Lazard Ltd operates as a financial advisory and asset management company worldwide. The company operates from 43 cities in key business and financial centers across 27 countries throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and Central and South America. Principal Business Lines Segments The company operates in two segments, Financial Advisory and Asset Management. Financial Advisory segment This segment offers corporate, partnership, institutional, government, sovereign and individual clients worldwide a range of financial advisory services regarding mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and other strategic matters, restructurings, capital structure, capital raising, corporate preparedness and various other financial matters. The company focuses on solving its clients’ complex issues, providing advice to key decision-makers, senior management, boards of directors and business owners, as well as governments and governmental agencies, in transactions that are of strategic and financial importance to them. The company maintains a major local presence in the United States (U.S.), the United Kingdom, and France, including a network of regional branch offices in the U.S., as well as a presence in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Panama, Peru, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the Middle East region. Services Offered The company advises clients on a range of strategic and financial issues. When the company advises clients on the potential acquisition of another company, business or certain assets, its services include evaluating potential acquisition targets, providing valuation analyses, evaluating and proposing financial and structural alternatives, and rendering, if appropriate, fairness opinions. The company might also advise as to the timing, financing and pricing of a proposed acquisition and assist in negotiating and closing the acquisition. In addition, the company might assist in executing an acquisition by acting as a dealer-manager in transactions structured as a tender or exchange offer. When the company advises clients that are contemplating the sale of certain businesses, assets or an entire company, the company’s services include advising on the sale process for the situation, providing valuation analyses, assisting in preparing an offering circular or other appropriate sale materials and rendering, if appropriate, fairness opinions. The company also identifies and contacts selected qualified acquirors and assists in negotiating and closing the proposed sale. As appropriate, the company also advises its clients regarding potential financial and strategic alternatives to a sale, including recapitalizations, spin-offs, carve-outs and split-offs. The company frequently provides advice with respect to the structure, timing and pricing of these alternatives. For companies in financial distress, the company’s services might include reviewing and analyzing the business, operations, properties, financial condition and prospects of the company, evaluating debt capacity, assisting in the determination of an appropriate capital structure, and evaluating financial and strategic alternatives. If appropriate, the company might provide financial advice and assistance in developing and seeking approval of a restructuring or reorganization plan, which might include a plan of reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code or other similar court administered processes in non-U.S. jurisdictions. In such cases, the company might assist in certain aspects of the implementation of such a plan, including advising and assisting in structuring and effecting the financial aspects of a sale or recapitalization, structuring new securities, exchange offers, other consideration or other inducements to be offered or issued, as well as assisting and participating in negotiations with affected entities or groups. When the company assists clients in connection with their capital structure, it reviews and analyzes structural alternatives, assists in long-term capital planning, and a
lazard ltd-cl a
(LAZ:New York Consolidated)
2 Church Street
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