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Mergers and Acquisitions


Our leading M&A practice represents some of the largest and most sophisticated global public and private companies, boards of directors and special committees. We handle the full array of transactional matters and are adept at dealing with any legal or business issue that may arise in the course of the transaction. Our team is known for its innovative legal solutions and thoughtful business advice in getting deals done.

We are a destination practice for high-end, complex M&A transactions and have advised clients on more than 500 M&A deals spanning countries around the world in the past two years alone.

Client Successes

  • BHP in its $28 billion sale via merger with Woodside Energy, an Australian petroleum exploration and production company.

  • Hanwha Systems, one of shareholders of OneWeb, in the US$3.4 billion proposed combination between OneWeb and Eutelsat Communications SA to rival Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

  • Masimo Corporation in its $1.025 billion acquisition of Sound United, LLC, a leading innovator of premium, high-performance audio products for consumers around the world.

  • Primary Wave, a private music publishing company and investment management firm, in a strategic partnership with Brookfield Asset Management valued in excess of $2 billion.

  • SD Biosensor and SJL Partners in the $1.53 billion acquisition of Meridian Bioscience, Inc., a leading global provider of diagnostic testing solutions and life science raw materials.

Helping Clients Secure and Protect Business Advantage

Our M&A team’s commitment to excellence ensures we deliver superior client service, creative problem-solving, and a collaborative partnership for clients in the planning and execution of their transactions. Clients trust our expertise in driving the full spectrum of high-end M&A and other corporate matters; including both domestic and cross-border M&A for public and private corporates, joint ventures and strategic alliances, and private equity transactions, with a strong focus on large and highly complex deals.

Our clients include public and private companies, ranging from Fortune 100 and multinational corporations to emerging growth companies, commercial and investment banks, private equity firms, venture capital funds, boards of directors and entrepreneurs.

An Unparalleled M&A Practice

  • With recognized and formidable teams in 21 offices across all key financial markets around the world, we have the breadth and depth to provide savvy business and legal counsel wherever your needs arise to keep your business moving forward.

  • We are renowned in key industries such as technology and software, life sciences and healthcare, media, telecommunications and entertainment, aerospace and defense, energy and infrastructure, manufacturing and industrials, and financial services.

  • We have expertise in all aspects of public M&A work, including securities regulation and litigation, takeover defense, leverage finance, and corporate governance.

Recognitions

  • M&A Deal of the Year – IFLR Americas Awards, 2023

  • Recognized as a leading practice by the IFLR1000, 2023

  • M&A Deal of the Year (Over $1B) - The M&A Advisor’s International M&A Awards 2023

  • Corporate/Strategic Deal of the Year (Over $250M) - The M&A Advisor’s International M&A Awards 2023

  • Dealmaker of the Year – M&A, The American Lawyer, 2023

  • Cross-border M&A Deal of the Year – Law.com International’s Asia Legal Awards 2023

  • 18 partners ranked by Chambers 2022 globally for their deal work

  • Recognized for M&A: Upper Mid-Market and Premium Deals, £500M+ by The Legal 500 UK Solicitors, 2022

  • “Highly Recommended” for Corporate and M&A by Latin Lawyer 250, 2022

  • Ranked Band 1, Corporate/M&A: Highly Regarded (International Firms) (China: International), Chambers Global, 2022

  • Shortlisted by The Deal 2021 Awards for Most Innovative (Large Cap) Deal; Technology Media & Telecom – Deal (Large Cap); and Fintech – Deal (Middle Market)

  • Shortlisted by Law.com International UK/Legal Week 2021 for M&A Team of the Year (Medium Deal)

  • Honored with TMT Deal of the Year at ALB Korea Law Awards, 2021

  • "Paul Hastings balances the complexity of deals with elegant solutions that get good outcomes for those involved."

    Chambers USA, 2023
  • "The team is able to prioritize getting deals done without getting bogged down in minutiae. They're consistently able to deliver on what we need without errors."

    Chambers USA, 2023
  • "They offer good client service, are very commercially aware and are incredibly responsive."

    Chambers USA, 2023
  • "Paul Hastings has done an outstanding job in very complex transactions."

    Chambers USA, 2023
  • "The team at Paul Hastings executes complex and sophisticated matters at a high level."

    Chambers USA, 2023

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