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Mergers and Acquisitions

Our 400+ 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, facilitates deals from concept through closing, and provides 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
  • Named Corporate “Law Firm of the Year” in the 2022 and 2024 editions of Best Law Firms®
  • The 2023 and 2022 Chambers USA guides recognized the firm as Highly Regarded, Nationwide in the area of Corporate/M&A
  • Named a Tier 1 firm in Pittsburgh, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. for Mergers & Acquisitions Law in the 2024 edition of U.S. News - Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”
  • The Legal 500 United States 2023 and 2022 editions recognized the firm with a Tier 1 ranking in the M&A: Middle Market ($500m-999m) category
  • The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2023 edition recognized the firm with a Tier 1 ranking in Taiwan in the Corporate and M&A category
  • The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2024 edition recognized the firm as a leader in London in the M&A: lower mid-market deals, £100m-£750m category
  • The 2023 Chambers USA guide recognized the firm among leaders in North Carolina: Charlotte & Surrounds, Oregon, Tennessee, and Washington in the area of Corporate/M&A
  • The 2023 Chambers USA guide recognized the firm among leaders in Delaware in the area of Corporate/M&A & Alternative Entities 
  • The 2023 Chambers USA guide recognized the firm among leaders in Illinois and Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh & Surrounds in the area of Corporate/M&A & Private Equity 
  • The 2023 Chambers Greater China Region guide recognized the firm among leaders in Taiwan, and as Highly Regarded in China: International in the area of Corporate/M&A
  • The Legal 500 United States 2023 edition recognized the firm as a leader in the Delaware Counsel category
  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2023 edition recognized the firm as a leader in Belgium, Italy, and Qatar in the Commercial, Corporate, and M&A category
  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2023 edition recognized the firm as a leader in France in the Mergers and Acquisitions category
  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2023 edition recognized the firm as a leader in Germany in the M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m) category
  • The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2023 edition recognized the firm as a leader in Australia, Japan (International Firms and Joint Ventures), and China (Foreign firms) in the Corporate and M&A category
  • The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2023 edition recognized the firm as a leader in Hong Kong in the Corporate (Including M&A) category
  • The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2023 edition recognized the firm as a leader in the M&A: Lower Mid-Market Deals (€$50m-500m) category
Additional Thought Leadership Pages
15 February 2024
Chambers Global 2024 Guide Ranks K&L Gates Lawyers, Practices
Rankings & Recognitions
18 January 2024
Chambers Greater China Region 2024 Guide Recognizes K&L Gates
Rankings & Recognitions
17 January 2024
The Legal 500 Recognises K&L Gates in 2024 Asia Pacific Edition
Rankings & Recognitions
19 October 2023
K&L Gates Ranked in Chambers UK 2024 Guide
Rankings & Recognitions
12 April 2023
K&L Gates Recognised in The Legal 500 EMEA 2023 Edition
Rankings & Recognitions
16 March 2023
K&L Gates Recognized in 2023 Chambers Europe Guide
Rankings & Recognitions
16 February 2023
K&L Gates Recognized in 2023 Chambers Global Guide
Rankings & Recognitions
2 February 2023
"Under the Wire" CLE Seminar
Event
19 December 2022
K&L Gates Adds 40 Lawyers to Firm's Partnership
Press Release, Practice & Regional News
24 October 2022
K&L Gates Recognized in Chambers UK 2023 Guide
Rankings & Recognitions
7 September 2022
K&L Gates Strengthens Corporate Practice with Addition of Milan Partner
Press Release, Practice & Regional News
25 August 2022
K&L Gates Strengthens Corporate Practice with Addition of Orange County Partner
Press Release, Practice & Regional News
24 May 2022
K&L Gates Adds Four-Partner, Multi-Office Premier Renewable Energy Team
Press Release, Practice & Regional News
11 May 2022
Tech Innovation Forum
Event
12 April 2022
K&L Gates Recognised in The Legal 500 EMEA 2022 Edition
Rankings & Recognitions, Practice & Regional News
29 March 2022
K&L Gates Broadens Corporate Practice with Raleigh Partner Addition
Press Release, Practice & Regional News
17 March 2022
K&L Gates Recognized in 2022 Chambers Europe Guide
Rankings & Recognitions
17 February 2022
K&L Gates Recognized in 2022 Chambers Global Guide
Rankings & Recognitions
18 January 2022
K&L Gates Strengthens Corporate/M&A Practice with Luxembourg Partner Addition
Press Release, Practice & Regional News
13 January 2022
Chambers Greater China Region 2022 Guide Recognises K&L Gates
Rankings & Recognitions
13 January 2022
Legal 500 Recognizes K&L Gates in 2022 Asia Pacific Guide
Rankings & Recognitions
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

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