Financial and strategic buyers and sellers must navigate constantly changing financing challenges, valuation gaps, increased investor demands and an ever-changing regulatory landscape. Now more than ever, successful transactions rely upon the support of experienced, practical and creative legal counsel.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s mergers and acquisitions (M&A) practice represents public and private companies, prominent investment funds, boards of directors and special committees, investors, senior management and shareholders in complex mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, partnerships and other strategic transactions. Our core M&A team is supported by our debt finance, tax, executive compensation and employee benefits, labor, intellectual property, real estate, environmental, antitrust, regulatory and policy practitioners. Our network includes relationships with financial advisors, investment banks, accountants and lenders throughout the world.
In 2014, an Akin Gump deal team was selected to The American Lawyer’s “Dealmaker of the Year” feature. The firm was also recognized for its role in The American Lawyer’s Global M&A Deal of 2013, named one of the Financial Times’ “most innovative law firms of 2014” for its work on a groundbreaking transaction in Asia, and is recognized consistently by Corporate Board Member as a top corporate law firm in the United States in an annual survey of senior officers and directors of public companies. In the first half of 2014, the firm ranked fifth among law firms advising on U.S. middle-market M&A, seventh on M&A transactions in China, and in the top twenty on Eastern European and Latin American M&A transactions (according to Thomson Reuters). In 2013, Akin Gump handled in excess of $57 billion in M&A deals.
Akin Gump has been at the forefront of some of the most sophisticated mid- and large-cap transactions in recent years. In coordination with our preeminent financial restructuring practice, the firm has achieved market leadership positions for our role in distressed transactions, restructurings and 363 sales. In addition to closing scores of middle-market deals, our team has recently advised on a number of high-profile transactions, including global telecommunications mergers, a major patent auction, a going private transaction for a homebuilder, a leveraged buyout of a national outdoor entertainment company and trendsetting deals in the renewable and traditional energy industry.
Our M&A team advises clients with respect to:
- stock sales, asset sales and mergers
- leveraged buyouts
- going private transactions
- tender offers
- contested transactions
- anti-takeover preparedness and advice
- joint ventures and strategic alliances
- acquisition financing
- tax structuring
- corporate governance matters
- management and employee participation and incentive programs
- sales of distressed assets
- cross-border transactions.