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Mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures

Competition law can have a serious impact on M&A transactions. Most significant deals call for complex, swift and high profile dialogue with competition regulators around the world.

You can rely on the experience of our London competition lawyers, for commercially minded and seamless advice on both domestic and cross-border merger control issues, working closely with the member of our global antitrust and competition team based throughout Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia and Africa.

We have a substantial track record in M&A and joint venture transactions, acting in major multi-jurisdictional cases, with a sound understanding of the complex legal and economic issues involved, and familiarity with the relevant competition authorities and processes.

Prominent corporates and financial institutions place their trust in the ability of our broader transactional teams to understand their business; we represent clients across the full range of our key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare. Our transactional teams include not only competition lawyers, but also our internationally recognised corporate, M&A and securitites team, as well as economists, financial advisers and public affairs consultants.

Our areas of work include

  • conditional clearance arrangements
  • negotiation of undertakings
  • negotiation of consent agreements
  • phase 1 and phase 2 merger investigations
  • regulatory approval.

Our recent work

  • Advising G4S plc in the UK on the £5.2bn acquisition of ISS.