Mergers and Acquisitions

Mergers and Acquisitions

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

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  • Acacia Communications – pending acquisition by Cisco Systems for $4.5 billion
  • Affirmed Networks – acquisition by Microsoft for $1.4 billion
  • Akamai Technologies – acquisitions of Janrain for $125 million, Codemate for $107.5 million and Prolexic Technologies for $403 million
  • Analogic Corporation – acquisition by Altaris Capital Partners for $1.1 billion
  • Cumberland Farms – acquisition by EG Group (undisclosed)
  • DataXu – acquisition by TV streaming service Roku, Inc. for $150 million
  • Eaton Vance – pending acquisition by Morgan Stanley for $7 billion
  • Emisphere Technologies – acquisition by Novo Nordisk A/S for $1.8 billion
  • Endurance – pending acquisition by affiliates of Clearlake Capital Group L.P. for $3 billion
  • Fortive – acquisitions of Gordian for $775 million and Prüftechnik Dieter Busch (undisclosed)
  • General Catalyst – merger of Livongo and Teladoc Health, valued at $18.5 billion
  • Genpact – acquisition of RAGE Frameworks for $125 million
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – sale of Riverside clinical and standardized testing business to Alpine Investors for $140 million
  • Kadant – acquisition of Syntron Material Handling Group and certain of its affiliates for $179 million
  • Lydall – acquisition of Interface Performance Materials for $265 million
  • MKS Instruments – acquisitions of Electro Scientific Industries for $1 billion and Newport Corporation for $980 million
  • Potenza Therapeutics – acquisition by Astellas Pharma for $405 million
  • Progress Software – acquisitions of Ipswitch, Inc. for $225 million and Chef for $220 million
  • PTC Therapeutics – acquisition of Agilis Biotherapeutics for $200 million
  • Rudolph Technologies – merger with Nanometrics Incorporated, creating a company with a $1.7 billion market value
  • SoFi – acquisition of Galileo Financial Technologies for $1.2 billion
  • Staples – acquisition by Sycamore Partners for $6.9 billion
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific – acquisitions of Gatan for $925 million, Finesse Solutions for $221 million, Phadia for $3.5 billion and the Alfa Aesar research chemicals business of Johnson Matthey for $405 million; and sales of its anatomical pathology business to PHC Holdings Corporation for $1.1 billion and its cell culture, gene modulation and magnetic beads businesses to GE Healthcare for $1.06 billion
  • Vail Resorts – acquisitions of Triple Peaks for $237 million and Peak Resorts for $264 million
  • WEX – acquisitions of Noventis for $310 million, Electronic Funds Source for $1.4 billion and eNett International (Jersey) Limited and Optal Limited for $1.275 billion


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    Among the Top Leading Mergers & Acquisitions Practices in Massachusetts and Washington DC

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    Recommended for Mergers & Acquisitions

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    Recognized as a Top Mergers & Acquisitions Practice

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  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business – Named our Corporate Practice among the best in 2020, with sources saying that WilmerHale provides “excellent service and quality advice and representation” and is “very knowledgeable” with “a deep wealth of information on matters impacting rapidly growing venture-backed startups.” The current edition of Chambers USA also ranked WilmerHale in the following related regions and practices: nationwide for Startups & Emerging Companies; Massachusetts for Corporate/M&A, Private Equity: Venture Capital Investment and Technology; and Washington DC for Corporate/M&A & Private Equity. WilmerHale was also ranked among the top FinTech law firms in the United States in its 2020 FinTech guide. 
  • The Legal 500 United States – Recommended WilmerHale’s Mergers and Acquisitions Practice in the areas of antitrust, corporate governance, commercial deals and contracts, M&A middle-market, and venture capital and emerging companies in its 2010–2020 editions.
  • The American Lawyer – Named WilmerHale the 2020 Law Firm of the Year, and recognized the firm's representation of Hilton Worldwide Holdings in its $6.5 billion investment by HNA Group as the 2017 Global Finance Deal of the Year under the Acquisition Finance category.
  • Corporate Board Member – In 2014, 2016 and 2018, WilmerHale was named to the Top National Corporate Law Firms list, a comprehensive ranking of the top 25 firms in the nation. Results are based on law firm surveys and feedback from thousands of directors and general counsels.
  • Law360 – For three consecutive years, named WilmerHale a Technology Practice Group of the Year, an award recognizing the firm’s key role in the significant matters that made headlines and changed the legal landscape. 
  • Super Lawyers – Our corporate lawyers are consistently recognized as “Super Lawyers” and “Rising Stars” in multiple jurisdictions.
  • The International Financial Law Review – Named WilmerHale to its shortlist of nominees for its 2018 Deals of the Year Award.
  • The M&A Advisor – Honored WilmerHale with the Chapter 11 Reorganization Award in 2019 for its work in advising Argos Therapeutics in an asset sale, and previously honored WilmerHale with the 2017 Deal of the Year award for representing Analog Devices.
  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers® – In the 2010–2021 “Best Law Firms” rankings, our Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Venture Capital Practices were ranked in the first tier nationally and in Boston, along with our Corporate Practice also being ranked in the first tier in New York and Washington DC. Clients deemed our M&A Practice an “extremely dedicated team that was fully versed with the issues faced and provided excellent analysis and advice in a timely manner.” Our Technology Practice was also ranked in the first tier in Boston and in the second tier nationally.
  • Chambers Global – Recognized 34 WilmerHale lawyers and 27 practice areas in its 2020 edition.
  • Best Lawyers in America – Recognized 124 WilmerHale partners for 2019, naming 11 as “Lawyers of the Year.”

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