Mergers and Acquisitions

Ogletree Deakins understands that corporate acquisitions and restructurings can be complex and challenging. Clients need a business partner that can help them structure the labor and employment aspects of a transaction in a way that will provide transparent information on the costs of compliance with applicable laws and regulations at every stage of the deal. Our attorneys have assisted clients of all sizes across a wide range of industries, including private equity, technology, manufacturing, retail, hospitality, financial services, and more.

Our capabilities extend far beyond U.S. borders. In today’s global economy, many corporate transactions involve employees in more than one jurisdiction. Members of our International Practice Group have years of experience helping companies in all aspects of their global transactions. Our attorneys provide a unique integrated service that recognizes the material issues and business drivers of a transaction, as well as the practical considerations in getting a deal done while complying with the nuances of local laws. Our team is led by former in-house lawyers with extensive experience in corporate development who not only understand the employment law issues in divestitures, asset purchases, stock transactions, and mergers but who also have multidisciplinary experience that adds strategic value to the entire transaction.

Because our approach is different, we often handle the employment law aspects of transactions in partnership with general practice firms. As employment law practitioners, we understand the sensitive issues that arise during a transaction, and we advise our clients in a manner conducive to building rapport between the parties to a transaction. When the deal is over, the buyer and its new employees must begin a productive relationship, and we understand that the way a transaction is negotiated by outside counsel must not undermine our clients’ ability to move forward. Our advice is tailored to each client’s situation, providing a strategic approach to accomplishing the client’s business objectives while also aiming to avoid potential business disruptions and promote a smooth transition.


Our multidisciplinary teams and U.S. and international offices regularly counsel businesses around the world with respect to:

Typical labor and employment issues arising during mergers and acquisitions, including:

The terms of the deal, including:

Post-close considerations, including: