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Mergers & Acquisitions

Deals that move quickly, confidently, and efficiently 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, spinoffs, 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 U.S., 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 US$1.6 billion merger with Cimarex Energy Co., and in numerous capital markets transactions.

  • Xilinx Inc., a Nasdaq-listed leader in adaptive and intelligent computing, in its 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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  • U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers
    "Best Law Firms" for Mergers and Acquisitions – National, Colorado, DC, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco (2024)
  • IFLR1000
    M&A (USA) (2023)
  • Chambers USA
    Corporate/M&A & Private Equity (Washington, D.C.) (2024)
    Corporate/M&A: Highly Regarded (Nationwide, New York, California: San Francisco, Silicon Valley & Surro) (2024)
  • Chambers FinTech
    FinTech Legal (USA) (2023)
  • The Legal 500 UK
    Corporate & Commercial: M&A (Lower Mid-Market) (2023)
    Corporate & Commercial: M&A (Mid-Market) (2011–2020)
  • The Legal 500 US
    M&A: Middle-Market (sub-US$500M) (2023)
    M&A/Corporate and Commercial: Private Equity Buyouts (2023)
    M&A/Corporate and Commercial: Corporate Governance (2023)
  • LMG Life Sciences Guide
    Mergers & Acquisitions (2017, 2019)
  • Chambers Global
    Corporate/M&A (China) (2014-2017)