This outline summarizes important aspects of United States law as it relates to mergers and acquisitions.
It identified many significant issues relating to structuring and acquisition, including tax, accounting,
corporate, securities, antitrust, trade regulation, environmental, intellectual property, insolvency, labor
and employee benefits law. Any acquisition can also be expected to have unique legal concerns relating
to the particular businesses in which the subject companies are engaged. In commencing work on any
proposed acquisition, it is vital to involve counsel at an early stage to assist in identifying potential legal
issues at a time when they are best resolved as well in structuring and negotiating the transaction.
As acquisitions become increasingly transactional because of the relaxation of trade barriers, the growth
in the number of companies seeking a worldwide market and the geographic diversity of acquisition
targets, the need to address cross-border issues in even seemingly uncomplicated acquisitions continues to
expand. This Outline, now in its fifteenth edition, has grown accordingly so that its contents include the
United States aspects of joint ventures, purchasing the business and/or assets of financially troubled
companies and the regulation of foreign investment of ownership, and its distribution includes citizens of
countries around the world.