Mergers + Acquisitions

The team showed exceptional skill in handling complex, cross-border transactions. The deal they helped us with involved multiple international jurisdictions and time zones, and yet the team was able to provide seamless and uninterrupted advice with a strong focus on client service. They also showed great teamwork, professionalism and creativity.
Chambers Global 2020

We represent Fortune 500 companies, private equity firms, investment banks, and privately-held companies in their most high-profile and complex mergers and acquisitions.

Some relevant statistics:

  • A truly global practice with more than 250 Corporate/M&A lawyers located in key technology and financial centers throughout the world
  • Advised on 215 M&A transactions in 2021, with a total value of approximately US$238 billion, including 29 deals over US$1 billion
  • A “go-to” firm for cross-border deal-making, with approximately 50% of our transactions in 2021 involving multiple jurisdictions
  • Ranked by Chambers for Corporate/M&A in regions throughout Asia, Europe and the U.S.
  • Only global firm ranked Band 1 in M&A for all leading publications in Japan

    – Chambers Global & Asia Pacific, Legal 500 Asia Pacific, IFLR1000

Full Range of Experience

Our depth of transactional experience includes:

  • Traditional M&A transactions for both private and public companies
  • Cross-border transactions
  • Serial acquisition programs
  • Proxy contests, and hostile and contested transactions
  • Special committee and Board counseling
  • Poison pill and other defensive counseling
  • Going private and other transactions with controlling shareholders or other insiders
  • Private equity-sponsored transactions
  • Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) transactions
  • "Roll ups" and other consolidation programs
  • Auctions, "go shops" and other bid programs
  • Corporate carve-outs and divisional acquisitions
  • Joint ventures and complex strategic alliances
  • Advice to investment banks in their capacity as M&A advisors
  • Recapitalizations, bankruptcy, and distressed and leveraged transactions

Global Focus

Our M&A experience reflects our focus on cross-border transactions. We are truly a global firm ‒ from our client base to the MoFo team members on each deal. Many of our lawyers are multilingual and have practiced in several global jurisdictions. Where needed, we can seamlessly staff M&A projects across Asia, Europe and the Americas.

This unparalleled global platform includes the most active practice of any international firm in Japan, with more than 50 attorneys principally engaged in cross-border M&A transactions. The preeminent team has acted as lead counsel on some of the most significant Japan-related transactions in history, both inbound and outbound, and is a go-to advisor for Japan’s leading technology and telecommunications companies, including SoftBank, Hitachi, Fujitsu, and Toshiba.

Integrated Team

Our M&A lawyers also work as an integrated team with advisors in key areas such as intellectual property, antitrust, capital markets, litigation, tax, labor and benefits, finance and bankruptcy, real estate, ESG/sustainability, environmental, and securities. Our internal approach is highly collaborative.

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Experience

  • Represented SoftBank Group Corp. and SoftBank Vision Fund in the proposed $65 billion sale of UK-headquartered multinational semiconductor and software design company Arm Limited to leading U.S. chip company NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA). We were also lead counsel to SoftBank in its acquisition of Arm for c.$32 billion (£24 billion) in 2016.

  • Served as lead counsel to Sprint Corp. and SoftBank Group Corp., the controlling shareholder of Sprint, in the landmark merger of Sprint and T-Mobile US, Inc. The deal was valued at $59 billion, with the aggregate for the combined company in the all-stock transaction valued at approximately $146 billion, making it one of the largest telecommunications deals in history.

  • Represented SoftBank Group Corp., the largest investor in WeWork, in WeWork’s agreed $9 billion merger with BowX Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: BOWX, BOWXU and BOWXW) (“BowX”), a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC).

  • Represented Divvy, a leader in spend management, in connection with its sale to Bill.com (NYSE: BILL), a provider of cloud-based software that simplifies, digitizes, and automates complex back-office financial operations for small and midsize businesses (SMBs), in a stock and cash transaction valued at $2.5 billion.

  • Advised Southwest Gas Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SWX) in connection with its $2 billion acquisition of Questar Pipeline, consisting of Dominion Energy Questar Pipeline, LLC, its subsidiaries, and certain associated affiliates, including Overthrust Pipeline, White River Hub, and Questar Field Services from Dominion Energy, Inc. (NYSE: D).

  • Represented Unity (NYSE: U), a leading platform for creating and operating real-time 3D content, in its $1.625 billion acquisition of assets of Weta Digital, a premier creator and innovator of visual effects and animation for a wide variety of award-winning movies and television shows.

  • Advised Pivotal Investment Corporation II (NYSE: PIC), a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company, in its merger with XL Fleet (“XL”), a leader in vehicle electrification solutions for commercial and municipal fleets.

  • Represented Silver Crest Acquisition Corporation (NASDAQ: SLCR) (“Silver Crest”), a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company, in connection with its business combination with TH International Limited (“Tims China”), a master franchisee and operator of Tim Hortons coffee shops in China.

  • Represented Cambridge Quantum Computing, a global leader in quantum software and algorithms, in its combination with Honeywell Quantum Solutions, a Honeywell business unit and maker of high-performing quantum computers.

  • Represented Protomer Technologies, a private biotech company, in connection with the company’s sale to Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) with a potential value of over $1 billion.

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