O’Melveny Worldwide

Mergers & Acquisitions

O’Melveny helps companies reshape their businesses and gain competitive edges through the execution of strategic M&A and investment programs.

O’Melveny helps companies reshape their businesses and gain competitive edges through the execution of strategic M&A and investment programs.

Our 150-lawyer international M&A team has helped clients around the world close more than US$1 trillion in deals over the last five years. And we are as versatile as today’s fast-evolving markets demand, with fluency across the full range of public and private M&A transactions, asset deals, corporate venture investments, carve-outs and split-offs, joint ventures, and hostile, activist, and other contested situations.

We offer clients a distinctively collaborative and user-friendly approach designed to bring our strongest and most relevant experience to bear, with seamlessly integrated transactional, securities, finance, tax planning, executive compensation, antitrust, IP and commercial, environmental, labor and employment, and CFIUS capabilities, often delivered on a cross-border basis.

What sets us apart from other top-tier practices is our focus on our clients’ top-level corporate objectives. We are not a cookie-cutter deal factory. We recognize that each deal we handle is not only unique and driven by particular strategic motivations and client-specific dynamics, but of enormous consequence to our internal clients and their many stakeholders. We act as true business partners—as invested as our clients are—and help bring about outcomes that set our clients up for long-term success.

Animal Logic

Counseled the Australian animation studio, which contributed visual effects and animation for Academy Award–winning Happy Feet, in its acquisition by Netflix as part of what Netflix described as “accelerating the expansion of its in-house animation production capabilities to support an ambitious animated film slate.”


Advised this leading semiconductor and infrastructure software solutions company in its pending US$61 billion acquisition of enterprise software leader VMware, a deal that would be the third-largest tech M&A deal in history and the largest acquisition ever completed by a semiconductor company.

DL Chemical

Assisted this leading Korea-based petrochemicals company with its US$2.5 billion acquisition of US-based adhesives and coatings manufacturer Kraton Corporation—one of only a handful of successful Korean acquisitions of US-listed companies.

Genstar Capital

Counseled leading San Francisco-based private equity firm Genstar Capital on its acquisition of sustainable labeling solutions provider Brook + Whittle and on the strengthening of Brook + Whittle’s position in the e-commerce and digital label printing space through its add-on acquisition of Cenveo Worldwide Limited’s Custom Labels Group.

Global Infrastructure Solutions

Worked with GISI since its inception, helping it grow into the largest privately owned construction manager in the commercial, building, industrial, and healthcare markets. We recently helped structure a strategic merger to bring Asia-based engineering consultancy J. Roger Preston Holdings into the GISI family of companies, advancing GISI’s strategy of global diversification and expansion.

Next Bridge Hydrocarbons

Counseled client in spinning off from its publicly traded parent, Meta Materials, a developer of high-performance functional materials and nanocomposites. Next Bridge became an independent public reporting company upon completion of the spin-off, and is focusing on a significant oil and gas project comprising some 134,000 continuous acres in West Texas.

Platinum Equity

Worked with global private equity sponsor Platinum Equity on numerous transactions over the years, including its acquisition of data-driven retail merchandising services provider L&R Distributors and add-on acquisition of cosmetics solutions firm SJ Creations, and its acquisition of premium tile importer/distributor Paramount Global Surfaces and add-on acquisition of stone and tile product provider Stone Source.


Handled more than 50 acquisitions and investments over a 20-year relationship with the leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors. We recently represented the company in a US$1.2 billion acquisition of Sierra Wireless.

Representative Clients
Alibaba Group
Edwards Lifesciences
HID Global
Matador Resources Company
Samsung Display
SMART Global Holdings

International Deal Firm of the Year

—Asian Legal Businesses' Korea Law Awards (2022)

O’Melveny “has a global reach thanks to its expertise in cross-border and international transactions.”

—The Legal 500 US

“Their knowledge of the landscape is excellent and their responsiveness is first class.”

Client Testimonial, Chambers Global