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.
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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.
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.
Special purpose acquisition company (SPAC)
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News and insights
News: 24 February 2023
Allen & Overy advises Total Webhosting Solutions on the acquisition de Gandi.net Group
Allen & Overy has advised Total Webhosting Solutions (TWS), the Pan-European performance house of local webhosting companies, on the acquisition of Gandi.net Group from the majority shareholder…
Publications: 25 January 2023
Tackling foreign subsidies: new EU rules enter into force
On 12 January 2023, the EU Foreign Subsidies Regulation (FSR) entered into force. The FSR will have a significant impact on and create new obligations for parties that are participating in…
Publications: 23 January 2023
EU regulation on foreign subsidies - implications for infrastructure investors
A new EU Foreign Subsidies Regulation entered into force on 12 January 2023.
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…
A&O has advised on more than 2,900 M&A deals worth over GBP1.8tn since 2010.
They have a very strong, capable network globally, and when working on matters for you they ensure the service quality is as needed. They are commercial, pragmatic, technically good, and helpful and sensitive on pricing.
Chambers Global 2021 (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
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Global trends in private M&A
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