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Hostile Takeovers and Takeover Defense

Whether you are defending against a hostile takeover or launching an unsolicited proposal, our integrated, multidisciplinary team will provide you with the full range of strategies to steer you through these complex matters.

Our knowledge spans the world's major financial markets. Every day we advise on the application of U.S. tender offer and proxy rules (and relevant state codes), the UK’s Takeover Code, and takeover regulations in other European and APME jurisdictions.

We can help with all aspects of hostile takeovers — including preparing training and bid defense manuals, analyzing and implementing takeover defenses, preparing or responding to an initial offer or “bear hug” letter, conducting tender offers and proxy contests, and implementing defensive strategies.

Our litigation team works seamlessly with our M&A lawyers to develop and implement effective litigation strategies in connection with these highly contentious transactions.

For more detailed information on our global M&A practice, visit our Mergers and Acquisitions Topic Center.

Representative experience

McCormick on its unsolicited bid for Premier Foods.

The board of Northumbrian Water on the preparation of bid defense strategies and advising the company on the £4bn offer from Cheung Kong Infrastructure.

Cytyc Corporation on its unsolicited takeover proposal for Vision Systems Limited, an Australian public company.

Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit allograft tissue bank, on its unsolicited takeover proposal for Osteotech, Inc., a Nasdaq-listed tissue processing company.

Shaftesbury on the unsolicited partial tender offer by Sam Tak Lee.

MP Evans on its takeover defense.

Christian Salvesen on its defense against the bid by Norbert D'Entressangle.

Elementis plc on its defense against a number of bids including board control seeking proposal.

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