Mergers and Acquisitions

Overview

Our Mergers and Acquisitions practice provides clients with the expertise, insight, and individual attention they need to navigate complex corporate transactions in a strategic and thoughtful manner. Our lawyers draw on their deep M&A backgrounds – from representing multinational corporations to startup ventures to entrepreneurial individuals – to help clients identify and remain committed to their objectives, anticipate and take steps to mitigate risks, and best position themselves at each step in the transaction process. Our lawyers understand that it is critical to our clients’ success that we remain intimately involved in each M&A engagement, from the initial conversation through deal conclusion. When you meet a Friedman Kaplan lawyer to discuss a possible sale of your family business or a strategic acquisition of a competitor, that is the lawyer you will strategize and collaborate with throughout the life cycle of the transaction, from sketching out the term sheet to the deal closing. We believe that this level of intimate involvement is an essential part of making sure our clients’ demands are met, and is what sets us apart from our peers.

Our approach has yielded exceptional results for our broad range of clients. We’ve advised a multinational telecommunications company in its sale of a billion-dollar business, a major auction house in a stagnating financial environment in connection with a high-stakes sale of equity, a newly-formed private equity fund in a series of offshore acquisitions, and many other major clients in transactions that were critical to the short- and long-term health of their businesses. In these and in all of our matters, Friedman Kaplan attorneys make our clients’ challenges our own, and leverage our deep perspective and insight to ensure their best interests are protected.

Selected Experience

  • We represented a manufacturer of highly-engineered aerospace hydraulic and fuel system components for commercial and military aircraft in its acquisition by a publicly-owned company for a purchase price in excess of $250 million.
  • We advised the Special Committee of the Board of Atlas Pipeline Partners, L.P. in connection with the evaluation and negotiation of Atlas’s approximately $400 million asset sale to Atlas Energy, L.P., the corporation that controlled the general partner of Atlas Pipeline. Our work included advice related to the fiduciary duties of the Committee, identification of the appropriate level of Committee involvement in the transaction evaluation and negotiation process, and negotiation of principal transaction documentation with the purchaser. We also represented the Committee in connection with a derivative action that was filed challenging the transaction.
  • We represented an investment holding company in connection with the sale of its interest in Clearwire Corporation, a publicly held company, to Sprint for approximately $100 million.
  • We represented an international wireless company in connection with the raising of debt and equity in excess of $800 million and the subsequent acquisition of mobile network businesses in Bolivia, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and New Zealand.
  • We represented a major private equity fund in connection with a substantial number of investments and exit transactions in the People’s Republic of China, including in investments conducted through special purpose investment vehicles.
  • We represented a global financial services firm in connection with its acquisition of an asset management company and in the related negotiation of the firm’s employment contract with the company’s founder. 
  • We represented an Israeli-based technology company and its venture capital investor and other shareholders in its sale to a U.S. publicly-traded provider of online content delivery services.
  • We represented T-Mobile (then known as VoiceStream) in its acquisition by Deutsche Telekom, a transaction valued at more than $50 billion at the time it was announced.
  • We represented Western Wireless Corporation in connection with its over $6 billion merger with Alltel Wireless.
  • We represented Alltel and its subsidiary, Western Wireless International Corporation, in the sale of Tele.ring, an Austrian cellular telephone operator, to Deutsche Telekom for a purchase price in excess of $1.5 billion, and in its sale of Meteor, an Irish cellular telephone operator, for a purchase price of approximately $500 million.

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