Mergers & Acquisitions

Shumaker Williams, P.C.’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group understands that a company engages in mergers, acquisitions and other strategic transactions in order to achieve well-defined business goals. Therefore, our first objective is to understand our client’s business and business goals so we can advise our client in that context. Then, we become value-added members of our client’s M&A team where we work efficiently, effectively and tirelessly to achieve our client’s goals.

We help our clients in all types of acquisitions and dispositions, including mergers, consolidations, asset and stock purchases, share exchanges and tender offers. We also assist our clients in planning for and defending against unsolicited acquisition proposals and in implementing anti-takeover strategies. We advise our clients on all aspects of M&A transactions ranging from structuring the transaction in order to achieve the most beneficial tax results, working with regulators, conducting due diligence, preparing disclosure schedules and documentation, to execution and integration. We work closely with other Firm practice groups, such as Securities, Corporate, and Employment and Labor, Tax, and Financial Services to ensure that all aspects of the transaction are being properly managed and implemented.

Due to our reputation for providing creative, efficient and effective solutions to our clients’ business and legal challenges, we have one of the leading M&A practices in the Mid-Atlantic region. Shumaker Williams, P.C. has been a consistent leader among law firms in the Mid-Atlantic region involved in merger and acquisition transactions and regularly ranks among the top firms in handling M&A transactions.

The Firm also counsels companies that are concerned about the possibility of unsolicited takeovers. We provide advice on a broad range of matters, including:

• Directors’ duties and responsibilities
• Anti-takeover charter and bylaws provisions
• Director and officer indemnification
• Severance and other change-in-control arrangements
• Shareholder rights plans
• Corporate governance
• Executive compensation

To address the complexities of M&A transactions, we create multi-disciplinary client teams that work together seamlessly and efficiently to complete the transactions. Because our entire Firm is focused on representing businesses, we have the experience to handle all types of M&A transactions, whether public or private, large or small, simple or complex.