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Mergers and Acquisitions

Merger, acquisition, divestiture, joint venture and other major transactions remain critical vehicles for achieving competitive advantage, increasing market strength, and focusing on core capabilities. These transactions also raise a number of risks so significant that they can trip up the most sophisticated company and even threaten the existence of any enterprise caught off guard.

Numbering more than 100 lawyers, the mergers and acquisitions team at McGuireWoods has significant depth of experience acting on behalf of public and private companies in every sector of the economy. We have developed a national and international reputation for providing high-quality merger and acquisition counsel on matters throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Pacific Rim. Among other accolades, Corporate Counsel magazine has listed McGuireWoods among the top 10 “go-to law firms” in the nation, as selected by in-house counsel at the 500 largest U.S. companies. Our corporate and M&A lawyers have been recognized by Chambers Global, while Chambers USA notes that “This group has a stellar reputation for its sophisticated corporate practice” and an “excellent network of offices to act for local, national and international clients on complex transactions.”

Over decades of work, our lawyers have handled nearly every type of M&A transaction and a wide range of joint ventures. We represent companies on both the buy and sell sides of stock purchases, asset purchases, and other forms of acquisitions, divestitures and combinations. We advise purchasers and sellers in management and leveraged buyout transactions and auction processes; counsel clients in connection with tender offers and proxy contests for corporate control; represent businesses in cross-border transactions and foreign direct investment in the United States and abroad; provide regulatory and antitrust guidance with respect to federal, state and foreign government and agency approvals, and conduct all forms of corporate due diligence.

Our approach is straightforward. We listen from the outset to gain a thorough understanding of client objectives for the transaction. We then analyze the competitive and regulatory landscape within client-specific industries — factoring in the influence of current and emerging legislation, regulatory developments, and the M&A market as a whole. Armed with this information, we work with our clients to develop a strategy designed to meet specific business goals, while minimizing disruption to ongoing operations.

Members of our team have developed industry-specific knowledge in aerospace and defense, agriculture, automotive and transportation, construction, consumer products, energy, financial services, food and beverage, infrastructure, healthcare, life sciences, manufacturing, mining and technology. This expansive, integrated foundation enables us to provide effective counsel in accordance with the unique competitive, legal and regulatory issues that may affect current and future business valuations and operations.

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Scott E. Westwood Partner T: +1 412 667 7989
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RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. PRIOR RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR OUTCOME.

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Leading international seafood company

Assisted a leading international seafood company based in Iceland in its auction process and sale of its U.S. operations, related procurement and manufacturing business to a Canadian seafood company for approximately $230 million.
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Regional bank

Represented a regional bank in North and South Carolina in its merger with an 18-branch community bank in South Carolina for approximately $32.5 million. Upon completion of the transaction, the combined company will have over $1.2 billion in total assets, $903 million in total deposits, $884 million in total loans, and a network of 21 branches in the Carolinas.
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Manufacturer of air filters and air handling and containment systems

Represented one of North America's largest manufacturers of air filters, air handling and containment systems, and related products in its sale (auction) through merger to an affiliate of a private equity firm for approximately $190 million.
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Leading US publisher of math curricula software and textbooks

Representation of a leading U.S. publisher of math curricula software and textbooks in a $75 million all cash reverse subsidiary merger with a leading provider of higher education programs for working adults.
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Leading producer of films for thermoform packaging

Represented the world's leading producer of films for pharmaceutical, medical device, food, electronics, and general-purpose thermoform packaging, as well as printing and specialty applications, in the acquisition of a rigid card and graphic arts film business.
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Global paper and packaging company

Represented a global paper and packaging company in the $45 million sale of a significant portion of its paper mill assets at a U.S. location to an investment group, as well as in the $80 million repurposing of other portions of the mill.
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Publicly-traded master limited partnership

Represented a publicly-traded master limited partnership in the acquisition of petroleum and refined products storage tanks, terminal assets, real estate and logistics assets from an independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products.
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Distressed designer and manufacturer of aviation radar technologies

Represented a distressed designer and manufacturer of aviation radar technologies for military applications in its auction sale for $210 million to a Swedish defense contractor and manufacturer of aircraft.
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Saudi Arabian steel producer

Assisting one of the leading companies in Saudi Arabia in its effort to reacquire the assets and business of a steel producing mini mill from the Administrators of the Company.
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Owner/operator of facilities that convert recyclable materials to power

Represented an owner/operator of facilities throughout North America that covert recyclable materials and biomass to power in the $44 million acquisition of two biomass industry companies.
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AMF Bowling Worldwide, Inc.

Representation of AMF Bowling Worldwide Inc. in its post-Chapter 11 bankruptcy merger with Bowlmor to form new company Bowlmor AMF.
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Global Financial Services Firm

Represented private equity fund in the restructure and buy-out of controlling interest in joint venture and negotiation of complex multi-party licensing agreement concerning nationally branded merchandise.
Case Study

McGuireWoods Advises Gold Standard Foundation on Carbon Market Acquisition

McGuireWoods acted as M&A transactional counsel to the Gold Standard Foundation, one of the leading global carbon credit standards bodies headquartered in Switzerland, in its purchase and acquisition of the CarbonFix Standard, a German forest carbon credit standard. The McGuireWoods team was led by Washington senior counsel Cameron Prell, a member of the firm’s energy and climate change team. To read a news release about the deal, click here. To read a story published Sept. 18 on Ecosystem Marketplace, click here.

