Mergers and Acquisitions

Munger, Tolles & Olson’s corporate group specializes in mergers, acquisitions, “going private” transactions and privately negotiated investments.

The firm has represented many of our M&A clients in connection with their key transactions for decades. We have a particular expertise in negotiating private equity transactions to support our clients in becoming preeminent players in the global M&A market. For all clients, we strive to build long-standing, collaborative relationships, based on an in-depth understanding of our clients' needs and a unique appreciation for their strategic goals.

We assist with closing our clients most creative and cutting-edge deals through every stage of the investment cycle from due diligence to post-closing integration. Recently, Munger Tolles represented:

  • Americold Realty Trust, the nation’s largest owner and operator of cold storage warehouses, in a $975 million financing and concurrent acquisition of VersaCold, the world’s second largest operator of cold storage warehouses
  • Berkshire Hathaway in its:
    • $44 billion acquisition of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway
    • $28 billion acquisition of H.J. Heinz Company
    • $9.7 billion acquisition of The Lubrizol Corporation in an all-cash transaction
    • merger with Wesco Financial Corporation in a cash and stock deal valuing Wesco at $2.7 billion
  • Encompass Digital Media in:
    • its $120 million acquisition of the global content distribution business of Ascent Media Corporation
    • its sale to Court Square Capital Partners
  • The Estate of Craig H. Neilsen in its sale of 55% of the outstanding stock of Ameristar Casinos Inc. for approximately $575 million
  • Fertitta Entertainment in its joint venture with the former lenders to Station Casinos to purchase Station’s gaming properties and land holdings out of bankruptcy in a deal valued at $4 billion
  • HealthCare Partners in being acquired by DaVita in a cash and stock transaction valued at $4.42 billion
  • Universal Music Group in the purchase of EMI’s recorded music division for $1.9 billion
  • 99 Cents Only Stores in its $1.6 billion sale to Ares Management and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Robert E. Denham (213) 683-9104