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Honigman’s is nationally known for its outstanding Mergers and Acquisitions practice. Our M&A practice is among the top 20 in the country in terms of deal volume as reported by PitchBook and has been ranked as one of the top in the U.S. by U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" in the last five editions. Further, since 2008, Honigman has been the only law firm to receive the highest ranking for its Corporate/M&A practice in Michigan—as the sole firm placed in Band 1—in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for BusinessChambers USA 2017 describes our team as being known for a "standout bench of corporate attorneys handling high-value sales and acquisitions for a range of prominent domestic companies."

Honigman is recognized as a leader in middle-market legal matters. Our core M&A practice is for transactions of $500 million or less, both domestically and internationally. Our corporate attorneys were counsel on more than 233 corporate transactions that closed in 2016 at an aggregate value of $9.7 billion, with the number of transactions growing more than 12 percent over 2015. Of the 233 transactions, 117 (totaling nearly $4.6 billion) were mergers and acquisitions. 

Our attorneys have extensive experience handling a wide variety of corporate transactions representing acquirers, sellers, targets, issuers, individuals, financial institutions, and borrowers, among others. We can provide a comprehensive array of services for all phases of a transaction from helping to select the deal team and due diligence through closing. Our clients value our ability to work pragmatically and cost effectively.

Our clients range from entrepreneurs, startups, and small-cap and closely held regional companies to large, multinational private and public corporations. We are equally adept at handling complex, sophisticated transactions as well as smaller, more routine matters. In addition to our strong M&A capabilities, the group has a leading reputation for both securities and corporate governance.

Our creative can-do mindset often helps us to generate alternative approaches that can move a transaction forward and achieve the desired result that best serves a client’s interests. Since we represent both strategic and financial buyers of businesses, as well as corporate and individual sellers, we understand the motivations of the parties involved and the factors that can impact a potential deal. With this insight, our lawyers are skilled at finding ways to resolve the parties' differences before they develop into potential deal breakers.

We work with a wide range of investment bankers, auditors, and other professionals to assist our clients in meeting their financing needs. Our experience includes extensive dealings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as with state regulators and their blue sky regulations. We are well-acquainted with the varied financial instruments that have been developed to suit particular circumstances, such as preferred stock, subordinated debt, shareholder rights, warrants, options, convertible and exchangeable instruments, and proprietary financial products that have been developed by investment banking firms.

Honigman prides itself on understanding our clients' businesses, focusing on their objectives, responding rapidly to their needs, and providing the level of service appropriate for each particular circumstance. Whether structuring a complicated and novel transaction, conducting a difficult negotiation, or handling a day-to-day matter, we strive to produce exceptional results for our clients at a reasonable cost.

Representative Matters

  • Represented a Midwest-based automotive parts retailer with respect to its divestiture
  • Represented a leading provider of aftermarket automotive parts based in the Midwest with respect to its acquisition of a distribution company in the automotive parts aftermarket business
  • Represented one of the top automotive suppliers in the world with respect to its acquisition of an automotive holding company
  • Represented an automotive supplier of electronics manufacturing services, solenoids and wiring with respect to its divestiture to a California based company
  • Advised a leading provider of aftermarket automotive parts based in the Midwest with respect to its acquisition of an automotive parts supplier
  • Counseled a Midwest-based medical device development company with respect to its divestiture
  • Represented a Midwest-based battery technology company with respect to its divestiture
  • Advised a Midwest-based neurotechnology company with respect to its divestiture
  • Counseled a diversified manufacturer of engineered and applied products with respect to its acquisition of a leading supplier and manufacturer of innovative solutions and components for the cosmetic packaging, personal care packaging, household products packaging and automotive packaging markets
  • Represented a Midwest-based provider of services and solutions for steel mills, construction developers, road-building companies, cement producers, and various industries worldwide with respect to its acquisition of a leading financial services firm
  • Advised a Midwest-based manufacturer of components for the transportation and automotive industries with respect to its divestiture

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