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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

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Scott A. Barshay

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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

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Corporate, Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions

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Education

J.D., Columbia Law School, 1991, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; B.A., Colgate University, 1988, Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude


United States: Antitrust

Merger control

Within: Merger control

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP’s team is ‘at the high end of the scale for knowledge, expertise and experience’ when it comes to high-stakes merger control matters. Key figures include Jonathan Kanter, who is ‘available around the clock’, and New York-based Aidan Synnott, who delivers ‘level-headed, thoughtful and practical advice’. Synnott heads the practice with Kenneth Gallo, Charles Rule and Joseph Simons. In 2017, a team including Scott Barshay in New York and Andrew Forman acted as corporate and antitrust counsel to Ariad Pharmaceuticals in its $5.2bn sale to Takeda Pharmaceutical. On the merger litigation front, Joseph Bial, counsel Daniel Howley and others represented Cigna in a lawsuit brought by the DOJ and several states seeking to block the client’s proposed $54bn headline merger with Anthem. The team has also acted for clients such as Kate Spade & Company, Virtu Financial and Eli Lilly. Named individuals are based in Washington DC, except where otherwise stated.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

Within: Leading lawyers

Scott Barshay - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Within: M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP continues to increase its market share of large-cap, headline-making transactions and has steadily transitioned from a ‘sometimes player to a consistent player’. The team provides ‘a really excellent service’ and ‘keeps the transaction smooth even with all of the complications that inevitably creep in’. The firm is ‘a strong performer’ that delivers ‘very good business acumen and pragmatism’. The arrival of ‘great lawyerScott Barshay from Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in 2016 has propelled the firm to greater heights, and the celebrated dealmaker was sought out by The Kraft Heinz Company to advise on its proposed $143bn acquisition of UK-based global consumer goods company Unilever. Barshay also led the team that advised Qualcomm on the $130bn takeover offer from Broadcom, the Singapore-based developer and global supplier of digital and analog semiconductor connectivity products. Another major player is Robert Schumer, who is ‘still one of the best M&A lawyers out there’ and continues to impress in large-cap deals; he advised Canadian fertilizer giant Agrium on its $36bn merger of equals with Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, the world’s largest crop nutrient company. The firm’s leading litigation practice provides additional firepower in contested deals and shareholder activism. Its high-quality finance practice also provides the M&A group with additional connections to leading banks. Moreover, the private equity buyouts side of the practice continues to grow considerably, most notably with Taurie Zeitzer leading the firm’s relationship with Apollo Global Management, which has created yet another pipeline of large-cap deals. In public M&A, Jeffrey Marell has made an impression working alongside Barshay and in acting as lead partner on deals. The up-and-coming Justin Hamill is a big name in entertainment deals and Steven Williamsknows how to manage a transaction’ and ‘remove much of the stress from the client’s perspective’. David Klein has ‘strong business sense’ and Ariel Deckelbaum is also recommended.

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