Mergers and Acquisitions TRANSACTIONAL

WilmerHale lawyers have decades of experience advising public and private companies in all aspects of mergers and acquisitions in both the United States and Europe.


Market leaders in life sciences, technology, financial services, communications and many other industries turn to WilmerHale for legal advice and business advantage. In 2014, we advised clients throughout the United States and Europe on more than 75 M&A transactions with an aggregate value in excess of $50 billion, providing guidance in areas including corporate, securities, antitrust and tax. Since 2004, we have participated in more than 1,000 mergers and acquisitions with a total value in excess of $400 billion, ranging from sales of VC-backed companies to multibillion-dollar global mergers. Our experience ranges from public-public M&A transactions and the related disclosure and fiduciary duty issues to the unique issues presented by acquisitions of financial sponsor-backed private companies. We also advise clients on hostile transactions and activist investors, and represent investment banks serving as financial advisors in M&A transactions. 

Contacts

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Bothwick, Jay E.

Jay E. Bothwick

Co-Chair, Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group

+1 617 526 6526 (t)

jay.bothwick@wilmerhale.com

Leibowitz, Hal J.

Hal J. Leibowitz

Co-Chair, Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group

+1 617 526 6461 (t)

hal.leibowitz@wilmerhale.com

Bain, Mick

Mick Bain

Partner

+1 617 526 6158 (t)

michael.bain@wilmerhale.com

Boot, Jeannette K.

Jeannette K. Boot

Partner

+1 212 295 6507 (t)

jeannette.boot@wilmerhale.com

Borden, Mark G.

Mark G. Borden

Partner

+1 617 526 6675 (t)

mark.borden@wilmerhale.com

Bothwick, Jay E.

Jay E. Bothwick

Partner

+1 617 526 6526 (t)

jay.bothwick@wilmerhale.com

Braun, Martin

Dr. Martin Braun

Partner

+49 69 27 10 78 207 (t)

martin.braun@wilmerhale.com

Brown, Lillian

Lillian Brown

Partner

+1 202 663 6743 (t)

lillian.brown@wilmerhale.com

Buckland, Peter

Peter Buckland

Partner

+1 650 858 6036 (t)

peter.buckland@wilmerhale.com

Conahan, Joseph B.

Joseph B. Conahan

Partner

+1 617 526 6317 (t)

joseph.conahan@wilmerhale.com

Experience

Our recent M&A transactions include:

  • Akamai Technologies' acquisition of Cotendo for $268 million
  • American Dental Partners' acquisition by JLL Partners for $398 million (counsel to special committee)
  • BioVex's acquisition by Amgen for $1 billion (including milestone payments)
  • Enobia Pharma's acquisition by Alexion Pharmaceuticals for $1.1 billion (including milestone payments)
  • HMS Holdings' acquisition of HealthDataInsights for $400 million
  • ISTA Pharmaceuticals' acquisition by Bausch + Lomb for $500 million
  • Kiva Systems' acquisition by Amazon for $775 million
  • Palomar Medical Technologies' acquisition by Cynosure for $294 million
  • PerkinElmer's acquisition of Caliper Life Sciences for $600 million
  • SS&C Technologies' acquisition of GlobeOp Financial Services for $900 million
  • Stromedix's acquisition by Biogen Idec for $562.5 million (including milestone payments)
  • The Medicines Company's acquisition of Incline Therapeutics for $390 million (including milestone payments)
  • The Medicines Company's acquisition of Rempex Pharmaceuticals for $474 million (including milestone payments)
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific's acquisition of One Lambda for $925 million
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific's acquisition of Phadia for €2.47 billion
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific's sale of its Cell Culture, Gene Modulation and Magnetic Beads Businesses to GE Healthcare for $1.06 billion
  • TransUnion's acquisition of TLO for $154 million (bankruptcy auction)
  • Wright Express' acquisition of Fleet One Holdings for $369 million

Additional M&A experience: 20152014, 20132012, 2011, 2010, 2009

Publications & News

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March 27, 2015

2015 Corporate Reports

WilmerHale's annual IPO, Venture Capital and M&A Reports offer insights into market conditions and provide comprehensive statistics and analysis that are hard to find elsewhere.

March 27, 2015

2015 M&A Report

Our 2015 M&A Report contains a detailed review of, and outlook for, the global M&A market. Other highlights include a comparison of deal terms in public and private acquisitions, updates on takeover defenses and the current climate around proxy access, and a look at the use of social media by public companies and activist shareholders in contested situations.

March 19, 2015

WilmerHale Attorneys to Participate in 2015 ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting

Several WilmerHale attorneys will speak at the 2015 ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting, taking place April 16–18 at the San Francisco Marriot Marquis and InterContinental San Francisco in San Francisco, CA.

March 12, 2015

WilmerHale Lawyers, Practices Recognized in 2015 Edition of Chambers Global

Thirty-two WilmerHale lawyers are named among "The World's Leading Lawyers for Business" in the 2015 edition of Chambers Global. In addition to these individual accolades, the firm is recognized in 17 practice areas that span six different regions.

February 18, 2015

Selected 2015 M&A Transactions

In 2014, we advised clients throughout the United States and Europe on more than 75 M&A transactions with an aggregate value in excess of $50 billion, providing guidance in areas including corporate, securities, antitrust and tax.

February 5, 2015

Thermo Fisher Scientific Strengthens Bioproduction Offering by Acquiring Advanced Scientifics, Inc.

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, today announced it has acquired Advanced Scientifics, Inc. (ASI).

February 4, 2015

Staples, Inc. Announces Acquisition of Office Depot, Inc.

Staples, Inc. and Office Depot, Inc. announced today that the companies have entered into a definitive agreement under which Staples will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Office Depot.

November 10, 2014

DOJ Obtains Fines and Disgorgement for Premerger Coordination in Flakeboard/SierraPine Transaction

In a stark reminder that the US antitrust agencies continue to take illegal premerger coordination—commonly known as “gun jumping”—very seriously, two producers of medium density fiberboard (MDF) agreed to pay nearly $5 million in civil penalties and disgorgement for violations of the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act and Section 1 of the Sherman Act.

November 4, 2014

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Release 2015 “Best Law Firms” List, Names WilmerHale International Arbitration “Law Firm of the Year”

The 2015 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" list includes WilmerHale being named a first-tier law firm in 24 national and 62 metro-area rankings. In addition, the firm boasts more than 20 second- and third-tier rankings in several national and metro-area rankings.

October 22, 2014

Progress Software Announces Intent to Acquire Telerik

WilmerHale client Progress Software Corporation announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Telerik AD, a leading provider of application development tools.

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