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ProfessionalsChelsea N. Darnell

Chelsea N. Darnell

Tel: +1-212-373-3104
Fax: +1-212-492-0104

Tel: +1-212-373-3104
New York

1285 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019-6064
Fax: +1-212-492-0104

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A member of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group, Chelsea Darnell advises on M&A transactions, corporate governance and activist defense matters. She has significant experience advising public companies and private equity firms on domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, spin-offs and carve-outs, minority investments and securities offerings.

Chelsea was recognized by The Deal in 2023 as one of the “Top Women in Dealmaking” for M&A.


Chelsea’s notable representations include:

  • Accenture in multiple transactions, including its over $1 billion acquisition of Novetta
  • Airgas in its $13.4 billion sale to Air Liquide S.A.
  • Capital Bank in its $2.2 billion merger with First Horizon
  • Capital One in its acquisitions of GE Capital’s Healthcare Finance Business and Cabela’s credit card program
  • CenturyLink in its $34 billion acquisition of Level 3 Communications
  • Chicago Bridge & Iron in its $6 billion merger of equals with McDermott International
  • Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and KKR in their $5.3 billion joint acquisition of Cloudera
  • Cvent in its $4.6 billion sale to Blackstone
  • Datto in its $6.2 billion sale to Kaseya
  • Eli Lilly in its $2.4 billion acquisition of Dice Therapeutics
  • Expedia Group in its $1.2 billion private placement of preferred stock and warrants to investment funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management and Silver Lake
  • Francisco Partners in its $1.7 billion acquisition of Sumo Logic
  • Global Payments in its $45 billion merger of equals with Total System Services
  • Groupe Bruxelles Lambert, the Majority Shareholder of Webhelp, in the $4.8 billion combination of Webhelp with Concentrix
  • Heartland Payment Systems in its $4.3 billion acquisition by Global Payments
  • Hologic in its $1.65 billion acquisition of Cynosure and its subsequent disposition of Cynosure
  • Jazz Pharmaceuticals in its $7.2 billion acquisition of GW Pharmaceuticals
  • Keysight in its acquisition of Cliosoft
  • KKR in its $1.3 billion acquisition of Chase Corporation and its $1.6 billion acquisition of CIRCOR International
  • McDonald’s in its sale of McDTech Labs to IBM
  • Mondelēz International in its acquisition of Tate’s Bake Shop
  • Ping Identity in its $2.8 billion sale to Thoma Bravo
  • Private Bancorp in its $5 billion acquisition by CIBC
  • Sun National Bank in its $475 million acquisition by Ocean First
  • Turn/River Capital in its acquisition of Tufin
  • United Technologies in its $9 billion sale of Sikorsky Aircraft to Lockheed Martin and in the $1 billion sale of its Taylor Company business to The Middleby Corporation
  • Vista Equity Partners in its $2.6 billion acquisition of Duck Creek Technologies, its
    $4.6 billion acquisition of KnowBe4 and its, alongside an affiliate of Elliott Investment Management, $16.5 billion acquisition of Citrix Systems
  • Warburg Pincus and The Carlyle Group in their acquisition of DBRS Holdings Limited and subsequent sale of DBRS to Morningstar
  • Warburg Pincus in its investment in preferred equity of LendingPoint, its acquisition of a majority stake in Kestra a Financial and its acquisition of Petplan
  • WestRock in its $2.5 billion spin-off of its Specialty Chemicals business
  • The controlling stockholder of World Wrestling Entertainment in the $21 billion merger of WWE and UFC to form a global live sports and entertainment company
  • XPO Logistics in its acquisition of Norbert Dentressangle S.A. for €3.24 billion and subsequent acquisition of all shares in XPO Logistics Europe owned by Elliott Capital Advisors and its $3 billion acquisition of Con-way

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