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Corporate and M&A

Operating in more than 30 countries – and at the forefront of our industry – Allen & Overy is one of the world’s leading corporate advisers.

Working alongside some of the world’s most successful companies, commercial and investment banks and private equity firms, the corporate work we do breaks new ground and sets precedents.

Our clients know us as an ambitious, creative and enterprising team of individuals who think differently and embrace the most complex and cutting-edge commercial ventures.

We find innovative new ways to deliver our services and exceed expectations: on public takeovers, private M&A, equity capital marketsprivate equityjoint ventures and commercial partnerships, disposals and corporate reorganisations.

Combined with our transactional expertise, we also cover the full range of specialist areas including antitrust and competitioncommercialemployment and benefitsenvironmentalintellectual propertytax and corporate governance

Moreover, we work hand-in-hand with banking and finance, capital markets and litigation teams to cover the full spectrum of business law advice and ensure a level of service and quality of advice that very few other firms can match on a global scale. 

Driven by our clients’ needs, we combine U.S., English and local law expertise within one single, integrated firm as well as the broadest network of any of the leading global elite law firms, with more than 40 offices worldwide. Our global insights, local depth and creative thinking assist us to get deals done and find solutions in complex cases. 

 

Our recent experience

21st Century Fox

21st Century Fox

on its USD71bn acquisition by The Walt Disney Company and on its subsequent GBP11.6bn sale of its 39% stake in Sky to Comcast.

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

on its multi-billion dollar three-way merger with Union National Bank PJSC and Al Hilal Bank.

American Tower

American Tower

American Tower on the EUR7.7bn acquisition of Telxius Towers, comprising approximately 31,000 existing communications sites in Germany, Spain, Brazil, Chile, Peru and Argentina, from Telefónica.
Liberty Global

Liberty Global

on its GBP31.4bn joint venture with Telefónica to merge Virgin Media and O2’s fixed, broadband and mobile businesses in the UK.

Refinitiv

Refinitiv

on the proposed USD27bn acquisition by the London Stock Exchange Group.

Tesco

Tesco

on the USD10.6bn sale of the entire interest in its businesses in Thailand and Malaysia to CP Group entities following a competitive sale process.

News and insights

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Publications: 07 July 2022

Global M&A transactions drop over 20%, but bright spots remain

The value of global M&A transactions dropped 21% when compared to the record high of H1 2021, although deal values still broke USD2 trillion.

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Publications: 07 July 2022

Real Estate M&A booms in H1 – but which assets will stay the course in uncertain market conditions?

Global M&A may have lost its fizz in the first half of the year, but real estate deals were back with a bang after a slowdown during the pandemic.

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Publications: 07 July 2022

What protections are available to investors on minority deals?

There was a time when many private equity firms would only invest in a business if they could take full control. Not so anymore. Over the past five years, we have seen a marked increase in deals where…

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Publications: 07 July 2022

Growth of ‘core plus’ infrastructure investing puts spotlight on diligence and deal terms

The evolution from core to core plus investment is changing the asset class. Over the past ten years the types of assets that infrastructure investors have been willing to buy has been steadily…

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Recognition

Awards

  • Equity Deal of the Year, JDE Peets’ IPO, IFLR Europe Awards 2021
  • Equity Deal of the Year, AREIT IPO, IFLR Asia-Pacific Awards 2021
  • Equity Market Deal of the Year, Australasian Awards 2020
  • Cross-border M&A Legal Adviser of the Year, Mergermarket Australia M&A Awards 2020
  • Outbound M&A Legal Adviser of the Year, Mergermarket Japan Awards 2020
  • Best Law Firm in Asia: M&A, FinanceAsia Achievement Awards 2019
  • UK Legal Adviser of the Year, Mergermarket European M&A Awards 2019
  • Benelux Legal Adviser of the Year, Mergermarket European M&A Awards 2019
  • Domestic Deal of the Year for Alawwal Bank/The Saudi British Bank merger, IFLR Middle East Awards 2019

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