McGuireWoods represents some of the world’s largest investment banks and
financial advisory firms, as well as top middle market firms and premier
boutiques. Over the past 10 years, our financial advisory lawyers have
assisted clients with well over $100 billion in M&A transactions. The
volume of transactions the firm handles led Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg,
in part, to rank McGuireWoods among the top 10 M&A firms in the world. Mergers & Acquisitions magazine also named us M&A
Mid-Market “Law Firm of the Year” for our global M&A capabilities and industry-leading innovations.
In today’s era of increased transparency, heightened regulatory and law
enforcement scrutiny, and growing activism on the part of shareholders and
the plaintiffs’ bar, financial advisors play a critical role in the success
of any corporate transaction, investment or financing deal. McGuireWoods
counsels clients at every step in the process, including drafting and
negotiating engagement letters and indemnification agreements; drafting
fairness, solvency and valuation opinions; reviewing and commenting on
transaction documents and investment bank and advisory firms’ presentations
to clients’ boards of directors and special committees thereof; and
drafting descriptions of financial analyses underlying fairness opinions in
documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Firm lawyers
also provide guidance on general corporate issues, such as fiduciary
duties, disclosure philosophy and compliance with federal securities law.
McGuireWoods’ financial advisory team includes some of the firm’s top
corporate, securities and financial services lawyers, several of whom
formerly were in-house counsel or investment bankers at top financial
institutions and financial services providers. Our lawyers are ranked by The American Lawyer and Corporate Control Alert among the
top counsel for investment banks acting as financial advisors. As industry
thought leaders, team members frequently speak at legal events and
conferences presented by organizations such as the Practicing Law Institute
and the American Bar Association.
We draw on the resources of our international firm — including the
experience of our corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, private
equity, cross-border transactions, restructuring and litigation practices —
to provide comprehensive, coordinated guidance to financial advisory firms
and investment banks.