Recognition

Ranked in the top tier for corporate M&A by Chambers Global (2016) and Chambers USA (2015), which describes him as a “major force in the market,” “one of the finest lawyers in town” and “extraordinarily experienced, intelligent and creative.”

Experience

    • Pitney Bowes in the sale of its global production mail business to Platinum Equity.
    • Nationstar Mortgage, a leading mortgage servicer and originator, in its $3.8 billion merger with WMIH.
    • Evercore as financial advisor to CSRA in its $9.6 billion sale to General Dynamics.
    • American International Group in its $5.56 billion acquisition of Validus Group, a Bermuda-based, NYSE-listed, (re)insurance company.
    • International Paper in the $1.8 billion combination of its North America Consumer Packaging business with Graphic Packaging.
    • Access Industries as a lead consortium investor in the $5.6 billion acquisition of Calpine.
    • Verizon Communications in its $3.1 billion acquisition of Straight Path Communications, a leading wireless spectrum holder.
    • The Board of Directors of Monsanto in its $66 billion sale to Bayer.
    • Evercore Group as financial advisor to EMC Corporation in its $67 billion sale to Dell.
    • Alliant Insurance Services, the nation’s largest specialty insurance brokerage firm, in its acquisition of Mesirow Insurance Services.
    • Verizon Communications in its acquisition of Telogis, a provider of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) technology and services, specifically in the connected vehicle and mobile enterprise management sectors.
    • International Paper in its $2.2 billion acquisition of Weyerhaeuser’s pulp business.
    • Evercore Group as financial advisor to Rovi Corporation in its $1.1 billion acquisition of TiVo.
    • Verizon Communications in its $1.8 billion acquisition of XO Communications’ fiber-optic network business.
    • Evercore Group as financial advisor to DuPont in its $130 billion merger with The Dow Chemical Company.
    • Guggenheim Securities and Goldman Sachs as financial advisors to Pfizer in its $160 billion acquisition of Allergan (subsequently terminated).
    • Activision Blizzard in its $5.9 billion acquisition of King Digital Entertainment.
    • Apollo Global Management in its acquisition of a majority interest in the asset management business of AR Capital (subsequently withdrawn), its acquisition of the wholesale distribution business of RCS Capital and its substantial minority equity investment in RCS Capital.
    • Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in its $12 billion acquisition of GE Capital’s sponsor lending business, including Antares Capital, the leading lender to middle market private equity sponsors in the U.S.
    • Verizon Communications in the $10.54 billion sale of its local wireline operations in California, Florida and Texas to Frontier Communications.
    • Protective Life in its $5.7 billion merger with a subsidiary of Dai-ichi Life, a life insurance company listed on the Tokyo stock exchange.
    • The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Dell in the $24.9 billion sale of Dell to an investor group including Michael Dell and Silver Lake.
    • Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in its $1.8 billion acquisition of Wilton Re, a U.S. life insurance and reinsurance provider.
    • International Paper in the combination of its xpedx distribution solutions business with Unisource in a “Reverse Morris Trust” transaction.
    • Verizon Wireless in its $3.6 billion acquisition of Advanced Wireless Services spectrum licenses.
    • International Paper in its $4.3 billion acquisition of Temple-Inland.
    • Reynolds Group in its $4.5 billion acquisition of Graham Packaging Company.
    • Access Industries in its $3.3 billion acquisition of Warner Music Group.
    • Reynolds Group in its $6 billion acquisition of Pactiv, a NYSE-listed global manufacturer and supplier of consumer food and beverage packaging and storage products.
    • Hewitt Associates in the financing aspects of its $4.9 billion merger with Aon Corporation.
    • Rank Group in its $950 million acquisition of Honeywell’s automotive consumer products group.
    • General Electric in the repurchase of Vivendi’s stock of NBC Universal for $5.8 billion along with advice to NBC Universal on certain corporate matters related to the formation of the NBC Universal - Comcast joint venture valued at $37.5 billion.
    • Verizon Communications in the $8.6 billion spin-off and merger of its wireline businesses in 14 states to Frontier Communications Corporation.
    • Reynolds Group in its acquisition of Reynolds Consumer Products and Closure Systems International and the associated financings and refinancings, a group of transactions valued at $3.2 billion.
    • Verizon Wireless in its acquisition of Alltel Corporation, a transaction valued at $28.1 billion.
    • The Carlyle Group in its $2.54 billion acquisition of Booz Allen Hamilton’s U.S. government consulting business.
    • Ripplewood Holdings in its €532 million sale of AEG Power Solutions B.V. to Germany1 Acquisition Limited.
    • International Paper in its $6.1 billion sale of six million acres of U.S. timberlands to an investor group led by Resource Management Service and an investor group led by TimberStar.
    • Energy Brands, also known as Glacéau, the maker of VitaminWater, in its $4.1 billion acquisition by The Coca-Cola Company.
    • Verizon Wireless in its $2.67 billion acquisition of Rural Cellular.
    • The Rank Group in its $2.7 billion purchase of Alcoa’s packaging and consumer businesses.
    • Verizon Communications in the $13 billion spin-off of its U.S. print and Internet yellow pages directories business, forming a new public company called Idearc.
    • Ripplewood and Oak Hill Capital in the financings for the $3.4 billion acquisition of RSC Equipment Rental.
    • Verizon Communications in its acquisition of MCI, a transaction with an equity value of $8.5 billion.
    • The Carlyle Group in its $2.1 billion acquisition, with the company’s controlling shareholders, of the publicly held shares of Insight Communications.

Education

  • Harvard Law School, 1978, J.D.
  • Harvard University, 1971, B.A.

Languages

  • English