Business Transactions

Mergers & Acquisitions

Farella Braun + Martel offers a vibrant mergers and acquisitions practice comprised of highly experienced lawyers who provide comprehensive services to maximize value retention. We have advised on mergers and acquisitions in Northern California for over 60 years representing a diverse set of clients and industries based in California, the United States and internationally. We’ve represented buyers and sellers, family-owned businesses, emerging and mature companies, professional services firms, and others across myriad industries, in domestic and cross-border transactions.

Farella’s team of strategic, proactive, accessible deal lawyers maintain a focus on retaining value and thoughtfully addressing risks and contingencies in order to help our clients achieve their desired outcomes. Our clients and opposing counsel describe us as responsive, personal, and detailed lawyers capable of closing even the most difficult deals.

Why Farella?

Quality and efficiency are paramount for executing successful mergers and acquisitions. Our M&A lawyers know firsthand that the longer a deal takes to complete, the more likely it will be that costs will increase and obstacles to closing will arise. Therefore, we prioritize agile, informed decision-making by giving our clients all they need to anticipate and address challenges and to meet the discrete demands of their transaction.

We staff our teams leanly with highly experienced lawyers, and manage mergers, acquisitions, and other major corporate transactions proactively to deliver maximized value. Our clients work directly with the lead partner, who understands the details and nuances of their deal and can keep all aspects of the transaction moving forward promptly. Our knowledge and expertise allow us to work hand-in-hand with our clients to prioritize the key issues and properly allocate and minimize risk associated with any transaction.

Experience Matters

Farella is a prominent Northern California powerhouse law firm leveraged by buyers and sellers of businesses because we know the territory, the deal landscape, the law, and how to translate that to meet our clients’ goals. Combined with our transactional expertise, we also have the resources to cover a full range of specialist areas including antitrust and competition, employment and benefits, environmental, real estate, intellectual property, tax, and corporate governance.

Our lawyers offer clients big-law talent and experience without big-law fees. A majority of our M&A team started their careers in large law firms, gaining expertise on large middle market deals and then put their expertise to work at Farella to provide a direct and efficient model for client service. When you engage us, you’ll develop a strong relationship with your lawyer, who will become your advisor, strategist, drafter, negotiator, and sounding board. First-time buyers and sellers thrive in this ecosystem, as our firm also provides excellent support in multiple, related practice areas that typically come in to play in deals, saving time and costs.

Cross-Border Transactions

In addition to our work leading domestic transactions, our team also acts as U.S.- and California-based “local” counsel for international clients in cross-border transactions. We partner with international law firms on complex multi-national mergers and acquisitions, mostly involving buyers, sellers or target companies located in California. We provide tremendous value with our deep understanding of the U.S. M&A market and our experience completing California-based deals.

Along with our talented group of specialists, we support our international colleagues through the fundamental elements of any cross-border transaction, including navigating corporate/tax structuring, Hart-Scott-Rodino and other governmental filings, executive employment contracts, intellectual property licensing, real estate transfers, environmental liabilities, and general legal diligence.

Comprehensive Counsel and Trusted Advisors

While nearly all major transactions have twists and turns, mergers and acquisitions are particularly noted for last minute surprises and complexity. We work as trusted advisors to principals and decision-makers, guiding them through the sale process, risk allocation, negotiation hurdles, and more in what can otherwise be very stressful process. Exercising savvy business judgment while advocating forcefully for our clients’ interests, our deal attorneys help keep things calm, focused, and straightforward—honest, truthful, and trustworthy—putting clients at ease throughout the process.

Firm Highlights

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Chambers USA 2024 Recognizes Farella Braun + Martel Lawyers, Practices

Farella Braun + Martel is pleased to announce that Chambers USA has recognized 16 lawyers and six practice areas in the legal directory’s 2024 edition. Individual California and Western U.S. Rankings: Sarah Bell &ndash...

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Ex-DraftKings Exec Seeks Fast Trial To Test Noncompete Law

Holly Sutton, chair of Farella's Employment Law Group, provided expert commentary to Law360 for the article "Ex-DraftKings Exec Seeks Fast Trial To Test Noncompete Law." Read the article here (subscription required).

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City of San Mateo Sued by Nonprofit Over New Housing Plan

Tom Mayhew spoke to CBS News about the lawsuit filed by Housing Action Coalition (HAC) and Farella against the City of San Mateo. The lawsuit challenges the city's recently adopted Housing Element in order to...

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Farella Braun + Martel Named Among 2024 Bay Area Best Places to Work

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How to Navigate California Wage Statement Penalties After Naranjo v. Spectrum

On May 6, 2024, the California Supreme Court, in Naranjo v. Spectrum Security Services Inc. , clarified that an employer is not liable for statutory penalties for inaccurate wage statements when it had a...

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7 Ways Companies and Content Creators Can Navigate Copyright Law for a Successful Partnership

In recent years, the advent of the social media “influencer” has revolutionized advertising. Companies often partner with influencers to market their products, hoping to tap into the influencer’s devoted audience. Likewise, influencers create certain content...

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Nonprofit Book Review: ABA Guidebook for Directors of Nonprofit Corporations

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . In today’s episode, Cynthia Rowland’s guest is Bill Boyd, one of the editors, along with Lisa Runquist, of the newly published fourth edition of...

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Farella Advises TILT Holdings Inc. on $10.5M Loan Transaction

Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel advised TILT Holdings Inc. , a global provider of cannabis business solutions, and its Pennsylvania subsidiary, grower and processor Standard Farms, on a $10.5 million loan transaction...

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Nonprofit Quick Tip: State Filings in Oklahoma and Texas

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . This is the 12th in a series of “Quick Tip” episodes focusing on the details of state registration of nonprofit corporations. In previous episodes, we...

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Advice for Nonprofit Investment Committees From an Investment Advisor

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . In episode 82, we revisit the duties of directors in managing investment assets. Joining Cynthia Rowland today is Jennifer Nelson, Senior Wealth Manager...

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