Mergers and Acquisitions

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and Best Lawyers®

National Tier 3, Mergers & Acquisitions Law

Metropolitan Tier 1, Dallas/Fort Worth
Mergers & Acquisitions Law

Gardere's mergers and acquisitions lawyers have a well-deserved reputation not only for getting transactions closed for buyers and sellers, but also for ensuring that clients get the deal they expected – with no surprises.  Clients regularly comment on our sense of urgency, our knowledge of important markets, the hands-on involvement of Gardere partners and our value-driven rate structure. Whether the deal is small, involves a public or private middle-market client, or is a headline-making transaction, we have a culture that fosters timely access to senior decision-makers.  Gardere clients know that their deal will keep moving forward with certainty and precision.

As a firm engaged in regional, national and international transactions, our experienced M&A team handles a myriad of mergers, equity and asset acquisitions and dispositions, financings, leveraged buyouts and joint ventures in virtually every industry, including energy, transportation and health care. Our M&A clients include public and private companies, family businesses, independent board members, private equity funds, venture capital groups and institutional investors.

Client Story

How a Client’s Life’s Work turned into an Eight-Figure Buyout

Where we started: Our client quit school when he was 15 to work in a machine shop. After spending more than 15 years working for others, he borrowed $15,000 from his mother so he and his wife could start their own threading and grooving tool manufacturing company.  It grew into a very successful international business, and now in his 70s, he decided it was time to sell. Our client had never been a party to a business sale or any other significant commercial transaction. The company had no regularly prepared financial statements. However, our client knew there was interest in his company.

Our roadmap: We met with the client and his tax advisor to get them comfortable with our experience and approach. Then we identified and evaluated several approaches that could be taken (e.g., investment banker/auction approach, identify selected targets to pursue or to initially just pursue the one buyer that seemed to make the most sense). Next steps included discussing the sales process, including likely due diligence requirements to ensure there would be no surprises, identifying issues that might surface with associated solutions and advising the client on how to avoid disruption and keep it “business as usual” during the sales process.  We also ensured that a strong NDA was in place to protect the client’s valuable Intellectual Property.

And finally: Ultimately a highly sophisticated buyer represented by a large New York law firm was identified, so we steered our client through the due diligence and negotiation process.  We helped structure arrangements for the key employees and the terms of the client’s retained equity rights, and resolved lender issues. After a number of twists and turns, we recommended a face to face meeting of the parties to resolve the remaining business and legal issues. Very shortly after this meeting the deal was closed to our client’s satisfaction.

M&A Practice Essentials

Our M&A lawyers represent the interests of private and public entities involved with mergers, acquisitions and dispositions of businesses and, even though our roots are deep in Texas and the Americas, we work throughout the world in myriad industry sectors. We regularly represent:

  • Family businesses
  • Independent board members
  • Institutional investors
  • Private equity funds
  • Public and private companies
  • Venture capital groups

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