Mergers and Acquisitions

"The [Fishman Haygood] team regularly handles high-value M&A, private and public offerings, and SEC regulatory matters for its diverse client base."

Chambers and Partners USA (2024)

Fishman Haygood relies on its deep and talented bench of attorneys to guide purchasers and sellers through all phases of the M&A process.

As a market leader in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions, the firm’s practice areas include sell-side M&A, strategic acquisitions, private equity, secured debt financing, sale-leaseback, direct investment, and joint ventures and partnerships.

Our clients span a wide variety of industries, including retail grocer Rouse’s Enterprises, Energy-as-a-Service provider Bernhard, and TurboSquid, a leading 3D model marketplace. Regardless of business sector, our attorneys are agile and efficient, having gained vast experience forming, capitalizing, and counselling corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, and other business organizations.

Since the firm’s inception, our attorneys have been involved in countless financial institution acquisitions, including some of the largest transactions in Louisiana. We represent acquirer and target companies in a variety of transactions involving mergers, negotiated stock acquisitions, asset acquisitions and other corporate restructuring transactions.

Chambers has ranked Fishman Haygood among the top corporate and M&A law firms in Louisiana for the past 20 years. Two of our partners, Scott D. Chenevert and Maureen B. Gershanik, were named the Best Lawyers® 2023 “Lawyer of the Year” for Mergers and Acquisitions in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, respectively. In addition, several lawyers have been ranked for outstanding M&A work in America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers.

Representative Experience

  • Represents Black Bay Energy Capital, a private equity fund primarily focused on service companies in the energy and gas space, in acquisitions of portfolio companies and structuring of investments and management compensation plans.
  • Represents Veyron Global in acquisitions of real estate and intangible assets of more than $2 billion from national and international corporations and nonprofits and related financings using its innovative financial structures.
  • Represented H&E Equipment Services, one of the country’s largest rental equipment companies, in its acquisition of One Source Equipment Rental; the $130 million deal marked H&E’s largest acquisition since inception.
  • Served as legal counsel to Danos in its its acquisition of Wood’s offshore labor supply operations in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Represented Sanderson Farms for decades, handling financing and securities matters and advising management and the Board of Directors on an ongoing basis, including securities law compliance and reporting, corporate governance, executive compensation, risk management, shareholder engagement, and capital markets and M&A transactions; firm founder Louis Fishman and partner Maureen Gershanik most recently advised Sanderson Farms on its agreement to be acquired by a joint venture for $203/share in cash, representing a total equity value of $4.53 billion.