Mergers and Acquisitions
We have an extensive mergers and acquisitions practice. In the past few years, we have completed hundreds of transactions throughout the United States and abroad. We have represented public and private corporations, private equity firms and leveraged buy-out groups in acquisitions structured as mergers, asset purchases and stock purchases. Our clients also include target companies and their selling shareholders, whose transactions involved payments in cash, stock and debt. We have structured transactions that were both taxable and tax deferred. In representing acquiring companies issuing stock, we have helped structure transactions as private placements or as registered offerings, filing joint proxy statements or shelf registration statements with the SEC.
Many of our clients operate in regulated industries, and we understand the unique challenges that acquisitions in those industries pose. We have an active practice representing buyers and sellers of investment advisory practices. We also have handled numerous transactions involving sales by employee owners and have prepared complex employment and consulting arrangements and equity compensation and non-competition agreements to address the competing needs of both parties.
As part of the acquisition process, we handle all aspects of the representation, including advising on the structure of the transaction, drafting the principal documents, negotiating the deal terms, assisting in due diligence, rendering tax advice and making Hart-Scott-Rodino filings.