Leading Lawyers

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

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Elite New York firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP delivers first-rate expertise in M&A, divestitures, joint ventures, PIPE deals, SPAC transactions, spin-offs and strategic investments. Presiding partner Faiza Saeed is an expert in corporate governance, crisis management and takeover defense – she handles a wealth of major transactions, and is particularly formidable within the technology, biotech and media sectors. Robert Townsend III has a track record in the telecoms and broadcasting industries, and Mark Greene‘s core strengths encompass M&A, securities matters, cross-border deals, proxy fights and private equity transactions. Richard Hall fronts the EMEA transactional offering, while George Schoen is a go-to for hostile and contested transactions. At the more junior end of the partnership spectrum, Ting Chen, Aaron Gruber and Keith Hallam serve as eminent examples of the team’s bench strength, having already amassed track records in overseeing significant, multibillion-dollar transactions.

Practice head(s):

Faiza Saeed; Mark Greene; Robert Townsend III; Richard Hall

Other key lawyers:

George Schoen; Ting Chen; Aaron Gruber; Keith Hallam

Key clients




Daily Mail

Deutsche Börse

Deutsche Telekom

Johnson & Johnson

Lindsay Goldberg

National Grid

Northrop Grumman

Thermo Fisher Scientific


Work highlights

  • Represented AerCap in its $30bn acquisition of GE Capital Aviation Services from General Electric.
  • Representing Thermo Fisher Scientific in its pending $20.9bn acquisition of PPD.
  • Representing National Grid in its £7.8bn acquisition of Western Power Distribution from PPL and the pending $3.8bn sale of Narragansett Electricto PPL.

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP is frequently involved in bet-the-company transactions with significant strategic, regulatory, tax or multijurisdictional elements. The practice, which has a significant focus on defensive matters, includes William Aaronson, who has an intimate knowledge of the ESG, healthcare, fintech and life sciences sectors; he co-leads the practice alongside board-level affairs expert Louis Goldberg and George Bason, who have a track record of work on transformative, cross-border deals. The trio operate from the New York office alongside Oliver Smith, a veteran of countless M&A, private equity and restructuring endeavors. Paul Scrivano, former practice co-head of Ropes & Gray LLP, joined the firm in February 2022.

Practice head(s):

William Aaronson; Louis Goldberg; George Bason

Other key lawyers:

Oliver Smith; Paul Scrivano

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Equipped to support on market-defining, multijurisdictional deals across all major industries, Kirkland & Ellis LLP caters to a wide-ranging client roster of public and private companies, financial advisors and boards of directors. David Fox has transacted a colossal $500bn worth of deals throughout his illustrious career, while Daniel Wolf is a standout for cross-border and contested transactions, activism defense and governance matters. The practice, which predominantly consists of New York-based lawyers, is also home to Jonathan Davis, one of the market’s foremost names for SPAC-related transactions.

Other key lawyers:

David Fox; Daniel Wolf; Jonathan Davis; Eric Schiele; Sarkis Jebejian; David Feirstein; Jonathan Davis; Edward Lee

Key clients

NortonLifeLock (Nasdaq: NLOK)

Bristol Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY)

Taubman Centers, Inc. (NYSE: TCO)

Danaher Corp. (NYSE: DHR)

GlobalLogic, Inc.

Grubhub (NYSE: GRUB)

Alight Solutions

Nordic Capital

CCC Information Services

Starwood Capital Group

Verizon (NYSE: VZ)

Wynn Resorts, Limited (NASDAQ: WYNN)

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex)

State Auto Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: STFC)

Carlisle Companies Incorporated (NYSE:CSL)

Eli Lilly (NYSE: LLY)

General Motors (NYSE: GM)

Celanese Corp. (NYSE: CE)

Accenture (NYSE: ACE)

Ahold Delhaize (ADRNY: OTCQX)

Work highlights

  • Advised NortonLifeLock (Nasdaq: NLOK), a global leader in consumer cybersafety, on its $25 billion merger with Avast (LSE: AVST), a leader in digital security and privacy.
  • Advised Bristol Myers Squibb (NYSE: BMY) on its acquisition of MyoKardia, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company discovering and developing targeted therapies for the treatment of serious cardiovascular diseases, for $13.1bn.
  • Advised The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Taubman Centers (NYSE: TCO) in Taubman’s announced $9.8bn sale to Simon Property Group (NYSE: SPG).

Latham & Watkins LLP

One of the largest practices in the multi-billion transaction market’, Latham & Watkins LLP is a go-to for deals of international significance. Key distinguishers for the practice include its fortitude for SPAC and de-SPAC transactions, as well as its ability to call upon the firm’s reputed antitrust and capital markets departments when required. San Francisco-based Luke Bergstrom fronts the practice which has noted a considerable uptick in its activity in the technology, healthcare and life sciences sectors throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and is likewise active in the media and entertainment, hospitality and real estate sectors, among others. In New York, Charles Ruck is a star name for public company mergers, tender offers, divestitures and strategic acquisitions, while in Silicon Valley, Tad Freese caters to numerous technology players on M&A, IPO, corporate governance and public company disclosure affairs. The team was strengthened in early 2022 with the hire of Teri O’Brien from Paul Hastings LLP, where she was co-chair of the securities and capital markets practice group.

Practice head(s):

Luke Bergstrom

Other key lawyers:

Charles Ruck; Josh Dubofsky; Tad Freese; Justin Hamill; Mark Bekheit; Teri O’Brien


‘Josh Dubofsky is not just an attorney but an advisor. He backs up his senior level thinking with a strong team.’

