Realistically, every transaction bears its own risks, and in the case of mergers & acquisitions, the due diligence process is conducted prior to the transaction to mitigate risks before the actual transaction takes place. In turn, this will have an effect on the structure of the transaction, terms and warranties. Generally, legal due diligence is conducted in parallel with financial due diligence as the legal due diligence may serve well as a check on the conclusions of the financial due diligence.
Our Mergers & Acquisitions Practice
At Chetcuti Cauchi, we take the position of representing buyers, sellers, investment bankers and lenders in a variety of acquisition transactions. It is a sphere that applies for both private businesses and multinational companies which extend over a number of industries namely; financial services, medical devices, manufacturing, software and technology, new economy businesses, pharmaceuticals, professional services, publishing, and professional sports.
We advise clients on a range of complex transactions, including mergers, sales and purchases of shares and assets, tender offerings, exchange offers and leveraged buy-outs. Our representation of sellers has often involved the representation of special independent committees of directors in acquisitions in which the management of a corporation may be viewed to have a conflict of interest. Similarly, our representation of buyers has often involved the representation of management or a management-led group of financial buyers.
Through our lawyers’ longstanding experience in this sector, we have garnered the experience necessary to assist clients through any kind of transaction of this kind, be it friendly or hostile. We have offered our counsel in transactions which involved both foreign and local participants, using a myriad of acquisition structures and forms of consideration. Our experienced mergers & acquisitions lawyers have vast experience in the sector of corporate law, and thus they are fully equipped to offer their counsel on matters ancillary to mergers & acquisitions, such as governance, securities, regulation, finance and other corporate disciplines important to the successful completion of any transaction.
Mergers & Acquisitions of Private Companies
While not every transaction will make the headlines, our firm values private or family held businesses and takes pride in seeing such companies thrive. We have gained a wealth of experience in representing these businesses, as well as in representing private equity buyout firms and debt and equity investors. Having said that, our experience can prove to be crucial for clients seeking to enter into such transactions with no previous experience on how to go about them.
Our Mergers & Acquisitions team pools the expertise of seasoned specialists from various practices within the firm in order to offer the best and most efficient services to our clients undertaking such complex transactions. Our Mergers & Acquisitions lawyers coordinate the representation of buyer or seller while working hand in hand with lawyers from Chetcuti Cauchi's other practice groups to provide critical support for today's complex transactions. Thus, we also offer advice in other areas, including tax, antitrust and competition, real estate, banking , financial services, and litigation.