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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