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Corporate Law

As one of the world’s largest corporate law firms, we provide comprehensive legal services spanning all aspects of complex local, cross-border and multi-jurisdictional corporate transactions and matters. 

We work with a diverse range of clients, spanning from Fortune 100 and FTSE 100 companies to startups, financial institutions, private equity firms, corporate financiers, management teams, high net worth individuals and local governments, to deliver their strategic business objectives.

Whether you are expanding the business through strategic mergers and acquisitions (M&A) or need a corporate finance lawyer to advise on corporate governance or equity capital raising, or a corporate and commercial lawyer in relation to commercial contract negotiation,  our team has the expertise and experience to advise on all aspects of your corporate transaction and matter.  

As one of the world’s largest corporate law firms, we provide comprehensive legal services spanning all aspects of complex local, cross-border and multi-jurisdictional corporate transactions and matters. 

We work with a diverse range of clients, spanning from Fortune 100 and FTSE 100 companies to startups, financial institutions, private equity firms, corporate financiers, management teams, high net worth individuals and local governments, to deliver their strategic business objectives.

Whether you are expanding the business through strategic mergers and acquisitions (M&A) or need a corporate finance lawyer to advise on corporate governance or equity capital raising, or a corporate and commercial lawyer in relation to commercial contract negotiation,  our team has the expertise and experience to advise on all aspects of your corporate transaction and matter.  

What Corporate Law Services Do We Offer?

Our more than 390 corporate attorneys collaborate across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. Together, our corporate and commercial lawyers have significant experience in all areas of corporate activity, including: 

  • M&A
  • Divestures
  • Restructurings
  • Public takeovers
  • Private placements of securities 
  • Rule 144A
  • Capital markets
  • IPOs and secondary offerings
  • SPACs
  • Debt financing and related finance structuring of corporate transactions
  • Corporate governance
  • Partnership structures 
  • Private investment fund formation
  • Private equity (PE)
  • Management buy-outs (MBO)
  • Secondary/leveraged buy-outs (SBO/LBO)
  • Venture capital (VC)
  • Joint ventures
  • International commercial transactions
  • Company secretarial services 

Mergers and Acquisitions 

Our team of corporate lawyers will guide you through the M&A process from deal inception through to the closing process and post-closing integration. 

Our services include national and cross-border mergers, acquisitions (including takeovers), divestitures and restructurings.

Private Equity

Our trusted team of corporate attorneys and private equity specialists advises across the complete private equity cycle: 

  • Fundraising – Formation of investment funds and alternative investment vehicles, as well as co-investment transactions.
  • Investments and transactions – Venture capital and private equity transactions, as well as acquisitions of portfolio investments.
  • Portfolio management – 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 and IPOs.

Capital Markets 

We advise issuers, sponsors and underwriters on a broad range of public and private securities offerings. Our team of corporate finance lawyers has experience across:

  • Initial public offerings (IPOs)
  • Local and cross-border equity and debt offerings
  • Global securities exchange listings (including NYSE, FTSE, AIM, NASDAQ, Deutsche Börse, Euronext, Frankfurt Stock Exchange, Australian Securities Exchange and Tokyo Stock Exchange)
  • Rule 144A and Regulation S offerings
  • Public takeovers and tender offers

With our team working on complex high-profile cases, we are a favored choice in capital markets. 

Corporate Governance

As a leading global corporate law firm, we advise public and privately held companies on all aspects of corporate governance, including governance practices, regulatory proceedings and extraordinary corporate events.

What Industries Do We Work In?

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 multidisciplinary industry groups in sectors such as chemicals, consumer goods, diversified industrials, energy, life sciences and technology.

What Are Our Specialisms?

As one of the world’s largest corporate law firms, we provide comprehensive legal services spanning all aspects of complex local, cross-border and multijurisdictional corporate transactions and matters.

As a result of our client-led approach, we are ranked National Tier 1 Corporate Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Law by U.S. News – Best Lawyers Best Law Firms 2021, ranked Tier 1 for Corporate M&A (Mid-market) by The Legal 500 US and The Legal 500 UK, and highly ranked by league tables including Mergermarket, Bloomberg and Refinitiv in the US, UK, EMEA and Asia Pacific regions.

Who Do We Help?

Our team of corporate lawyers helps private and public businesses worldwide.

Our clients include:

  • Domestic and international companies 
  • Business owners and shareholders
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Management teams
  • Local and national governments 
  • Private equity and venture capital providers
  • Financial service businesses, banks or professional services organizations

Where Are Our Offices?

We have a team of more than 390 corporate, commercial lawyers spanning the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. With the seventh-largest footprint of all international law firms, we have an on-the-ground presence in all major financial and industrial centers, and in emerging markets. This geographic footprint allows us to provide seamless corporate advice to our clients – business does not stop at borders, and neither do our services. 

Utilizing our local lawyers who are fluent in a country’s native language and familiar with the local law, we provide sound legal advice and negotiate deals in the local languages of the countries where we have offices.

