Cleary Gottlieb represents a diverse range of international and domestic companies and financial institutions in not only the largest mergers and acquisitions, but also many first-of-their-kind transactions that raise standards and set precedents in industries globally. We excel in domestic M&A transactions in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia, and our unparalleled experience and unified global practice heighten our ability to seamlessly handle cross-border transactions. Most of our M&A partners globally are rated as leaders in their field by authoritative external commentators and publications such as Chambers and The American Lawyer. Our teams in the United States, Europe and Asia have deep knowledge of local law and business custom and a peerless global reputation for handling headline transactions across the full array of industries.
We regularly advise companies and their boards on making acquisitions, merging, being acquired or fending off hostile takeovers. Cleary Gottlieb lawyers bring an understanding and appreciation for our clients’ business needs to every deal, and the firm measures its success on our ability to meet and exceed those needs. Our M&A team draws on the full resources of the firm as needed in a given transaction, coordinating efforts with our leading corporate, securities, finance, antitrust, tax, executive compensation and benefits lawyers.
Our landmark engagements include representing:
- Many of the largest financial institutions worldwide in their mergers and acquisitions.
- Several of the most respected leveraged-buyout/private-equity firms in their acquisitions and investments.
- Boards of directors and special committees of major corporations in change of control, going private, and conflict M&A transactions.
- Several large technology companies in numerous acquisitions.
- The acquiror in the first-ever foreign acquisition of an Italian bank.
- A party in two of the top five largest public takeover transactions in Germany since the introduction of the German Takeover Act in 2002.
- A party in the largest-ever foreign investment in a Chinese company.
- The acquiror in a groundbreaking negotiated tender offer under the SEC’s new M&A rules.
- Parties in the largest transactions in the advertising/marketing/public relations sector.
- The first successful acquiror in a “hostile” tender offer that had triggered Delaware’s anti-takeover statute.
- Parties in some of the largest domestic and international joint ventures.