‘Josh Dubofsky is truly an advisor and someone I don’t just ask legal questions of, but business questions.’

‘One of the largest practices in the multi-billion transaction market. This is of great benefit to its clients because they have done countless deals with all of the major players on both the legal and investment banking side. They have an impeccable reputation with the top players. They are fair but drive a hard bargain for their clients resulting in substantially better deal terms faster than most legal teams could accomplish. Highly recommend for any bet your business transaction that has to get done.’

‘Charles Ruck and the team are terrific! Because they have done so many deals together they work seamlessly together. They are constantly available, provide sound advice in the most difficult of circumstances that require judgment and experience, and they are just phenomenal technical lawyers. Also, they are wonderful with the board and never lose their cool under extreme pressure.’

‘Teri O’Brien is outstanding – responsive, very strong legal and accounting skills and experience, extremely personable and easy to work with.’

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Hailed as ‘an extraordinary practice of top individuals’, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is a top-of-the-market resource for M&A, corporate governance issues, activist campaigns, proxy fights, tender offers and unsolicited transactions. Corporate chair Scott Barshay has played a central role on some of the largest transactions in sectors including aerospace and defense, consumer and retail, TMT, industrials and healthcare; his team includes Robert Schumer, a lawyer with over 30 years’ of experience in M&A, joint ventures, LBOs and joint ventures, as well as Jeffrey Marell, who possesses extensive expertise in negotiation and contested deals, minority investments and carve-outs transactions. Named lawyers are based in New York, as is Steven Williams, whose broad expertise includes mergers-of-equals, carve-outs, spin-outs and sales of asset management firms.

Practice head(s):

Scott Barshay

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Abbott; Angelo Bonvino; Ariel Deckelbaum; Jeffrey Marell; Robert Schumer; Krishna Veeraraghavan; Steven Williams; Taurie Zeitzer; Kyle Seifried


‘This is an extraordinary practice of top individuals. A huge knowledge of what works and what doesn’t; practical; tough when necessary; speaks the language of bankers and deal makers as well as excellent in front of clients.’

‘Rober Schumer and Ariel Deckelbaum are a great team. They work hard, enjoy the work, are as knowledgeable as anyone and strategic. Although now a general counsel, I was previously an M&A lawyer and truly appreciate the skill of this team.’

Key clients


Kraft Heinz



General Electric

PRA Health Sciences


Teladoc Health



Work highlights

  • Advised General Electric in the $30bn-plus combination of its jet leasing unit, GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), with AerCap Holdings.
  • Advising Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios in its $8.45bn sale to Amazon.
  • Advising Nuance Communications in its $19.7bn sale to Microsoft.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP's team of 'first-rate M&A practitioners' has a long-established reputation for expertise across a broad variety of corporate transactions including joint ventures, negotiated and unsolicited mergers and takeovers, minority investments and buyouts. Kathryn King Sudol is also an expert in respect of LBOs, going-private transactions, securities law and strategic investments, serving as practice co-head alongside Eric Swedenburg, who complements his transactional prowess with shareholder activism, corporate governance and general corporate knowhow. Lee Meyerson fronts the firm's financial institutions practice, handling a plethora of sector-specific deals, while Alan Klein is significantly well-versed in fintech, technology and healthcare-related transactions. Mario Ponce is another integral name to the practice, leveraging three decades worth of experience. Referenced lawyers are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Kathryn King Sudol; Eric Swedenburg

Other key lawyers:

Lee Meyerson; Alan Klein; Mario Ponce


‘First-rate M&A practitioners.’

‘Eric Swedenburg is calm and resourceful under pressure; he knows the art of the possible.’

Key clients

51job, Inc.

Bentley Systems, Incorporated

Best Buy Co. Inc.

Blue Buffalo

BMC Stock Holdings

BorgWarner Inc.

The Bountiful Company

Change Healthcare Inc.

Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc.

CSL Behring

Dell Technologies

Fifth Third Bancorp

First Data Corporation

Genesee & Wyoming

Gerdau S.A.

Harsco Corporation

Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc.

IBERIABANK Corporation

Ingersoll Rand, Inc.

Johnson Controls International

L3 Harris

Mars, Inc.

McKesson Corporation

Melrose Industries PLC

Microsoft Corporation

The Mosaic Company

NN, Inc.

The ODP Corporation

Paysafe Group Holdings Limited

People’s United Bank

PG&E Corporation

PPD Inc.


RPM International Inc.

Sirius XM Radio Inc.


Sony Music Entertainment

SunPower Corp

TCF Financial Corporation

Teleflex Incorporated

The Toronto-Dominion Bank

Versum Materials

Vistra Energy Corp.

Vivint Smart Home, Inc.

Vivint Solar, Inc.

Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.

Waste Management, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Dell Technologies in its $52bn spin-off of VMware.
  • Advising the Conflicts Committee of the Board of Directors of Apollo Global Management in the announced $29bn merger of Apollo and Athene Holding.
  • Advising Microsoft Corporation in connection with its announced $19.7bn acquisition of Nuance Communications.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP handles a wealth of high-end M&A transactions, and is home to longstanding expertise in the field of contested takeovers and proxy contests. Howard Ellin is particularly reputed for his work in the media and entertainment and gaming fields, while Stephen Arcano demonstrates a tenacity for LBOs and cross-border deals of considerable magnitude; the pair operate from New York, which is also home to Peter Atkins, whose core areas of focus include corporate governance, shareholder activism, M&A, spin-offs and joint ventures. Over on the West Coast, Palo Alto lawyer Kenton King has garnered acclaim for his oversight of technology, biotech and semiconductor-related deals.

