Mergers and Acquisitions

Venable's team of experienced dealmakers helps clients stay in control from term sheet to closing. We are a leading adviser to buyers and sellers both in the United States and internationally, on virtually all types of M&A transactions, including acquisitions, mergers, spin-off and carve-out transactions, minority interest acquisitions, and joint ventures. 

Our extensive experience representing strategic and financial buyers and sellers gives us superior insight into the market and negotiated deal points. Venable's M&A team listens to client objectives and guides the transaction to meet business goals.

More than 80 Venable attorneys practice in the area of corporate and M&A law. The firm's Mergers & Acquisitions law practice is ranked Tier 1 or Band 1 nationally and locally by several different ranking publications.

Counsel for All Aspects of a Deal

Venable attorneys have experience in all aspects of M&A, including complex tax structuring, transaction financing, intellectual property, employee benefit and executive compensation, corporate finance and securities, and regulatory issues. Venable's M&A team draws upon the experience of our colleagues across the firm in the tax, intellectual property, entertainment and media, employee benefits, corporate finance and securities, antitrust, government contracts, regulatory, and legislative groups in order to provide our clients with comprehensive and innovative advice.

Industry Awareness

Venable attorneys regularly represent clients in traditional industries, as well as emerging, growth, and highly regulated industries, such as information technology, cybersecurity, digital media and big data, entertainment, education technology, financial services, healthcare, finance, energy, government contracting, and life sciences.

Corporate Governance

Our M&A practice is enhanced by our extensive experience in corporate governance matters. We routinely counsel boards of directors and executive officers regarding significant transactions, takeover readiness, disclosure issues, and Sarbanes-Oxley matters.

Regulatory Guidance

Our legislative and regulatory practice is highly experienced in navigating transactions involving regulated industries and compliance concerns. Because many of our lawyers were once in positions of responsibility within the government, we understand government agencies and the officials who run them. Working with the client's team, we deliver well-informed strategic advice and pragmatic solutions, drawing on experience throughout Venable—blending political and regulatory insights with the real-world experience of Venable business lawyers.


  • Legal 500
    • M&A/Corporate and Commercial – M&A: Middle-Market (sub-$500m) (Tier 1), 2014 – 2023
    • Mergers, Acquisitions & Buyouts: Middle Market (sub-$500m) (Tier 1), National, 2014 – 2016
    • Leading Lawyer, M&A: Middle-Market (sub-$500m), 2012 – 2021
    U.S. News – Best Lawyers
    • Best Law Firms, Mergers & Acquisitions Law (Tier 1), National, 2011 – 2023
    • Best Law Firms, Mergers & Acquisitions Law (Tier 1), Baltimore, 2011 – 2023
    • Best Law Firms, Mergers & Acquisitions Law (Tier 1), Washington, DC, 2011 – 2023
    • Best Law Firms, Corporate Law (Tier 1), National, 2011 – 2020
    • Best Law Firms, Corporate Law (Tier 1), Baltimore, 2011 – 2023
    • Best Law Firms, Corporate Law (Tier 1), Washington, DC, 2022 - 2023
    • Best Law Firms, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law (Tier 1), Baltimore, 2011 – 2023
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year, 2015, 2017 – 2020 (Venable attorneys selected for inclusion)
  • Chambers USA, Corporate/M&A (Band 1), Maryland, 2011 – 2023