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 2016, we advised clients on more than 75 M&A transactions with an aggregate value of approximately $50 billion, providing guidance in areas including corporate, securities, antitrust and tax. Since 2006, 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. 

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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

Bonnes, Andrew

Andrew Bonnes

Partner

+1 617 526 6136 (t)

andrew.bonnes@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

Experience

Representative experience includes:

  • Akamai Technologies' acquisitions of Prolexic Technologies for $403 million and Codemate for $107.5 million;
  • Analog Devices' acquisition of Hittite Microwave for $2.5 billion;
  • Booz Allen Hamilton's acquisition of the Defense Systems Engineering & Support division of ARINC for $154 million;
  • DirectEdge's acquisition by BATS Global Markets (undisclosed purchase price);
  • Durata Therapeutics' acquisition by Actavis for $760 million;
  • Gilt Groupe Holdings' acquisition by Hudson's Bay Company for $250 million;
  • LoopPay's acquisition by Samsung (undisclosed);
  • Palomar Medical Technologies' acquisition by Cynosure for $294 million;
  • Progress Software's acquisition of Telerik for $262.5 million;
  • Sanbolic's acquisition by Citrix Systems for $89.6 million;
  • The Medicines Company's acquisition of Rempex Pharmaceuticals for $474 million (including milestone payments), and in the sale of global portfolio of hemostasis products to Mallinckrodt for $410 million;
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific's sale of its cell culture, gene modulation and magnetic beads businesses to GE Healthcare for $1.06 billion;
  • TEI Biosciences' acquisition by Integra Life Sciences for $312 million; and
  • WEX's acquisition of Electronic Funds Source for $1.4 billion.

Additional M&A experience: 20172016, 20152014, 20132012, 2011, 2010, 2009

Publications & News

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August 14, 2017

WilmerHale Counsels Investors Abingworth Bioventures and Atlas Venture in IFM Therapeutics Acquisition by Bristol-Myers Squibb

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and IFM Therapeutics announced that the companies have signed a definitive agreement under which Bristol-Myers Squibb will acquire all of the outstanding capital stock of IFM Therapeutics, a venture-backed biotech company focused on developing therapies that modulate novel targets in the innate immune system to treat cancer, autoimmunity and inflammatory disorders.

August 4, 2017

WilmerHale Represents Fortive in Acquisition of Industrial Scientific Corporation

On July 27, 2017, Fortive Corporation (NYSE: FTV) announced that it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Industrial Scientific Corporation, a leading provider of portable gas detection equipment and a safety-as-a-service pioneer.

August 3, 2017

WilmerHale Represents Navient in Acquisition of Duncan Solutions

Navient, a leading asset management and business processing services company, announced the acquisition of Duncan Solutions, a transportation revenue management company serving municipalities and toll authorities.

July 24, 2017

German Government Amends German Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance to Widen Control of Foreign Takeovers of Critical German Companies

On July 12 the German federal government adopted important amendments to the German Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance.

July 24, 2017

WilmerHale Reps Emergent BioSolutions in $96M Acquisition of GlaxoSmithKline Anthrax Drug

Emergent BioSolutions announced it would acquire a drug for treating inhaled anthrax from pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline in an all-cash deal worth up to $96 million.

July 11, 2017

Staples, Inc. Enters Into Definitive Agreement to Be Acquired by Sycamore Partners for $10.25 per Share in Cash, or Approximately $6.9 Billion

Staples, Inc. and Sycamore Partners, a leading private equity firm, announced that they have entered into a merger agreement in which investment funds managed by Sycamore Partners will acquire Staples in a transaction that values Staples at an equity value of approximately $6.9 billion.

June 29, 2017

WilmerHale Represents Progress in Acquiring Kinvey, the Leader in Backend as a Service (BaaS) Technology

Progress announced it has acquired Kinvey, a privately held company based in Boston and leader in Backend as a Service technology. This acquisition is a key part of the Progress strategy to provide the best platform to build and deliver modern cognitive-first applications.

June 27, 2017

WilmerHale Represents State Street in the Sale of its BlockCross ATS to Instinet

Longstanding client State Street is represented by a team led by Stephanie Evans that includes Livingston Miller, Mark Nylen, Byron Crowe, Nils Remole, Andre Owens, Jeremy Moorehouse, Michael Bevilacqua, Bill Caporizzo, Amy Null and Benjamin Kelsey.

June 14, 2017

Special Considerations in California M&A Deals

Deal Lawyers published this article by David Westenberg and Joe Wyatt in its June-August 2017 issue.

June 9, 2017

The Legal 500 United States 2017 Recognizes 125 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 28 Practice Areas

The Legal 500 United States has released its 2017 rankings, recommending 125 WilmerHale lawyers—including 12 who are named to its elite “Leading Lawyers” list and two on its “Next Generation Lawyers” list—and 28 practice areas in its 11th edition.