Our M&A lawyers are among the most experienced and effective in the world. We represent many of the world's largest publicly traded and privately held companies, as well as leading private equity firms, hedge funds, financial advisors and other financial institutions and investors on their most important merger, acquisitions and takeover transactions.

Representative Engagements
  • Agrium in its:
    • merger of equals with Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc., a Canada-based crop nutrient company, to create an integrated global supplier of crop inputs with an enterprise value of approximately $36 billion; and
    • $5 billion unsolicited bid for CF Industries.
  • Air Methods Corporation, a Colorado-based domestic air medical transport provider, in its $2.5 billion acquisition by affiliates of American Securities LLC, a New York-based private equity firm.
  • Alere, Inc., a Massachusetts-based point of care diagnostics company, in its $5.8 billion acquisition by Abbott, an Illinois-based global healthcare company.
  • Funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management, LLC:
    • in its entry into a definitive agreement for the approximately $4.3 billion take-private acquisition of Rackspace Inc., a Texas-based cloud-computing company;
    • in their approximately $2.2 billion acquisition of Diamond Resorts International, Inc., a Nevada-based leader in the hospitality and vacation ownership interest industries;
    • in its approximately $1.6 billion acquisition of Outerwall, Inc., a Washington-based provider of automated retail solutions;
    • and Protection 1, an Illinois-based home security company and portfolio company of such funds, in connection with their acquisition of ADT Corporation, a Florida-based leading provider of security services, for an aggregate transaction value (including the value of Protection 1) of approximately $15 billion;
    • in connection with the acquisition of Endemol, a television production and distribution company, and in connection with the joint venture involving Endemol and 21st Century Fox-owned Shine Group to create a leading global multi-platform content provider;
    • along with Riverstone Holdings LLC, and other investors, in a $7.15 billion acquisition of all of the oil and natural gas exploration and production assets of El Paso Corporation; and
    • in its $2.4 billion acquisition of McGraw-Hill Education, a digital learning company.
  • ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a Massachusetts-based cancer-focused biotechnology company, in its approximately $5.2 billion acquisition by Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, a Japan-based global, research and development-driven pharmaceutical company.
  • Automatic Data Processing Inc. in its $5 billion spin-off of ADP Dealer Services, now called CDK Global, Inc., a provider of integrated computing solutions to auto, truck, motorcycle, marine, and recreational vehicle dealers.
  • Baytex Energy, a Calgary-based oil and gas acquisition, development and production company, in its Cdn$1.8 billion acquisition of Aurora Oil & Gas, an Australia-based oil and gas exploration and production company.
  • Bioverativ Inc., a Massachusetts-based biopharmaceutical company focused on therapies for hemophilia and other rare blood disorders, in its $11.6 billion acquisition by Sanofi.
  • Citigroup in its sales of three significant businesses of Nikko Cordial for aggregate cash proceeds of approximately $10.8 billion.
  • CSRA in its $9.6 billion acquisition by General Dynamics.
  • Dainippon Sumitomo in its acquisition of Sepracor for $2.6 billion in cash.
  • EarthLink Holdings Corp., a Georgia-based internet service provider, in its approximately $1.1 billion merger with Windstream Holdings, Inc., an Arkansas-based provider of advanced network communications and technology solutions.
  • Emdeon Business Services in its $3 billion sale to Blackstone Group.
  • Encana Corp., a Canada-based oil and gas company, in its:
    • $7.7 billion acquisition of Newfield Exploration Company, a Texas-based oil and gas company; and
    • $7.1 billion acquisition of Athlon Energy Inc., a Texas-based independent exploration and production company. This transaction is the largest announced purchase of a U.S. crude and natural gas producer by a Canadian company to date.
  • Ericsson as part of the consortium that acquired Nortel's patent portfolio for $4.5 billion. "M&A Deal of the Year" (2011) by International Financial Law Review.
  • eviCore healthcare, a South Carolina-based diversified medical benefits management solutions provider and a portfolio company of General Atlantic, in its $3.6 billion acquisition by Express Scripts Holding Company, a Missouri-based provider of integrated pharmacy benefit management services, from General Atlantic, TA Associates and Ridgemont Equity Partners.
  • EXOR, an investment company headquartered in Italy and controlled by the Agnelli family, in its $6.9 billion successful unsolicited cash bid for PartnerRe Ltd., a Bermuda-based global reinsurance company. The signing of the EXOR transaction with PartnerRe followed termination of a previously agreed stock-for-stock merger transaction between AXIS Capital Holdings Ltd. and PartnerRe Ltd.
  • Firth Rixson, a UK-based aerospace jet engine component provider, in its $2.85 billion sale to Alcoa, a Pennsylvania-based metals engineer and manufacturer, from Oak Hill Capital Partners and other shareholders.
  • GENCO Distribution System, a Pennsylvania-based logistics provider, in its $1.38 billion acquisition by FedEx Corp.
  • General Atlantic:
    • in its $1.3 billion sale, with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P., of portfolio company TASC, Inc., a Virginia-based provider of advanced systems engineering and advisory services, to Engility Holdings, Inc., a Virginia-based government services contractor;
    • in its €1.02 billion acquisition, with Warburg Pincus, of a 50 percent stake in Santander Asset Management, the asset management unit of Spanish retail and commercial bank Banco Santander;
    • as co-lead investor with Colony Capital in the $1.86 billion consortium acquisition of First Republic Bank from Bank of America; and
    • and KKR in the $1.65 billion acquisition of TASC from Northrop Grumman.
  • Grupo Salinas in its $2.5 billion sale of Iusacell, a Mexico-based wireless company, to AT&T. AT&T acquired all of Iusacell's wireless properties, including licenses, network assets, retail stores and approximately 8.6 million subscribers.
  • The Board of Directors of Harris Corporation in its $37 billion merger of equals with L3 Technologies to form L3 Harris Technologies.
  • HP Inc. in its $1.05 billion definitive agreement to acquire the global printer business of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
  • ILG in its approximately $4.7 billion sale to Marriott Vacations Worldwide.
  • International Business Machines Corp. in its $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat Inc., creating the world’s largest hybrid cloud provider.
  • Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO and Director of DreamWorks Animation, a California-based global family entertainment company, in DreamWorks Animation's $3.8 billion acquisition by Comcast Corporation.
  • Kate Spade & Company in its $2.4 billion acquisition by Coach, Inc.
  • Major League Baseball in the $2.15 billion sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers to Guggenheim Baseball Management.
  • Maple Group, a consortium of thirteen leading Canadian financial institutions and pension funds, in an unsolicited, but ultimately friendly, Cdn$3.8 billion acquisition of up to 80 percent of the shares of TMX Group, the public parent of the Toronto Stock Exchange.
  • Mitel Networks Corporation, a Canada-based business communications provider, in its approximately $2 billion acquisition by an investor group led by affiliates of Searchlight Capital Partners, L.P.
  • Nexen, a Canadian-based energy company, in its $15.1 billion acquisition by China National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC), China's largest producer of offshore crude oil and natural gas.
  • NorthStar Realty Finance Corp., a New York-based diversified commercial real estate investor, in its $4 billion acquisition of the outstanding shares of Griffin-American Healthcare REIT II.
  • Oak Hill Capital Partners in its $1.48 billion sale of its controlling interest in The Hillman Companies, a hardware and home improvement manufacturer and service provider, to affiliates of CCMP Capital Advisors.
  • Oaktree Capital Management as part of a consortium that included Apollo Global Management and Crestview Partners, in their $2.6 billion sale of a minority stake in Charter Communications to Liberty Media.
  • Platform Specialty Products Corporation, a Florida-based producer of high technology specialty chemical products and provider of technical services, in its $2.3 billion acquisition by way of a U.K. scheme of arrangement of all of the issued and outstanding shares of Alent, a United Kingdom-based supplier of specialty chemicals and engineered materials used primarily in electronics, automotive and industrial applications.
  • Qualcomm Incorporated:
    • in connection with a $130 billion unsolicited offer from Broadcom Limited; and
    • in the acquisition by its subsidiary of NXP Semiconductors N.V., for approximately $47 billion.
  • Reckitt Benckiser in its unsolicited $1.4 billion acquisition of Schiff Nutrition International, a leading provider of branded vitamins, nutrition supplements and nutrition bars, successfully breaking up a previously announced transaction between Schiff and Bayer AG.
  • RSC Holdings in its $4.2 billion sale to United Rentals.
  • SAP America, Inc., a subsidiary of Germany-based enterprise software company SAP SE, in its $8.3 billion acquisition of Concur Technologies Inc., a Washington-based travel and expense management software company.
  • Shanghai Shendi Group in its development of the first mainland China theme park in Shanghai as part of a $5.5 billion joint venture with Walt Disney. "M&A Deal of the Year" by Asia Legal Business in its Hong Kong Law Awards (2011).
  • The Carlyle Group in the $2.4 billion sale of 80 percent of its interest in kbroCo., Taiwan's largest cable TV operator, to Wealth Media Co. "Taiwan Deal of the Year" at the 2011 Asian Legal Business Hong Kong Law Awards.
  • The Kraft Heinz Company in its proposed $143 billion acquisition of Unilever.
  • The Lightstone Group in the $2.3 billion leveraged partnership disposition of its portfolio company, Prime Outlets Acquisition Company, to Simon Property Group.
  • Time Warner Cable in:
    • its $78.7 billion merger with Charter Communications;
    • its $45.2 billion stock-for-stock merger with Comcast Corporation (terminated); and
    • its multi-billion dollar spin-off from Time Warner Inc.
  • TPG Capital and Oaktree Capital Management in their $1.2 billion consortium acquisition of Taylor Wimpey's North American home building business.
  • Universal American in the $1.25 billion sale of its Medicare Part D business to CVS Caremark.
  • Warner Music Group in its $3.3 billion sale to Access Industries. "M&A Deal of the Year" (2011) by The Deal.
  • William Morris Endeavor (now Endeavor), along with private equity partner Silver Lake Partners, in their $2.4 billion acquisition of IMG Worldwide, a leading sports and media talent agency.
  • WME IMG, LLC (now Endeavor), a global entertainment and media agency, in its acquisition of Ultimate Fighting Championship, a Nevada-based professional mixed martial arts (MMA) organization.
  • Yamana Gold Inc. in its Cdn$3.9 billion acquisition of Osisko Mining Corporation jointly with Agnico Eagle Mines Limited.
  • The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., a leading tire manufacturer headquartered in Tokyo, in its $1.2 billion acquisition of Alliance Tire Group, a global manufacturer and seller of off highway tires for agriculture, construction and forestry machinery and a portfolio company of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

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