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Mergers & Acquisitions

Recognised for our mix of M&A and corporate financing expertise and for a level of service that very few law firms can match.

We support buyers and sellers at all stages of transactions – from bid preparation and submission to negotiation, sign-off and close. We advise on the full range of deal structures from public takeovers/tender offers through to divestments, auctions, take privates and demergers. Our track record in M&A, expertise and local knowledge ensure that we deliver cost-effective, high quality legal advice. Our close-knit team of lawyers across the world employs a common approach, which means we can handle cross-border deals effectively.


Our sector teams work closely across our network of offices to provide clients with an unrivalled, seamless service. Strong sector knowledge built up from years of working with clients across all sectors, allows us to bring a strategic approach to our work, a deep understanding of industry issues and ensures we provide an efficient approach to due diligence.


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.

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.

MS&AD Insurance Group

MS&AD Insurance Group

on its GBP3.25bn sale of ReAssure Group Plc to Phoenix Group Holdings Limited.

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 & insights

The M&A landscape in 2021: A global picture

Publications: 29 JANUARY 2021

The M&A landscape in 2021: A global picture

The global M&A market staged a remarkable recovery in the second half of last year, despite an escalating pandemic and deep political turmoil. As 2021 begins, we identify the most significant trends…

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Publications: 19 JANUARY 2021

Just and equitable: Winding up quasi-partnerships

CHU v LAU [2020] UKPC 24 The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council has provided clarification on the grounds for winding up a quasi-partnership on just and equitable grounds under the insolvency…

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Global trends in private M&A

Publications: 13 JANUARY 2021

Global trends in private M&A

We have recently produced a client presentation on global trends in private M&A. Our findings draw on an in-depth analysis of around 1,400 private M&A deals that A&O has advised on globally, looking…

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News: 07 JANUARY 2021

A&O ends 2020 with a strong performance in global M&A league tables

A&O has marked the end of Q4 2020 with a strong performance in the M&A league tables; the result of advising on a number of complex, high-value transactions in a wide range of sectors and markets,…

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Recognition

Awards

  • 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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