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Mergers & Acquisitions

Arizona Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyers Guide Companies in Making Deals Work

Experienced Phoenix law firm manages all aspects of business mergers and acquisitions statewide

Mergers and acquisitions are common stages in the growth cycle of businesses. When companies consolidate, they intend to achieve a mutually beneficial goal. Whether your company is merging with another entity, acquiring another or being acquired, it will involve a complex transaction that must be carefully planned and executed. At Law Offices of Donald W. Hudspeth, P.C., we represent major corporations, small businesses, investors and private equity sponsors in business deals involving varied industries, such as financial services, technology, manufacturing and retail. We guide our clients through all phases of the deal with an eye toward achieving their strategic objectives and protecting and furthering their economic positions.

Buy and sell advisory services for a range of transactions

There are multiple ways in which control of a company and/or its assets can be shared with or transferred to another business. We provide counsel in all types of combinations, including these:

  • Mergers and consolidations
  • Stock acquisitions
  • Bulk sales
  • Tender offers
  • Leveraged buyouts
  • Private equity transactions
  • Roll ups and spin offs
  • Special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs)
  • Joint ventures
  • Strategic alliances
  • Restructurings and reorganizations

Each of these transactions requires extensive research, investigation and government compliance work, all of which depend on a deep understanding of the federal and state business laws that apply. We have decades of experience in the M&A field and can provide the practical advice you need to make your deal go through as planned.

Attorneys fully engaged at all stages of the process

Our attorneys have extensive experience handling all aspects of mergers and acquisitions. We are intricately involved in all of the vital aspects of stock or asset transfers, including:

  • Pre-deal strategizing — Tactical decisions must be made well in advance to determine the most advantageous type of transaction.
  • Letter of intent — This non-binding document is an agreement in principle for a business acquisition, laying out the proposed price and other terms.
  • Due diligence — The entity or group of individuals seeking to buy must make a comprehensive review of the target company’s financial situation, including assets, debts and potential legal liabilities. This can be the most challenging and sometimes frustrating part of the transaction.
  • Confidentiality and no-shop agreements — The parties agree to keep the proposed deal undisclosed and the seller agrees not to solicit other potential buyers for a given duration of time.
  • Contract — The contract allocates rights and responsibilities between the buyer and the seller and sets out detailed actions that each will have to take prior to or at the closing of the deal.
  • Equity and debt financing — Raising money to fund M&A transactions often involves acquiring liquid funds beyond the acquiring company’s cash reserves.
  • Personnel management — Changes in control will require reevaluation of agreements concerning executive retention, compensation and severance, or new agreements will need to be entered.
  • Government compliance — The SEC, FTC and other federal agencies place restrictions on certain M&A transactions, of which boards of directors need to be fully advised.
  • Tax compliance — Most changes in ownership have tax consequences that must be addressed.
  • Closing — Some deals close when each party completes their required actions and transfers funds, properties and documents. Some deals are not closed until a governmental authority approves them.
  • Post-closing adjustments — There may be continuing obligations to fulfill after a deal is closed, such as compliance with non-compete or non-solicitation agreements.

Our experienced corporate law attorneys will assist you in all these aspects of your transaction from start to conclusion and will continue to advise you if legal issues later arise.

Contact experienced Arizona business attorneys for your merger or acquisition

Law Offices of Donald W. Hudspeth, P.C. represents companies of all sizes in M&A transactions. From our office in Phoenix, we represent clients throughout Arizona. Call us at 866-696-2033 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.

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Donald W. Hudspeth
Principal Attorney

Attorney Donald W. Hudspeth has more than twenty years’ experience practicing corporate and business law. Before attending law school, Mr. Hudspeth held a stock brokers license at the age of 21 and owned his own business at the age of 23. He was a business law professor at Arizona State University, West Campus, and has conducted classes and seminars for a number of higher institutions and organizations. Mr. Hudspeth has published two books on law and is the founder of the radio programs Law on the Edge and Law Talk.

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Mark S. Hamilton

About Attorney Mark S. Hamilton has experience handling all aspects of civil and commercial litigation in federal, state, and tribal courts at the trial and appellate levels. Practice Areas Business litigation Commercial litigation Education University Of Hawaii Wm. S. Richardson School Of Law, Juris Doctor - 2002 University Of Hawaii, Master Of Arts in Asian…

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