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
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: 29 JANUARY 2021
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…Read more
Publications: 19 JANUARY 2021
CHU v LAU  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…Read more
Publications: 13 JANUARY 2021
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…Read more
News: 07 JANUARY 2021
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,…Read more
A&O has advised on more than 2,900 M&A deals worth over GBP1.8tn since 2010.
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)
- 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