The ups and downs of being an M&A lawyer


I didn’t seek out to be an M&A lawyer. It is a part of my work and I find myself gravitate towards this practice area more than other corporate work that I have done:

What I like being an M&A lawyer:

1. The work is (usually) intellectually stimulating. See last point below.

2. It is satisfying to see the agreements I have worked on for months being signed and complete transactions.

3. It’s fun to work with a team that shares your goal and drives the momentum.

It’s not so fun when:

1. Some clients require a reminder every 30 days to settle their invoices or take a long time to confirm your terms of engagement while expecting you to work. I don’t get 30 days to turn around a draft agreement.

2. When a counterparty proposes something that is unreasonable and the client chooses/has to accept due to commercial consideration or the client simply doesn’t care.

3. Due diligence can be a drudgery but it is a necessary part of M&A transactions.


This post was first posted on Linkedin on 10 December 2022.

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