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Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyer

At Linn Legal, our mergers and acquisitions or M&A lawyer assists clients throughout the entire M&A transaction process, from negotiations, navigating corporate law, and due diligence to closing the deal and settling post-closing matters. 

Mergers & acquisitions, also known as M&A, are an integral part of the business landscape. M&A transactions help businesses thrive in competitive markets, navigate legal issues, expand operations, diversify client base, and increase market share, among other things.

Having a deep understanding of the regulatory frameworks and legal processes involved in mergers and acquisitions helps ensure a smooth M&A transaction. With the assistance of a lawyer, businesses can secure successful deals while protecting their interests and mitigating possible risks.

Our team at Linn Legal represents buyers and sellers in all kinds of transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, and the sale of a business. We have provided complete, start-to-finish assistance with M&A transactions to hundreds of clients in Cincinnati, Ohio. Our law firm has successfully advised business clients in a wide range of industries and sectors, including technology, manufacturing, healthcare, professional services, and entertainment.

If you need assistance positioning your business for a successful and smooth merger or acquisition, contact Linn Legal. Call our office at 513-426-9443 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free initial consultation. 

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Why You Need a Lawyer for Help with a Merger, Acquisition, or Sale of a Business

A lawyer plays a pivotal role in any transaction involving the merger, acquisition, reorganization, or sale of a business. The list below will highlight some of the ways a mergers and acquisitions lawyer can help:

Advisory Services

First and foremost, a lawyer sits down with their client to identify their objectives and goals and formulate a plan to move forward with those objectives and goals in mind. During this step, the lawyer will also inform the client of the possible obstacles or issues that could derail the deal to ensure that the client has clear expectations of the transaction.

Transaction Structure

When structuring the transaction, a lawyer will develop a strategy that takes into account all legal and tax implications. During this step, the lawyer will also advise their client on the documents they need to collect, identify professionals whose services may be necessary to complete the transaction (brokers, accountants, lenders, etc.), take measures to protect the client’s confidential and sensitive data, and devise a plan to manage possible conflicts of interest.

Due Diligence

In any M&A transaction, conducting due diligence is like a surgeon following their pre-operative checklist. During the due diligence process, the lawyer collects as much information about the target company as possible to identify possible issues related to liability, financial performance, condition of the company, assets, legal obligations, and other aspects that could jeopardize the transaction or hurt the buyer after closing. A lawyer will not only request documents from the seller but will also verify the accuracy of the provided information. According to the American Bar Association, due diligence is also used to evaluate the target company’s intellectual property assets.


After the due diligence process is complete, the lawyer will review the terms of the deal again and determine if they are appropriate based on their findings. If any terms seem unfair, the lawyer will negotiate to ensure their client achieves the best possible outcome in the M&A deal. Depending on the complexity of the transaction and the parties’ willingness to compromise, the negotiation phase could take days, weeks, or even months.

Drafting Contracts and Documents

Mergers and acquisitions involve a number of contracts and documents, including but not limited to letters of intent, purchase agreements, confidentiality agreements, governance documents, and post-closing documentation, among others. It is vital to have a lawyer draft and review these documents. Your lawyer will ensure that the contracts and documents comply with the applicable laws and regulations, align with your interests, and accurately reflect the terms of the deal.

Differences Between Merger, Acquisition, and Sale of a Business

Some people use the terms “merger,” “acquisition,” and “sale of business” interchangeably without understanding that these three terms describe different concepts. It is imperative that you understand what each of these concepts means and what makes them different to find the right course of action for your business.

  1. Merger. A merger happens when two companies combine to form a new entity. In this scenario, both companies are equal, and they share the ownership of the new company. A merger helps achieve growth, increase market share, or pool resources. When two firms merge, they become one entity, which means there is no selling or buying of shares involved. Instead, both companies work together to restructure and create a single, stronger entity.
  2. Acquisition. An acquisition – also referred to as a “takeover” or buyout – happens when one company purchases the other. The company buying the other is known as the acquirer, while the company being bought is known as the target. The acquirer takes over the target’s assets, liabilities, and other obligations. In most cases, acquisition takes place by purchasing the target’s shares. A company may opt for an acquisition transaction to achieve business growth and expand its portfolio or its presence in the market.
  3. Sale. A business sale is when a company sells its business to another company or individual. When this happens, the seller gives up all ownership rights and responsibilities to the buyer, who, in turn, takes over the company’s assets and liabilities. A business sale is initiated to achieve various goals, such as retiring, moving to a new career path, or getting out of a business that is not profitable, to name a few.

Our mergers and acquisitions lawyer at Linn Legal has many years of experience helping small, medium, and large businesses in Cincinnati, Ohio navigate the complexities of M&A deals. We have the necessary expertise and knowledge to guide you through your transaction to ensure everything goes smoothly and in accordance with the applicable laws and regulations.

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Linn Legal: Speak with a Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyer in Cincinnati, Ohio

Whether you own a multi-million-dollar business or run a startup, helping you advance your objectives and accomplish your goals is our number one priority here at Linn Legal. We pride ourselves on providing client-focused legal representation and helping clients develop innovative solutions to get deals done.

Our M&A attorney in Cincinnati, Ohio, provides responsive and comprehensive assistance with all aspects of business law, including drafting documents, negotiating the terms of the deal, conducting due diligence, and closing the deal. To learn more about how we can help, call our office at 513-426-9443 or fill out our contact form to request your free consultation.

What our clients say

They are very thorough and absolutely wonderful to talk to. Very responsive and made sure that I clearly understood my options. Shakespeare was wrong about at least one attorney! 5.0/5.0 Marianne K.

Doug Linn has been my primary attorney for a number of years. He's handled matters ranging from document review, legal strategy, and litigation, and each time we've had a successful and satisfactory outcome. The best thing about working with LinnLegal is you're not overcharged for quick questions, a brief phone call, or a follow-up e-mail. That's meaningful when you're trying to work through something and you want to ask your attorney for advice. I highly recommend LinnLegal. Paul M.

I hired LinnLegal to help look over and negotiate an important business contract. Doug did an excellent job of looking over everything carefully and he pointed out several potential pitfalls of the original contract wording. He did a great job of reviewing everything in a timely manner, and he was extremely reasonable with his time estimates and his budgeting. Doug's expertise and professionalism ensured everything went smoothly. I had great peace of mind knowing that Doug was representing my interests well, and I highly recommend him and his firm. Clint H.

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