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Business Services

Walter Haverfield’s business services attorneys provide experienced legal counsel to clients engaged in various types of business combination transactions. From asset and equity acquisitions to dispositions, mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, and corporate reorganizations, we understand the increasingly complex needs of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions — and what our clients need to capture the most value.

Our full-service firm provides a multidisciplinary team committed to understanding and achieving strategic long-term goals. We analyze and advise clients on the business, tax, employee benefits, real estate, and regulatory concerns that may arise during the course of your deal.

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Our Proven M&A Process

Our firm-wide legal network is focused on supporting every phase of a deal’s process for clients throughout the U.S. and around the world. With the primary goal of delivering practical and legal solutions, we deliver counsel for structuring, due diligence, negotiation, documentation, and closing for both simple and complex transactions.
We are relied on as lead counsel in merger, acquisition, divestiture, and joint venture projects across a wide variety of industries, including:


Our business attorneys in our Cleveland and Columbus offices are consistently ranked and recognized by Best Lawyers®, Super Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, and more. At Walter Haverfield, we pride ourselves on becoming each client’s trusted corporate advisor for all their business needs.


  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Banking and Finance Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Commercial Litigation
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Litigation – Real Estate
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Litigation – Trust & Estates
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Real Estate Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Tax Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Construction Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Litigation – Environmental
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 3: Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Metropolitan Tier 3: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 3: Litigation – Construction
  • Metropolitan Tier 3: Litigation – ERISA


  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Litigation – Real Estate
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Real Estate Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Banking and Finance Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Litigation – Trusts and Estates
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Tax Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 2 Trusts & Estates law
  • Metropolitan Tier 3: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 3: Litigation – ERISA
  • Metropolitan Tier 3: Litigation – Insurance


• Representing a public company in the acquisition of polymer manufacturing division
• Representing an aerospace parts manufacturer in asset sale to a public company
• Representing a health care supplier’s management team in negotiation of executive compensation and “roll over” of stock in a private equity sale
• Counseling a global chemical company in connection with the sale of legacy properties, leasing matters, and the acquisition and development of manufacturing, processing, and warehousing facilities
• Representing a NYSE-listed Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) in the acquisition of a national self-storage portfolio
• Counseling a private developer in the acquisition, development, financing, and leasing of a residential, retail, entertainment, and “lifestyle” center
• Representing a public company in plant acquisitions and sales of plants in the following states: Iowa, Ohio, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin, and in the following foreign jurisdictions: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, England, France, Mexico, Slovenia, South Africa, and Venezuela
• Representing a large publicly held REIT in connection with a joint venture relating to a 100+ acre mixed-use development project
• Representing a bank lender in connection with documentation, negotiation, and closing of program loans to affiliates of the sponsor for acquisition and construction of stores for a single-tenant auto parts retailer throughout the Midwest
• Representing a small, closely held businesses, as well as publicly traded entities, in connection with corporate acquisitions and dispositions
• Representing a small, closely held businesses in generational or key employee succession planning
• Representing a metal plating company in a sale involving roll-over equity in an acquiring entity
• Assisting acquiring entity with due diligence materials in purchase of a regional printing facility
• Negotiating letter of intent and stock purchase agreement in sale of a national gear manufacturing facility
• Representing one of the largest shopping centers REITs in the U.S. in connection with portfolio shopping center divestitures, outlet sales, site assemblage and acquisition/development projects, easements with covenants and restrictions (ECRs), joint ventures and unwinds, and various financing transactions