Mergers & Acquisitions / Joint Ventures

Our attorneys have extensive experience representing clients engaged in asset or stock purchases, mergers, joint ventures, strategic partnerships and leveraged buy-outs. We advise companies that are preparing to enter the market, offer guidance on transaction structure, review term sheets, advise on and perform due diligence review, negotiate and draft documentation, and, once the deal is closed, assist with post-closing integration. We are equally capable of offering sophisticated expertise in complex cross-border transactions and managing the fast, efficient documentation and closing of smaller deals. Our attorneys have represented clients in transactions ranging in size from several hundred thousand to several hundred million dollars.

We work with buyers to focus on the key elements of value to be derived through a potential acquisition, and then let the results of that analysis guide negotiations, documentation and diligence for a process that is as fast, efficient and cost-effective as possible. Our approach is intended to ensure that the buyer has the opportunity to become well-informed regarding the acquisition target, and is pursuing a negotiation strategy designed to protect against downside risk and realize on expectations. Our work with sellers includes long-term strategic planning, advising on alternative opportunities and transaction structures, vigorous negotiation and careful documentation. This is intended to ensure the best possible terms and maximum realization of client objectives.

The process resulting in a successful M&A engagement often begins long before a client is focusing in on any particular transaction. Our attorneys approach each representation with a view to identifying and preparing for the client’s long-term objectives. Early in the life of a company, we provide advice on matters such as corporate structure, financing strategy, equity incentive arrangements, and intellectual property protection, with an eye to positioning the company for the future.

Relevant Video Resources

Conferences and Panels Featuring Our Attorneys

Negotiating the M&A Exit: Process and Key Deal Terms When Selling (or Buying) a Privately-Held Company

Wednesday June 21, 2017
Paul Ellis, Moderator

Long-Range Planning For The Successful Sale Of A Company 2014: Small decisions today that can result in a big purchase price tomorrow

Thursday May 29, 2014
Paul Ellis, Moderator

Long-Range Planning for the Successful Sale of a Company 2012: Small decisions today that can result in a big purchase price tomorrow

Tuesday June 26, 2012
Paul Ellis, Moderator

Once the underlying goal of a project or an engagement has been established, we work with the client to craft a strategy calculated to achieve the desired result as expeditiously and cost-effectively as possible.

Before our clients commit the time and expense to a transaction or matter, we will work with them in clarifying their objectives and testing their assumptions, thus doing our best to ensure that the potential benefits justify the costs and any potential risks.

We understand that our clients are focused on achieving specific business objectives, and are looking for us to present them with legal strategies that support those goals. At the same time, they are counting on us to identify potential pitfalls and to assist them in identifying and assessing their risks, a responsibility that we take very seriously.

Providing our clients with appropriate protection while facilitating their operations, balancing 'get it done' with 'get it done right,' and doing it all with an eye to our clients’ legal budgets and cost constraints can be a challenging task, but it is one that we strive to achieve and is a skill at which we have become adept.

Our depth of practice in VC and angel financing has given us a sophisticated understanding of the issues driving the negotiations on both sides of the table, enabling us to provide our clients with practical advice on strategy and market terms. In a field where efficiency and cost control are essential, we offer our clients extensive experience and practical judgment in assessing the benefits and costs inherent in their negotiating positions.

We frequently receive referrals from some of New York’s largest law firms in situations where they have an internal conflict, are unable to handle a matter efficiently or for some other reason. They trust us to assist their clients and contacts when they are unable to do so.