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M&A and Strategic Advisory

Lazard is one of the world's leading advisors on mergers, acquisitions, and related strategic matters. Our M&A and Strategic Advisory practice is distinguished by senior banker involvement, deep industry sector expertise and global reach.

We are regularly involved in large, complex and industry-defining transactions, often across national borders. 

Areas of Expertise

Mergers and Acquisitions

We evaluate potential targets or merger partners as well as financial and strategic alternatives. We advise on strategy, timing, structure, financing, pricing, and we assist in negotiating and closing transactions. In addition, we act as a dealer-manager in tender or exchange offers.


We advise on sales and auctions in both strategic and distressed situations. We may also advise on financial and strategic alternatives to a sale, such as recapitalizations, spin-offs, carve-outs, split-offs or tracking stocks.


As many as 50% or more of the transactions we advise upon in a given year may be cross-border—and sometimes involve multiple jurisdictions. Our global offices are staffed with locally established professionals, expert at navigating local cultural, political, regulatory, and tax issues.


We help clients realize value from corporate assets, with innovative strategies for optimizing business portfolios. We advise on all aspects of execution, seeking success for the original company, for newly independent companies, and for shareholders.

Corporate Preparedness/Takeover Defense

Our dedicated corporate preparedness practice draws on all of Lazard's resources, advising on preventative and responsive measures to unsolicited activity such as hostile approaches or activist campaigns. 

Independent/Special Committee

We represent independent directors and special committees with objective advice, insight into shareholder concerns, clear and authoritative analysis, and an unrivaled track record in sensitive boardroom situations. 

Industry Expertise

  • Consumer/Retail
  • Financial Institutions
  • Financial Sponsors
  • Healthcare
  • Industrials
  • Power and Energy/Infrastructure
  • Real Estate, Gaming and Lodging
  • Telecommunications, Media and Technology

Recent Transactions

22 Sep 2021

Sonic Automotive

$700 Million

22 Sep 2021


$1,777 Million

20 Sep 2021



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