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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.
A multinational telecommunications company

A multinational telecommunications company

on its GBP31.4bn joint venture with Telefónica to merge two telecommunications companies' fixed, broadband and mobile businesses in the UK.



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

A global retail company

A global retail company

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: 13 January 2023

Global trends in private M&A 2023

We have recently produced our annual client presentation on global trends in private M&A. Our findings draw on an in-depth analysis of more than 1,700 private M&A deals that A&O has advised on…

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Publications: 12 January 2023

OECD Pillars: Full steam ahead

2023 is set to be a year of change for the global tax landscape. After many years of negotiation, development and consultation, implementation of the OECD’s Pillar One and Pillar Two reforms to…

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News: 09 December 2022

2023 global M&A transactions: cautious optimism amid challenging outlook

Despite the uncertain geopolitical landscape, inflationary pressure and rising interest rates we are cautiously optimistic for the varied opportunities the next 12 months will bring.

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Publications: 09 December 2022

Run on energy and infrastructure deals set to drive further market evolution

The energy crisis has turbocharged energy and infrastructure M&A. As activity intensifies, corporates will continue investing alongside financial sponsors – who in turn are partnering with developers…

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  • 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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