Our Practice Groups

Mergers & Acquisitions

Morrison Cohen represents public and private strategic buyers and sellers, top-tier leveraged buy-out and private equity firms, investment and merchant banks, financial sponsors, other institutional purchasers and sellers, and senior and mezzanine lenders in all types of domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, joint ventures, and other business combinations.

At Morrison Cohen, we bring together lawyers from our Corporate, Tax, Bankruptcy & Reorganization, Commercial Lending & Finance, Business Litigation, Compensation, Benefits & Employment, Real Estate, and Intellectual Property practice groups to provide an interdisciplinary approach to the structuring, negotiating, and consummating of complex business combinations.  This depth of talent across multiple disciplines gives us the resources to solve the many complex issues that arise in M&A transactions, keeping the strategic long-term goals of the client at the forefront throughout.  In addition, because we are involved in all aspects of M&A transactions, representing all types of buyers and sellers, as well as special committees, investment banks, and the lenders that finance acquisitions, we have a 360-degree perspective on M&A deals that gives us both a practical approach to structuring and the insights necessary to develop and implement creative solutions to new issues as they arise. Our M&A practice and lawyers are recognized by Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business.

We understand that, in today’s world, acquisitions and dispositions must be effected in a timely and cost-effective manner and always with the client's ultimate business goals in mind.  At Morrison Cohen, we pride ourselves on our level of client responsiveness and on our ability to provide sound, commercially minded advice at each phase of a transaction.

Our work for strategic buyers and sellers ranges from small acquisitions of companies, divisions, or assets to representing publicly held and multinational companies in complex cross-border acquisitions.  We have an especially strong suit in representing private equity firms and other financial purchasers as a result of our active Private Investment Funds practice, which gives us insights into the many structural and exit issues that private fund investors must consider. 

Examples of the types of transactions we have been engaged to assist in are:

  • Leveraged Buyouts
  • Tax Free Reorganizations
  • Mergers
  • Asset and Stock Purchase Transactions
  • ESOPs
  • Co-Investments by Fund Investors
  • SPACs
  • Senior and Mezzanine Acquisition Financing
  • Technology Transfers
  • Going-Private Transactions
  • Change of Control Recapitalizations
  • Spin-Offs
  • Auction and Modified Auction Transactions

At Morrison Cohen, we recognize the importance of understanding the business and long term strategic goals of our clients. Our experience in M&A encompasses all major industries, including:

  • Financial Services
  • Manufacturing
  • Apparel
  • Enterprise Software
  • Food and Beverage
  • Consumer Products
  • Media
  • Internet Technologies
  • Packaging
  • Telecommunications
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Electronics
  • Insurance and Insurance Brokerage
  • Medical Devices
  • Chemicals
  • Environmental Services
  • Transportation                  
  • Entertainment
  • Fashion

Our M&A practice often involves cross-border transactions, and we have deep experience in structuring and implementing cross-border deals.  Our Tax group is highly skilled in international tax planning and the structuring of multinational acquisitions. We have a “best of breed” approach to tapping our network of excellent foreign law firms when there is a need for local overseas counsel.  Recent engagements have involved targets or clients in such foreign jurisdictions as:

  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Canada  
  • China
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Russia
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom

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