The Big Law Firms Advising on Monsanto-Bayer Deal

Sept. 14, 2016, 8:14 PM

Which law firm advised on the $66 billion proposed merger between Monsanto Company and Germany’s Bayer?

According to the Monsanto’s filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, it took a small village of attorneys — including most of the usual suspects:

BofA Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse are acting as lead financial advisors and structuring banks to Bayer in addition to providing committed financing for the transaction; Rothschild has been retained as an additional financial advisor to Bayer.Bayer’s legal advisors areSullivan & Cromwell LLP (M&A) andAllen & Overy LLP (Financing).

Morgan Stanley & Co. and Ducera Partners are acting as financial advisors, andWachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is acting as legal advisor to Monsanto.

In addition,Arnold & Porter has been advising Monsanto on the antitrust aspects of the deal, with a team that includes Jonathan Gleklen, Pete Levitas, and Barbara Wootton in Washington, D.C. and Tim Frazer in London.

There are of course other firms likely involved in this mega-merger. We’ve reached out for more on the lawyers working on this deal and will update as we learn more.

Here’s Bloomberg’s 30-second primer on the deal:

The deal would be the biggest ever in agriculture, but it’s not a sure thing. There could be antitrust hurdles. A combined Bayer-Monsanto would be the biggest player in an industry with only three megacompanies left standing. Plus, the deal could face a backlash in Germany, where the majority of citizens question the safety of eating and growing modified food. The mistrust is so deep, it’s illegal to grow GMO crops for food there. Monsanto is considered a poster child for evil American corporations in Germany, and its pesticide has been blamed for deaths of monarch butterflies in North America.

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