Our attorneys provide in-depth deal coverage, from initial structuring through due diligence and documentation to closing and post-closing integration, across numerous industries. In every transaction, business perspective informs our legal strategy and creative structuring so that client goals are met with outcomes that pave the way for growth and success.


Our M&A attorneys represent buyers and sellers ranging from small, privately held companies to multinational public companies in transactions that span the lower-middle and middle markets to multi-billion dollar mergers. The scale of our practice and depth of our deal experience enable us to provide cost-effective, focused solutions that meet the unique requirements of every client and transaction, no matter the deal type, company size, or industry.

Our clients include domestic and foreign public and private companies of all sizes, family-owned businesses, and financial intermediaries. Our clients' objectives are at the center of every engagement, whether we are advising Fortune 500 companies in implementing strategic growth initiatives through M&A or counseling family-owned businesses in executing exit strategies. With a banking and financial institutions M&A team that is nationally recognized, we have particular strength in advising the financial sector.

In an increasingly global economy, M&A deal making frequently involves the structuring, management, and completion of transactions across geographies. Ballard Spahr maintains a global reach through a platform of affiliated local firms throughout the world, which themselves are established leaders in their markets.

Exceptional Teamwork

Our multidisciplinary approach to staffing transactions ensures that every facet of a deal is covered, drawing upon the collective talents of colleagues in the areas including tax, employee benefits, employment and labor, intellectual property, information technology, real estate, environmental, insurance, bankruptcy, securities, antitrust, and international law. We excel at creating a "can-do" environment—for our deal team, investment bankers, accountants, and the principals and counsel on the other side of the table—in ways that bridge differences and allow complex deals to close.

M&A Services and Industry Experience

We represent clients in:

  • Stock and asset-based transactions, including mergers and consolidations
  • Management buyouts
  • Rollups
  • Tender offers
  • Leveraged buyouts and recapitalizations
  • Private equity and venture capital
  • Going private transactions
  • Privatizations
  • Joint ventures and other strategic alliances
  • Technology licensing and transfers
  • Cross-border and international transactions

Bank M&A

Our attorneys have been recognized by SNL Financial, now S&P Global Market Intelligence, for bank and thrift legal advisors based on the number of transactions completed. Ballard Spahr is among the leading national firms serving client banks across the country, from small community banks to publicly traded regional holding companies.

In addition to their experience with a high volume of transactions, our bank M&A attorneys have created innovative solutions to challenging problems, including:

  • Overcoming marketing concentration objections from regulatory agencies by successfully challenging geographic market definitions and/or proving the presence of mitigating factors
  • Early adoption of unique transaction structures to meet tax or other business objectives, including the use of whole-bank asset sales, the acquisition of a bank holding company by a bank, and the conversion/merger of mutual institutions
  • The initial use of phantom squeeze-out mergers and reverse stock splits in several states, in order to consolidate ownership or qualify for subchapter "S" election
  • Early and vast experience in interstate transactions, including bank acquisitions by out-of-state acquirers in Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Colorado, California, New Mexico, and Arizona
  • Extensive experience in charter conversions and inter-industry transactions, including the acquisition of thrifts by banks, the acquisition of banks by thrifts, and the acquisition of banks and trust companies by insurance companies

Life Sciences M&A

We have experience handling M&A transactions for businesses in the life sciences space, including pharmaceutical, medical device, biotechnology, and bioinformatics companies—ranging from startups to long-established corporations. Our team applies its knowledge of the life sciences industry to help clients negotiate and close deals, including acquisition and transfer of technology and intellectual property.

Health Care M&A

We represent physician group practices, hospital systems, health plans, and health care industry associations in M&A matters. Our health care M&A clients have long been leaders in providing medical services, establishing innovative health care coverage programs, and creating pioneering health systems and other relationships. Our combined strength in health care and M&A enables us to help clients navigate the unique legal, regulatory, and market factors that have an impact on transactions involving health care clients.

Other industry experience includes:

  • Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Gaming
  • Consumer products
  • Insurance
  • Retail
  • Agriculture
  • Telecommunications
  • Financial services
  • Waste management
  • Energy

Compensation Committee Counseling

We have experience counseling the Compensation Committee, as part of our general representation of the company or as special counsel to the Compensation Committee, in all areas of executive compensation, both cash-based and equity-based, for privately held and publicly traded companies. This counseling includes ongoing SEC-related compliance matters and assisting in issues related to executive compensation that arise in the merger and acquisition context.

Contact

Craig Circosta
Practice Leader
Tel 215.864.8520
circostac@ballardspahr.com