Corporate

Our Global Corporate Practice provides comprehensive legal services spanning all aspects of complex local, cross-border and multi-jurisdictional corporate matters. Our corporate transaction team is supported by our lawyers around the world with expertise in all relevant practice areas and by the deep expertise of our multi-disciplinary industry groups in sectors such as chemicals, consumer goods, diversified industrials, energy, life sciences, and technology.

Our Global Corporate Practice provides comprehensive legal services spanning all aspects of complex local, cross-border and multi-jurisdictional corporate matters. Our corporate transaction team is supported by our lawyers around the world with expertise in all relevant practice areas and by the deep expertise of our multi-disciplinary industry groups in sectors such as chemicals, consumer goods, diversified industrials, energy, life sciences, and technology.

Our more than 370 corporate lawyers collaborate across the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific. Together, we bring you the benefit of:

Geographic Footprint

The 8th largest footprint of all international law firms. With on-the-ground presence in all major financial and industrial centers and in emerging markets, we provide seamless corporate advice. Utilizing our local lawyers who are fluent in a country’s native language and familiar with the local law, we provide advice and negotiate deals in the local languages of the countries where we have offices.

A Fully Integrated Practice

Significant experience in all areas of corporate activity, including mergers and acquisitions, public takeovers, IPOs and secondary offerings, private placements of securities, debt financing and related finance structuring of corporate transactions, corporate governance, partnership structures, private equity, venture capital, joint ventures, international commercial transactions, project support and company secretarial services.

Our more than 370 corporate lawyers collaborate across the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific. Together, we bring you the benefit of:

Geographic Footprint

The 8th largest footprint of all international law firms. With on-the-ground presence in all major financial and industrial centers and in emerging markets, we provide seamless corporate advice. Utilizing our local lawyers who are fluent in a country’s native language and familiar with the local law, we provide advice and negotiate deals in the local languages of the countries where we have offices.

A Fully Integrated Practice

Significant experience in all areas of corporate activity, including mergers and acquisitions, public takeovers, IPOs and secondary offerings, private placements of securities, debt financing and related finance structuring of corporate transactions, corporate governance, partnership structures, private equity, venture capital, joint ventures, international commercial transactions, project support and company secretarial services.

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Mergers & Acquisitions

Comprehensive multi-disciplinary services from deal inception through the closing process and post-closing integration, including national and cross-border mergers, acquisitions (including takeovers), divestitures and restructurings.

Private Investment Funds

Leading global legal advisors to fund sponsors and institutional investors investing worldwide in private investment funds and separate account platforms across a wide range of sectors and investment strategies.  Full service expertise in the formation, operation of and investment in private investment funds, as well as the commercial, legal and regulatory matters pertinent to the investment management industry.

Private Equity

Advice across the complete private equity cycle:

  • Fundraising: formation of investment funds and alternative investment vehicles, and co-investment transactions
  • Investments and Transactions: venture capital and private equity transactions and acquisitions of portfolio investments
  • Portfolio Management: the day-to-day management of portfolio companies, including bolt-on acquisitions, restructurings, debt refinancing and management incentive arrangements
  • Exits: formulation and implementation of exit strategies including divestitures, recapitalizations, or IPOs.

Capital Markets

Advice to issuers, sponsors and underwriters on a broad range of public and private securities offerings. This includes local and cross-border equity and debt offerings, Rule 144A and Regulation S offerings, global securities exchange listings and compliance, takeovers and tender offers.

Corporate Governance

Advice to public and privately-held companies on all aspects of corporate governance, including governance practices, regulatory proceedings and extraordinary corporate events.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Comprehensive multi-disciplinary services from deal inception through the closing process and post-closing integration, including national and cross-border mergers, acquisitions (including takeovers), divestitures and restructurings.

Private Investment Funds

Leading global legal advisors to fund sponsors and institutional investors investing worldwide in private investment funds and separate account platforms across a wide range of sectors and investment strategies.  Full service expertise in the formation, operation of and investment in private investment funds, as well as the commercial, legal and regulatory matters pertinent to the investment management industry.

Private Equity

Advice across the complete private equity cycle:

  • Fundraising: formation of investment funds and alternative investment vehicles, and co-investment transactions
  • Investments and Transactions: venture capital and private equity transactions and acquisitions of portfolio investments
  • Portfolio Management: the day-to-day management of portfolio companies, including bolt-on acquisitions, restructurings, debt refinancing and management incentive arrangements
  • Exits: formulation and implementation of exit strategies including divestitures, recapitalizations, or IPOs.

Capital Markets

Advice to issuers, sponsors and underwriters on a broad range of public and private securities offerings. This includes local and cross-border equity and debt offerings, Rule 144A and Regulation S offerings, global securities exchange listings and compliance, takeovers and tender offers.

Corporate Governance

Advice to public and privately-held companies on all aspects of corporate governance, including governance practices, regulatory proceedings and extraordinary corporate events.

