M&A, Insolvency and Restructuring

Wood & Lee represents participants throughout the world in transactions involving the acquisition or sale of business enterprises or their assets. We represent buyers, sellers, investment bankers, private equity firms, boards of directors, special committees and lenders in all types of acquisitions involving publicly traded and privately held corporations. Our lawyers are active in negotiated and hostile tender offers, leveraged buyouts and going-private transactions. We also advise on split-offs, spin-offs and other significant recapitalisations.

We handle all aspects of these transactions, including advising the board of directors, working with management on business and strategic issues in the deal, organising and conducting due diligence investigations, negotiating agreements, advising on and filing domestic and international antitrust notifications, and participating in post-acquisition planning. Our mergers and acquisitions teams draw on the industry-specific knowledge and experience of lawyers in our intellectual property, tax, antitrust, labour, executive compensation, employee benefits, real estate, regulatory and environmental practices to resolve the complex issues raised in business combination transactions. We also represent investment banking firms and other financial advisors in their role assisting companies in acquisition transactions.

Our lawyers have completed complex and innovative deals, ranging from small private acquisitions to blockbuster multinational acquisitions, always with a pragmatic approach driven by a thorough understanding of the business imperative. Our lawyers have assisted clients in a wide range of industries, including technology, energy, mining, transportation, financial services, forestry, construction, real estate as well as entertainment

Our clients benefit from our extensive experience acting for domestic and international financial institutions. We represent:

  • public and private companies
  • investment dealers
  • investment fund companies
  • portfolio managers
  • financial institutions
  • venture capitalists
  • entrepreneurs
  • securities-related clients, such as securities regulators and stock exchanges
  • independent committees of directors

Our Capabilities

Our lawyers provide mergers and acquisitions advice in connection with:

  • Shares and/or assets transactions, including cross-border or multi-jurisdictional mergers and acquisitions, mergers, share exchanges and reorganisations.
  • Friendly and hostile take-over bids.
  • Targeted or full scope due diligence, including corporate structure, contractual arrangements, intellectual property, environment, product liability, tax, real estate, labour and employment law, pension, regulatory and all other relevant legal aspects of the target business.
  • Joint ventures and other business combinations.
  • Leveraged and management buyouts.
  • Distressed mergers and acquisitions, plans of arrangement, financial restructuring operations, and out-of-court transactions.
  • Spinoff and divestiture of public and private companies.
  • Competition, antitrust and foreign investment issues.
  • Mergers and acquisitions litigation and arbitration matters, including price adjustment disputes, disputes over aborted transactions, domestic and international shareholder class actions, disclosure claims, shareholder disputes, poison pill hearings, breaches of representation and warranties.

Wood & Lee represents participants throughout the world in transactions involving the acquisition or sale of business enterprises or their assets. We represent buyers, sellers, investment bankers, private equity firms, boards of directors, special committees and lenders in all types of acquisitions involving publicly traded and privately held corporations. Our lawyers are active in negotiated and hostile tender offers, leveraged buyouts and going-private transactions. We also advise on split-offs, spin-offs and other significant recapitalisations.

We handle all aspects of these transactions, including advising the board of directors, working with management on business and strategic issues in the deal, organising and conducting due diligence investigations, negotiating agreements, advising on and filing domestic and international antitrust notifications, and participating in post-acquisition planning. Our mergers and acquisitions teams draw on the industry-specific knowledge and experience of lawyers in our intellectual property, tax, antitrust, labour, executive compensation, employee benefits, real estate, regulatory and environmental practices to resolve the complex issues raised in business combination transactions. We also represent investment banking firms and other financial advisors in their role assisting companies in acquisition transactions.

Our lawyers have completed complex and innovative deals, ranging from small private acquisitions to blockbuster multinational acquisitions, always with a pragmatic approach driven by a thorough understanding of the business imperative. Our lawyers have assisted clients in a wide range of industries, including technology, energy, mining, transportation, financial services, forestry, construction, real estate as well as entertainment

Our clients benefit from our extensive experience acting for domestic and international financial institutions. We represent:

  • public and private companies
  • investment dealers
  • investment fund companies
  • portfolio managers
  • financial institutions
  • venture capitalists
  • entrepreneurs
  • securities-related clients, such as securities regulators and stock exchanges
  • independent committees of directors

Our Capabilities

Our lawyers provide mergers and acquisitions advice in connection with:

  • Shares and/or assets transactions, including cross-border or multi-jurisdictional mergers and acquisitions, mergers, share exchanges and reorganisations.
  • Friendly and hostile take-over bids.
  • Targeted or full scope due diligence, including corporate structure, contractual arrangements, intellectual property, environment, product liability, tax, real estate, labour and employment law, pension, regulatory and all other relevant legal aspects of the target business.
  • Joint ventures and other business combinations.
  • Leveraged and management buyouts.
  • Distressed mergers and acquisitions, plans of arrangement, financial restructuring operations, and out-of-court transactions.
  • Spinoff and divestiture of public and private companies.
  • Competition, antitrust and foreign investment issues.
  • Mergers and acquisitions litigation and arbitration matters, including price adjustment disputes, disputes over aborted transactions, domestic and international shareholder class actions, disclosure claims, shareholder disputes, poison pill hearings, breaches of representation and warranties.

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