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Cullen L. Sinclair

Tel: +1-212-373-3483
Fax: +1-212-492-0483

Tel: +1-212-373-3483
New York

1285 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019-6064
Fax: +1-212-492-0483

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A partner in the Corporate Department, Cullen L. Sinclair is a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Group and Private Equity Group, focusing his practice on mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters. He regularly advises in the negotiation and structuring of mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and leveraged buyouts on behalf of a diverse range of clients, including public and private companies, private equity funds, financial institutions and other entities.

Among the newly appointed M&A and private equity partners at top law firms, Cullen was named a 2022 “Rising Star” by Law360, a 2022 “Up Next” dealmaker by Variety and a 2021 “Top Rising Star” by The Deal. Cullen was also recognized as one of “Hollywood’s Top Dealmakers of 2022” by The Hollywood Reporter.


Cullen’s recent private equity and portfolio company experience includes representing:

  • Brookfield:
    • in its acquisition of a significant minority stake in Primary Wave Music, as part of a new strategic partnership valued at over $2 billion
    • in its acquisition of a 50% stake of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice’s ownership interest in BrandSafway
    • and Simon Property Group in their acquisition of certain assets of J.C. Penney Company in connection with J.C. Penney’s chapter 11 case
  • Cast & Crew Entertainment Services, a portfolio company of Silver Lake Partners, in its sale to EQT
  • Davidson Kempner Capital Management, as majority investor in a consortium, in the acquisition of Chemoil Terminals (n/k/a Olympus Terminals)
  • Driven Brands Holdings, a portfolio company of Roark Capital, in its acquisitions of All Star Glass and Auto Glass Now
  • General Atlantic:
    • in the $4 billion sale of its publicly traded portfolio company, EngageSmart, to Vista Equity Partners
    • in its $1.5 billion take-private acquisition of Arco Platform Limited
    • in its investment in Financial Information Technologies
    • in its acquisition of Iron Park Capital to form General Atlantic Credit
    • in the sale of its stake in CinCor Pharma, in connection with CinCor’s $1.8 billion sale to AstraZeneca
    • in its $450 million investment in the Thoma Bravo-led acquisition of Coupa Software
    • as lead investor in a $1.4 billion investment in Sierra Space
    • as lead investor, in the $160 million investment in 80 Acres Farms
    • alongside Nautic Partners and The Vistria Group in its acquisition of PANTHERx Rare
    • its strategic investment in Landmark Health
    • alongside The Vistria Group in its investment in CareMetx
    • in its investment in General Information Services; GIS’s acquisition of HireRight; and HireRight’s $422 million initial public offering
    • in the sale of its minority interest in Oak Hill Advisors
    • in a number of other growth investments, including 80 Acres Farms, Albert, Branch, Chronosphere, Evisort, Guideline, Jio Platforms, Jobber, NYDIG, Reliance Retail Ventures, Talos and others
  • Global Infrastructure Partners in its $15 billion acquisition (together with KKR) of CyrusOne
  • KPS Capital Partners:
    • alongside its portfolio company, Metra, in their acquisition of Belding Machinery and Equipment Leasing
    • Speira, a portfolio company of KPS Capital Partners, in its acquisition of Real Alloy Europe
    • in its $3.45 billion acquisition of Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope from CRH plc, and in OBE’s acquisition of Syracuse Glass Company
    • in its acquisition of Profile Custom Extrusions from Highlander Partners
    • in Electrical Components International’s acquisition of Fargo Assembly Company and in ECI’s sale to an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management
    • in its affiliate’s acquisition of the Esterline Interface Technologies group of businesses from TransDigm Group
    • in its acquisition of the rod lift solutions unit of Lufkin Industries from oilfield services provider Baker Hughes; and in Lufkin’s acquisitions of US Rod Manufacturing, Patriot Pump and the North American Land Rod Lift Business of Schlumberger N.V.
    • in its $1.7 billion acquisition of a controlling stake in the Primary Products Business in North America and Latin America of Tate & Lyle
    • in the take-private acquisition of Tower International by Autokiniton Global Group, a portfolio company of KPS
  • Manulife Investment Management, alongside other affiliates, in their acquisition of a controlling interest in Serverfarm
  • Oak Hill Capital in its acquisition of Safe Fleet Holdings from The Sterling Group
  • XN LP, as lead investor, in an investment in Manticore Games

Cullen’s recent public and private company representations include:

  • Advance, a founder and major shareholder of Discovery, Inc., in the $150 billion Reverse Morris Trust transaction that will combine AT&T’s WarnerMedia business with Discovery, Inc.
  • Alere, Inc. in its $5.3 billion sale to Abbott Laboratories
  • The special committee of Duck Creek Technologies’ board of directors in connection with Duck Creek’s $2.6 billion take-private sale to Vista Equity Partners
  • The special committee of the board of directors of Expedia Group in its acquisition of Liberty Expedia Holdings
  • GE Capital and its GE Capital Aviation Services unit in its sale of PK AirFinance to Apollo Global Management and Athene Holding
  • The Getty family in its buyout of The Carlyle Group’s interests in Getty Images
  • HEICO Corporation in its acquisition of Wencor Group from affiliates of Warburg Pincus and Wencor’s management for a purchase price of over $2 billion
  • Hemisphere Media Group in its acquisition of the remaining 75% stake in Pantaya from Lionsgate
  • Jet Edge International in its investment by KKR
  • Top U.S. homebuilders including Hubble Homes, John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods, Orleans Homes, PulteGroup, Stanley Martin Communities and Trumark Homes in a variety of M&A transactions
  • MGM in its $8.45 billion sale to Amazon
  • Perspecta in its $7.1 billion sale to Peraton and Veritas Capital
  • QTS Realty Trust in its $10 billion sale to Blackstone
  • Restaurant Brands International in its $1.8 billion acquisition of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
  • Simon Property Group in its $3.6 billion acquisition of an 80% ownership interest in The Taubman Realty Group, the operating partnership of Taubman Centers, Inc.
  • Taylor Morrison Home Corporation in its $2.5 billion acquisition of William Lyon Homes and its approximately $1 billion acquisition of AV Homes
  • Vice Media in connection with various private placements and its joint venture with A&E Networks to launch VICELAND
  • WME IMG (now Endeavor) in connection with the merger of Learfield with IMG College (the collegiate division of Endeavor), its acquisition of IMG Worldwide and a variety of other M&A transactions

Cullen is on the board of directors of Pioneer Works, a non-profit cultural center focused on arts and science.

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