ProfessionalsMatthew W. Abbott

Partner

Tel: 212-373-3402
Fax: 212-492-0402
mabbott@paulweiss.com

212-373-3402
New York

1285 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019-6064
Fax: 212-492-0402

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Matthew Abbott is a partner in the Corporate Department, co-head of the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions Practice, a member of the Private Equity Group and a member of the firm's Management Committee. He regularly represents strategic and private equity investors in public and private acquisitions and investments, divestitures, joint ventures and carve-out transactions. Matt is also recognized by Chambers USA and The Legal 500 for his M&A work on Mega-Deals and Private Equity Buyouts.

EXPERIENCE

Matt's recent representations include advising:

  • Agrium in its $36 billion merger of equals with Potash Corp., its $5 billion hostile bid for CF Industries, its $2.7 billion acquisition of UAP and its $1.2 billion acquisition of AWB;
  • AKQA, a leading digital advertising company, in its $565 million sale to WPP;
  • Aperture, the parent company of online broker OptionsHouse, in its $725 million sale to E*TRADE;
  • Birch Hill Equity Partners Management Inc., in the $2.3 billion sale of Shred-It International Inc. to Stericycle Inc.;
  • CareCore National, LLC in its merger with MedSolutions, Inc.;
  • Citigroup in its acquisitions of First American Bank, a $3.5 billion financial institution, and payment processing company Ecount;
  • Eldorado Gold in its $2 billion acquisition of Sino Gold;
  • Emdeon in its $3.1 billion sale to Blackstone;
  • Francisco Partners and GA in their $1 billion agreement to acquire public semiconductor company Aeroflex (terminated during "go-shop" period);
  • General Atlantic in more than 60 acquisitions, investments and divestitures involving its portfolio companies across multiple industry and geographical sectors, including: Business Services (Aimbridge, ClearResult, EN Engineering, Engility, Mu Sigma, Network Solutions, Quality Technology Services, Snap AV, TriNet and Trow); Financial Services (Adyen, Amerherst Pierpont, Aperture, Avant Credit, BMF Bovespa, First Republic Bank, Getco, IHS Markit, ING's Latin American Pension and Wealth Management Business, Insurity, KCG, Network International (Dubai), the NYSE, NYMEX, Santander and XP Investimentos); Healthcare (Alignment Healthcare, Align Networks, Emdeon, eviCore Healthcare, MedExpress, Oak Street Health, Qualicorp and Sanfer); Internet and Technology (Airbnb, Alibaba, AppDynamics, BuzzFeed, Decolar.com, Delivery Hero, Dice, Facebook, Flipp, Klarna, Peixe Urbano, Quality Technology Services, Red Ventures, Seismic, Session M, Snapchat, Squarespace, Uber, Vox Media and Yemek Sepeti) and Retail and Consumer (Barteca, Gilt, Jumei International, Pague Menos, Privalia, Studio Moderna, Too Faced Cosmetics and Tory Burch);
  • The Government of Canada in the $140 million sale of its interests in Chrysler Group to Fiat SpA;
  • Greenfield Online in its "go-shop" process and $500 million sale to Microsoft;
  • KKR and GA in the $1.65 billion acquisition of TASC from Northrop Grumman;
  • Maple Group Acquisition Corporation, a consortium of 13 leading Canadian financial institutions and pension funds, in its successful Cdn$3.8 billion unsolicited cash offer for the TMX Group, the owner of the Toronto Stock Exchange;
  • MacAndrews & Forbes in its $800 million acquisition of Clarke American from Honeywell International;
  • MedExpress in its sale to Optum, a division of UnitedHealth Group;
  • Network Solutions in its $1 billion sale to Web.com;
  • Oak Hill and GA in their acquisition of Genpact from General Electric and subsequent $1 billion sale of Genpact to Bain Capital;
  • Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan in its investments in TierPoint, US Farm Trust and Ascend Learning;
  • Roark Capital in its sales of Batteries Plus and Quala Wash, its investment in Drybar, its acquisitions of Great Expressions Dental Centers and Jimmy John's and the merger of Pet Valu and Pet Supermarket;
  • Teck Resources in its $1.5 billion private placement to China Investment Corporation (CIC);
  • Time Warner Cable in its $58 billion bid for AT&T Broadband, its $9.8 billion restructuring of Time Warner Entertainment, its $3.6 billion sale of SpectrumCo, along with Comcast and Bright House, to Verizon Wireless, its $3.5 billion investment (along with Comcast, Google, Intel and Brighthouse) in Clearwire and its acquisition of 100% of ISP Road Runner from AT&T;
  • Too Faced Cosmetics in its $1.45 billion sale to The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.;
  • TPG, Oaktree and JH Investments in the $1.2 billion acquisition of Taylor Wimpey's North American real estate operations;
  • Tricon Capital Group Inc. in its proposed $1.4 billion acquisition of Silver Bay Reality Trust Corp., a public REIT;
  • Vox Media in connection with a $200 million investment in the company by NBCUniversal;
  • Warburg Pincus and GA in their €1.02 billion acquisition with of a 50 percent stake in Santander Asset Management;
  • Western Coal in its $3.3 billion stock and cash acquisition by Walter Energy;
  • Western Oil Sands in its $6.6 billion sale to Marathon Oil;
  • Wyndham International in its $3.2 billion sale to Blackstone; and
  • YankeeNets in the sale of the New Jersey Nets and the New Jersey Devils and in the subsequent restructuring of the New York Yankees and the YES Entertainment Network.

Matt was named to New York Law Journal's list of "2013 Rising Stars," which recognizes attorneys under the age of 40 who have "established a record of accomplishments and demonstrated that they are top contributors to the practice of law and their communities." Matt has also been recognized as one of Investment Dealers' Digest Magazine's "40 Under 40," a list compiled of some of the "best and brightest on Wall Street who are making their mark relatively early in their careers."

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