Mergers and Acquisitions Attorneys

Mergers and Acquisitions Attorneys Meet

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) attorneys make sure laws are followed when a company merges with another company or when a company acquires another company. They may work in-house on the company's staff or, more commonly, as a specialist in an outside legal firm. They are knowledgeable about federal and state law. They must also have a working knowledge of tax law, employment and labor laws, environmental law, antitrust, intellectual property, corporate finance, and commercial law, among other areas. M&A lawyers oversee all aspects of mergers and acquisitions transactions, including creating and reviewing contracts, permits, memorandums, transaction agreements, and other legal documentation. There are about 619,530 lawyers, including those that specialize in mergers and acquisitions, employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Guide corporations through transactions for merging with or acquiring other companies; conduct due diligence on both sides of the transactions; review and draft legal documents; consult with other legal professionals; ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are best in large metropolitan areas such as Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco
Minimum Education Level
  • Law Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • English
  • Government
Experience Three to four years experience
Personality Traits
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
  • Financial
  • Information Management
  • Research
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Senior Mergers and Acquisitions Attorney
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Attorney
  • Associate Mergers and Acquisitions Attorney

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