M&A litigation

Mergers and acquisitions can lead to a variety of disputes, from corporate control claims to shareholder disputes, claims against company officers and directors, and claims for breach of contract. 

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Buyers, sellers, investors, and advisers need a trusted partner who can protect their interests, resolve issues quickly, and deliver strategic results that enable critical transactions to succeed.

We have unparalleled expertise in representing major international companies, investment banks, private equity firms, boards of directors, special committees, and other parties involved in high-stakes transactional litigation. 

A track record of precedent-setting successes

We advise on all aspects of M&A disputes, from pre-deal due diligence, risk assessment and mitigation to post-closing claims and remedies, and shareholder disputes.  

Our lawyers have successfully litigated many high-profile cases, securing victories in often precedent-setting trials and representing our clients major courts worldwide.

Our deep expertise in M&A litigation across the globe, including in the Delaware Court of Chancery and state and federal courts across the U.S., distinguishes us in the market. 

Advice on reputationally sensitive matters

Thanks to our successful track record, our team is often called upon to handle litigation involving large volume transactions negotiated by other firms and where matters are particularly reputationally sensitive.

Our litigators work closely with our corporate attorneys and are often involved at the earliest stages of a transaction to provide advice and guidance throughout the process. 

This seamless cross-practice, and often cross-jurisdictional, approach allows us to take a holistic view of our clients’ overarching objectives and to tailor both the transactional and potential litigation strategy accordingly.

Representative matters

  • Twitter Inc. in a high-profile putative class action in the Delaware Court of Chancery, in relation to voting rights of Twitter stockholders with the proposed takeover of the company by Elon Musk.  
  • ICE in litigation arising out of its acquisitions of Black Knight and Axonics. 
  • Merrill Lynch as the financial adviser to jewelry retailer Zale Corp., in its sale to Signet, securing complete dismissal of aiding and abetting breach of duty claims asserted by putative shareholder class.
  • TP ICAP Finance plc in several substantial warranty claims in the English High Court following its acquisition of a voice broking business for GBP1.3 billion. 
  • CVS and its individual directors in litigation relating to its acquisition of Aetna. The action involved allegations that CVS directors had breached their fiduciary duty to the Company’s shareholders. 
  • A leading Benelux banking and insurance group on a EUR40m post-M&A dispute in the Commercial Court of Brussels following the sale of its Belgian banking business to a Chinese insurance group. The dispute relates to post-completion distribution arrangements agreed in the context of the M&A deal. 
  • General Electric Company and obtained various dismissals in a series of litigation matters in the Delaware Court of Chancery and federal court relating to its merger with Baker Hughes. 
  • A private equity firm and its senior management team in connection with the decision to walk away from an M&A deal in the retail sector worth GBP400m due to the impact of COVID-19 on the proposed investment and threatened legal action in the English High Court. 

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