Other key lawyers:

Howard Ellin; Stephen Arcano; Peter Atkins; Kenton King; Sonia Nijjar

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is sought after for high-stakes M&A transactions, routinely handling major cross-border mandates, both inbound and outbound. The practice is co-led by David Leinwand and James Langston, an expert in mergers, carve-outs, joint ventures and LBOs in addition to takeover defense and shareholder activism affairs. Further names of significance include Benet O’Reilly and up-and-coming partner Kimberly Spoerri , both of whom have amassed market recognition for their work in the TMT, industrials, healthcare and pharmaceuticals sectors. The firm opened its first offices in the Bay Area during 2021, a move with the intent of strengthening its long-established relationships with San Francisco and Silicon Valley-based players.

Practice head(s):

David Leinwand; James Langston

Other key lawyers:

Paul Shim; Glenn McGrory; Kimberly Spoerri; Kyle Harris; Matthew Salerno; Benet O’Reilly


‘Comparatively, Cleary is unique in its ability to rationalize the issues and provide practical, actionable legal and risk guidance regarding our options and the road ahead. They also do a great job of identifying the key issues/deal points, so that the team stays focused on what truly matters.’

‘Matthew Salerno and Benet O’Reilly – exceptional transactional lawyers; strategic thinkers and very commercial; able to separate the wheat from the chaff and identify the real issues/critical deal points; practical, practical, practical. Very strong team of associates.’

‘Collaboration across offices – one team approach. They have a business mindset and a big picture approach.’

Key clients

Allied Universal

Altaris Capital Partners


American Express

General Mills

International Flavors & Fragrances

International Seaways

Johnson Controls


The Hartford


Work highlights

  • Advising American Tower in its announced $10.1 billion acquisition of CoreSite, and its $3.5bn acquisition of InSite.
  • Advising The Hartford in connection with an unsolicited M&A campaign from Chubb.
  • Advising Brookfield in its announced $5.8bn acquisition of Scientific Games Corporation’s global lottery services and technology business.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP caters to a range of both corporate and private equity players on major deals, leveraging a track record of deals which intersect the national, European, Asian and Latin American markets. The practice of ‘user-friendly attorneys who are both book-smart and street-smart’ is co-led by Michael Diz, a San Francisco lawyer accomplished in the TMT sector, alongside New York-based Kevin Rinker, a healthcare sector expert. The New York office is likewise home to the considerable experience of Jeffrey Rosen, a veteran of countless high-profile deals, as well as Sue Meng, a well-regarded up-and-coming transactional lawyer who co-chairs the firm’s pro bono committee.

Practice head(s):

Michael Diz; Kevin Rinker

Other key lawyers:

Paul Bird; William Regner; Jennifer Chu; Sue Meng


‘They have a strong M&A and corporate securities practice. Their capital markets team is top-notch.’

‘Their knowledge and depth of experience.’

‘Excellent coordination and collaboration between the team members, client as well as the other side. This team works together to lead the client through the rough patches during a deal.’

‘User-friendly attorneys who are both book-smart and street-smart.’

Key clients

American Express


Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

Covanta Holding Corporation

Discovery, Inc.


Gogo, Inc.

Johnson & Johnson

Liberty Broadband

Match Group

The Carlyle Group

Steven Cohen and Cohen Private Ventures


Toyota Motor Corporation


Work highlights

  • Advising Discovery, Inc. (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) in its acquisition of WarnerMedia from AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), in a transaction that values the combined entity at approximately $130bn.
  • Advised the special committee of Liberty Broadband Corporation (NASDAQ: LBRDA, LBRDK) in connection with Liberty Broadband’s acquisition of GCI Liberty, Inc. (NASDAQ: GLIBA, GLIBP) in a stock-for-stock merger. The transaction, named one of the top ten deals of the summer by Law360, is valued at $10.59bn.
  • Advised Kindred at Home (KAH) in its sale to Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), a transaction that valued KAH at $8.1bn.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

At Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, key distinguishers include the team’s well-established proficiency in SPAC and de-SPAC transactions, as well as its expertise in shareholder activism, defense tactics and hostile takeovers. The practice, which is an active player in the Silicon Valley and Texas markets, is led from New York by corporate chair Michael Aiello, a major figure in the market for bet-the-company transactions. Michael Lubowitz heads the M&A practice and thrives on strategic investment, hostile tender offer and spin-off deals, among others, while Matthew Gilroy is reputed for both domestic and cross-border transactions.

Practice head(s):

Michael Aiello; Michael Lubowitz; Frederick Green

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Gilroy; Jackie Cohen

Key clients

ABD Insurance and Financial Services, Inc.

Allego Holding B.V.

ATI Physical Therapy Holdings, LLC

Austerlitz Acquisition Corporation

Cardtronics plc

ChargePoint, Inc.

Chevron U.S.A. Inc.

Churchill Capital Corp

Core-Mark Holding Company, Inc.

Deluxe Corporation

Eli Lilly and Company

EO Charging

Foley Trasimene Acquisition Corp.

Fortress Value Acquisition Corp.

Front Yard Residential Corporation

GS Acquisition Holdings Corp

Hologic, Inc.

Magellean Health, Inc.

Marquee Raine Acquisition Corp.

Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.

MGM Resorts

Micron Technologies

MSP Recovery, LLC

QuickChek Corporation



Principal shareholders and directors of Skillz Inc.

Topgolf International, Inc.

Trebia Acquisition Corp.

Vonage Holdings

Wejo Limited

ABD Insurance and Financial Services, Inc.

Allego Holding B.V.

ATI Physical Therapy Holdings, LLC

Austerlitz Acquisition Corporation

Cardtronics plc

ChargePoint, Inc.

Chevron U.S.A. Inc.

Churchill Capital Corp

Core-Mark Holding Company, Inc.

Deluxe Corporation

Eli Lilly and Company

EO Charging

Foley Trasimene Acquisition Corp.

Fortress Value Acquisition Corp.

Front Yard Residential Corporation

GS Acquisition Holdings Corp

Hologic, Inc.

Magellean Health, Inc.

Marquee Raine Acquisition Corp.

Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.

MGM Resorts

Micron Technologies

MSP Recovery, LLC

QuickChek Corporation



Principal shareholders and directors of Skillz Inc.

Topgolf International, Inc.

Trebia Acquisition Corp.

Vonage Holdings

Wejo Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising MSP Recovery, LLC in its pending $32.6bn business combination with Lionheart Acquisition Corp. II, a SPAC sponsored by Lionheart Equities and Nomura Securities International, a combination that was, at the time, one of the top three largest SPAC transactions ever.
  • Advising Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. in its pending $21 billion sale to Analog Devices, Inc., in a transaction that values the combined enterprise at over $68bn.
  • Advising MGM Resorts in the pending acquisition of MGM Growth Properties LLC (MGP) by VICI Properties Inc., in a transaction with a total enterprise value of approximately $17.2bn.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Magic circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has continued to ramp up its presence in the US in recent months, taking lead roles on a series of eye-catching deals. The ‘highly collaborative and solutions-oriented’ practice, which advises on a wide range of public and private M&A, joint ventures and capital investment deals, is co-led by Ethan Klingsberg, who has accelerated the department’s growth since his arrival in 2019, alongside Damien Zoubek, a September 2021 arrival from Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP who has a track record in distressed M&A and bankruptcy auctions, as well as matters concerning corporate governance and shareholder activism. The pair operate from the New York office, which is also home to Sebastian Fain, a more junior partner who has handled a number of blockbuster deals over the past 12 months. The team is supported by flourishing antitrust, tax, finance, disputes, employment and IP practice and is particularly active on the cross-border front, bolstered by the firm’s 28 offices across the globe.

Practice head(s):

Ethan Klingsberg; Damien Zoubek

Other key lawyers:

Paul Tiger; John Fisher; Sebastian Fain; Paul Humphreys


‘Freshfields have really enhanced their US team and practice in the last few years and is now a credible top tier transatlantic public deal firm.’

‘Commercially aware and technically faultless: the senior M&A team at Freshfields are superb and defended our interests with aplomb. Matter management was excellent.’

‘Sebastian Fain is a star: excellent mastery of the detail and relentless drive to reach the best outcome for his clients. On top of it all, Sebastian is a brilliant client lawyer and a delight to work with.’

Key clients





Universal Music Group




Charterhouse Capital Partners

Western Union



Helios Health

Royal Caribbean Group

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Stagwell Media





The Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

Axel Springer


3D Systems

ams OSRAM Group

Work highlights

  • Represented AstraZeneca in its $39bn acquisition of Alexion Pharmaceuticals—the largest announced acquisition of a US company in 2020, the largest healthcare M&A deal globally in 2020, the largest acquisition financing of 2020, and AstraZeneca’s largest-ever acquisition.
  • Represented Universal Music Group (UMG) in connection with the acquisition by Pershing Square Tontine Holdings, Ltd. (PSTH) of 10% of UMG from Vivendi S.E. for approximately US$4bn, representing an enterprise value of UMG of over $35bn.
  • Represented Google on its US$4.5bn transaction with Jio Platforms and in a separate $1bn transaction with CME Group.

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

The practice at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, hailed as ‘collaborative, insightful and business-savvy’, is equipped to support on the full array of corporate transactions, regularly working on major matters which intersect multiple jurisdictions. Steve Epstein‘s practice covers M&A, divestitures, corporate governance and takeover preparedness affairs, – he serves as practice co-head alongside Philip Richter, a specialist in minority investments, proxy fights, joint ventures and minority investments.

Practice head(s):

Steve Epstein; Philip Richter

Other key lawyers:

Brian Mangino; Amber Banks; Erica Jaffe


‘The Fried Frank M&A team is excellent and is a particularly good value for large deals. They have a very good read of the market and are well positioned to advise on and negotiate the best terms on a clients behalf. They are also great communicators, they are very responsive and provide the right level of detail for business people and in-house counsel to make good decisions.’

‘The individuals we work with are very knowledgeable and have great temperaments. They provide invaluable information in a way that is easy to understand and act on. I would not consider doing a large transaction without them.’

‘Responsive, collaborative, insightful, excellent knowledge of current trends and best practices, business-savvy.’

Key clients

Humana Inc.

ProQuest LLC

Blue Yonder / New Mountain / Blackstone

Extended Stay America, Inc.

Ascential plc

Viavi Solutions

Home Partners of America

Becton, Dickinson & Company

Special Committee of the Board of Directors of At Home Group

First American Payment Systems

Navios Maritime Partners

W.R. Grace & Company

Jacobs Engineering

Onex Corporation

Catalent, Inc.

