What we do
Companies involved in M&A transactions
Charltons provides high impact advice to clients on complex public and private M&A transactions, particularly on deals involving an international cross-border or significant PRC dimension. We represent buyers, sellers, major shareholders, lenders, financial advisors, management groups and independent director committees. We have advised on M&A transactions across a range of industries, and are particularly experienced in deals in the natural resources sector.
We provide complete project management, advising clients from the early stages of an M&A transaction through strategic preparations and planning, restructuring, due diligence, deal financing, negotiation and closing. We aim to provide smart and practical advice when encountering the many issues that typically arise in the course of M&A transactions, including political considerations, cultural and communication barriers, executive and employee compensation, compliance with local takeover regimes, post-closing integration and transition, merger control and antitrust.
Our team comprises multi-cultural and multi-lingual lawyers with considerable experience of international deals. The firm also has extensive personal links with firms in over 60 countries worldwide and often acts as the coordinating law firm for both public and private M&A transactions when advice from multiple jurisdictions is required. Our lawyers provide insightful and highly personalised service to clients, often working round the clock to deliver on transactions spanning several time zones.
We have acted on some of the most ground breaking Chinese “outbound” M&A transactions in recent years, including Zijin Mining’s acquisition of Monterrico Metals, one of the first takeovers of a UK listed company by a Chinese acquirer. We have experience in the particular challenges faced by Chinese companies in outbound M&A transactions, from dealing with political sensitivities and investment restrictions on state owned enterprises in countries like the US and Australia to domestic concerns and regulatory approvals for outbound acquisitions that can complicate deal making and put Chinese bidders at a disadvantage, particularly in auction situations.