Why Choose Us

We have a strong, partner-led team – Our team has significant expertise on all aspects of complex local, cross-border and multijurisdictional corporate transactions and matters. We collaborate with each other and our clients’ in-house and adviser teams. We select the right person to handle each portion of the transaction to keep the process on time, while identifying and mitigating transaction risks.

Full service – Our global corporate transaction team is supported by market-leading lawyers across all practice groups, including Tax Strategy & Benefits (including executive remuneration), Labor & Employment, Intellectual Property & Technology, Data Privacy, Cybersecurity & Digital Assets (including GDPR advice), Real Estate and Competition – Antitrust, who can be called upon to advise on specific transaction issues, as and when the need arises.

Our approach – Client care is paramount in everything that we do. We recognize that the transactions on which we advise are extremely important to our clients. The only thing that matters to us is that transactions are a success. Our clients expect knowledge of their business, as well as high-quality legal skills from their law firm. Our combination of legal and industry experience allows us to deliver on these expectations and means that we can better analyze client requirements and develop the right approach, ensuring our clients receive insight based on experience and guidance from a team that understands their needs and is able to offer tailored solutions.

We get the deal done – Our team of corporate lawyers is pragmatic and responsive, and we always take into account your business goals when providing our legal counsel.

Find out more about the firm.

What Makes Our Corporate Lawyers Award-Winning? 

Our corporate and commercial lawyers are award-winning, as well as being recognized internationally as leaders in their field. From our place on The Legal 500 UK to being named as a top international firm in Latin America and recognized by Best Lawyers in America, our reputation for providing excellent value to our clients has meant we have established ourselves as leaders in the field. 

Read about our awards.

Get in Touch With Our Team of Corporate Lawyers

We have a team of more than 390 expertly trained corporate, commercial attorneys spanning the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. If you have any questions or wish to talk to one of our lawyers, please do get in touch with one of our market-leading corporate lawyers today.

What Corporate Law Services Do We Offer?

Our more than 390 corporate attorneys collaborate across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. Together, our corporate and commercial lawyers have significant experience in all areas of corporate activity, including: 

  • M&A
  • Divestures
  • Restructurings
  • Public takeovers
  • Private placements of securities 
  • Rule 144A
  • Capital markets
  • IPOs and secondary offerings
  • SPACs
  • Debt financing and related finance structuring of corporate transactions
  • Corporate governance
  • Partnership structures 
  • Private investment fund formation
  • Private equity (PE)
  • Management buy-outs (MBO)
  • Secondary/leveraged buy-outs (SBO/LBO)
  • Venture capital (VC)
  • Joint ventures
  • International commercial transactions
  • Company secretarial services 

Mergers and Acquisitions 

Our team of corporate lawyers will guide you through the M&A process from deal inception through to the closing process and post-closing integration. 

Our services include national and cross-border mergers, acquisitions (including takeovers), divestitures and restructurings.

Private Equity

Our trusted team of corporate attorneys and private equity specialists advises across the complete private equity cycle: 

  • Fundraising – Formation of investment funds and alternative investment vehicles, as well as co-investment transactions.
  • Investments and transactions – Venture capital and private equity transactions, as well as acquisitions of portfolio investments.
  • Portfolio management – 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 and IPOs.

Capital Markets 

We advise issuers, sponsors and underwriters on a broad range of public and private securities offerings. Our team of corporate finance lawyers has experience across:

  • Initial public offerings (IPOs)
  • Local and cross-border equity and debt offerings
  • Global securities exchange listings (including NYSE, FTSE, AIM, NASDAQ, Deutsche Börse, Euronext, Frankfurt Stock Exchange, Australian Securities Exchange and Tokyo Stock Exchange)
  • Rule 144A and Regulation S offerings
  • Public takeovers and tender offers

With our team working on complex high-profile cases, we are a favored choice in capital markets. 

Corporate Governance

As a leading global corporate law firm, we advise public and privately held companies on all aspects of corporate governance, including governance practices, regulatory proceedings and extraordinary corporate events.

What Industries Do We Work In?

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 multidisciplinary industry groups in sectors such as chemicals, consumer goods, diversified industrials, energy, life sciences and technology.

What Are Our Specialisms?

As one of the world’s largest corporate law firms, we provide comprehensive legal services spanning all aspects of complex local, cross-border and multijurisdictional corporate transactions and matters.

As a result of our client-led approach, we are ranked National Tier 1 Corporate Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Law by U.S. News – Best Lawyers Best Law Firms 2021, ranked Tier 1 for Corporate M&A (Mid-market) by The Legal 500 US and The Legal 500 UK, and highly ranked by league tables including Mergermarket, Bloomberg and Refinitiv in the US, UK, EMEA and Asia Pacific regions.

Who Do We Help?

Our team of corporate lawyers helps private and public businesses worldwide.

Our clients include:

  • Domestic and international companies 
  • Business owners and shareholders
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Management teams
  • Local and national governments 
  • Private equity and venture capital providers
  • Financial service businesses, banks or professional services organizations

Where Are Our Offices?