Buyer consortium including Permira, Advent International Corporation, Crosspoint Capital partners, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, GIC Private Limited, and a wholly owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority

Redball Acquisition Co.


Work highlights

  • Counsel to Extended Stay America in its agreement, along with its paired-share REIT, ESH Hospitality, Inc., to be acquired by a 50/50 joint venture between funds managed by Blackstone Real Estate Partners and Starwood Capital Group for $6bn.
  • Counsel to a buyer consortium including Permira, Advent International Corporation, Crosspoint Capital Partners, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, GIC Private Limited, and a wholly owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, in the acquisition of McAfee Corporation for $14bn.
  • Counsel to Catalent, Inc. in its $1bn agreement to acquire Bettera Holdings, LLC, a major manufacturer in the high-growth gummy, soft chew, and lozenge segments of the nutritional supplements market, from Highlander Partners, LP.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is home to a national team of 300 corporate lawyers, bolstered by a global offering of 1,500 practitioners spread across the Americas, Europe, East Asia and the Middle East. Its team demonstrates prowess in the full spectrum of domestic and international transactions, handling negotiated and contested mergers, tender and exchange offers, spin-offs, stock and asset purchases, LBOs and joint ventures, among other matters. Saee Muzumdar  co-heads the practice alongside Robert Little  who operates from Dallas; their team includes firm chair and managing partner, Barbara Becker, whose track record encompasses headline deals in the industrial, consumer, retail, healthcare and technology sectors. Named lawyers are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Robert Little; Saee Muzumdar

Other key lawyers:

Jeffrey Chapman; Barbara Becker; Tull Florey

Key clients


Merck & Co.




General Electric

Fifth Wall Acquisition Corp

Kraft Heinz


News Corp


Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP is able to call upon 2,500 corporate lawyers spread across 45 global offices. The practice, which is naturally engaged on both the cross-border and domestic fronts, and is active in an variety of different sectors including automotive, aerospace, government services, education, healthcare, media and telecoms. William Curtin leads the global practice from Washington DC, having transacted close to $100bn worth of deals throughout his illustrious career. Elsewhere in Silicon Valley, Richard Climan fronts the tech-related offering, meanwhile Keith Flaum leverages deep experience in public and private M&A, multijurisdictional deals and joint ventures. In February 2022, the firm welcomed two major arrivals in New York, with experienced public M&A and corporate governance advisors Peter Cohen-Millstein and Adrienne Ellman joining from Linklaters LLP and Foley Hoag LLP respectively.

Practice head(s):

William Curtin; Elizabeth Donley; Keith Flaum

Other key lawyers:

Richard Climan; Keith Flaum; David Gibbons; Joseph Gilligan; Christopher Moore; Jane Ross; Jalpit Amin; Peter Cohen-Millstein; Adrienne Ellman


‘This team works as a true partnership – they put teamwork, partnership, and collaboration first. They also prioritize diversity in an upfront, transparent manner, never compromising quality and consistently demonstrating the firm’s commitment, which is important to me.’

‘William Curtin leads with ultimate professionalism. He looks around corners, and explains to the intended audience where we are in a transaction in terms that are easy to digest.’

‘Keith Flaum is the Jedi Master of M&A lawyering, and his team is jam-packed with the top Jedis in the M&A galaxy known as Silicon Valley. If you choose Keith and his team, the force will definitely be with you. Keith Flaum and Jalpit Amin are like Obi-Wan Kenobi and a young Luke Skywalker – true Jedi Masters who will guide and protect you in the most complex M&A tech deals so that you will prevail!’

‘William Curtin builds his team for strength – they work well together and complement each other.’

‘Great competence, great legal knowledge together with a deep understanding of the business and of the needs of the clients. This makes an unmatched ability to meet business needs while maintaining the highest level of legal advice and compliance, and is definitely not easy to find.’

‘Our reference partner is David Gibbons. I have been working with him for decades and can only speak positively of him as a legal professional and as a human being. I think this tells more than any “technical” description I could give.’

‘I have worked with Keith Flaum and his team for more than ten years. Hogan Lovells is our go-to firm for M&A work.

‘The team is a tech-M&A powerhouse. There is no better team for this type of work than Keith and the Silicon Valley M&A group. They work on the biggest, most groundbreaking (and complex) deals in the market and are a force to be reckoned with.’

Key clients

Applied Materials

Atlassian Corporation






Kingdom Holding Company

Lockheed Martin Corporation

Marvell Technology Group

PPG Industries, Inc.


Tyson Foods, Inc.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated



Work highlights

  • Advised Lockheed Martin Corporation on its $4.4bn acquisition of Aerojet Rocketdyne.
  • Advised Zendesk on its approximately $4.2bn acquisition of Momentive and its iconic SurveyMonkey platform.
  • Advised FLIR Systems, Inc. on its approximately $8bn merger with Teledyne Technologies Incorporated.

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP has an integrated global practice which is routinely involved in high-end SPAC transactions, and is particularly well-regaded for its specialism in the life sciences sector. In Boston, Christopher Comeau has expertise in the consumer and medical technology sectors; he co-heads the practice alongside Jane Goldstein, who splits her time between New York and Boston, and is acclaimed for her ‘excellent grasp of market conditions and significant transactions.’

