Our mergers and acquisitions practice consists of lawyers with extensive experience representing clients in acquisitions, mergers, divestitures, joint ventures and similar transactions. We represent buyers and sellers, both public and private and both foreign and domestic, in transactions of all sizes across a broad array of industries. In each case, we strive to manage the transaction in the way that will best achieve the client’s objectives.
The goal of Stradley Ronon’s mergers and acquisitions practice is to guide clients through a deal process that, while exciting, is also complex, time-consuming and often difficult. We understand that for some clients, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and other transformative transactions are a regular part of their business, while for other clients such transactions are a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
For clients doing their first M&A deal, we recognize that we must be not only lawyers, but also teachers. We gladly take time to familiarize these clients with the M&A process, to help them gauge their expectations regarding the time and effort needed to accomplish a deal, and to carefully explain the way that issues are ultimately addressed in the numerous transaction documents.
For our experienced M&A clients, we aim to partner in a pragmatic relationship that works seamlessly and efficiently. We are happy to take on as much or as little of the work as the client wishes, such as dividing up due diligence or drafting responsibilities in a way that takes advantage of the client’s internal M&A capabilities while ensuring that all deal issues are identified and appropriately addressed. This “a la carte” approach allows us to provide only those services that are of true value to the experienced M&A client.
And for all of our M&A clients, we seek to share in a successful deal process that ultimately realizes the client’s objectives for the transaction.
It goes without saying that our lawyers have extensive experience in all areas that clients need from their M&A counsel, such as performing due diligence, deciding on an appropriate deal structure, drafting and negotiating deal documents, and getting the deal to closing. But equally important is that, while providing these services, we remain sensitive to the specific needs of each client, and we manage the deal process accordingly. We seek to ensure that our buyer clients do not take on unanticipated risks, while we seek to limit post-closing indemnification claims against clients who are sellers.
Our attorneys recognize that issues that are important to a Fortune 500 company may not be relevant to an individual entrepreneur. And our representation of public companies and privately held companies reflects the important ways in which those two types of entities differ. We believe it is this sensitivity to client needs that has allowed us to successfully represent clients across the spectrum – from small businesses to middle-market firms to companies that are international household names – in transactions with values ranging from less than $1 million to more than $1 billion.
Our M&A practice comprises more than 60 lawyers. While our corporate lawyers assume principal responsibility for drafting deal documents and managing the overall deal process, Stradley Ronon’s M&A team includes lawyers in tax, employment law, employee benefits, executive compensation, intellectual property, real estate, environmental law and other areas commonly implicated in M&A transactions. By drawing on the knowledge and experience of these practitioners, we are able to structure tax-efficient transactions that identify and address the broad array of issues that arise in any M&A deal.
Stradley Ronon’s M&A lawyers handle transactions across a broad array of industries, including:
- Consumer Products
- Health Care
- Investment Management
- Professional Services