Mergers and Acquisitions

Phillips Lytle’s Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) Law Practice is comprised of highly accomplished and knowledgeable attorneys.

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Navigating Clients Through Complex M&A Transactions

Phillips Lytle’s M&A practice is comprised of highly accomplished and knowledgeable attorneys, several of whom are listed in The Best Lawyers in America®. We have been recognized for eight consecutive years by Chambers USA for outstanding capabilities in mergers and acquisitions.

Our M&A Team brings the requisite expertise and experience to assist a wide variety of domestic and international clients with business combination transactions. Our experience assisting companies includes traditional acquisitions, divestitures and mergers, as well as restructurings, recapitalizations, management buyouts and joint ventures.

Phillips Lytle’s M&A lawyers manage each transaction in a multidisciplinary fashion, working closely with our Tax, Intellectual Property, Labor and Employment, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, Banking and Financial Services, Environmental, and Real Estate practices. This expertise allows Phillips Lytle attorneys to handle a broad spectrum of business law and other legal aspects of the M&A process to assist our clients in achieving their business goals.

Merger and Acquisition Process

Working with an attorney whose expertise and experience include mergers, acquisitions and other aspects of corporate law is crucial to a smooth and successful transaction.

A few of the many ways in which we facilitate mergers, acquisitions and other transactions include:

  • Introducing firms considering a merger or acquisition to potential acquisition candidates and finance sources
  • Performing legal due diligence reviews with special emphasis on commercial contracts, environmental, intellectual property, litigation, labor and employment, employee benefits, real estate, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)/anti-bribery, tax and international trade compliance concerns
  • Preparing letters of intent, term sheets and other preliminary documents
  • Acting as either lead negotiator or a member of the negotiating team
  • Coordinating and assisting with transaction financing arrangements
  • Analyzing tax planning and transaction structure to ensure maximum tax and other benefits
  • Assessing federal and state laws applicable to a transaction and making structural adjustments based on the assessment
  • Coordinating foreign counsel, environmental consultants, insurance advisors, accountants and investment bankers
  • Drafting and negotiating transaction documents
  • Providing legal support for post-closing and transitional activities
  • Preparing and submitting federal antitrust filings
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Experienced Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyers

Our M&A lawyers work with a diverse group of clients, each with their own unique set of requirements and industries.

Our M&A lawyers have represented private and public companies; buyers and sellers; synergistic and strategic entities; and private equity groups in business-combination transactions spanning a broad spectrum of industries and business operations. Our team’s experience covers everything from large companies to small firms and a host of businesses in between.

Some of the organizations we have worked with on acquisitions, mergers and other transactions include:
  • Financial services organizations, such as investment advisers, banks, collection agencies, student loan providers, automotive finance, mortgage brokers, international trading services and trade financing, dollar clearing, money transfer services, insurance and other business transactions
  • Health care organizations, including hospitals, physician practices, ambulatory surgery centers, skilled nursing facilities, imaging centers, third-party administrators and durable medical equipment providers
  • Real estate entities, including real estate investment trusts (REITs), hotels and resort complexes, restaurants, real estate brokerages and other commercial real estate businesses
  • Consulting and service firms, including international consulting firms, engineering firms, advertising agencies and insurance advisors
  • Manufacturing businesses, including machine tools, material-handling equipment, automotive products, aerospace components, plastic fabrication and injection products, HVAC appliances, appliance parts, medical products, cosmetics, furniture and computer equipment
  • Foodservice companies, including food product distributors, manufacturers and processors
  • General service providers, such as defense contracting, environmental remediation, government research and development, medical testing laboratories, and school transportation
  • Educational institutions, including charter schools and post-secondary proprietary education providers
  • Brick and mortar retail stores and chains

Mergers and Acquisitions Attorneys Are Members of Your Team

The Mergers and Acquisitions legal team at Phillips Lytle has the expertise and industry knowledge to assist our clients with nearly any issue that may arise before, during or after a transaction. We act as an extension of your in-house team to ensure we are strategically in line with your business goals.

Our ability to navigate corporate law to provide support to public and private companies alike has brought our mergers and acquisitions lawyers a wealth of vital experience in the field.

Phillips Lytle’s M&A lawyers combine this experience with our track record of sophisticated, practical and cost-effective service to deliver high quality results to our clients deal after deal.

Meet Our Mergers and Acquisitions Team


David J. Murray Senior Counsel
Sharon Prise Azurin Partner
Kristen M. Birmingham Partner
Glenn J. Bobeck Partner
Deborah A. Doxey Partner
Elliott J. Ehrenreich Partner
Anthony Ghanem Associate
F. Kenneth Graham Partner
Asaf Hahami Partner
Michael W. Held Associate
Richard E. Honen Partner
Vlad Kapustin Special Counsel
David H. Kernan Of Counsel
Timothy P. Kucinski Partner
Richard J. Marinaccio Partner
Kelly E. Marks Partner
Gregory L. Peterson Of Counsel
Zabrina V. Reich Partner
Louis Q. Reynolds Associate
Jeffrey B. Schwartz Partner
James W. Smyton Of Counsel
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David J. Murray Senior Counsel
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