Practice head(s):

Jane Goldstein; Christopher Comeau

Other key lawyers:

Carl Marcellino; Paul Kinsella; Matt Jacobson


‘Jane Goldstein is technically very sound and has an excellent grasp of market conditions and relevant comparable transactions. What sets her and the team apart is their practical, business-perspective approach. They cut through the theoretical and academic to give sound practical advice that serves us well as clients but also facilitates getting to the right outcome efficiently. They are also extremely responsive and a pleasure to work with.’


Key clients

Acceleron Pharma

Altimeter Capital Management LP

Altus Power Inc.

American Well Corporation


Astra Space, Inc.

Aurora Acquisition Corp.

Deutsche Bank

Dragoneer Investment Group

Dunkin Brands Group Inc.

Eversource Energy

Gilead Sciences Inc


Lilium GmbH

Longview Acquisition Corp.

Longview Acquisition Corp. II


Medtronic, Inc.

Michaels Stores Inc.

Moelis & Company LLC

Morgan Stanley & Co Incorporated

Pfizer, Inc.

Prevail Therapeutics, Inc.

Sandbridge Acquisition Corp.


Sports Entertainment Acquisition Corp.

Work highlights

  • Represented publicly held Altimeter Growth Corp., a special purpose acquisition company, in its pending $40bn business combination with Grab, Southeast Asia’s leading superapp.
  • Represented Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc., one of the world’s leading franchisors of quick service restaurants, in its $11.3bn sale to Inspire Brands, a multi-brand restaurant company.
  • Advising Acceleron in its $11.5bn sale to Merck & Co.  

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP is acclaimed for its ‘excellent expertise in complex, multi-jurisdictional transactions’. George Casey, a ‘truly outstanding attorney’, oversees an array of public company acquisitions, strategic investments, joint ventures and carve-out transactions; he co-leads the practice jointly with Scott Petepiece, whose fields of expertise encompass contested transactions, proxy contests and topping bids. The duo operate from New York which is also the home office of Clare O’Brien, whos practice has a particular emphasis on the healthcare, industrials and financial services sectors.

Practice head(s):

George Casey; Scott Petepiece

Other key lawyers:

Clare O’Brien; Daniel Mitz


‘The practice provides excellent expertise on complex multi-jurisdictional transactions. The team provides timely guidance regarding high-pressure, fast paced transactions. The team appropriately staffs transactions and efficiently manages both deliverables and communications.’

‘The team is very talented, internationally orientated, and incredibly approachable. George Casey is a truly outstanding attorney, manager, and leader, who provides cutting edge expertise on complex multi-jurisdictional transactions that he delivers thoughtfully, timely, and professionally.’

‘The team is incredibly collaborative and hard working. One of the most professional teams I’ve had the pleasure of working with in my entire career.’

‘George Casey is pragmatic, calm in stressful situations, and incredibly knowledgeable.’

Key clients

American Water Works Company

Ardagh Group


TELUS International


Raytheon Technologies

Dow Inc.

CVS Health Corp

Fenway Sports Group


Intercontinental Exchange

Texas Instruments

Liberty Global



General Electric Company



NIC Inc.

Citrix Systems

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP’s M&A practice handles a broad mixture of domestic and global deals, demonstrating a particular tenacity for SPAC-related transactions. The practice, which often works in close tangent with the wider firm’s financial restructuring and insolvency teams, is co-led by John Reiss and Chang-Do Gong and caters to a balanced combination of corporate and private equity clients. Standout practitioner Michael Deyong operates across public and private M&A, sale, going-private and spin-off deals, with a strong focus on the telecoms and healthcare sectors.

Practice head(s):

John Reiss; Chang-Do Gong

Other key lawyers:

Gregory Pryor; Thomas Christopher; Germaine Gurr; Denise Cerasani


‘We use Denise Cerasani for pretty much all our assignments that require legal counsel. She has more experience than anyone else on Wall Street. She is incredibly smart, hard working and thoughtful.’

Key clients

Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. (OTCPK:HTZGQ)

Anthem, Inc. (NYSE: ANTM)

Schneider Electric

Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation (NYSE: MIC)

Panasonic Corporation

Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE)

Avast plc, (LSE: AVST)

Sony Corporation (NYSE: SONY)

Soaring Eagle Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: SRNG)

Flying Eagle Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: FEAC)

CM Life Sciences III (NASDAQ: CMLT), CM Life Sciences II (NASDAQ: CMII), CM Life Sciences (NASDAQ: CMLF)

SES Holdings Pte. Ltd.

Ascendant Digital Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: ACND)

Landcadia Holdings II, Inc. (NASDAQ: LCA), Landcadia Holdings III, Inc. (NASDAQ: LCY)

Golden Nugget Online Gaming, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNOG)

Diamond S Shipping, Inc. (NYSE: DSSI)

DP World plc



Azelis Americas, LLC

Echostar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS)

Work highlights

  • Acted for Panasonic Corporation in its $8.5bn acquisition of the remaining 80% of the capital stock interests of Blue Yonder, an end-to-end digital fulfilment platform provider.
  • Representation of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), one of North America’s leading energy infrastructure companies, in its $5.81bn acquisition of the remaining stake in Infraestructura.
  • Representation of of Anthem Inc. (NYSE: ANTM), one of the nation’s largest health benefits companies, in its acquisition of InnovaCare Health, L.P.’s Puerto Rico-based subsidiaries, including MMM Holdings, which is engaged in community medical management to provide health care services for elderly and chronically ill, and its Medicare Advantage plan, MMM Healthcare, LLC, as well as affiliated companies and Medicaid plan.

