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An International Leader in M&A
From well-known multinationals expanding their global brands to family-owned businesses executing exit strategies, dealmakers choose Dorsey for innovation, quality and efficiency. It’s why Dorsey is a global leader in M&A—year after year. (See our rankings in the accolades section.)

Dorsey’s M&A Group has decades of experience successfully completing hundreds of deals and billions in worldwide transactions. With a solid understanding of transactions of all sizes and complexity, the 175+ members of Dorsey’s M&A Group help clients navigate and execute a full range of M&A deals that accomplish their strategic objectives.

Legal Counsel From a Business Perspective
Longstanding clients, repeat deal activity and consistent referrals attest to the value that Dorsey M&A attorneys bring to transactions. Clients count on Dorsey’s legal knowledge, industry focus and practical business judgment to take a truly successful deal from start to finish.

We counsel public and private companies of all sizes, financial sponsors, private equity firms and investment banks through a wide variety of deals. Our deal experience includes mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, corporate restructurings, recapitalizations, strategic partnerships, cross-border transactions, auctions and takeover defense.


Additional Representative Transactions

  • Counsel to Hillerich & Bradsby, Co. in the sale of its global brand, sales and innovation rights to Wilson Sporting Goods
  • Counsel to Ninebot Limited and its affiliates in its business combination with Segway Inc.
  • Counsel to The Mosaic Company in its $1.4 billion purchase of the phosphate business from CF Industries, Inc.
  • Counsel to Miller Milling Company in the $215 million purchase of four flours mills from Conagra and Cargill
  • Counsel to Syngenta Seeds in connection with its acquisition of the full ownership of GreenLeaf Genetics, its former joint venture with DuPont
  • Counsel to Tate & Lyle in the purchase of the business and assets of Winway Biotechnology Nantong Co. Ltd
  • Counsel to Land O’Lakes in connection with the sale of its West Coast industrial cheese business to Saputo Cheese USA for $216 million    
  • Counsel to Orbotech Ltd. in the $370 million purchase of SPTS Technologies Group Limited
  • Counsel to Xcel Energy Inc. in its $37 million sale of certain Texas Transmission assets and two related substations to Sharyland Distribution and Transmission Services, LLC
  • Counsel to Net Optics, Inc. in its $190 million sale to Ixia
  • Counsel to Rochester Medical Corporation in its $262 million sale to C.R. Bard, Inc.
  • Counsel to Nycomed US Inc. in its $346 million acquisition of Bradley Pharmaceuticals Inc.
  • Counsel to Optum, Inc. in its in its Optum360 joint venture with Dignity Health
  • Counsel to United HealthCare Services in its acquisition of Preferred Care Partners
  • Counsel to D.A. Davidson & Co. in its merger with Crowell, Weedon & Co.
  • Counsel to regional banks in numerous bank and branch acquisitions
  • Counsel to banks in numerous bank and branch dispositions
  • Counsel to a national bank in the acquisition of 14 Nevada bank branches
  • Counsel to a national bank in the acquisition of a card processing company
  • Counsel to a national bank in numerous acquisitions of trust businesses
  • Counsel to Franklin Covey Co. in connection with the sale of its CSBU division to a platform company of Peterson Partners L.P.
  • Counsel to Best Buy in its sale of assets of Napster Inc. and Napster, LLC to Rhapsody International, Inc.
  • Counsel to Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp. in a series of five acquisitions of oil and gas producing properties and undeveloped leasehold interests in the Williston Basin of North Dakota from various private company sellers, totaling nearly $2.5 billion in value
  • Counsel to Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp. in its $3.8 billion sale to Whiting Petroleum Corp.
  • Counsel to Timberline Resources Corporation in acquisition of Wolfpack Gold (Nevada) Corp.
  • Counsel to Crescent Point Energy (US) Corp. in $800 million acquisition of Ute Energy Upstream Holdings LLC
  • Counsel to Eldorado Gold Corporation in $2.4 billion acquisition of European Goldfields Ltd.
  • Counsel to Minefinders Corporation Ltd. in $1.5 billion acquisition by Pan American Silver Corp.  


34 Lawyers Named "Ones to Watch" Best Lawyers in America 2022

Top 25 U.S. M&A in Deals Completed - Thomson Reuters

Chambers Leading M&A Practice UK 2020

Leading UK Firm Chambers UK 2014-2020

2020 Lawyer of the Year, Robert A. Rosenbaum, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Best Lawyers

2020 Lawyer of the Year, Nolan S. Taylor, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Best Lawyers

18 Attorneys Ranked for Securities/Capital Markets, Corporate, and/or Mergers & Acquisitions Law 2019

US News Best Lawyers 2022 Top M&A Law Firm

11 Corporate Attorneys Ranked Regionally as Leading Lawyers Chambers & Partners 2021

Chambers Leading M&A Practice US 2021

US News Best Lawyers 2021 Tier 1 Corporate Law Firm

US News Best Lawyers 2021 Tier 1 Securities-Capital Markets Practice

US News Best Lawyers 2022 Leading Tax Law Firm

US News Best Lawyers 2022 Leading Securities Regulation Law Firm

Leading Financial and Corporate Law Firm IFLR1000 2022

Tier 1 Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Ranked in Minnesota IFLR1000 2022

Recommended M&A Practice Ranked in Alaska IRLF1000 2022

Recommended M&A Practice Ranked in UT IFLR1000 2022

Band 1 Corporate/M&A Law Firm Ranked in Minnesota, Montana, and Utah Chambers USA 2020

Band 1 Corporate/M&A Law Firm Ranked in Utah 2019

16 Chambers US Leading M&A Lawyers 2019

Law Firm of the Year Corporate Governance and M&A - Canada The Legal 100 - 2018


Layne Smith
Practice Group Co-Chair
Paul Thompson
Practice Group Co-Chair

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