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Mergers and Acquisitions

Strategic Legal Advice to Match Evolving Business Strategy

Whether better performance, lower costs, diversification, greater market penetration or elimination of the competition is your goal, mergers and acquisitions reshape companies big and small. Our legal advice is based on the practical realities and industry pressures that brought you to the negotiating table in the first place and those that you will face going forward in the marketplace. We tailor our advice and solutions to your business, industry and specific problems.

Structuring Solutions: A Range of Transactions

From complex transactions with layers of intricate negotiation to smaller matters with a narrow universe of legal issues, the attorneys in our Mergers and Acquisition Practice provide tailored advice and representation based on the due diligence we conduct for each situation. Chief among our experience is representing public and private companies engaged in transactions that require extensive advice on regulatory compliance, including securities law, and the preparation of regulatory filings for agencies, including the DOJ, the FTC, and the SEC, as well as stock exchanges. We also represent LPs, LLCs and partnerships in acquisitions and sales of assets, partnership interests and membership interests. Our well-rounded experience in handling a myriad of corporate and securities law issues stems as well from our representation of both acquirers and targets in friendly and hostile takeovers. Governance, organization, succession and business and equity transfer are just some of the matters we address in these circumstances. We also handle asset and stock dispositions, tender offers, and reorganizations for both buyers and sellers as well as deals for non-profit organizations and trade associations.

In addition, our attorneys handle divestitures, joint ventures and strategic alliances. We structure these agreements with special attention to the business, tax and accounting consequences they may pose, creatively integrating these considerations to provide a cohesive solution. At the same time, we are adept at working to protect intellectual property, particularly in licensing agreements that are often at the heart of a strategic relationship.

A Broad Scope of Services for Diverse Industries

When negotiating, documenting and closing transactions, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr draws on a deep bench of attorneys across multiple service lines who coordinate to work through the legal issues in the deal, regardless of the complexity. They include attorneys with experience in:

  • Tax
  • Financing
  • Real Estate
  • Labor
  • Antitrust, including Hart-Scott-Rodino notices
  • Securities
  • Intellectual Property
  • Environmental
  • Employee Benefits
  • Litigation

Industries we support in their mergers and acquisitions include:

  • Technology
  • Health Care
  • Life Sciences
  • Energy
  • Manufacturing
  • Distribution
  • Industrial
  • Retail
  • Credit and financial services
  • Banking and investment banking
  • Government contractors, including aerospace and defense
  • Public relations

Regardless of whether the deal involves the same or different industries, our Mergers and Acquisitions Practice attorneys work with clients to meet two important objectives: first, to help achieve our client’s specific goals; and second, to complete the transaction in a timely and efficient manner.

What Type Of Transaction Should You Do In Government Contracting?

Parties to an M&A deal with the government must determine whether to structure it as an asset purchase, stock purchase or a merger.

What Are Set Asides And How Do They Factor Into Government Contracting?

These government programs involve the purchase of goods and services from small businesses.

Understanding Ownership Of Intellectual Property Developed Under A Government Contract

Rights of the government to intellectual property turn on the type of technology involved, or whether the IP was developed in connection with the contract and how it was funded.

Why You Should Be Aware Of The Marking Requirement In The Intellectual Property Area

Contractors are required to “mark” rights pertaining to intellectual property, and maintain records justifying such markings.



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David S. Antzis
Dennis J. Brennan
Michael A. Gold