Honigman was formed as a corporate law firm 75 years ago. The firm was built on a work ethic commensurate with the times and an unwavering commitment to excellence. At that time, most of the firm’s clients were based in and around Detroit, Michigan, the automobile capital of the world. 

Today, we enjoy a diverse corporate practice encompassing the wide array of skillsets necessary to help enterprises and their constituents thrive, and we serve clients around the globe. But, from acquisitions and securities, to tax and employee benefits and all other disciplines in between, two constants have remained throughout our history: our dedication to hard work and our unwavering commitment to excellence. These principles drive us. 

This is what “commitment to excellence” means to us: 

  • We treat our clients as valued business partners and invest in learning their business
  • We are problem solvers
  • We communicate timely and concisely
  • We do not “over lawyer” projects
  • We ensure direct partner access and accountability at all times
  • We are innovative and continually strive to drive efficiency
  • We understand that we are representatives of our clients and we act with appropriate respect when dealing with third parties on their behalf
  • We strive to deliver the highest quality of legal services at a superior value

A substantial number of our 140 corporate attorneys are devoted to Mergers & Acquisitions, including Private Equity. Honigman consistently ranks among the most active law firms nationally based on completed transactions. Since January 1, 2020, we have closed over 2,000 acquisition and divestiture transactions.

In addition to M&A and Private Equity, our corporate group encompasses a broad range of other specialties, each of which has earned independent acclaim from clients and peers.

Our Public Company, Securities and Governance attorneys represent public companies across a broad spectrum of market capitalizations, industries and ownership structures. Our team serves as trusted advisors to senior management and boards of directors on matters involving corporate governance, reporting and compliance (including Exchange Act and securities exchange reporting), public and private securities offerings, executive compensation, shareholder activism and investor relations.  We are recognized nationally for our depth of expertise. We counsel clients on  ordinary course financial, operational, commercial and strategic planning matters as well as extraordinary transactions, such as proxy contests, takeover defense and mergers and acquisitions. We also represent underwriters, pre-IPO and voluntary SEC filers and private companies seeking to implement governance, compensation and compliance practices of publicly companies. Learn more.

Our Finance Group works with clients to fund growth and better align their capital structures to achieve economic efficiencies. Attorneys within our Finance Group are experienced in structuring and executing a wide range of public and private financing transactions, including hybrid transactions involving multiple asset classes and syndicates of capital providers, each with differing interests. Learn more.

Our Technology Transactions and Data Privacy, Privacy and Cybersecurity Groups focus on the intersection of law and technology to help clients manage and protect intellectual property and data assets and comply with evolving global privacy and information security laws and regulations. We partner with our clients to identify, acquire and monetize IT and IP assets, regularly advising on licensing, cloud services agreements and the management and protection of business-critical data and intellectual property. Attorneys within these Groups routinely team with our M&A and Private Equity attorneys on acquisition transactions involving technology and data issues. Learn more.

Our Tax Group works closely with our M&A and Private Equity teams to structure and negotiate domestic and cross-border merger, acquisition, financing and other transactions. We are experienced in both taxable and tax-free transactions involving public and private acquirers and targets of all types and sizes. Our Tax Group also works extensively with our Real Estate department on a wide variety of matters, such as choice of entity, publicly traded and private REITs, tax credit and opportunity zone investments and tax-free like-kind exchanges. We have expertise on federal income tax matters as well as state and local tax matters. The Tax Group prides itself on finding creative yet practical solutions to tax issues that arise in business, investment and personal contexts. Learn more.

Our Venture Capital Group represents clients involved in all aspects of financing, operation and sale of technology-based companies in the U.S. and other parts of the world. Our technology-based clients cover a broad range of industries from software to drug therapies. We represent both investors and their portfolio companies throughout the life span of growth, ranging from seed capital to growth equity for later-stage enterprises. Investor clients include institutional venture capital funds, strategic investors, venture capital fund-of-funds, and angel investors. Our Venture Capital Group is especially active in the life sciences and medical device sectorsLearn more.

Our Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights Group has experience in all forms of restructuring transactions and insolvency proceedings, and represents a varied and diverse set of clients in distressed situations, including debtors, boards of directors, investors, lenders and other creditors, creditor committees and customers. We also work with clients to acquire distressed companies or assets. Learn more.

Our Commercial Transactions Group represents clients involved in domestic and international complex supply chain matters involving the purchase and sale of goods and services across a variety of industries including automotive, technology, manufacturing, aerospace, consumer products, health care, and defense. From multinational public companies to private middle-market and smaller businesses, we understand the complex and interdependent relationships among manufacturers, suppliers, customers, equity holders, financiers, and strategic partner that allow us to provide timely and strategic advice regarding a wide range of commercial contracts and supply chain issues. Learn More.  

Our Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group helps clients of various sizes, from large public companies to non-profits, in the design, operation and legal aspects of their employee benefits and executive compensation arrangements. The Group has extensive experience in tailoring plans and arrangements to facilitate the achievement of specific company objectives. The Group also handles a wide variety of contested matters, including defending plan sponsors and fiduciaries in proceedings involving benefit claims and alleged fiduciary breaches. Learn more.

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Ranked Band 1
Chambers USA 2024



6th most active
M&A firm nationally
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7th most active
Private Equity firm nationally 
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The Honigman team is sophisticated, responsive and innovative. They have excellent legal and business judgment.

  — Chambers USA 2024
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