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Mergers and Acquisitions

Our 500-lawyer strong mergers and acquisitions (M&A) practice is recognized as one of the global go-to firms for international and domestic M&A transactions. We serve as primary outside counsel to public and private clients offering pragmatic legal advice for M&A transactions of varying sizes. Our experienced M&A teams scale as appropriate to provide firm resources when and where you need them, including seamlessly integrated specialists and regulatory professionals across geographies.

Our clients achieve the best results when we are able to invest in the relationship through our experience in the client’s industry, building synergies with their team, and developing a deep understanding of their core business goals. While we maintain professional independence to advise our clients, our integration allows us to do so with an understanding of our client’s strategies, tolerance for risk, and preferences for executing deals.

Our M&A team leads sophisticated and demanding M&A deals by deploying the skills of our formidable M&A lawyers, who are positioned across five continents at strategic intersections of the global economy.

In a highly responsive manner, we can assemble a client-tailored team, based on geography, industry sector, practice area, level of experience, diversity, and other factors tailored to the specific M&A transaction and the client’s objectives.

Our team supports clients across all stages of their deals, facilitate deals from concept through closing, and provide ongoing post-closing and integration support. We concentrate on facilitating, structuring, and successfully completing the full range of acquisitions, divestitures, mergers, joint ventures, strategic alliances, and recapitalizations for clients of all sizes, from emerging growth startups to global conglomerates.

Investing in client relationships is at the core of our approach to M&A transactions. We believe it enables us to provide better service to our clients by effecting process improvement, reducing cost and time for execution, leveraging institutional knowledge, and working collaboratively with lawyers and other professionals who have an understanding of issues important to their business. In addition to listening to the client’s needs and preferences, we draw on our extensive experience and use innovative technology and knowledge management to create efficiencies in the delivery of our legal services. 

We have deep experience and proficiency across a number of industries. With decades of experience partnering with industry-leading companies, clients turn to us not only for legal counsel, but also for our practical and in-depth knowledge. We advise clients across many industry sectors, and have particular strength in key sectors such as:

  • Energy and natural resources 
  • Financial services and fintech
  • Healthcare and life sciences
  • Manufacturing and industrials
  • Technology
  • Transportation and logistics

The 2020 Global Corporate Practice Transaction Highlights Brochure highlights our work in several industries across our five-continent platform.

  • Ranked in the 2021 Chambers USA guide for Corporate/M&A as Highly Regarded - Nationwide and with rankings in six states
  • Named the Corporate “Law Firm of the Year” in the 2020 edition of the U.S. News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” report. The firm also received a United States national first-tier ranking in Mergers and Acquisition Law in the same report.
  • Ranked as one of the 20 leading global law firms based on international presence and the capabilities to handle complex cross-border matters in Law360’s 2019 Global 20 survey.
  • Ranked in Tier 1 of the 2021 edition of The Legal 500 United States in the publication’s M&A: Middle Market ($500m-999m) category.
  • Consistently recognized by Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500 and domestic reports (such as German JUVE) in Asia-Pacific, Europe, and the United States.
  • Recently named among the top corporate law firms in a survey of United States general counsel by Corporate Board Member magazine and FTI Consulting. Published in the magazine’s “America’s Best Corporate Law Firms,” the rankings are based on a survey of general counsel from United States public companies regarding national firms they would retain for a variety of corporate legal matters.
  • Previously named by Mergers & Acquisitions magazine as “Law Firm of the Year” for Mid-Market M&A.
Additional Thought Leadership Pages
27 April 2021
K&L Gates Recognized in Legal 500 2021 EMEA Guide
Rankings & Recognitions
25 March 2021
K&L Gates Recognized in 2021 Chambers Europe Guide
Rankings & Recognitions
1 March 2021
K&L Gates Strengthens Corporate Practice with Addition of Orange County Partner
Press Release, Practice & Regional News
24 February 2021
K&L Gates Recognized in 2021 Chambers Global Guide
Rankings & Recognitions
14 January 2021
Legal 500 Recognizes K&L Gates in 2021 Asia Pacific Guide
Rankings & Recognitions
13 January 2021
K&L Gates Advises Masraf Al Rayan on US$2.2 Billion Merger with Al Khaliji Commercial Bank
Noteworthy Work, Practice & Regional News
3 August 2020
K&L Gates Enhances Funds and M&A Practices with New Partner Trio in Hong Kong
Press Release, Practice & Regional News
25 March 2020
K&L Gates Adds Paris Corporate Partner
Press Release, Practice & Regional News
14 May 2019
K&L Gates Welcomes Returning Tokyo Corporate/M&A Partner
Press Release, Practice & Regional News
28 March 2018
K&L Gates Welcomes Japan Corporate Partner
Press Release
17 February 2016
K&L Gates Names 50 New Partners
Press Release

K&L Gates GP handles a wide ambit of corporate mandates for Belgian and international clients operating in areas such as aviation, food, IT and pharmaceuticals. Its workload spans public and private M&A, capital markets, venture capital and private equity transactions, restructurings and joint ventures, among other matters. In addition, the firm demonstrates strong capabilities advising on complex commercial issues, such as those concerning outsourcing, distribution, manufacturing and licensing agreements. Patrice Corbiau and Jeroen Smets co-head the practice.

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

K&L Gates LLP's corporate practice is closely tied to the firm's transactional work, and mandates frequently have aspects of group law. Clients include upper medium-sized companies, executive and supervisory boards of listed companies as well as international companies. Thomas Lappe at the Berlin office has strong expertise in carve-out transactions and heads the team.

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

K&L Gates provides the advice which is best for our business. Their suggestions provide us with a more comprehensive understanding of the risks and help us to balance our decision. They have good sense of our commercial model and try to understand clients' commercial demands as their first priority," reports a source.
Another client appreciates the team's Mandarin language capabilities in the context of cross-border transactions, noting: "Their client service has been top notch. Since they speak the language, they have been helpful putting everything in context, gaining the trust of the buyers and interpreting local laws and regulations."
Work highlights Advised Koppers on the sale of its entire equity interests in Koppers Jiangsu Carbon Chemical to Fangda Carbon New Material and C-Chem. 

K&L Gates LLP advises upper medium-sized companies as well as international manufacturing and technology companies on domestic and cross-border transactions. The team regularly seeks advice from the firm's international network on cross-border issues and also offers transactional advice with regard to corporate and financial law as well as insolvency law in the course of distressed M&A scenarios. Thomas Lappe has strong expertise in carve-outs and heads the practice from the Berlin office

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

Recent experience for K&L Gates' Italy practice includes cross-border transactions that leverage the firm's European, US and Asian network. Milan managing partner Giampaolo Salsi advises on M&A, joint ventures and corporate transactions; Pasquale Marini is an M&A specialist; Paolo Zamberletti is an energy expert; and Arturo Meglio focuses on corporate matters.

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

K&L Gates advises on a wide range of corporate and commercial issues, with an emphasis on transactions in the TMT sector. Infrastructure, construction and financial services are other key areas of expertise. Amjad Hussain has a broad corporate, commercial and finance practice, and displays strong knowledge of the TMT and infrastructure sectors.

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

K&L Gates fields a corporate and M&A practice, which focuses on assisting companies with Japan-based operations and international companies seeking to expand operations in Japan on a range of domestic and cross-border deals, including corporate, commercial and venture capital transactions and private equity fund investments. Ryan Dwyer is a co-founding partner of the Tokyo office and leads the practice, with a particular focus on the technology sector. Eric Sedlak has notable expertise in M&A in the oil and gas sector. Dale Araki and Tsuguhito Omagari are also key contacts to note.

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021
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