Best Lawyers in Los Angeles, California for Mergers and Acquisitions Law

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  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Financial Services Regulation Law Banking and Finance Law Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities / Capital Markets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Banking and Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities / Capital Markets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Compliance Law Corporate Governance Law Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Securities / Capital Markets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Menlo Park, California Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Tax Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    International Mergers and Acquisitions
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities / Capital Markets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
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Jeffrey Sklar was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Jeffrey Sklar

Sklar Kirsh LLP
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities / Capital Markets Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Administrative / Regulatory Law
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Bunnie Poullard was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Bunnie Poullard

DLA Piper
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Banking and Finance Law Real Estate Law

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Mergers and Acquisitions Law Definition

A merger or large acquisition is a significant event in the life of a company and its numerous constituencies – from shareholders, directors, and managers to employees, customers, and communities. M&A lawyers play critical roles in how mergers and acquisitions are evaluated, structured, and implemented.

Mergers and Acquisitions in the United States are governed by a dual regulatory regime, consisting of state corporation laws (e.g., the Delaware General Corporation Law) and the Federal securities laws (primarily, the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934). There are three primary types of M&A transactions: (1) a merger, which is the legal combination of two separate entities under state law; (2) “stock deals,” which is the purchase of a business through the purchase of the owner, or an interest in the owner, of the business; and (3) “asset deals,” which is the purchase of a business through the purchase of assets. Transactions can involve public or private companies, may be on a hostile or friendly basis and may entail acquisition of 100% ownership, a controlling interest, or a minority stake.

The legal environment for the public company merger and acquisition activity in the United States has changed dramatically over the last several years, and the process of change continues apace. M&A lawyers advise their clients to ensure the transaction is in compliance with federal and state laws. We work with our clients to evaluate the strategy and tactical advantage of a friendly versus hostile transaction. M&A lawyers represent their clients in negotiations on the structure of the deal, perform due diligence and assist with the terms of the contract. M&A lawyers’ responsibilities extend beyond merely negotiating the terms of the agreements, but to the entire process by which Board decisions are made. This includes board and management counseling throughout the process on legal obligations, evolving corporate governance standards, and shareholder relations.

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

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A merger or large acquisition is a significant event in the life of a company and its numerous constituencies – from shareholders, directors, and managers to employees, customers, and communities. M&A lawyers play critical roles in how mergers and acquisitions are evaluated, structured, and implemented.

Mergers and Acquisitions in the United States are governed by a dual regulatory regime, consisting of state corporation laws (e.g., the Delaware General Corporation Law) and the Federal securities laws (primarily, the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934). There are three primary types of M&A transactions: (1) a merger, which is the legal combination of two separate entities under state law; (2) “stock deals,” which is the purchase of a business through the purchase of the owner, or an interest in the owner, of the business; and (3) “asset deals,” which is the purchase of a business through the purchase of assets. Transactions can involve public or private companies, may be on a hostile or friendly basis and may entail acquisition of 100% ownership, a controlling interest, or a minority stake.

The legal environment for the public company merger and acquisition activity in the United States has changed dramatically over the last several years, and the process of change continues apace. M&A lawyers advise their clients to ensure the transaction is in compliance with federal and state laws. We work with our clients to evaluate the strategy and tactical advantage of a friendly versus hostile transaction. M&A lawyers represent their clients in negotiations on the structure of the deal, perform due diligence and assist with the terms of the contract. M&A lawyers’ responsibilities extend beyond merely negotiating the terms of the agreements, but to the entire process by which Board decisions are made. This includes board and management counseling throughout the process on legal obligations, evolving corporate governance standards, and shareholder relations.