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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.

American Tower

American Tower

American Tower on the EUR7.7bn acquisition of Telxius Towers, comprising approximately 31,000 existing communications sites in Germany, Spain, Brazil, Chile, Peru and Argentina, from Telefónica.
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.

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.

Special purpose acquisition company (SPAC)

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News & insights

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News: 30 JULY 2021

Allen & Overy advises Wren House on its acquisition of a majority stake in Almaviva Santé

Allen & Overy advised the global investment fund specialized in infrastructure financing Wren House in the context of its entry into exclusive negotiations with Antin Infrastructure Partners for the…

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Publications: 19 JULY 2021

APAC M&A Insights: De-SPAC considerations in Southeast Asia

There is increased SPAC activity in the Asia Pacific region, with most of the recent activity focused on business combinations or ‘de-SPAC’ transactions.

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News: 14 JULY 2021

Strong performance in global M&A league tables for A&O in H1 2021

A&O has completed H1 2021 with a strong performance in the M&A league tables; the result of advising on a significant number of complex, high-value transactions in a wide range of sectors and markets,…

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Publications: 13 JULY 2021

Podcast: Collaborations with tech companies and IP considerations

Collaborations stimulate innovation and can accelerate entry into markets and broaden market opportunities.

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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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