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Mergermarket M&A Legal Advisors – by volume of M&A deals (up to US$500 million)

  • Top 3 for UK deals 
  • Top 15 for European deals 
  • Top 20 for Global deals
  • Top 25 for Asia Pacific deals

Thomson Reuters Mid-Market M&A Legal Advisors Review – by volume of M&A deals (up to US$500 million)

  • Top 3 for UK deals
  • Top 15 for European deals
  • Top 15 for Indian deals 
  • Top 25 for Japanese deals

Bloomberg Global M&A Market Review – by volume of announced M&A deals

  • Top 10 for UK deals
  • Top 15 for European deals 

Legal Directories

  • Ranked Tier 1 mid-market M&A (up to US$500 million) – The Legal 500 US Corporate 2015
  • Ranked Tier 1 Corporate Law Firm – US News & World Report “Best Law Firm” 2015
  • Ranked Tier 1 for M&A: mid–market, £50–£250 million. – The Legal 500 UK Corporate 2015
  • Ranked Tier 1 Corporate Law – US National, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Miami, Phoenix, Washington DC and West Palm Beach – Best Lawyers 2015
  • Ranked Tier 1 Mergers & Acquisitions Law – Cleveland and Columbus – Best Lawyers 2015
  • Ranked Tier 1 Securities/Capital Markets Law – Columbus, Phoenix and West Palm Beach – Best Lawyers 2015
  • Ranked for Corporate/M&A: Ohio – Chambers USA Corporate/M&A 2015
  • Ranked Tier 1 Corporate/Commercial: Dominican Republic – Chambers Global 2015
  • Ranked Tier 1 Corporate/Commercial:  Dominican Republic "We have been highly impressed with this firm. The ability to execute transactions in a timely manner is the best in the Dominican Republic and the attention to detail is exemplary." – Chambers Latin America 2016
  • Ranked Tier 1 Private Equity: Russia “I found the team to be dedicated, hard-working and capable of finding compromises in difficult negotiations. This is a strong team that does excellent work." – Chambers Europe 2015
  • Ranked for Corporate/M&A: CEE, Hungary, Russia, Slovakia – Chambers Europe 2015
  • Ranked for Corporate/Commercial: Qatar "The team possesses strong leadership and problem-solving skills, and has the ability to come up with creative and innovative solutions." – Chambers Global 2015
  • Teams in Australia, Belgium, China, Central/Eastern Europe, Japan, Russia, Saudi Arabia are recommended for Corporate/ M&A – The Legal 500 2015

Mergermarket M&A Legal Advisors – by volume of M&A deals (up to US$500 million)

  • Top 3 for UK deals 
  • Top 15 for European deals 
  • Top 20 for Global deals
  • Top 25 for Asia Pacific deals

Thomson Reuters Mid-Market M&A Legal Advisors Review – by volume of M&A deals (up to US$500 million)

  • Top 3 for UK deals
  • Top 15 for European deals
  • Top 15 for Indian deals 
  • Top 25 for Japanese deals

Bloomberg Global M&A Market Review – by volume of announced M&A deals

  • Top 10 for UK deals
  • Top 15 for European deals 

Legal Directories

  • Ranked Tier 1 mid-market M&A (up to US$500 million) – The Legal 500 US Corporate 2015
  • Ranked Tier 1 Corporate Law Firm – US News & World Report “Best Law Firm” 2015
  • Ranked Tier 1 for M&A: mid–market, £50–£250 million. – The Legal 500 UK Corporate 2015
  • Ranked Tier 1 Corporate Law – US National, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Miami, Phoenix, Washington DC and West Palm Beach – Best Lawyers 2015
  • Ranked Tier 1 Mergers & Acquisitions Law – Cleveland and Columbus – Best Lawyers 2015
  • Ranked Tier 1 Securities/Capital Markets Law – Columbus, Phoenix and West Palm Beach – Best Lawyers 2015
  • Ranked for Corporate/M&A: Ohio – Chambers USA Corporate/M&A 2015
  • Ranked Tier 1 Corporate/Commercial: Dominican Republic – Chambers Global 2015
  • Ranked Tier 1 Corporate/Commercial:  Dominican Republic "We have been highly impressed with this firm. The ability to execute transactions in a timely manner is the best in the Dominican Republic and the attention to detail is exemplary." – Chambers Latin America 2016
  • Ranked Tier 1 Private Equity: Russia “I found the team to be dedicated, hard-working and capable of finding compromises in difficult negotiations. This is a strong team that does excellent work." – Chambers Europe 2015
  • Ranked for Corporate/M&A: CEE, Hungary, Russia, Slovakia – Chambers Europe 2015
  • Ranked for Corporate/Commercial: Qatar "The team possesses strong leadership and problem-solving skills, and has the ability to come up with creative and innovative solutions." – Chambers Global 2015
  • Teams in Australia, Belgium, China, Central/Eastern Europe, Japan, Russia, Saudi Arabia are recommended for Corporate/ M&A – The Legal 500 2015

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