Mergers & Acquisitions

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The global mergers and acquisitions market has been buoyant in recent years. As the driving force behind many significant global transactions - particularly in the mid-market - Gowling WLG offers the experience and expertise you need to attain your goals.

Through the strength of our offices in Canada, the UK, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, we assist on a large number of transactions across a range of key industries. We're one of the busiest law firms in mid-market mergers and acquistions (M&A), and understand the challenges you face because we're immersed in them every day.

Our professionals have a deep knowledge of various industries and are on top of the latest trends and developments in M&A, including in the US market. Add to this our entrepreneurial spirit and Gowling WLG's numerous recognitions, we offer the best possible service driven by our clients' needs and success.

Working closely with targets, acquirers - including private equity funds and strategic buyers - financial advisers, special committees and other related parties, we provide a full suite of public and private M&A services, including:

  • Share and asset purchase, and sale transactions
  • Mergers, amalgamations, plans of arrangement and takeovers
  • Auction bid processes
  • Private equity downstream investments, such as buyouts
  • Corporate governance and directors' duties
  • Escrow agreements
  • Issuer bids, insider bids, business combinations and related party transactions
  • Launching and defending hostile takeovers
  • Reverse takeovers
  • Shareholder subscription and escrow agreements

Ultimately, it's all about what works best for you. All of our legal, cultural, linguistic and commercial experience will be applied on your behalf. Although we advise on a high volume of deals, being responsive to your needs remains our top priority. We listen to your concerns, ask questions to understand fully your objectives and help you analyse challenges in order to structure and execute successful transactions.

We also rely on our tax, competition law, regulatory, employment, intellectual property, environmental and other experts to assist on all of our deals, facilitating the most effective deal structures, industry leading due diligence and efficient deal execution.

Efficiency is key to getting your deal done, which is why we use customised tools and technology to support your success whilst always delivering high quality work. This includes the use of our innovative legal project management platform, Practical LPM™, which helps keep your legal matters on track, on time and on budget - with no surprises along the way.

We also offer enhanced value through alternative fee arrangements based on tailored cost structures rather than hourly rates, so you'll always have access to pricing that is transparent, competitive and predictable.

Wherever you are and whatever you want to achieve, we'll manage your M&A matter using the best Gowling WLG team in place. Please get in touch with a member of our group to discuss how we can help you.