With more than 250 lawyers across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the U.S., our M&A and Corporate Finance team has the international presence to support our clients' business needs internationally.

Whether their aim is growth through acquisitions or fundraisings, or the realization of value through a sale or restructuring, our clients want advisers that can help make deals happen. Established public and private companies, start-up ventures, as well as private equity, venture capital and other financial sponsors active in a wide variety of sectors rely on us as their partner in executing strategic transactions, ranging in value from a few million euros to several billion dollars.

Our M&A and Corporate Finance team is best known for advising on cross-border and domestic mergers and acquisitions, and disposals, as well as equity capital markets transactions, joint ventures, private equity backed acquisitions, spin-offs, split-offs, carve-outs and other strategic alternatives and corporate reorganizations. We also advise clients on corporate governance and approaches relating to tender offers, proxy contests and antitakeover planning.

We are recognized for our market-leading position in U.S. M&A transactions by deal count (Thomson Reuters) and for our particular skill with middle market M&A in both the U.S. and UK (Legal 500). Chambers and Partners has remarked on our "capacity to handle complex cross-border deals" and our "commitment to client service."

Our regular involvement in competitive auctions and our experience in acting on both sell-side and buy-side deals gives us a well-rounded, commercial perspective. Most of our client work is broader than any one jurisdiction, and our attorneys leverage the firm’s international platform to scale our services to our clients’ needs. Our multidisciplinary transaction teams draw on our firm's deep strength across relevant disciplines - such as tax, human resources, employee benefits, intellectual property, regulatory, antitrust, trade compliance, real estate and environmental - to ensure key risks and requirements are appropriately addressed in every transaction, whether the target is located in a single country or in dozens of countries across the globe.

Key Facts & Figures

  • Top 20 - ranked for volume of U.S. M&A deals (Thomson Reuters)
  • 300+ - close more than 300 M&A deals annually firmwide, on average
  • 45+ - cross-border deals involving more than 45 countries
  • Roughly one-third of our M&A deals involve Private Equity


  • Routinely rank in Top 20 for number of U.S. M&A deals (Thomson Reuters) 
  • Ranked for Corporate M&A in numerous states and countries across the U.S., UK and Asia (Chambers & Partners) 
  • Ranked #1 by M&A deal count in Russia for Q1 2018 (MergerMarket) 
  • Ranked Tier 1 for U.S. corporate law and M&A law (Best Law Firms) 
  • Recognized for excellence in middle-market M&A in both the U.S. and UK (Legal 500 2018) 

What They Are Saying

“Your team has not only distinguished itself by a wide margin, but also given us commercial focused and relevant advice, while working your socks off.  Thank you!” (Client quote, 2018) 

"Capacity to handle complex cross-border deals" (Chambers USA 2018)   

"Clients appreciate the team's responsive and proactive approach...its ability to find workable solutions." (Chambers USA 2018) 

“High-quality corporate team with substantial expertise in domestic and international deal work, calling upon a strong international network for cross-border deals.” (Chambers UK 2018) 

"Clients highlighted the team's depth of expertise and its commitment to client service." (Chambers USA 2018)

Representative Experience

  • Secure Income REIT plc on the acquisition of two substantial portfolios of assets at a total cost of £436 million.
  • Ixia, a publicly traded provider of network testing, visibility and security solutions, in the company’s $1.6 billion sale to publicly traded Keysight Technologies. We served as Ixia’s primary outside counsel for 20 years, from inception through growth to exit.
  • Investec fund on their co-investment with Ares in a diversified portfolio of logistics assets throughout continental Europe with a total equity commitment of €350m.
  • Advised Mars, Inc. on the USD 23bn acquisition of Wrigley and supported its post-acquisition integration/restructuring.
  • Greencore Group plc, an Irish publicly traded international convenience food business, in the company’s $747.5 million acquisition of American privately held convenience food manufacturer Peacock Foods. 
  • Advising Intel on an international deal – acquisition of Soft Machines Inc, involved in licensing and joint development of products for the Internet of Things (IoT), mobile telecommunications and cloud computing.
  • Ancala Partners on two purchases of assets from the Kelda Water group. The first transaction involved the acquisition of a 1.5MW operational anaerobic digestion facility located in Millerhill, Edinburgh.
  • Advising Siberian Generating Company, SUEK Group (Siberian Coal Energy Company, Russia’s biggest coal producer), on acquisition of a 78% stake in Sibeco, one of the biggest heat and electricity generation companies in Siberia. 
  • Berry Global, Inc., a publicly traded manufacturer of value-added plastic consumer packaging, in the company’s $2.45 billion acquisition of Avintiv Inc., a specialty healthcare materials manufacturer, from multinational private equity firm The Blackstone Group.