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P. caters to an array of corporate players, from major multinational companies through to high-net-worth individuals involved in family business sales, with a particular emphasis on the TMT, energy and natural resources sectors. In Dallas, Samantha Crispin handles significant deals on behalf of media, telecoms, digital infrastructure, software and services companies, while over in New York, Jonathan Gordon has overseen a significant number of cross-border deals throughout his 25-year career. Other key names operate from the Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Francisco offices.

Practice head(s):

Mike Bengtson; Samantha Crispin; Courtney Fore; Travis Wofford; Jonathan Gordon; Samuel Dibble

Other key lawyers:

Tim Taylor; Ted Paris


‘Flexible, creative, willing to get into the sausage making. The brand of Baker Botts in my mind means “true partner, part of the team”. An extremely hard working group of brilliant lawyers.’

‘Extremely smart. Creative. Responsive, professional. Excellent bedside manner with clients. Loyal, team-oriented. Strong ethics. Collaborative.’

Key clients

Liberty Media Corporation


GCI Liberty, Inc.

Sunnova Energy Corporation

NRG Energy

Liberty Latin America

Zix Corporation

CenterPoint Energy, Inc.

Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation

Bristow Group, Inc.

McDermott International

Noble Corporation Plc

Golar LNG

Southern Company

Westlake Chemical Corporation

Navigator Holdings

MGM Growth Properties

Hunt Consolidated, Inc.

EnLink Midstream, LLC

El Paso Electric

Eagle Materials, Inc.

Crestwood Equity Partners LP

Qurate Retail Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Cabot in the $17bn merger with Cimarex Energy Co.
  • Advised GCI Liberty in its $8.7bn acquisition by Liberty Broadband.
  • Represented ConocoPhillips in the acquisition of Shell’s Permian assets for $9.5bn.

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie LLP is ‘able to provide high-quality corporate advice across an unusually large number of jurisdictions’. Its lawyers are adept in all-manner of buy- and sell-side transactions, including acquisitions and joint ventures, and are particularly formidable when it comes to business unit separations, handling a notable number of significant carve-outs and divestitures. New York-based Alan Zoccolillo leads the practice and also serves as a go-to for restructuring and private equity endeavors.

Practice head(s):

Alan Zoccolillo

Other key lawyers:

Michael DeFranco; David Malliband; Derek Liu; Leif King


‘We have worked with a Baker McKenzie team on a number of deals, ranging from large to very small, and could not be more pleased. The team, consisting of lawyers from across the US, really delivers top attention and quality regardless of deal size. David Malliband and his team understand our style so collaboration with them is seamless.’

‘David Malliband helped us through complex negotiations by crystalizing the issues and helping the parties work through them.’

‘Baker McKenzie has built a top-notch US tech M&A team to supplement and leverage its traditional strength of being able to provide high quality corporate advice across an unusually large number of jurisdictions.’

Key clients

Affirm, Inc.

Apollo Global Management LP

Aurora Acquisition Corp.

Bayer AG

Brookfield Infrastructure

Brunswick Corporation


Dun & Bradstreet

Embracer Group AB

Enad Global 7 AB (publ)

Hutch Games Ltd.

JHD Holdings (Cayman) Limited

Mytheresa Group GmbH

Nielsen Holdings plc


Sika AG


Teranga Gold

Universal Entertainment and Okada Manila

Affirm, Inc.

Apollo Global Management LP

Aurora Acquisition Corp.

Bayer AG

Brookfield Infrastructure

Brunswick Corporation


Dun & Bradstreet

Embracer Group AB

Enad Global 7 AB (publ)

Hutch Games Ltd.

JHD Holdings (Cayman) Limited

Mytheresa Group GmbH

Nielsen Holdings plc


Sika AG


Teranga Gold

Universal Entertainment and Okada Manila

Work highlights

  • Advised as lead counsel Aurora Acquisition Corp. in a de-SPAC transaction to transform Better, a transaction with a post-money value of this acquisition is approximately $7.7bn.
  • Advised Sika AG on the acquisition of MBCC Group (Master Builders Construction Chemicals) for a consideration of $5.9bn.
  • Advised German pharmaceutical company Bayer AG on its acquisition of North Carolina-based biotech, Asklepios BioPharmacetucial Inc., or AskBio, in a transaction worth up to as much as $4bn.

Dechert LLP

At Dechert LLP, cross-border transactions form approximately two-thirds of the workload – the team is able to draw on support from a substantial global platform spread across more than 20 offices across the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. In New York, Mark Thierfelder, a veteran of over 200 transactions, leads the corporate and securities practice and also serves as global chair of the firm’s private equity department. Key sectors include life sciences, healthcare, industrials and financial services.

Practice head(s):

Mark Thierfelder

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Kim; Ken Young; Derek Winokur; Sarah Kupferman

Key clients


T. Rowe Price

Crown Holdings

CVC Capital

B&G Foods

Iconix Brands

Berwind Group

Quest Diagnostics


Court Square Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised GIC as part of an investor group with the acquisition of a majority stake in medical supply company Medline for a media reported enterprise value of approximately $34bn.
  • Advising T. Rowe Price Group in its $4.2bn acquisition  of Oak Hill Advisors.
  • Advised Crown Holdings, Inc. in connection with the $2.7bn sale of its European Tinplate business to affiliates of KPS Capital Partners, LP.

