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Paul S. Bird Named a Dealmaker of the Year by The American Lawyer
April 2, 2008

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP partner Paul S. Bird has been named a Dealmaker of the Year by The American Lawyer magazine for his role in advising Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, The Carlyle Group and Bain Capital Partners in their $8.5 billion acquisition of HD Supply, The Home Depot’s wholesale distribution business.

The American Lawyer’s Dealmakers of the Year, featuring the year’s top transactional lawyers, appears in the April 2008 issue. Highlighting the successful Debevoise strategies to keep wavering banks at the negotiating table, The American Lawyer noted that Mr. Bird led “the last big private equity deal to [close] before the credit markets locked down.”

The Debevoise team led by Mr. Bird, who co-chairs the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group, included partners David A. Brittenham, Paul D. Brusiloff, Steven J. Slutzky, Jonathan E. Levitsky, David H. Schnabel, litigation partner John H. Hall, counsel Judith L. Church and Rafael Kariyev, and associates Heidi S. DuBois, William C. Mulvey, Eva E. Riesenhuber and Jeremy Rossman.

Debevoise’s mergers and acquisitions lawyers consistently lead transactions for some of the world’s most prominent corporations, financial services institutions and private equity firms. The group has particularly strong experience with complex leveraged acquisitions and cross-border transactions across a wide range of industries. In 2007, Debevoise worked on more than 165 announced or completed M&A deals with a total transaction value in excess of $440 billion.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is a leading international law firm, representing a wide range of clients around the world. Founded in 1931, the firm has offices in New York, Washington, D.C., London, Paris, Frankfurt, Moscow, Hong Kong and Shanghai. The firm now has approximately 700 lawyers, including more than 145 lawyers in Europe.



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