Transaction law

In today’s dynamic business environment, businesses are taking advantage of changing markets to expand through acquisitions. Transactions are becoming more complex, so investors need access to legal advice that helps them manage deals effectively. 

What EY can do for you

Businesses are increasingly focused on the economies of scale that result from acquisitions. This means that they require an efficient and effective post-acquisition and merger process.

Integrating EY lawyers with the professionals from Assurance, Tax, Transactions and Advisory, we are able to handle a range of issues that can arise in a single transaction.

In addition, we complement transactional skills with extensive knowledge, covering a wide range of business areas including anti-trust, employment and benefits, environmental law, intellectual property, and tax.

We help to make deals happen

Accurate evaluation of potential transactions has never been more critical. To help you manage uncertain environments, EY provides detailed legal transaction advice and support, including: 

  • Carve-outs and separation
  • Transaction structuring and negotiation
  • Auction process and process documentation
  • Buy- and sell-side due diligence
  • Debt and equity commitments
  • Share and asset purchase agreements
  • Investment and shareholders’ agreements
  • JV agreements
  • Financing
  • Service-level agreements and other intercompany arrangements
  • Labor union and works council consultations
  • Competition law clearance
  • Completion and post-transaction reorganizations

EY provides detailed legal transaction advice and support to help you reach your transaction goals quickly, efficiently and with added value. EY helps convert strategic vision into reality and support deals to run smoothly.

Learn more about EY Transaction tax, law and workforce advisory services.

  • Pre- and post-transaction reorganizations

    Whether disposing of a business or acquiring one, multinational businesses face a wealth of challenges during pre- and post-transaction reorganizations.

    Their business needs include:

    • A clear strategy for corporate, financial, tax and people-related restructuring actions
    • Knowledge of the specific legislative requirements and corporate or commercial law issues in each jurisdiction
    • An understanding of business and industry dynamics to minimize operational disruption
    • Clear communication with the workforce to reduce uncertainty and promote employee retention
    • Seamless coordination of work streams in multiple countries

    How we can help

    EY lawyers work alongside professionals from tax, accounting, financial advisory and human capital to analyze the specific circumstances of your business and provide cohesive guidance, often resulting in substantial savings and increased shareholder value.

    We offer:

    • The legal teams that helps manage communications with not only the client but also local counsel, other EY teams and possible third-party advisors
    • Clear schedules and deadlines
    • Global templates for legal documents, promoting efficiency and consistency
    • Assistance that lessens the burden on the in-house staff
    • Support for all relevant project management capabilities

    EY has more than 2,100 lawyers in over 80 jurisdictions, combining local knowledge with global reach to cover your legal needs.

    By leveraging synergies and knowledge of your organization among multiple teams and disciplines, EY can help drive cost-efficiency and reduce friction during the project.

    With our broad experience in these matters, we can reduce risk during execution, lessen the impact on your daily business, answer questions promptly and channel the input of all parties. Our services can be flexibly aligned with your needs and in-house resources.

  • Private M&A

    EY helps convert strategic vision into reality and support deals to run smoothly.

    M&A transactions must be negotiated well and structured carefully to reduce legal risks, manage tax issues and ensure timely execution.

    Each plan has its own potential legal risks and deal-breakers, including:

    • Funding incapacity of the purchaser
    • Litigation and regulatory risks
    • Change-of-control issues such as termination rights under critical contracts, loss of public grants or subsidies, and loss of major suppliers or customers
    • Misrepresentations, particularly with accounting and tax
    • Key employee retention

    Businesses need lawyers who not only have experience handling private M&A transactions in different industries and markets, but also have a team mind-set and can perform well in complex situations.

    How we can help

    Whether you are a seller, a purchaser, a JV partner or management, our lawyers can guide you through M&A transactions by working alongside professionals from tax, accounting, transaction advisory, finance advisory and people services.

    The outcome

    EY lawyers offer detailed advice to address your M&A needs, including:

    • Critically assessing any planned investment or divestiture
    • Assisting with carve-outs to make your divestiture ready for sale
    • Assisting with structuring, negotiating and executing private M&A transactions in a timely manner
    • Aiding reorganizations to integrate the acquisition into your business

    EY’s lawyers are accustomed to working on both local and international transactions involving many countries — a capability that clients often view as another reason to use our services.

  • EY Transaction Law contacts by country

    Albania Svetlin Adrianov email
    Algeria Bruno Messerschmitt email
    Argentina Jorge Garnier email
    Armenia Levon Gevorgyan email
    Australia Alex Worner email
    Austria Mario Gall email
    Azerbaijan Arzu Hajiyeva email
    Belgium Peter Suykens  email
    Benin Eric N’guessan email
    Bermuda Alison Dyer email
    Brazil Flavio Franco email
    Bulgaria Svetlin Adrianov email
    Burkina Faso Eric N’guessan email
    Cameroon/CAR/Chad Anselme Patipewe Njiakin email
    Canada Sergio Privato email
    Cayman Islands André A. Mon Désir email
    Central America Hernán Pacheco email
    Chile Maria Javiera Contreras Abarca email
    Colombia Ximena Zuluaga email
    Congo Crespin Simedo Pereira email
    Costa Rica Hernán Pacheco email
    Cyprus Antonis Karaolis email
    Czech Republic Ondřej Havranek  email
    Democratic Republic of Congo Rama Keto email
    Denmark Susanne Scott Levinsen  email
    Dominican Republic Thania Gómez email
    Ecuador Fernanda Checa email
    El Salvador Monica Machuca email
    Estonia Ranno Tingas email
    Finland Sakari Helminen email
    France Jean-Christophe Sabourin email
    Gabon Fatima-Kassory Bangoura email
    Georgia Tato Chantladze email
    Germany Annedore Strey email
    Greece Eirinikos Platis email
    Guatemala Hernán Pacheco email
    Guinea Rouguiata Diallo email
    Honduras Andres Lacayo Rodríguez email
    Hong Kong Rossana Chu email
    Hungary Ivan Sefer email
    Iceland Símon Jónsson email
    India Probal Bhaduri email
    Indonesia Fahrul S. Yusuf  email
    Ireland Adam Synnott  email
    Italy Matteo Zapelli email
    Ivory Coast Eric N’guessan email
    Japan Junzaburo Kiuchi email
    Kazakhstan Borys Lobovyk email
    Kenya Christopher N Kirathe email
    Latvia Liene Cakare email
    Lithuania Vytautas Birmontas email
    Luxembourg   Stephen d’Errico  email
    Mali Eric N’guessan email
    Mexico Leonora Olmedo email
    Netherlands Sijmen de Lange email
    New Zealand Cameron Taylor email
    Nicaragua Carlos Ayón Lacayo email
    Niger Eric N’guessan email
    Norway Kjeld Arne Thomassen email
    Panama Hernán Pacheco email
    Peru María Sabogal email
    Poland Zuzanna Zakrzewska email
    Portugal Ricardo Reigada Pereira email
    Romania Radu Diaconu email
    Russia Georgy Kovalenko email
    Serbia Veljko Cosovic email
    Singapore Evelyn Ang email
    Slovakia Tatiana Knošková email
    Slovenia Matej Kovacic  email
    Spain Francisco Aldavero Bernalte email
    Sweden Anett Lilliehöök email
    Switzerland Oliver Blum email
    Taiwan Helen Fang email
    Turkey Mehmet Kücükkaya email
    Ukraine  Borys Lobovyk  email
    United Arab Emirates Franco Grilli email
    United Kingdom Richard Thomas email
    Vietnam Michael Beckman email

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