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Matthew W. Abbott

Partner

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

New York
1285 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019-6064

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 work with Private Equity Buyouts, and merger and acquisition work on Mega-Deals.

Experience

Matt's recent representations include:

PRIVATE EQUITY TRANSACTIONS:

  • General Atlantic in more than 40 leveraged acquisitions, minority investments and divestitures involving its US and non-US portfolio companies, including its investments in Adyen BV, Aimbridge Hospitality, AirBnb, Alibaba, Alignment Healthcare, Avant, BMF Bovespa, Buzzfeed, CareCore National, Facebook, Flipp, Getco, Gilt, Insurity, Jumei International Holding, Markit, NYMEX, the NYSE, Peixe Urbano, Snapchat, Squarespace, Tory Burch, Trow, Uber and Vox Media, its acquisitions of Dice, Emdeon, EN Engineering, First Republic Bank, ING Group's Latin American pension and wealth management business, Network Solutions, Qualicorp, Quality Technology Services and Too Faced Cosmetics, and its sales of Privalia and its interest in Yemek Sepeti;
  • Birch Hill Equity Partners Management Inc., in the $2.3 billion sale of Shred-It International Inc. to Stericycle Inc.;
  • KKR and General Atlantic in the $1.65 billion acquisition of TASC from Northrop Grumman;
  • Oak Hill and General Atlantic in their acquisition of Genpact from General Electric and subsequent $1 billion sale of Genpact to Bain Capital;
  • Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan in its equity investment in TierPoint made in connection with TierPoint's acquisition of Xand from an affiliate of private equity firm ABRY Partners, and its investments in US Farm Trust and Ascend Learning;
  • TPG, Oaktree and JH Investments in the $1.2 billion acquisition of Taylor Wimpey's North American real estate operations; and
  • Warburg Pincus and General Atlantic in their €1.02 billion acquisition with of a 50 percent stake in Santander Asset Management.

PUBLIC COMPANY TRANSACTIONS:

  • Agrium in its:
    • $5 billion hostile bid for CF Industries;
    • $2.7 billion acquisition of UAP; and
    • $1.2 billion acquisition of AWB;
  • Eldorado Gold in its $2 billion acquisition of Sino Gold;
  • Emdeon in its $3.1 billion sale to Blackstone;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • Teck Resources in its $1.5 billion private placement to China Investment Corporation (CIC);
  • Time Warner Cable in its:
    • $3.5 billion investment (along with Comcast, Google, Intel and Brighthouse) in Clearwire; and
    • $58 billion bid for AT&T Broadband;
  • 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; and
  • Wyndham International in its $3.2 billion sale to Blackstone.

PRIVATE COMPANY TRANSACTIONS:

  • AKQA, a leading digital advertising company, in its $565 million sale to WPP;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • Time Warner Cable in its:
    • $3.6 billion sale of SpectrumCo, along with Comcast and Bright House, to Verizon Wireless;
    • $9.8 billion restructuring of Time Warner Entertainment; and
    • acquisition of 100% of ISP Road Runner from AT&T;
  • Vox Media in connection with a $200 million investment in the company by NBCUniversal; 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."

Practices
Corporate
Mergers & Acquisitions
Private Equity Transactions

Education

LL.B., University of Toronto, 1998


B.A., Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, 1995

with first class honours
Bar Admissions

New York

Related Resources

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M&A at a Glance (September 2016)

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Jan 07, 2016 | News

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