Mergers and Acquisitions
Companies engaged in mergers and acquisitions face a host of challenges. Extreme time constraints and competition among suitors for a limited number of quality companies can lead to complex transactions. Businesses need legal counsel with the technical know-how to get deals done quickly and efficiently.
Taft’s Mergers and Acquisitions practice guides private and public companies, as well as an array of financial sponsors, through their most demanding and complex business transactions. Our lawyers have successfully navigated billions of dollars of domestic and cross-border transactions in myriad industries. Utilizing a multi-disciplinary approach, we are able to bring the breadth of our collective experience to bear on our clients’ most sensitive and time-constrained transactions.
Our core M&A team, working with subject matter specialists in tax, anti-trust and other areas of the law, regularly work with our clients in structuring, negotiating and completing negotiated acquisitions and divestitures, beginning before a letter of intent is ever signed and continuing through the closing.
Our clients regularly seek our counsel on a variety of complex business transactions, including:
- Leveraged acquisitions and divestitures for private equity funds, venture capital funds, and independent and other equity sponsors.
- Strategic mergers and acquisitions for private and public companies.
- Public company “merger of equal” transactions.
- “Going private” transactions.
- Hostile bids, tender offers and proxy contests.
- Distressed merger and acquisition transactions.
- Transactions involving ESOPs.
- Debt and equity recapitalizations.
We also regularly represent boards of directors, special committees and management teams in specific issues affecting them in merger and acquisition transactions.
Many of our M&A attorneys are recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Best Lawyers in America and Indiana and Ohio Super Lawyers.
Distressed companies can be appealing acquisition targets, particularly as add-ons for existing platform companies, since their price is often lower due to the difficulties they face. On the other hand, they can also be very tough to sell, since they usually have significant challenges, including a lack of time to execute the full-blown M&A process, lack of liquidity, pressure from customers and creditors and, sometimes, owners who are “out of the money” and just want to move on to other things.
Taft attorneys who handle distressed M&A matters negotiate with lenders, prospective purchasers and key constituents and assist with the buy/sell process. Our attorneys work closely with accountants and financial advisors to understand the goals of ownership and management and to present options for achieving those goals, including introducing other professionals as needed. We have handled distressed M&A matters in the manufacturing, wholesale and services industries, among others.
Relationships That Ignite Mobility
BraunAbility has been the world leader in wheelchair accessible vehicles and wheelchair lifts since its founding 50 years ago. When an investor pursued an acquisition, BraunAbility turned to Taft to facilitate a successful acquisition and collaborate on the future growth of the brand.