Corporate and Finance

Mergers & Acquisitions

Arnold & Porter's Mergers & Acquisitions practice is at the core of the firm's Corporate and Finance practice. We represent buyers and sellers in the negotiation of mergers; stock, asset, and whole-business acquisitions; leveraged buyouts; tender offers; and other transactions involving changes in corporate control.

Our clients include major international and domestic companies, both public and private, as well as private equity firms and other financial institutions. Our clients span many industries, including life sciences, technology, media, energy, aerospace and defense, consumer products, manufacturing, asset management, and services, among others.

The breadth of our regulatory practices complements our core M&A experience to provide a strategic advantage to our clients. Our corporate M&A attorneys are familiar with a myriad of regulatory issues that can arise in M&A transactions and work efficiently to address those issues with our regulatory colleagues while remaining attentive to our clients' business objectives, and we have completed numerous transactions in many regulated industries.

Our transactional teams assist clients in all phases of their acquisitions, from structuring and negotiating the transaction, through the various regulatory approval processes and post-closing integration activities. Our multidisciplinary practice utilizes the talents of experienced lawyers in many practice areas, including intellectual property, employee benefits and executive compensation, employment, tax, government contracts and national security, financial services, environmental, real estate, antitrust and competition, life sciences and healthcare regulatory, and litigation.

We are recognized by a number of leading publications for our work in this area including by Chambers USA 2018 for Corporate/M&A: Highly Regarded (Nationwide and New York) and Corporate/M&A and Private Equity (Washington, DC), The Legal 500 US 2018 for M&A: Middle-Market and Private Equity Buyouts and by US News and World Report/Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" 2017 for Corporate Law, Private Equity Law, and Mergers and Acquisitions Law.


Williams Lea Tag Acquisition of Taylor James

Represented leading independent global marketing activation partner in its acquisition of a leading digital production studio.

Celestica Inc. Acquisition of Atrenne Integrated Solutions, Inc.

Represented a Canadian electronics manufacturing services company in its acquisition of a defense contractor.

Anthony Costa & Sons Sale of a portion of interest in Fresh Leaf Farms

Represented farming and food processing company in the sale of a portion of its interest in Fresh Leaf Farms in connection with the acquisition of its joint venture partner, Mann Packing Company, by Del Monte Produce.

Heitz Wine Cellars Sale of Heitz Wine Cellars

Represented Napa Valley winery, in its sale to Gaylon Lawrence Jr., owner in one of the country’s largest agricultural businesses.

The Halifax Group Acquisition of ChanceLight Behavioral Health, Therapy & Education

Represented private equity firm in its acquisition of a leading provider of behavioral health, therapy and education solutions.



Foreign Investment Control and M&A: Presentation for a Chinese delegation from The State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council (SASAC)
Arnold & Porter, Frankfurt
UK Merger Control: A New Regime for State Intervention, Foreign Acquisitions and National Security
Significant 2017 Decisions Affecting Private M&A: Part 2
Commercial Contracts Law360, Delaware Law360, Mergers & Acquisitions Law360, Private Equity Law360, Securities Law360
Significant 2017 Decisions Affecting Private Company M&A
Significant 2017 Decisions Affecting Private M&A: Part 1
Commercial Contracts Law360, Delaware Law360, Mergers & Acquisitions Law360, Private Equity Law360, Securities Law360


The Legal 500 US
M&A: Middle-Market (sub-$500M) (2012-2018)
M&A/Corporate and Commercial: Private Equity Buyouts (2017-2018)
M&A: Large Deals ($1B-5B) (2009-2011)
Chambers USA
Corporate/M&A and Private Equity (DC) (2006-2018)
Corporate/M&A (New York) (2013-2018)
Corporate/M&A: Highly Regarded (Nationwide) (2018)
LMG Life Sciences Guide
Transactional: Mergers & Acquisitions (2017)

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