Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) is a general term that refers to the consolidation of companies or assets through various types of financial transactions. A merger is a process by which two companies join and one new company continues to exist. Also called a consolidation, a merger occurs when two companies combine together to form a new enterprise altogether, and neither of the previous companies remains independently.
Acquisitions involve a process by which one company acquires the assets of another company. An acquisition, or takeover, is the purchase of one business or company by another. Acquisitions are usually divided into either “private” or “public”. The distinction depends on whether the stocks of the target company is publicly traded or not.
M&A lawyers assist their clients with the appropriate financing for mergers and acquisitions, and provide advice concerning the drafting, negotiation, and performance of contracts for the sale of portions of the business.
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