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26 Jan 2021 Author : InfoPro Community Manager

M&A practice will be busy in 2021

2020 began with a mix of optimism and concern among M&A professionals, as international trade concerns, political uncertainty and a range of other factors weighed on an M&A market otherwise buoyed by strong economic fundamentals. Not far into the year, the global pandemic turned those prognostications upside down, and the M&A market, like the broader economy, entered a wild ride. M&A activity ground to a virtual standstill in late spring, but the market rebounded over the second half of the year, with law firms busy counseling on deals that had been paused, and corporate purchases of distressed assets and strategic deals by companies looking to M&A for growth amid tepid sales. Experts expect that momentum to carry into 2021, and law firm M&A groups are preparing for a hefty workload. 

M&A practice requires experiential knowledge, a strong understanding of market standards and   the ability to quickly go sideways into ancillary issues affecting the business of the involved companies. As such, M&A practitioners require access to a core set of resources, including guidance, secondary analytical resources, market precedent, current awareness resources and more. LexisNexis® addresses these needs with an industry-leading collection of content and tools.

Authoritative Counsel: Practical Guidance for Corporate and M&A and Business Entities areas of law

The Practical Guidance service, integrated in the Lexis+™ experience and available within the legacy Lexis® platform, provides extensive content to help practitioners approach common and uncommon issues in corporate law with confidence. In addition to practice notes, annotated form documents, checklists and similar content, the Practical Guidance Corporate and M&A and Business Entities areas also offer narrative analysis of market trends, bespoke comparison charts on state law and more.   

 Following are examples of corporate law resources available now in Practical Guidance:


Access to publicly filed market precedent: Market Standards

A new addition to Practical Guidance Corporate and M&A is Market Standards, offering powerful technology to help M&A practitioners search, analyze and compare publicly filed M&A transactions with the most comprehensive, detailed and fastest deal information. Market Standards provides access to 33,000 deals (6x more than the competition) and 150 deal point filters, and is updated within 48 hours of filing. 

Deep analytical coverage of corporate and M&A topics

Bundled within Lexis+ (and legacy Lexis) is a comprehensive collection of secondary analytical titles and practice guides from Matthew Bender®, Law Journal Press®, CSC® and Getting the Deal Through® to provide guidance on the nuances of the corporate practice. Top titles include Matthew Bender M&A Practice Guide, Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions, and Delaware Corporation Law and Practice.

To locate on-point corporate and M&A analytical sources, simply use Explore in Lexis+ to navigate to View our Practice Centers, and select Corporate and M&A Law from the resulting screen.


Then, expand the Secondary Sources menu to review applicable titles by publisher. 

Industry-standard current awareness titles covering developments and trends in M&A law

The Lexis and Lexis+ service offers a unique aggregation of current awareness resources, including must-reads for M&A practitioners like Law360®, The Wall Street Journal®, New York Law Journal® (as well as Corporate Counsel®, Delaware Business Court Insider and similar publications from ALM®), and 26,000+ other news and legal news publications. 

To review corporate and M&A-related news sources, choose Business & Corporate Law under Explore menu in Lexis+.

Then click on All Business & Corporate Law News or All Business & Corporate Law Legal News to search across the relevant content collections.

Then run your search by choosing either News or Legal News from the Select Category filter, and expand the Sources drop-down menu to narrow your results to articles from a specific publication.


For more information on how the LexisNexis® services can support the specific needs of your organization’s corporate law and M&A practitioners, please contact your LexisNexis account representative to arrange a bespoke presentation. 


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