Global excellence in Private M&A

There is no such thing as a standard private M&A process.

Our lawyers have expertise in the full range of challenges that private M&A can present, be it carve-outs, pre-sale restructuring and reorganisations, financing, risk management, certainty, disclosure, navigating pre-emption processes, managing auctions or specific liabilities. Not only are our M&A lawyers experts in their field, they also combine commercial pragmatism with an understanding of the specialist issues that can arise as part of the negotiation process.

Clients value our ability to execute deals seamlessly and efficiently while managing the risk profile which is appropriate to their circumstances: a vital requirement in today’s deal environment.


One global team

We have experience in designing and implementing bespoke structures for complicated deals, across a wide range of geographies and sectors.

Our corporate practice is supported by global teams of market-leading tax, real estate, employment and incentives, pensions, anti-trust/competition, regulatory and litigation experts. Our equal strength in corporate and finance means we are also able to offer acquisition financing support in key business centres around the world.

See a collection of our work below.

> Landmark deals

> Case studies

> Our key Private M&A lawyers

> Specialists

Our landmark private M&A deals

Our clients turn to us for advice on their most strategic and transformational deals.

  • Thyssenkrupp: advising on the US$17.2bn sale of its elevator technology business to a consortium of bidders led by Advent, Cinven and RAG Foundation
  • BP: advising on the US$5bn sale of its Acetyls and Aromatics business to INEOS
  • Jingye Group: on the £1.2bn last-minute acquisition of British Steel
  • Charoen Pokphane Group: on the US$10.6bn acquisition of Tesco’s businesses in Thailand and Malaysia
  • Visa Europe: on the EUR 18.4bn sale of 100% of its share capital to Visa
  • ORIX Corporation: on its USD 2.2bn acquisition of a 30% interest in Avolon Holdings, a leading global aircraft leasing company based in Ireland
  • Hutchison Whampoa: on its £10.3bn acquisition of O2 UK from Telefonica
  • LetterOne Holdings: on its EUR 5.1bn acquisition of all shares in oil & gas company RWE Dea in a private auction from DAX listed RWE
  • Glencore: on the USD 9.2bn disposal of a 14.16% stake in Rosneft Oil Company
  • Whirlpool Corporation: on the USD 1.1bn sale of its Embraco compressor business to Nidec Corporation, a leading manufacturer of electric motors

Global Case Studies

Our private mergers and acquisitions experts are advising on significant deals from across our 30 global offices. Over the last eight years we have advised on more UK Private bids than any other firm, including, in 2019, seven takeovers valued at £1bn+.

Specialist practice areas

Competition/Antitrust

Our market-leading global Competition practice advises on some of the most high-profile matters including significant mergers, complex investigatory work, regulatory and litigation and embraces the continued globalisation of competition law and policy.

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Employment and Incentives

Our pre-eminent Employment & Incentives practice is one of the strongest and most innovative players in the global market, providing legal and commercial expertise across employment and incentives matters, wherever our clients do business.

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Intellectual Property

Our Intellectual Property team has global recognition and a track record of solving a wide range of IP issues, including commercialising, acquiring and licensing IP, and enforcing and defending IP in litigation.

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Pensions

Our top-tier Pension lawyers can assist with the full range of pensions issues including de-risking solutions, tailored funding solutions, regulatory, governance and investment issues.

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Tax

Our pre-eminent Tax practice is known for its market-leading work and is consistently recognised as being at the forefront of its field.

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Technology, Procurement and Outsourcing

With technology and outsourcing being used to transform and achieve business objectives, Linklaters advises on a global basis, and those in regulated industries.

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Key Private M&A Contacts
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