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 markets, private equity, joint ventures and commercial partnerships, disposals and corporate restructurings.
Combined with our transactional expertise, we also cover the full range of specialist areas including antitrust and competition, commercial, employment and benefits, environmental, intellectual property, tax 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
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
on its multi-billion dollar three-way merger with Union National Bank PJSC and Al Hilal Bank.
on its GBP31.4bn joint venture with Telefónica to merge Virgin Media and O2’s fixed, broadband and mobile businesses in the UK.
MS&AD Insurance Group
on its GBP3.25bn sale of ReAssure Group Plc to Phoenix Group Holdings Limited.
on the proposed USD27bn acquisition by the London Stock Exchange Group.
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 & insights
Publications: 18 SEPTEMBER 2020
Under State aid rules, UK and EEA Member State governments may not generally provide selective assistance to businesses without prior approval from the European Commission (EC). This includes…Read more
News: 07 SEPTEMBER 2020
With global air travel down 95% due to Covid-19, Allen & Overy is advising on some of the biggest deals keeping airlines in business.Read more
News: 05 AUGUST 2020
Allen & Overy is lead counsel to the consortium, made up of Finnish insurer Sampo and South Africa’s Rand Merchant Investment (RMI), on its recommended cash offer for Hastings Group Holdings plc…Read more
News: 07 JULY 2020
A&O has marked the end of H1 2020 with an outstanding performance in the M&A league tables; the result of our cutting edge market insights, technical excellence and global network that gives us the…Read more
A&O is an excellent resource for us as a company that has so many global offices. They have a really good handle on co-ordination and deal management for large global transactions, that's one of their huge strengths.
Chambers Global 2020 (Corporate/M&A)
The obvious key strengths are the outstanding intra-firm co-operation among several offices, quality of personnel and the seamless support.
Chambers Global 2019 (Corporate/M&A)
- 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