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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

767 5TH AVENUE, NEW YORK, NY 10153, USA
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Work +1 212 310 8000
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Howard Chatzinoff

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Career

Howard Chatzinoff is co-head of Weil's M&A Practice. He has a diverse corporate practice, emphasizing public and private M&A transactions, spin-offs and joint ventures. He also regularly represents several of the bulge-bracket investment banks in their merger and acquisition advisory activities. Clients include: General Electric, CBS, Harsco, Elizabeth Arden, Citi and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Member

Chair, Board of Directors of PENCIL.

Education

Princeton University (BS.E, 1974); University of Virginia (JD, 1977).


United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

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

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is experienced handling large-cap and transformative deals as well as hostile takeovers, takeover defense and activism defense work. The team operates at ‘a very high level’, is ‘time efficient’ and ‘has an ability learn from past experiences’. ‘Billings are reasonable for the high level of service and expertise’, according to one client. The firm has one of the world’s leading restructuring and bankruptcy practices and, as a result, has a leading presence in distressed M&A deals and transactions linked to bankruptcies. In 2017, the firm advised Reynolds American’s transaction committee of the board of directors on the company’s $60.6bn sale to British American Tobacco, and assisted Scripps Networks Interactive with its $14.6bn merger with Discovery Communications. It also advised Procter & Gamble on a recent proxy contest with an activist investor. Corporate department chairman Michael Aiello is ‘practical’, ‘pragmatic’ and ‘has earned an enormous amount of respect’. Frederick Greenbrings level-headedness and business savvy that multiplies his legal expertise’, with one client suggesting that his attributes were integral to keeping an especially tense and vulnerable transaction on course. Howard Chatzinoff and Michael Lubowitz are also key names, and Jackie Cohen is ‘responsive, available, always calm with a very high level knowledge and experience’, and is ‘open minded and able to work on international transactions with an ability to manage all sorts of cultural expectations’. Matthew Gilroy is another emerging talent, and Marc Silberberg and Paul Wessel are praised by clients for their expertise in M&A-related tax and executive compensation respectively. All named partners are based in New York.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Media and entertainment

Within: Media and entertainment

A ‘top-notch name in the music space’, the New York-based team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP recently represented Pandora Media in a trial in which the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) set favorable sound recording royalty rates for the client, a decision which is being appealed by others in the music industry; and acted for Sirius XM in a music royalty rate setting proceeding before the CRB; Bruce Rich and Todd Larson led on both matters. Clients also praise Howard Chatzinoff, who is a key name for transactional work; the ‘excellentBenjamin Marks; Michael Aiello, who is advising Scripps Networks Interactive on its $15bn merger with Discovery Communications; and Yehudah Buchweitz, who is defending Showtime Networks in several putative class actions brought by customers who had paid to watch the ‘Fight of the Century’ but were unable to do so due to alleged insufficient bandwidth and server systems. Simon & Schuster, Alibaba Group and Univision are also clients.

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Telecoms and broadcast: transactional

Within: Leading lawyers

Howard Chatzinoff - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Within: Telecoms and broadcast: transactional

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’ New York-based M&A team is ‘knowledgeable about both public company deals and the industry’. Howard Chatzinoff jointly heads the practice and has worked on transactions on behalf of broadcasting, cable, programming, and telecoms companies. Fellow practice head Michael Lubowitz is experienced in M&A and private equity transactions in this space, and recently advised Starz on its $4.4bn sale to Lions Gate Entertainment. M&A partner Frederick Green is co-chair of the transactions practice and worked with Straight Path Communications on its proposed $3.1bn sale to Verizon. Private equity specialist Harvey Eisenberg assisted SoftBank with its $3.3bn acquisition of Fortress Investment Group. Michael Aiello is also a key figure, with a strong skill-set in M&A and divestitures; notable work highlights of his included advising JP Morgan Securities and Perella Weinberg Partners as financial advisers to AT&T in relation to AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner, assisting Scripps Networks with its $14.6bn merger with Discovery, and advising Media General on its $4.6bn sale to Nexstar Broadcasting.

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