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Mergers and acquisitions

Our seasoned team has acted in the full spectrum of corporate transactions, be it public company takeovers or contentious buyouts. With offices around the world, we can help you to get the deal done quickly, within regulations and with minimal fuss.

We have extensive experience of advising on public company takeovers, private equity investments, leveraged buyouts and other corporate transactions.

We help develop strategies for achieving our clients’ business objectives. Whether you are a public or private company, our team can guide you through the complex negotiations necessary to complete a merger, acquisition or disposal.

Sometimes these negotiations are contentious, as when we advised a minority stakeholder in their bid to buy out other shareholders and gain control over a target company – a move opposed by that company’s board. We challenged the board’s actions and won, eventually structuring a deal advantageous to our client.

When acquisitions cross borders, we leverage the full power of our international team to get the deal done quickly and in line with regulations in each country. A global team of lawyers from our offices in London, Milan, Hong Kong and Singapore recently assisted Renault with the $1.5b acquisition of Lotus F1. In the nine-month process, we were able to extract Renault from engine-supply agreements with other F1 teams without any money changing hands. We also obtained four separate court adjournments to stave off more than a dozen creditors intent on forcing Lotus into liquidation, which was unprecedented.

More than 500 jobs at Lotus were saved, and Renault’s future in Formula 1 was secured. ‘It’s rare to be able to affect people’s lives as directly as we did in that project'.

Our US team represented one of the world’s largest manufacturers of graphite and carbon-based products in its $150m convertible preferred stock issuance, followed by a tender offer and merger with a value of $695m.

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Steven Wheeler

Steven Wheeler

Partner | Tokyo

Steven Wheeler

Partner | Tokyo

Commercial real estate

Patricia M. Lee

Patricia M. Lee

Partner | New York

Patricia M. Lee

Partner | New York

Corporate

Roberta Crivellaro

Roberta Crivellaro

Partner | Milan

Roberta Crivellaro

Partner | Milan

Corporate

Mark Lynch

Mark Lynch

Partner | London

Mark Lynch

Partner | London

Corporate

Polly Chu

Polly Chu

Partner | Hong Kong

Polly Chu

Partner | Hong Kong

Corporate

Daniel Tang

Daniel Tang

Partner | Hong Kong

Daniel Tang

Partner | Hong Kong

Corporate

Koh Tien Gui

Koh Tien Gui

Partner, WITHERS KHATTARWONG* | Singapore

Koh Tien Gui

Partner, WITHERS KHATTARWONG* | Singapore

Corporate

Gerald Fujii

Gerald Fujii

Partner | Tokyo

Gerald Fujii

Partner | Tokyo

Commercial real estate

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