Our attorneys are continually engaged in acquisitions and dispositions of all types, for private and public companies located throughout the world, involving:
- Asset purchases and sales
- Stock purchases and sales
- Taxable and non-taxable mergers
- Leveraged and management buy-outs
- Tender offers for public companies
- Spin-offs of subsidiaries or divisions of companies
- Auctions or divestitures of entire companies
Our practice is extremely varied in terms of client, deal size and industry. We provide a unique and distinguishable experience set in transactions with a high intellectual property content, cross-border transactions, leveraged transactions and acquisition programs.
- High Intellectual Property Content
Our corporate attorneys work together with our intellectual property attorneys on all transactions where intellectual property is central to a deal. The multiple methods of acquiring, protecting and exploiting intellectual property assets – especially across national boundaries – present unique issues that need to be addressed in transactions involving the acquisition or monetization of intellectual property assets. We collaborate to assess the strength of the intellectual property portfolio in question, identify potential defects in the prosecution history, gaps in coverage, and freedom to operate and infringement issues. We also frequently recommend options for more effectively protecting these core assets.
- Cross Border
Many years of handling international deals, our offices in Europe and Asia, and our extensive network of international correspondent lawyers give us an advantage in cross border transactions. We manage transactions throughout North America, as well as in most countries in Europe, Asia and South America. We regularly advise multi-national corporations on tax planning and structuring in connection with multi-transactional acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures.
- Leveraged Transactions
We have a wide breadth of experience in securing and closing financing related to M&A transactions. This includes secured and unsecured transactions and single lender and syndicated loan facilities and structured financing such as asset securitizations.
- Acquisitions Programs
We help companies embark on large acquisition programs. We create form agreements and processes to guide the acquisition program. In the past, we have assisted our clients with anywhere from 10 to 100 acquisitions, with individual transactions ranging from $900,000 to more than $2.5 billion.