Top Legal Issues for European Clients Targeting a U.S. Acquisition

By: James Baldwin, Counsel, Spilman, Thomas & Battle
Ron Schuler, Member in Charge, Pittsburgh Office, Spilman Thomas & Battle
Sara Mansuri, Corporate attorney and former chair of the International Business Transactions Subcommittee, the International Law Committee, at the New York City Bar Association.

(As originally published in Bloomberg BNA Mergers & Acquisitions Law Report, January 19, 2015)

With the improving economy, more European firms are seeking acquisition targets outside of the EU and in particular, within the U.S. Although acquiring a business in the U.S. may appear a daunting endeavor to the first time European investor, if a strategy is implemented early to deal, then the acquisition can be very rewarding and profitable. Prior investment experiences in their home countries are not necessarily helpful to European firms seeking investments in the US.

In an informative article, Baldwin, Schuler and Mansuri discuss the legal issues that arise during all stages of a transaction. Senior management and their project teams need to be proactive and to implement strategies that can mitigate potential pitfalls to ensure the successful execution of a cross-border acquisition deal.

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What Are The Top 10 Destinations for Pittsburgh-Made Goods? The Answers May Surprise You

According to the Brookings Institute, Pittsburgh ranks number 39 out of the top 100 metro cities in the United States for exports.

It’s no surprise that steel is the number one export for the Steel City. What may be surprising is that China and Canada are active trading partners with Pittsburgh.

Brookings Institute counted other metro areas in the U.S. as trading partners – not just countries overseas. Chicago, Cleveland, New York City, Philadelphia, Youngstown and Cincinnati were included in the top 10.

In addition to steel, popular exports include chemicals/plastics, tools/manufactured products, electronics, agricultural products, energy products and pharmaceuticals.

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