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Mergers and Acquisitions


“Top-tier client service experience and commercial awareness.  The firm is also efficient with their use of their staff and has expertise across a broad array of practice areas that supported our M&A work.”

                                                                                         - Chambers USA 2014


Our Approach

Calfee’s Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) attorneys provide counsel during each phase of a transaction — from inception through closing, we assist our clients in navigating every issue and nuance of a transaction.  We understand that each transaction is unique and must be approached in a way that is designed to fit the particular circumstances.  Our team of over 30 dedicated M&A attorneys and decades of experience provide us with transactional practice know-how that is both broad and deep.  As a full-service business law firm, we have the resources to staff and support deal teams with attorneys from our 30-plus different practice groups who have subject-matter experience in such areas as Securities and Capital Markets, Tax, Antitrust, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, Commercial Business and Finance, Real Estate, Environmental, Intellectual Property and Litigation.  Collaboration with these team members ensures that each transaction is both expertly and efficiently managed.

Our Clients

We guide clients through the process of structuring, negotiating and completing acquisitions and divestitures of assets and stock, mergers, strategic alliances and joint venture arrangements.  After closing, we advise clients on post-transaction integration and indemnification matters and, in the case of acquisitions, we often function as outside “general counsel” to our clients on day-to-day matters. Learn more about our corporate services here .

With a strong foothold in the regional middle-market, we represent both privately-held and publicly-traded companies, private equity funds, private entrepreneurs and family-owned businesses, among other types of clients.  According to the 2014 edition of Chambers USA, Calfee’s M&A group “boasts a large team with a strong private equity, corporate and public company client base.  [The group is] recognized for its growing oil and gas focus and notable activity in the manufacturing and healthcare sectors.”

 Industry Expertise

> Banking
> Biotechnology
> Consumer Products
> Energy
> Entertainment & Arts
> Financial / Capital Markets
> Food & Beverage
> Healthcare & Life Sciences
> Hospitality
> Industrial & Manufacturing
> IT & Tech Transfer
> Logistics
> Mining & Utilities
> Oil & Gas
> Pharmaceutical & Chemical
> Real Estate
> Transportation, including aviation and trucking

> For a List of our Capabilities, click here

Our Value

Our M&A attorneys focus on understanding the business motivations underlying each transaction, and then helping the client identify the most suitable structure, devise strategies to mitigate risk and overcome obstacles, and negotiate reasonable protections in light of the size and complexity of the transaction and the client’s expectations.

We know the deal business.  Calfee has the expertise to manage transactions of all sizes — with completed transactions ranging in value from $500,000 to over $3 billion — to staff transactions and use resources in a cost-effective manner and to add value with our competitive rates.  Whether the deal involves a relatively straightforward asset purchase of a single facility business, or a multi entity, multi jurisdictional transaction for a publicly held conglomerate, we keep our client’s goals at the forefront.

We work with our clients to allocate the risks of both known and unknown liabilities in a way that our clients consider fair and reasonable and to enable our clients to make sound and practical decisions that further their business goals.  We also counsel on potential tax savings or deferral opportunities in structuring the transaction and management compensation arrangements.  We stay at our clients’ sides, presenting creative solutions to get deals done, in the context of our clients’ overall business objectives and risk profiles.

Our Team

Calfee’s M&A professionals are committed to delivering superior client service and partnering with our clients on the road to success.  We live by these five “golden rules” of client service:

> Know the client and never lose sight of the client’s objectives
> Be creative in identifying solutions that enhance the client’s success
> Be responsive and communicate with the client regularly
> Give proactive, practical advice to enable the client to make informed business decisions
> Trust and respect the client in order to foster strong, long-term relationships

Many of our M&A attorneys currently serve, or have previously served, as in-house counsel, general counsel, corporate board members, and advisory board members.  This collective experience has shaped our M&A attorneys’ perspective and provided valuable insight into the client mindset.  As a firm, our attorneys and legal professionals approach engagements with a sense of teamwork — working together internally across multiple disciplines and working closely with the client’s management and other internal and external advisors — to efficiently coordinate projects and leverage our expertise to contribute to an optimal outcome for the client.