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Scott A. Barshay
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Scott A. Barshay is a partner in the Corporate Department and Global Head of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions Practice. His practice focuses on advising clients on mergers and acquisitions, activist defense and other significant corporate matters. Scott also regularly counsels corporations and their directors on securities law, corporate governance, crisis management and internal investigations.

Scott has represented clients in many of the largest and most important M&A transactions and activist defense matters in recent years, including ADP in its successful proxy contest against Pershing Square; Anheuser-Busch InBev in its $107 billion acquisition of SABMiller; BHP Billiton in the activist campaign by Elliott Management; Burlington Northern Santa Fe in its $44 billion sale to Berkshire Hathaway; Chevron in its proposed $50 billion acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum; General Electric in the proposed $21.4 billion sale of its BioPharma business to Danaher; the board of directors of Harris Corporation in its $37 billion merger of equals with L3 Technologies; Honeywell in its unsolicited $90 billion offer to acquire United Technologies and in the activist campaign by Third Point; IBM in its $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat; Ingersoll-Rand in the proposed $15 billion merger of its Industrial business with Gardner Denver; The Kraft Heinz Company in its proposed $143 billion acquisition of Unilever; Mylan in its successful defense against a $40 billion hostile takeover offer from Teva and in its $35 billion hostile offer to acquire Perrigo; Qualcomm in its successful defense against a $142 billion hostile takeover offer from Broadcom, its proposed $47 billion acquisition of NXP Semiconductors and in the activist campaign by JANA Partners; Starwood Hotels in its $13.6 billion sale to Marriott International and in Anbang’s competing offers to acquire Starwood; United Airlines in its $7 billion merger of equals with Continental Airlines; and 3G Capital and H.J. Heinz in Heinz’s $60 billion merger with Kraft Foods.

Awards and Recognitions

Scott is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading M&A lawyers. He has been described by the Financial Times as “one of Wall Street’s most prolific dealmakers.” In 2019, the American Lawyer named Scott a “Dealmaker of The Year” for his role advising IBM in its $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat. The Wall Street Journal profiled Scott as one of seven top dealmakers behind 2018’s largest M&A transactions, noting that he advised on more than $300 billion in M&A last year, including IBM/Red Hat and Harris/L3 Technologies. Scott was similarly recognized by the Wall Street Journal in 2015 for advising on many of that year’s most important deals, including AB InBev/SABMiller, Kraft/Heinz, Marriott/Starwood and Schlumberger/Cameron, and for his defense of clients Avon, Cheniere, Qualcomm and Xerox against activist hedge funds. In 2015, Scott was recognized as an M&A Trailblazer by the National Law Journal. In 2011, the Financial Times named Scott one of the Ten Most Innovative Lawyers in North America. In 2007, the New York Times included Scott in its list of most important dealmakers in recent years, highlighting his work on behalf of Chevron in its successful $18 billion takeover battle for Unocal.

Scott is consistently ranked as a top-tier M&A practitioner by peer review organizations, including Chambers GlobalChambers USAThe Legal 500 US; IFLR1000Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyers; The Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America; The Lawdragon 500 Leading Dealmakers in AmericaThe Best Lawyers in AmericaThe International Who’s Who of Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyers; and The International Who’s Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers.

EXPERIENCE

Scott has extensive M&A experience in a broad range of industries. Notable representations have included:

AEROSPACE AND DEFENSE

  • CSRA in its $9.7 billion sale to General Dynamics
  • The board of directors of Harris Corporation in its $37 billion merger of equals with L3 Technologies
  • Honeywell International in connection with Third Point’s unsuccessful proposal for Honeywell to spin off its Aerospace business

