Mergers & Acquisitions

Our global mergers and acquisitions practice encompasses over 350 lawyers serving clients from offices across the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia on the full spectrum of issues arising in M&A transactions. Morgan Lewis’s global footprint—bolstered by substantial M&A capabilities for deals in Latin America, the Commonwealth of Independent States, and other regions—means that we can be there when and where our clients need us. We work across industries on transactions ranging from millions of dollars to multibillion-dollar deals, including thousands of M&A transactions with a combined market value of hundreds of billions of dollars in the last five years alone.

The group is supported by approximately 1,700 lawyers and professionals in areas such as labor and employment, benefits, government contracts, regulatory, environmental, intellectual property, international trade, real estate, antitrust, litigation and tax. These lawyers do much more than support M&A deals. They are sought-after leaders in their areas of the law who provide perspective and insights that go far beyond the confines of an M&A agreement. Together we work seamlessly across borders, which frequently enables us to satisfy all the needs of an M&A transaction without engaging local counsel or separate specialized firms.

We represent sellers and buyers, investors and owners, and sources of financing and intermediaries, including private equity and venture capital funds. Our lawyers excel at advising key decision-makers—boards of directors, independent director committees, and management—in regulated and unregulated industries around the world and throughout the life cycle of a company.

We have successfully completed deals in a wide range of industries including energy, education, financial services, fintech, healthcare, life sciences, retail and ecommerce, sports, technology, transportation, and more.

Learn about our broad sector coverage.


We partner with our clients to negotiate:

  • Acquisitions
  • Divestitures
  • Tender offers
  • Equity investments
  • Restructurings
  • Joint ventures
  • Spinoffs
  • Leveraged buyouts
  • Public-to-private transactions
  • Special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) transactions
  • Acquisitions of distressed assets
  • Post-acquisition integration
  • ESOP transactions

We also advise public-company targets and would-be acquirers on implementing or overcoming takeover defense mechanisms. After a deal closes, we maintain close relationships with our clients and always stand ready to advise on the myriad issues that can arise during integration.


Our team includes numerous M&A lawyers who have been recognized by global legal directories and organizations that track M&A data. Among other industry accolades, Morgan Lewis is rated a top M&A transactional firm by the Refinitv, Mergermarket, Bloomberg, and FactSet league tables. Chambers USA ranks Morgan Lewis as a leading US transactional firm and has highlighted our expanding work in China and Singapore, as well our efforts in Latin America. Our M&A practice is also recommended by The Legal 500 US and The Legal 500 UK, and Chambers Global has recognized Morgan Lewis for International and Cross-Border work.