Mergers & Acquisitions

Functioning across the spectrum of negotiated and contested transactions, the Mergers & Acquisitions Practice attorneys have accumulated over more than twenty-five years of practice substantial experience in over fifty countries, specifically including the ASEAN member countries. We have dealt with advance preparation for target companies, issues of corporate governance control and transfer, asset sales and purchases, share sales and purchases, mergers, joint ventures and recapitalizations.

Our attorneys employ their tested knowledge of strategies and tactics to provide immediate, crucial and effective advice to clients, including corporate buyers and sellers, merchant banks, commercial banks, investment banks and institutional investors. Since many M&A matters require time-sensitive inputs and supports from various groups within the firm, our M&A practice relies heavily on the hallmark of H&R - diversified practice groups efficiently streamlined and coordinated to provide our clients with maximum leverage and advantage.

Participating in this dynamic management of issues, controversies and transactions are attorneys from our antitrust (competition), banking & financial services, corporate & securities, intellectual property, international law & trade, public affairs & government relations, infrastructure redevelopment & project finance, privatization, real estate, employment and litigation sections. Our attorneys have industry-specific knowledge that allows them to provide our clients with insightful and tested advice on the workings of all aspects dealing with industries such as oil and gas, automotive, manufacturing, metal, steel, petrochemicals, telecommunications, information technology, insurance, retail, utilities, energy, agriculture and banking.

In coordinating international, regional, national and local transactions, H&R attorneys have counseled clients in, among many other transactions:

  • largest acquisition in Romanian history - OTE's acquisition of the controlling interest in RomTelecom;
  • acquisition of the largest oil refinery in a developing country
  • development of greenfield joint ventures with private parties and/or state-owned enterprises in several South and South-East Asia countries, as well as China
  • purchase of a half billion dollar automotive manufacturing business
  • Europe’s largest sanitaryware privatization and greenfield development
  • acquisition of one of the largest European sanitaryware companies
  • acquisition of a large steel plant
  • privatization of a large state-owned oil company
  • sale of a large automotive parts manufacturer, and
  • sale of one of a large cement manufacturer

Our attorneys have also provided invaluable counseling in, among other areas, the acquisitions of petrochemical plants, tire producers, farm machinery manufacturers, cable manufacturers, telecommunication operators, packaging plants and pharmaceuticals.

Though many of our transactions would be considered large-scale by most standards, improving on today's business climate of agile and lean competitors, we have assisted our clients in smaller transactions, representing strategic acquisitions of core businesses and the selling-off of peripheral businesses. Additionally, our attorneys closely monitor the effectiveness of all transactions before, during and after the deal has been consummated. As a continuing aspect of today's M&A activity, our attorneys often counsel clients on the best methods for refocusing value through corporate restructurings, spin-offs, divestitures, reverse mergers and other noteworthy techniques. Creating value within a company also requires our attorneys to provide advice to our clients on other crucial elements such as corporate governance, including directors' duties and responsibilities, executive compensation packages, change-in-control arrangements, shareholder meetings and by-law provisions.

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