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Corporate and M&A

We advise across the broad spectrum of corporate work including public takeovers, private M&A, ECM, complex joint ventures, disposals and corporate restructurings, as well as general commercial, antitrust and corporate governance issues.

Recognised as a leading adviser on M&A and other corporate transactions  we are able to combine exceptional transactional skills with specialist expertise including antitrust, employment and benefits, environmental, intellectual property and tax. This enables us to handle the numerous issues that can arise in a single corporate transaction. We have an exceptional track record in every sector and particular strengths in highly regulated industries.

Allen & Overy is a truly global adviser and we boast an enviable geographic footprint. Our corporate team spans all of our offices and works seamlessly with a global community of relationship law firms giving us access to a further 118 countries. This platform provides our clients with the confidence that they will receive the highest quality advice in both their domestic markets and as they expand into new territories.

Cross-border work is where we excel and the majority of our transactions have a multi-jurisdictional focus. Strong teamwork and efficient working practices and uniform approaches enable us to manage cross-border deals effectively and seamlessly.

Recognition for our work

 "Enormous international network." Chambers Global 2018 – Corporate/M&A

 "Very strong in the UK, Europe and Asia." Chambers Global 2018 – Corporate/M&A

 "They've won some very good deals recently." Chambers Global 2018 – Corporate/M&A


"Competency, knowledge, global reach and sound, engaging approach." Chambers Global 2018 – Corporate/M&A

"Competency, knowledge, global reach and sound, engaging approach.​" Chambers Global 2016 (Corporate M&A – Global-wide)

Unsurprisingly excellent brand and excellent lawyers around the world. It’s an integrated law firm, so they work well together.” Chambers Global 2017 (Corporate/M&A)

Allen & Overy has the advantage of being present in a large number of countries, and can therefore co-ordinate international issues. It is a one-stop shop.” Client feedback – Chambers Global 2017 (Corporate/M&A)

Allen & Overy’s corporate department offers high quality professionals and
great expertise both on domestic and international transactions.”
Chambers Global 2017 (Corporate/M&A)

Lead M&A advisor on three of the six highest value cross-border M&A deals in 2017

2nd Global cross-border by volume, Bloomberg Q4 2017

Adviser on over 250 M&A deals in 2017


M&A Deal of the Year: GO-JEK Fundraising, ALB Southeast - Asia Law Awards, 2017

Private Equity Deal of the Year - IFLR Europe Awards 2017

Global M&A Deal of the Year: Europe, Coca-Cola Bottlers - American Lawyer Global Legal Awards 2016

Only Firm in Tier 1 for General Business Law in Morocco for five consecutive years (2013-2017)

M&A Team of the Year - IFLR Asia Awards 2016

IFLR Europe M&A Team of the Year - IFLR Europe Awards 2015

M&A Deal of the Year: Fajr Capital, Blackstone and Mumtalakat’s acquisition of a minority stake in GEMS - IFLR Middle East Awards 2015


Our experience 


On the EUR25bn merger with Delhaize to create Europe’s largest listed food retailer by market capitalisation and the fifth largest retailer in the U.S. with more than 6,500 stores globally.

China Resources 

The significant majority stakeholder in a consortium with Macquarie Capital, on the proposed acquisition of up to 74% of GenesisCare from KKR and existing management and associated shareholder arrangements. 
National Bank of Abu Dhabi 
On its high-profile merger with First Gulf Bank PJSC. Both banks are Abu Dhabi listed and leading banks in the UAE. The merger will create the Middle East’s largest lender with approximately USD175bn of assets on competition.

On the international aspects of the USD3.15 billion sale of its Valves & Controls division to Emerson Electric Co. To date, the transaction has involved 27 A&O offices in 24 jurisdictions.


On its USD47bn acquisition of NXP Semiconductors through a tender offer on all issued and outstanding shares.


21st Century Fox 
On its GBP18.75bn takeover bid for Sky.

Key people

Richard Browne
Richard Browne
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Dirk Meeus
Dirk Meeus
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