Commercial Transactions


Morris Nichols provides cutting edge transactional advice to national, international and local clients. Our lawyers excel at complex, innovative transactions — matters that include mergers, asset acquisitions and sales; joint ventures; financing and leasing, including structured financing; bankruptcy-related deals; as well as the structuring of commercial contracts of every kind. Morris Nichols is the first choice as local counsel for complex Delaware law issues involved in such transactions.  

Our market leading experience is recognized by clients who routinely turn to us to provide third-party legal opinions on a variety of complex transactions, including mergers and acquisitions; cross-border deals; securities offerings; transactions involving Delaware trusts; and a broad range of financings.

We regularly advise banking and financial services clients contemplating a deal in Delaware. Our lawyers helped draft the Financial Center Development Act; legislation that resulted in Delaware’s prominence as a national banking center. As a result, we have organized numerous banks and trust companies in the state and have represented banking clients in several major transactions, including the merger of J.P. Morgan and Chase.

We counsel clients on a broad range of commercial contracting matters. Our lawyers help clients with contracts of all types and across virtually every industry, including contracts governed by the Uniform Commercial Code.


  • Media Mention, 06.12.2024

    In the 2024 edition, Morris Nichols again appears in two Legal 500 practice categories for M&A litigation defense and Delaware counsel. Nineteen Morris Nichols attorneys are mentioned in the editorial for their work in M&A litigation and Delaware corporate and commercial law.


  • Article, Delaware Banker Magazine, 05.20.2024

    David Harris and Melanie Young co-authored an article on Delaware’s division statutes. They outline how the statutes are relevant to practitioners, including lenders, who deal with Delaware LLCs and Limited Partnerships, both to be able to take advantage of the opportunities they create but also to protect against the potential consequences of a division.

  • Publication, Bloomberg Law, 09.2023

    Melissa DiVincenzo, Dave Harris, Matt Darby, and Emily LaSpina contributed an article to Bloomberg Law outlining several 2023 amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) and the Delaware “alternative entity” statutes.

  • Article, Bloomberg Law, 11.2022

    In 2022, the Delaware legislature passed a number of amendments to the state’s “alternative entity” statutes—the Delaware Revised Uniform Partnership Act (DRUPA), the Delaware Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act (DRULPA), the Delaware Limited Liability Company Act (DLLCA), and the Delaware Statutory Trust Act (DSTA).

  • Article, Bloomberg Law, 10.2022

    In its 2022 session, the Delaware legislature passed a number of amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGGL) and the Delaware “alternative entity” statutes. The amendments to the DGCL became effective on Aug. 1, 2022.

  • Publication, American Bar Association, 11.15.2021

    Tarik Haskins contributed the chapter on Delaware to a new Global Financial Collateral book published by the American Bar Association Business Law Section.

  • Article, Bloomberg Law, 08.01.2021

    In its 2021 session, the Delaware legislature passed a number of amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) and the Delaware “alternative entity” statutes—the Delaware Limited Liability Company Act (DLLCA), the Delaware Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act (DRULPA), and the Delaware Revised Uniform Partnership Act (DRUPA). The amendments to the DGCL, the DLLCA, the DRULPA, and the DRUPA became effective on August 1, 2021.

  • Article, ABA Business Law Today, 08.01.2021

    On August 1, 2021, amendments to the Delaware Limited Liability Company Act (the “Act”) became effective that include a number of significant substantive changes. 

  • Publication, Bloomberg BNA Corporate Practice Portfolio Series, 2021

    Morris Nichols partner David Harris authored the chapter on Delaware.

  • Client Alert, 01.21.2016

    New rules for partnership tax audits (the “New Rules”) were adopted that may require changes to the governing documents of existing and future partnerships, limited liability companies and other entities taxed as partnerships for federal income tax purposes.

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Recognized in US News - Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”

Morris Nichols was selected for inclusion in 20 practice areas, covering a range of business law categories including commercial transactions and UCC law.MORE

“Global Financial Collateral: A Guide to Security Interests in Securities, Securities Accounts, and Deposit Accounts in International Transactions”

Morris Nichols partner Tarik Haskins authored the Delaware chapter in this ABA guide for business lawyers.MORE

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