Mergers & Acquisitions

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RK&O has a wide range of experience representing buyers and sellers in domestic and cross-border merger and acquisition transactions.  Our experience includes the representation of buyers and sellers in leveraged buyout, management buyout and other going-private transactions.  RK&O's mergers and acquisition clients include some of the largest hedge funds and investment banks, as well as companies, management teams, private equity funds and other financial institutions and investors.  We advise target company boards and special committees in considering competing strategic alternatives.  Together with our restructuring and bankruptcy colleagues, our M&A practitioners are also skilled in acquiring companies out of bankruptcy, as well as representing clients either as the “stalking horse” or as a bidder in the bankruptcy auction.

Our representations include companies that span a number of different business sectors, including automotive, communications, energy, financial services, gaming, insurance, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, real estate and technology. In structuring transactions, we work closely with other specialist teams within the firm to address not only pricing and risk allocation issues, but also tax, securities and other regulatory issues that arise in both domestic and cross-border scenarios.  We provide our clients with complete support in their M&A transactions by combining technical expertise, creativity and commercial awareness.


  • A hedge fund in the sale of an equipment manufacturing company.
  • A private equity fund in the sale of a healthcare billing company.
  • A private equity fund in the sale of a materials sciences company.
  • A private equity fund in the sale of an insurance brokerage firm to a strategic buyer.
  • A strategic buyer in the purchase of a marketplace lending platform.
  • A hedge fund in the sale of a radio station.
  • A hedge find in the purchase of a railroad.
  • A private equity fund in the purchase of a truck manufacturer from a major automobile company.
  • An investment bank as the lead investor in the acquisition of a division of a public pharmaceutical company.
  • A consortium of investment banks as selling shareholders in the sale of an electronic trading platform to a strategic buyer.
  • Individual shareholders in their sale of a controlling stake in a retail clothing chain.
  • The purchaser of a control stake in a privately held hedge fund complex.
  • The financial buyer of a medical products company.