Mergers & Acquisitions

Deals that move quickly, confidently and confidentially are more likely to be consummated, which is why so many buyers and sellers rely on Arnold & Porter for representation. Our Mergers & Acquisitions team provides market-term awareness, industry-specific know-how and creative problem-solving to effectively and efficiently execute complex domestic, cross-border and international M&A and other business combination and joint venture transactions. Our clients trust us with public and private acquisitions, unsolicited bids and proxy contests, spin-offs, carve-outs, joint ventures, going-private transactions, and special committee representations. Working with lawyers from our other renowned practices, we provide a full-service solution to deliver on our clients' transaction objectives.

Regulatory Strength to Drive Broad Industry Coverage: We bring our deep understanding of regulated industries to our representation across a range of sectors, including life sciences and healthcare, financial services, aerospace and defense, technology and media, energy, consumer products, manufacturing, and services.

International Practice: Our practice spans our US, European and Asian offices, representing leading domestic and foreign businesses looking to transact around the globe.

Seamless Integration With Broad Practice of the Firm: Our deal-focused practitioners work directly with the leading regulatory lawyers within our firm and specialists in tax, benefits, antitrust, bankruptcy, litigation, and many other complementary areas.

Experience Highlights

  • Alcon, the global leader in eye care, in its acquisition of PowerVision, a medical device company focused on creating fluid-based intraocular lens implants for cataract patients.
  • The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of American Realty Capital-Retail Centers of America Inc. in its $1.4 billion merger with American Finance Trust Inc.
  • Capital One NA in its acquisition of Wikibuy, an Austin, Texas-based technology company that is a leader in the growing market of automated online shopping comparison engines.
  • CommunityOne Bancorp in its merger with Capital Bank Financial Corp. The deal is a 85% stock/15% cash election transaction. At the time of announcing the transaction, CommunityOne Bancorp was valued at $2.4 billion, and the merger consideration is valued at approximately $350 million.
  • Komatsu Ltd. in its $2.9 billion acquisition of high-productivity mining equipment company, Joy Global.
  • Kongsberg Gruppen ASA in its sale of Hydroid Inc., a leading supplier of small and autonomous underwater vessels, to Huntington Ingalls Industries for $350 million.
  • Pfizer in the joint creation of Cerevel Therapeutics LLP, a new biopharmaceutical company focused on developing drug candidates to treat disorders of the central nervous system, with Bain Capital.
  • Pharmachem Laboratories, a leading provider of quality ingredients to the global health and wellness industries and high-value differentiated products to fragrance and flavor houses, on its sale to Ashland, a global leader in providing specialty chemical solutions to customers in a wide range of consumer and industrial markets for $660 million.
  • Resolute Energy Corporation, an independent oil and gas company, in its $1.6 billion merger with Cimarex Energy Co.
  • Xilinx Inc., a Nasdaq-listed leader in adaptive and intelligent computing, with respect to the acquisition of Solarflare Communications Inc., a leading provider of high-performance, low latency networking solutions for customers spanning FinTech to cloud computing.
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