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Gregory Pryor

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Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity

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Partner

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United States: Industry focus

Energy transactions: conventional power

Within: Energy transactions: conventional power

White & Case LLP enjoyed a strong year for public M&A with Gregory Pryor and Michael Deyong advising Sempra Energy on its $18.8bn acquisition of Energy Future Holdings, and Michael Shenberg is part of a team acting for Calpine on its $17bn sale to Energy Capital. The team is also highly active in the finance space where it acts for the likes of BNP Paribas. Additional contacts in the New York office are global practice head Art Scavone and Elena Millerman, while in Miami Christian Hansen is the name to note.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

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

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

White & Case LLP impresses with its domestic and global credentials and is engaged in a high volume of large-cap M&A transactions. Clients highlight the firm’s ‘solid counsel in many jurisdictions due to its global presence’ making it ‘head and shoulders above’ many others on cross-border deals and ‘a powerhouse among M&A law firms’. Clients also praise the ‘innovative approach’, ‘depth and breadth of the M&A practice’, ‘outstanding judgment with a thorough understanding of relevant market and industries’ and ‘seamless and outstanding client service’. It is ‘more responsive, creative and practical than many other firms’, according to one client. In addition, the team’s experience in private equity, makes it especially adept in competitive auction situations. In 2017, the firm advised power generation company Calpine Corporation on its $17bn sale to Energy Capital Partners and a consortium of investors. It continued to advise health benefits giant Anthem on its landmark $54.2bn acquisition of global health insurance service company Cigna Corporation; the firm’s work involved headline disputes with Cigna in the Delaware Court of Chancery over payment of a $1.85bn reverse termination fee and other claims relating to alleged breaches of the merger agreement. Further demonstrating the firm’s experience in energy and infrastructure, it advised Sempra Energy on its $18.8bn acquisition of Energy Future Holdings, which indirectly owns 80% of Oncor Electric Delivery. John Reiss is global head of M&A and ‘ensures that the firm works seamlessly across multiple offices, jurisdictions and practice areas’. Global co-head of the private equity practice Oliver Brahmst and head of the Americas corporate and M&A practice Gregory Pryor are also high-profile names. Dan Dufner is ‘extremely responsive, creative and flexible’, ‘an extraordinary counselor’ with ‘skill, sound judgment, loyalty and dedication’. Morton Pierce brings further senior level gravitas and Michael Shenberg is recommended for power sector deals. Silicon Valley’s global head of technology M&A William Choe is ‘top notch’, ‘invests time into understanding clients’ businesses and strategy’, ‘is commercially savvy’ and ‘provides effective communication’. Denise Cerasani is ‘second to none’ and has ‘best-in-class judgment’; she is noted for her experience with financial advisers. Clients also praise the strength of the firm’s tax team in M&A transactions. Named partners are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

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