We have a team of more than 390 corporate, commercial lawyers spanning the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. With the seventh-largest footprint of all international law firms, we have an on-the-ground presence in all major financial and industrial centers, and in emerging markets. This geographic footprint allows us to provide seamless corporate advice to our clients – business does not stop at borders, and neither do our services. 

Utilizing our local lawyers who are fluent in a country’s native language and familiar with the local law, we provide sound legal advice and negotiate deals in the local languages of the countries where we have offices.

Why Choose Us

We have a strong, partner-led team – Our team has significant expertise on all aspects of complex local, cross-border and multijurisdictional corporate transactions and matters. We collaborate with each other and our clients’ in-house and adviser teams. We select the right person to handle each portion of the transaction to keep the process on time, while identifying and mitigating transaction risks.

Full service – Our global corporate transaction team is supported by market-leading lawyers across all practice groups, including Tax Strategy & Benefits (including executive remuneration), Labor & Employment, Intellectual Property & Technology, Data Privacy, Cybersecurity & Digital Assets (including GDPR advice), Real Estate and Competition – Antitrust, who can be called upon to advise on specific transaction issues, as and when the need arises.

Our approach – Client care is paramount in everything that we do. We recognize that the transactions on which we advise are extremely important to our clients. The only thing that matters to us is that transactions are a success. Our clients expect knowledge of their business, as well as high-quality legal skills from their law firm. Our combination of legal and industry experience allows us to deliver on these expectations and means that we can better analyze client requirements and develop the right approach, ensuring our clients receive insight based on experience and guidance from a team that understands their needs and is able to offer tailored solutions.

We get the deal done – Our team of corporate lawyers is pragmatic and responsive, and we always take into account your business goals when providing our legal counsel.

Find out more about the firm.

What Makes Our Corporate Lawyers Award-Winning? 

Our corporate and commercial lawyers are award-winning, as well as being recognized internationally as leaders in their field. From our place on The Legal 500 UK to being named as a top international firm in Latin America and recognized by Best Lawyers in America, our reputation for providing excellent value to our clients has meant we have established ourselves as leaders in the field. 

Read about our awards.

Get in Touch With Our Team of Corporate Lawyers

We have a team of more than 390 expertly trained corporate, commercial attorneys spanning the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. If you have any questions or wish to talk to one of our lawyers, please do get in touch with one of our market-leading corporate lawyers today.

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Mergermarket M&A Legal Advisors 2018 – By Volume of M&A Deals (up to US$500 million)

  • Top 5 for UK deals
  • Top 20 for European deals
  • Top 25 for Global deals

Bloomberg Global M&A Market Review 2018 – By Volume of Announced M&A Deals

  • Top 5 UK Mid-Market by Deal Count, up to US$500 million
  • Top 5 UK Mid-Market by Deal Count, up to US$250 million

Legal Directories

  • Ranked National Tier 1 Corporate Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Law – U.S. News – Best Lawyers Best Law Firms 2019
  • Ranked Regional Tier 1 Corporate Law in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Phoenix and West Palm Beach – U.S. News – Best Lawyers Best Law Firms 2019
  • Ranked Regional Tier 1 Mergers and Acquisitions Law in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Phoenix – U.S. News – Best Lawyers Best Law Firms 2019
  • Ranked National Tier 1 Securities/Capital Markets Law – U.S. News – Best Lawyers Best Law Firms 2019
  • Ranked Regional Tier 1 Securities/Capital Markets Law for Columbus and West Palm Beach – U.S. News – Best Lawyers Best Law Firms 2019
  • Ranked Regional Tier 2 Securities/Capital Markets Law for Cleveland and Phoenix – U.S. News – Best Lawyers Best Law Firms 2019
  • Ranked for mid-market M&A (up to US$500 million) – The Legal 500 US 2018
  • Ranked for M&A in Japan and South Korea – Asian Legal Business 2018
  • Ranked for M&A in Australia, China and Japan – The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018
  • Ranked for Corporate/M&A: Ohio (Band 1), Arizona (Band 2) and Georgia (Noted firm) – Chambers USA 2018
  • Ranked for Corporate/M&A: West Midlands (Band 2), Yorkshire (Band 2), London (Band 3) and North West (Band 3) – Chambers UK 2018
  • Ranked for Capital Markets (International Firms): India (Band 3) – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019
  • Ranked top 10 M&A legal adviser by volume of deals for UK and London – Experian 2018 United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland M&A Review
  • Ranked #1 in IPOs completed in India in fiscal 2018 (by value of transaction) – PRIME Database – India’s leading provider of data on the capital markets
  • Ranked #2 in IPOs completed in India in fiscal 2018 (by number of deals) – PRIME Database – India’s leading provider of data on the capital markets
  • Ranked #1 in QIPs completed in fiscal 2018 (by number of deals) – PRIME Database – India’s leading provider of data on the capital markets
  • Ranked #1 international firm for India equity offerings by deal count – Bloomberg Global Legal Advisors League Tables FY 2018
  • Ranked #5 AIM equity offerings by volume – Bloomberg Global Legal Advisors League Tables FY 2018

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