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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

1285 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS, NEW YORK, NY 10019-6064, USA
Tel:
Work +1 212 373 3000
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Fax +1 212 757 3990
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Taurie M. Zeitzer

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Work 212-373-3353
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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Work Department

Corporate, Private Equity Transactions, Mergers & Acquisitions

Position

https://www.paulweiss.com/professionals/partners-and-counsel/taurie-m-zeitzer.aspx

Education

J.D., Columbia Law School, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; B.A., Duke University


United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

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

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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Private equity buyouts

Within: Leading lawyers

Taurie Zeitzer - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Within: Private equity buyouts

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP has a significant foothold in the large-cap market through marquee client Apollo Global Management, and is also extremely prominent in the middle market. It has impressed in take-private and public company transactions, thanks in part to its renowned litigation resources that are frequently relied upon in such deals. It also has a formidable finance practice that supports the private equity transactions team. In 2017, the firm advised Apollo on its $2.2bn acquisition of ClubCorp, the largest US owner-operator of private golf and country clubs. It also advised Apollo alongside Vistria Group and Najafi Companies, as a consortium of investors, on their $1.1bn acquisition of Apollo Education Group. In the middle market, the firm maintains a strong connection to General Atlantic and, among a multitude of deals, it advised the private equity firm on the $440m sale of its ownership stake in TriNet Group to Atairos Group. Other key clients include 3G Capital, Oak Hill Capital Partners, Oaktree Capital Management, Crestview Partners, CI Capital Partners, Kohlberg & Co and KPS Capital Partners. The team ‘goes above and beyond for its clients’, is ‘extremely responsive’ and its ‘industry knowledge is first rate given the breadth of the firm’s platform in private equity’. The partners are ‘excellent’ and its ‘deep associate bench stacks up with other top-tier firms’. The firm is also praised for its wider resources and expertise, including in litigation, tax, financing, benefits and funds structuring. Key partners include Taurie Zeitzer, who leads the relationship with Apollo, and Matthew Abbott, who has a close relationship with General Atlantic and is ‘one of the best private equity and M&A lawyers of his generation’ with ‘judgment and technical acumen that is second to none’. Angelo Bonvino has a fine record with firms such as Kohlberg & Co, KPS and Oak Hill, while Carl Reisner is the primary relationship partner for CI Capital Partners. Neil Goldman is ‘an extremely cool and collected lawyer’, ‘thoughtful’, ‘thorough’ and ‘focused on the issues that matter’. John Scott is also highly recommended. Attorneys mentioned are based in New York.

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