View All Practice Areas

Mergers & Acquisitions

Mergers and acquisitions are often the most important and complex transactions our clients will encounter. Whether our client is seeking to achieve liquidity for stockholders, acquire complementary business assets or divest a line of business that is no longer essential, these transactions involve many different legal considerations. Our experienced mergers and acquisitions attorneys provide counsel on a number of matters including structuring, finance, tax, securities, intellectual property and employee benefits. At Hutchison, we have a cross-functional team with expertise in each of these areas to work closely with our clients to help them both achieve their strategic objectives and manage risk.

At the earliest stages, we assist our clients in exploring strategic directions for their businesses, including exploring the advantages, disadvantages and limitations of potential transactions. We also assist our clients in identifying potential acquisition targets or potential acquirers and, if appropriate, introduce them to investment bankers to assist in structuring a buy or sell process. Once our client has identified a desirable acquisition target or acquirer, we help them negotiate the letter of intent or term sheet, drawing on our extensive experience representing similarly-situated companies.

After a letter of intent is signed much of the real work begins. We guide clients through complex documents and help negotiate key terms. Whether we are on the sell side or the buy side of a transaction, we are heavily involved in the due diligence process supporting the production and/or review of documents. We have helped many of our clients set up and maintain electronic datarooms to store their due diligence documents, which we have found greatly facilitates the process. Once the due diligence process is complete and the definitive agreements have been negotiated, we work with our clients to obtain the appropriate board, stockholder, third party and governmental approvals to close the transaction. Throughout the process we advise our clients' Boards of Directors as to their governance and fiduciary duties. We have a great deal of experience in this area and are able to work closely with the boards of directors of our clients to ensure that they are fulfilling their fiduciary duties in connection with any transaction.

Recent Blog Posts

Scott Bryant and Amalie Tuffin were extremely responsive during some critical times of the transaction, being available numerous evenings and weekends. That was much appreciated and greatly facilitated completing the transaction.

Michael Schley CEO, FM:Systems

Amalie and Ashley are the best in the business at what they do.

Greg Clary CEO, Mi-Corporation

I have worked with Bill and Anna on multiple transactions and used Bill as corporate counsel for several startups. They are excellent to work with. I particularly appreciate that they provide legal advice so I can make a business decision and they don't get confused about which is more important.

John Taylor CEO, Aceragen, Inc.

Overall we received excellent service from Hutchison and were very impressed with the level of support, advice and responsiveness that we received.

Claire Gilligan Head of Quality and R&D, Millicent Pharma Limited

Dan F. provided exceptional service. He was very knowledgeable, had excellent command of the process informing us on all the risks and strategies. He was an excellent negotiator and able to win favorable terms for us. I will certainly hire him for any of my future needs.

Rajiv Singh CEO, Sinmat

Everyone was very responsive and always made themselves available. Fees were very reasonable and couldn't be happier with the work done.

Shawn Leland CBO, 14ner Oncology

Hutchlaw was responsive, expert and fun to work with. Thanks until the next one!

Ray Carey CEO, Astute Solutions

GSS was extremely happy and satisfied with Hutchison ... a special note to Josh ... Extremely professional, responsive, pro-active and competent. It was an immense pleasure working with him and we very much look forward to having the opportunity to work together again in the future. 

Rodrigo Muniz Barretto Cotta CFO, GSS

Scott B. and his team worked past business hours the day before Thanksgiving to finalize our closing. The whole process was great and would definitely recommend!

Rob Farmer CEO, ProRata

The dedication and execution of your team throughout this process was unbelievable.

Douglas Crumb President & CEO, Xhale, Inc.

Hutchison has served our small, SaaS company extremely well. We appreciate their insight, attention to detail and responsiveness. I've already referred them to several other companies because of my confidence in their expertise.

Matt Womble CEO, BeeWell

So glad that I hired Scott. He is the best! Went above and beyond.

Danielle Leahy Partner, Saltyard

Our deal had more than its share of complications. Dan Fuchs handled them all flawlessly. He was also a master at negotiating between all the parties involved. I have never felt better served or received better advice.

Ray Carey CEO, NeoNova

Our M&A deal would not have resulted in such a positive outcome without Hutchison. The entire team, headed by Fred Hutchison, was very knowledgeable, pragmatic, patient and dedicated throughout the entire M&A process. 

Thuy Dancik Principal, Dancik International

Emily King and Justyn Kasierski did a fantastic job supporting Ziptronix in its recent merger with Tessera, as well as, a variety of other company transactions through the company's history. They are a first class team that I highly recommend!

Richard Gianni CFO, Ziptronix. Inc.

Who We've Worked With