On September 20, San Francisco Partner Meryl Macklin and Los Angeles Partner Katherine Ashton hosted a webinar on the litigation issues arising from M&A transactions and how legal shortcuts could come back to haunt you .

Macklin and Ashton discussed 10 examples of early stage legal missteps that could cause consequences affecting the value of the company or the credibility of its management, or result in costly disputes or litigation. In addition, they highlighted how to avoid these missteps and their negative and potentially long-lasting consequences.

Macklin is a trial lawyer with more than 30 years of experience trying and resolving complex business disputes. She has served as lead trial counsel for clients ranging from major corporations to small startups in dozens of high-exposure cases in state and federal courts around the country. Her trial experience has enabled her to develop targeted litigation strategies even when handling cases likely to settle, avoiding unnecessary and costly motion and discovery practice where possible.

Ashton has over 25 years of experience in providing business law advice to publicly held and privately owned companies in a broad range of matters, including debt and equity financings, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial, technology and other strategic business transactions. She has represented the majority of her clients through all stages of the business lifecycle, from formation and capital raising through public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and other exit transactions.