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.
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 & insights
News: 16 May 2022
Allen & Overy has advised Campari Group on the signing and simultaneous closing of an agreement with Diageo, a global leader in beverage alcohol, to acquire the French flavoured liqueur brand Picon…
News: 29 April 2022
A&O has marked the end of Q1 2022 with a strong performance in the M&A league tables; the result of advising on a number of complex transactions in a wide range of sectors and markets, around our…
Publications: 28 April 2022
As the market for NFTs continues to soar, tech and non-tech businesses alike are exploring M&A opportunities to prepare for the metaverse and Web3.
Publications: 09 March 2022
The Belgian Chamber of Representatives recently approved a draft law transposing EU Directive 2019/1 to empower the competition authorities of the Member States to be more effective enforcers and to…
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