Mergers + Acquisitions

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 158 M&A transactions in 2018, with a total value of approximately US$292 billion, including 27 deals over US$1 billion
  • A “go-to” firm for cross-border deal-making, with over 50% of our transactions in 2018 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
  • "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.

Integrated team

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

Sprint’s pending $59 billion merger with T-Mobile
Representing Sprint Corp. and SoftBank Group Corp., the controlling shareholder of Sprint, on the proposed all stock merger of Sprint and T-Mobile US Inc. The total implied enterprise value for Sprint in the transaction is approximately $59 billion and the aggregate for the combined company enterprise value is approximately $146 billion.
Toshiba’s $18 billion sale of Toshiba Memory Corporation
Represented Toshiba Corporation on the $18 billion sale of its Toshiba Memory Corporation business to a consortium led by Bain Capital Private Equity LP.
Privatization of GLP
Represented GLP Pte. Ltd. in its US$11.64 billion privatization, the largest-ever private equity buyout of an Asian company by enterprise value.
SoftBank’s $7.7 billion investment in Uber
Represented SoftBank in its $7.7 billion primary and secondary investment as part of a $9.3 billion sale of stock by Uber. This is the largest ever private secondary transaction in the technology space.
Renesas’ pending $6.7 billion acquisition of IDT
Representing Renesas Electronics Corporation in its $6.7 billion acquisition of NASDAQ-listed Integrated Device Technology (IDT), a market-leading analog mixed-signal company, to create market-leading embedded solution capabilities.
EdR’s $4.6 billion sale to an affiliate of Greystar Real Estate Partners
Represented EdR, one of the nation’s largest developers, owners, and managers of high-quality collegiate housing communities, in its $4.6 billion all-cash sale to a newly formed perpetual life vehicle led by an affiliate of Greystar Real Estate Partners.
SoftBank’s $4.4 billion investment in WeWork Companies
Represented SoftBank in connection with investments by Softbank Group Corp. and the SoftBank Vision Fund totaling $4.4 billion into WeWork Companies Inc.
SAIC’s pending $2.5 billion acquisition of Engility
Representing Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), a government services and information technology support provider, in its definitive agreement to acquire Engility Holdings in a $2.5 billion all-stock transaction.

2016 M&A Practice Group of the Year

The Deal Awards 2018
Technology and Telecom Law Firm of the Year

Chambers Global 2018 - Corporate/M&A
Asia-Pacific Region
International Firms: China
International Firms: Japan
International Firms: Singapore
Desk Based Abroad: Israel
Desk Based Abroad: India
United States  

Chambers Asia-Pacific - 2018 - Corporate/M&A
Asia-Pacific Region
International Firms: China
International Firms: Japan
International Firms: Singapore

Chambers Europe - 2018 - Corporate/M&A
Mid-Market: Germany

Chambers USA 2019 - Corporate/M&A
District of Columbia (“Recognized Practitioner”)
Nationwide ("Elite")
New York ("Highly Regarded")
Northern California
California: Deals in Asia
Northern Virginia

IFLR1000 2018
China M&A: Foreign Firms
Hong Kong M&A 
Japan M&A: Foreign Firms
Japan M&A: Local Firms
Singapore M&A: Foreign Firms
United States M&A

Legal500 2019
M&A: U.S. Large Deals ($1bn+)
Corporate/M&A: International Firms & JVs– Japan
Corporate/M&A: Foreign Firms – China
Corporate (Including M&A): Hong Kong
Corporate/M&A: Foreign Firms – Singapore

Corporate Board Member 2018
America’s Best Corporate Law Firms

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms 2018
Corporate Law/M&A
National: Tier 1

Asian Legal Business 2018
International Deal Firm of the Year
Deal of the Year for Toshiba’s Sale of Toshiba Memory Corporation
M&A Deal of the Year (Premium) for Toshiba’s Sale of Toshiba Memory Corporation

MergerMarket's Japan M&A Awards 
International M&A Legal Adviser of the Year
Outbound M&A Legal Adviser of the Year
Technology, Media & Telecom M&A Legal Adviser of the Year

2018 M+A Annual Review
M+A 2018 Annual Review

October 2018 M&A Leaders Survey
M&A Leaders Survey

Chambers USA 2019
Ranked as an “elite” firm in Corporate/M&A Nationwide by Chambers USA 2019

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