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Independent food service distributor

Represented an independently-owned broad-line food service distributor in the $225 million sale of the company to another major food distribution company.
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Privately held sporting goods retailer

Represented a privately-held sporting goods retailer in the acquisition of certain assets and assumption of retail leases from a 114-store retail chain.
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McGuireWoods team represents community bank in public company acquisition

On May 14, 2012, McGuireWoods client Park Sterling Corporation (PSTB), the holding company for Park Sterling Bank, announced the signing of a merger agreement with Citizens South Banking Corporation (Citizens South).  more >>

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McGuireWoods represents Plano Molding in Frabill acquisition

McGuireWoods LLP announced today that it represented Plano Molding Company in its acquisition of Frabill Inc. The transaction, which was announced on Monday, closed on June 15. It brings together under one roof Plano, the worldwide leader in fishing tackle storage systems, and Frabill, the North American leader in live bait storage, landing nets and portable ice fishing shelters and related accessories.

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Oil & gas industry supplier

Represented a public company that is the world's leading supplier of technology, project management and information systems to the oil and gas industry in the sale of the its distribution business  to another oil and gas industry company for approximately $1 billion.
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Electronic components, instruments & communications products provider

Represented a leading provider of sophisticated electronic components, instruments & communications products in its acquisition by merger of a suppler of signal inetgrity test solutions for $291 million.
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Technology holding company

Represented a technology holding company included among Inc. Magazine’s fastest growing private companies in the auction sale of its senior care SAAS employee training solutions subsidiary to a private equity fund.
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Karen J Adams Karen J. Adams
Associate
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 373 8854
F: +1 704 353 6173
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Vassilis Akritidis
Partner
rue des Colonies 56 - box 3
1000 Brussels

T: +32 2 629 42 53
F: +32 2 629 42 22
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Jason P Alter Jason P. Alter
Associate
EQT Plaza
625 Liberty Avenue
23rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3142

T: +1 412 667 7940
F: +1 412 667 7962
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James M Anderson III James M. Anderson III
Partner
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

EQT Plaza
625 Liberty Avenue
23rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3142

T: +1 804 775 1044
F: +1 804 698 2155
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T:+1 412 667 7918
F: +1 804 698 2155

Hubert André-Dumont Hubert André-Dumont
Partner
rue des Colonies 56 - box 3
1000 Brussels

T: +32 2 629 42 60
F: +32 2 629 42 22
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Heather M Welch Heather Welch Arbogast
Associate
7 Saint Paul Street
Suite 1000
Baltimore, MD 21202-1671

T: +1 410 659 4459
F: +1 410 659 4599
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Bradley S Austin Bradley S. Austin
Associate
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 373 8992
F: +1 704 373 8840
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John C Beane John C. Beane
Partner
Promenade
1230 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Suite 2100
Atlanta, GA 30309-3534

T: +1 404 443 5714
F: +1 404 443 5794
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Samuel C Bernstein Samuel C. Bernstein
Associate
77 West Wacker Drive
Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60601-1818

T: +1 312 849 8222
F: +1 312 698 4571
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Kevin Boardman J. Kevin Boardman
Partner

T: +1 214 593 7139
F: +1 214 273 7499
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Thomas C Brown Jr. Thomas C. Brown Jr.
Partner
1750 Tysons Boulevard
Suite 1800
Tysons Corner, VA 22102-4215

T: +1 703 712 5393
F: +1 703 712 5209
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Robert L Burrus Jr. Robert L. Burrus Jr.
Counsel
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 4306
F: +1 804 698 2023
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Meggan Michelle Bushee Meggan Michelle Bushee
Associate
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2360
F: +1 704 805 5085
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Bryan P Bylica Bryan P. Bylica
Associate
77 West Wacker Drive
Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60601-1818

T: +1 312 750 3617
F: +1 312 698 4533
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Amy Callow Amy M. Callow
Associate
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2354
F: +1 704 373 8829
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Boyd C Campbell Jr Boyd C. Campbell Jr
Counsel
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2030
F: +1 704 444 8715
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Jeffrey R Capwell Jeffrey R. Capwell
Partner
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 353 6256
F: +1 704 373 8823
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Holly Carnell Holly Carnell
Associate
77 West Wacker Drive
Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60601-1818

T: +1 312 849 3687
F: +1 312 698 4504
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Andrew J Cataldo Andrew J. Cataldo
Partner
Promenade
1230 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Suite 2100
Atlanta, GA 30309-3534

T: +1 404 443 5725
F: +1 404 443 5795
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Ayanna K Chance Ayanna K. Chance
Counsel
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2344
F: +1 704 353 6203
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Douglas W Charnas Douglas W. Charnas
Partner
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

T: +1 202 857 1757
F: +1 202 828 2980
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Joshua A Ciccone Joshua A. Ciccone
Associate
EQT Plaza
625 Liberty Avenue
23rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3142

T: +1 412 667 7944
F: +1 412 667 7969
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Robert M Cipolla Robert M. Cipolla
Senior Counsel
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 4713
F: +1 804 698 2109
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Geoffrey C Cockrell Geoffrey C. Cockrell
Partner
77 West Wacker Drive
Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60601-1818

T: +1 312 849 8272
F: +1 312 698 4572
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J. D Costa J. D. Costa
Associate
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2236
F: +1 704 353 6192
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