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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.

News & insights

News: 19 MARCH 2020

A&O advises State Grid of China on 49% stake in Oman Electricity Transmission Company

Allen & Overy has advised State Grid International Development Co., Limited (SGID), the sole platform for overseas investments and operations of the State Grid Corporation of China, on its landmark acquisition of a 49% stake in Oman Electricity Transmission Company (OETC) from Electricity Holding Company S.A.O.C. (also known as Nama Holding) for circa USD one billion. 

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Bird's eye view of Thailand

News: 18 MARCH 2020

Allen & Overy acts as co-counsel to Tesco plc on its proposed disposal of its business in Thailand

Allen & Overy has acted as co-counsel to Tesco Plc (Tesco) on the proposed sale of Tesco’s entire interest in its business in Thailand to the CP Group entities, namely C.P. Retail Development Company Limited, Charoen Pokphand Holding Co. Ltd., CP All Public Company Limited and C.P. Merchandising Co. Ltd. (CP Group), which includes a portfolio of nearly 2,000 stores nationwide in Thailand.

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Tess Fang

News: 04 MARCH 2020

A&O bolsters China Corporate practice with appointment of partner Tess Fang in Hong Kong

Allen & Overy is expanding its global Corporate practice with the appointment of Tess Fang, a partner in the Hong Kong office. A native Mandarin speaker who is New York, Hong Kong and PRC-qualified, Tess’s practice will focus on cross-border M&A and private equity transactions in China and globally.  

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Publications: 20 FEBRUARY 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus: points to consider on M&A transactions

As coronavirus (Covid-19), spreads across the world, it has been widely reported that some companies are looking to suspend or terminate their contractual commitments. Factory closures, port and travel restrictions on goods and workers, a decline in energy demand, and reductions in consumer spending are affecting many sectors including manufacturing, transport, tourism, energy and retail. 

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M&A Insights

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Global M&A outlook - There's no place like home

In an uncertain global environment, cross-border deals have declined by 27% as investors turn their attention to domestic markets to do what are often big, strategic deals, and with the top 10 deals of the year all within one country. 


  • M&A Team of the Year, IFLR Asia-Pacific awards 2019
  • 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
  • Best M&A Deal, FinanceAsia Achievement Awards 2018
  • European Mid-Market M&A advisor of the Year, Mergermarket Awards 2018
  • M&A Deal of the Year (for KCA Deutag/Dalma Energy combination), IFLR Middle East Awards 2018

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