CONSUMER AND RETAIL 

  • 3G Capital and H.J. Heinz in Heinz’s $60 billion merger with Kraft Foods Group to form The Kraft Heinz Company
  • Anheuser‑Busch InBev in its $107 billion acquisition of SABMiller and the $12 billion sale of SABMiller’s U.S. and Global Miller Beer businesses to Molson Coors
  • Avon Products in the sale of an 80% stake in its North America business to Cerberus Capital Management and in Cerberus’ PIPE investment in Avon’s International business
  • The independent directors of Avon Products in its proposed $3.7 billion sale to Natura & Co.
  • Barnes & Noble in its exploration of strategic alternatives and the resulting sale to affiliates of Elliott Management, and previously in, the spin‑off of its College business into Barnes & Noble Education, the strategic investment by Microsoft in Barnes & Noble’s NOOK business and the PIPE investment by Liberty Media
  • The special committee of the J.Crew board of directors in its $3 billion leveraged buyout by TPG and Leonard Green
  • The Jones Group in its $2.2 billion sale to Sycamore Partners, its acquisitions of Barneys New York, Gloria Vanderbilt Apparel Corp. and Nine West Group and its successful hostile acquisition of Maxwell Shoe Co. 
  • The Kraft Heinz Company in its proposed $143 billion acquisition of Unilever
  • The special committee of the Pilgrim’s Pride board of directors in its $1.3 billion acquisition of Moy Park from JBS S.A.
  • Restaurant Brands International in its $1.8 billion acquisition of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

ENERGY

  • Cameron International in its $15 billion sale to Schlumberger and previously in the formation of its OneSubsea joint venture with Schlumberger
  • Chevron in its proposed $50 billion acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum, its successful $18 billion offer to acquire Unocal Corp. and in CNOOC’s competing offer to acquire Unocal
  • Delta Air Lines in its acquisition of ConocoPhillips’ Trainer refinery 
  • Grant Prideco in its $7.4 billion sale to National Oilwell Varco

FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

  • AerCap Holdings in its $7.6 billion acquisition of International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) from AIG
  • The special committee of the Delphi Financial board of directors in its $2.7 billion sale to Tokio Marine Holdings
  • Deutsche Börse in its proposed $10 billion merger of equals with NYSE Euronext and in Nasdaq OMX and Intercontinental Exchange’s competing offer to acquire NYSE Euronext
  • Paine Webber in its $15 billion sale to UBS

HEALTHCARE

  • Alere in its $5.3 billion sale to Abbott Laboratories
  • ARIAD Pharmaceuticals in its $5.2 billion sale to Takeda Pharmaceutical Co.
  • Biogen in the $5 billion spin-off of its Global Hemophilia business into Bioverativ
  • Bioverativ in its $11.6 billion sale to Sanofi
  • General Electric in the proposed $21.4 billion sale of its BioPharma business to Danaher Corp.
  • King Pharmaceuticals in its proposed $4 billion sale to Mylan Laboratories
  • The Medicines Company in its proposed $9.7 billion sale to Novartis
  • Mylan in its successful defense against a $40 billion hostile takeover offer from Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, its $35 billion hostile offer to acquire Perrigo Co. and its $5.6 billion inversion acquisition of Abbott Laboratories’ Non-U.S. Developed Markets Specialty and Branded Generics business 
  • The independent directors of Par Pharmaceutical Co. in its $2 billion leveraged buyout by TPG
  • Smith & Nephew in its acquisition of Osiris Therapeutics

INDUSTRIALS

  • Alcoa in the $2.7 billion sale of its Packaging and Consumer businesses to Rank Group
  • Hertz Global Holdings in its successful $2.6 billion offer to acquire Dollar Thrifty Group and in Avis Budget Group’s competing offers to acquire Dollar Thrifty
  • Honeywell International in the spin-off of its Turbochargers business into Garrett Motion and its unsolicited $90 billion offer to acquire United Technologies
  • Ingersoll-Rand in the proposed $15 billion merger of its Industrial business with Gardner Denver
  • Martin Marietta Materials in its $3.2 billion acquisition of Texas Industries
  • Minerals Technologies in its successful $1.7 billion unsolicited offer to acquire AMCOL International and in Imerys’ competing offers to acquire AMCOL
  • Nalco Holding Co. in its $8 billion sale to Ecolab

LODGING AND REAL ESTATE

  • ILG in its $4.7 billion sale to Marriott Vacations Worldwide
  • Starwood Hotels & Resorts in its $13.6 billion sale to Marriott International and in Anbang Insurance Group’s competing offers to acquire Starwood
  • Taylor Morrison in its proposed $2.4 billion acquisition of William Lyon Homes and its $1 billion acquisition of AV Homes

MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT

  • CBS in its $70 billion merger with Viacom
  • Gannett Co. in its $2.2 billion acquisition of Belo
  • Jack Entertainment in a series of transactions aggregating more than $2.5 billion in value, including the sale of Greektown Casino-Hotel to Penn National Gaming and VICI Properties; the sale of JACK Cincinnati Casino to Hard Rock International and VICI Properties; the sale Turfway Park to Churchill Downs; and the proposed sale of JACK Cleveland Casino and JACK Thistledown Racino to VICI Properties
  • Mandalay Resort Group in its $8 billion sale to MGM Mirage
  • Regal Cinemas in its $2.3 billion leveraged buyout by KKR and Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst

TECHNOLOGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS 

  • Aptiv in the formation of a $4 billion autonomous-driving joint venture with Hyundai Motor Group
  • IBM in acquisitions and dispositions aggregating more than $75 billion in value, including its $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat
  • The independent directors of JDA Software Group in its $2 billion leveraged buyout by New Mountain Capital
  • The independent directors of MCI in its $8.5 billion sale to Verizon and in Qwest Communications’ competing offers to acquire MCI
  • NTT DoCoMo in restructuring its $10 billion strategic investment in AT&T
  • Nuance Communications in the spin-off of its Automotive Software business
  • Qualcomm in its successful defense against a $142 billion hostile takeover offer from Broadcom, its proposed $47 billion acquisition of NXP Semiconductors and its $3.2 billion acquisition of Atheros Communications
  • Xerox in its separation into two independent publicly traded companies, the $1 billion sale of its Information Technology Outsourcing business to Atos, its $8.4 billion acquisition of Affiliated Computer Services Inc. and its $1.5 billion acquisition of Global Imaging Systems Inc.

TRANSPORTATION

  • Air Methods in its $2.5 billion sale to affiliates of American Securities
  • Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) in its $44 billion sale to Berkshire Hathaway
  • Delta Air Lines in its acquisition of 49% of Virgin Atlantic from Singapore Airlines and in Delta's related trans‑Atlantic joint venture with Virgin
  • United Airlines in its $7 billion merger of equals with Continental Airlines and in numerous other acquisitions and joint ventures


Scott is a trusted advisor to some of the largest public companies and their boards of directors defending against hedge fund activism. His representations in this area have included:

  • ADP in its successful proxy contest against Pershing Square Capital Management
  • Air Methods in the activist campaign by Voce Capital Management
  • ARIAD Pharmaceuticals in the adoption of its shareholder rights plan and in the activist campaign by Sarissa Capital
  • Avon Products in the activist campaign by Barington Capital
  • Barnes & Noble in the adoption of its shareholder rights plan, which was upheld by the Delaware Chancery Court and the Delaware Supreme Court, in its successful proxy contest against Ron Burkle and The Yucaipa Companies and in activist campaigns by Pershing Square Capital Management and Sandell Asset Management
  • BHP Billiton in the activist campaign by Elliott Management
  • Cameron International in activist defense against JANA Partners and Elliott Management
  • Cheniere Energy in the activist campaign by Carl Icahn
  • Chico’s FAS in its successful proxy contest against Barington Capital Group
  • Commvault Systems in the activist campaign by Elliott Management
  • Gannett Co. in its successful acquisition of Belo, which was challenged by various arbitrageurs and hedge funds
  • Harris Corporation in the activist campaign by JANA Partners
  • Helix Energy Solutions in activist defense against Greenlight Capital
  • Hertz Global Holdings in the adoption of its shareholder rights plan, its settlement agreement with Carl Icahn and in share accumulations by Corvex Management, Third Point and JANA Partners
  • Hologic in the adoption of its shareholder rights plan and in activist campaigns by Carl Icahn and Relational Partners
  • Honeywell International in the activist campaign by Third Point LLC
  • The Jones Group in the activist campaign by Barington Capital and in share accumulations by Greenlight Capital
  • King Pharmaceuticals in share accumulations by Perry Capital
  • NCR in the activist campaign by Marcato Capital Management and in share accumulations by JANA Partners and Corvex Management
  • Par Pharmaceutical Co. in the activist campaign by Relational Partners
  • Qualcomm in the activist campaign by JANA Partners
  • Randstad in its successful acquisition of Monster Worldwide, which was challenged by an entity controlled by Alden Global Capital
  • Sara Lee in the activist campaign by ValueAct Capital
  • Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide in share accumulations by JANA Partners and Third Point
  • Web.com in the activist campaign by Okumus Fund Management

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