Jones Day

Jones Day fields an international team of 400 M&A lawyers spread across 17 countries; its domestic offering is centered in New York, alongside lawyers in Atlanta, Chicago, California, Detroit and Miami, among other locations. James Dougherty is adept in a broad breadth of transactional affairs including LBOs, M&A, takeover defense, proxy contests, corporate governance and shareholder activism; he fronts the global offering while Randi Lesnick serves as chair for the Americas, advising on mergers, divestitures, takeovers, capital raising and restructuring mandates.

Practice head(s):

James Dougherty; Randi Lesnick

Other key lawyers:

Benjamin Stulberg; Jonn Beeson; Dotun Obadina; George Hunter

Key clients

Asbury Automotive Group, Inc.

Bally’s Corporation


Cooper Tire & Rubber Company


Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.

Koch Industries, Inc.

Marathon Petroleum Corporation

OGE Energy Corp.

Roper Technologies, Inc.

Skyworks Solutions, Inc.


The Duchossois Group, Inc.

TopBuild Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advising The Duchossois Goup, Inc. in the sale of The Chamberlain Group LLC to private equity funds managed by Blackstone.
  • Advised STERIS plc in its $3.6bn acquisition of Cantel Medical Corp.
  • Advised Skyworks Solutions, Inc. in connection with its acquisition of the Infrastructure and Automotive (I&A) business of Silicon Laboratories Inc. in an all-cash asset transaction valued at $2.75bn.

Morrison Foerster

Morrison Foerster's team is well-regarded for ‘bringing a lot of experience to the deal table’. The practice - which has notable strength on cross-border deals, as well as in-depth knowledge of the technology sector - is co-chaired from New York by Spencer Klein; his track record includes more than 150 mergers, tender and exchange offers, stock and asset acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures. Over in San Francisco, Brandon Parris  is the second co-chair and caters to a number of gaming, technology, energy, media, consumer goods and life science players.

Practice head(s):

Spencer Klein; Brandon Parris

Other key lawyers:

Eric McCrath; Mitchell Presser; Randy Bullard


‘I have used MoFo attorneys for many years – and the number one strength I like is their ability to very simply answer questions. My view is that attorneys who truly understand their subject matter can answer questions clearly and succinctly. MoFo has always been able to handle our matters across the business, and each referral to another MoFo attorney has resulted in a positive relationship. MoFo has handled many complicated issues for us but always quickly, efficiently, and effectively. I’ve also never had issues reaching any attorney I needed almost immediately.’

‘There are many partners and other attorneys at MoFo that have been truly trusted partners to our business.’

‘The team are true experts who think strategically about your business and the transaction to ensure a great outcome. They inspire confidence in the whole deal team.’

‘Knowledgeable about the region, they bring a lot of legal experience to the deal table.’

‘Their key strength was balancing legal advice and practical implications of closing a deal. I always felt M&F gave me straightforward advice and getting to the point of how to close the deal. Very high level of ethics and integrity throughout the process which i meant i could trust them 100% to handle any situation.’

Key clients



Boyd Gaming

DPR Construction

Greenlane Holdings


MGG Investment Group



Pivotal Investment


Santen Pharmaceutical

Silver Crest Acquisition Corporation

Sky Harbour


Southwest Gas





Work highlights

  • Advising SoftBank in connection with several high-profile and note-worthy transactions, including its $40bn sale of ARM, two SPAC transactions involving portfolio companies SoFi and WeWork, and the $2.8bn acquisition of stake in AutoStore.
  • Advising Southwest Gas Holdings, Inc. in connection with its acquisition of Questar Pipeline, consisting of Dominion Energy Questar Pipeline, LLC, its subsidiaries, and certain associated affiliates, and also represented the company in connection with the acquisition by its wholly-owned subsidiary, Centuri Group, of Riggs Distler & Company, Inc.
  • Advising Unity Technologies in connection with several acquisitions including its $1.625bn acquisition of assets of Weta Digital, the creator of visual effects and animation for movies and shows including Avatar, Black Widow, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, Planet of the Apes, The Suicide Squad, and more.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP handles a range of deals across a wealth of different sectors, catering to major players in the financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, insurance, real estate and technology industries, among others. The team is well-suited to support on the full spectrum of transaction types, including more specialized deals such as LBOS, SPACs, de-SPACs and minority investments. The ‘extremely talentedDavid Boston has been particularly active in terms of asset management-related M&A of late and co-heads the practice alongside Steven Seidman, a specialist in both transactional and corporate governance affairs; the pair are based in New York alongside Laura Delanoy, an expert in both public and private M&A.

Practice head(s):

David Boston; Steven Seidman

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Cerabino; Gregory Astrachan; Adam Turteltaub; Laura Delano; Rosalind Kruse; Russell Leaf; Michael Brandt


‘David Boston and his team are extremely talented. They are very good lawyers. Technically sound, but also very business oriented and know how to get things done. I trust them representing me and my company’s interests.’

‘It’s really their judgement, their business mentality, and their approach that differentiates them. It’s also an a trust that they’ve built up over our working relationship.’


Key clients

AdaptHealth Corp. (NASDAQ: AHCO)

Akorn Operating Company LLC

Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, Ltd

Atlas Holdings


BofA Securities

Capital Senior Living Corporation (NYSE: CSU)

CURO Group Holdings Corp. (NYSE: CURO)

E2open (NYSE: ETWO)

Franchise Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: FRG)

Franklin Templeton Investments

Galaxy Universal LLC

Homeowners of America

Insight Partners

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC


Sphera and Genstar Capital

Stone Point Capital LLC

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO)

Tenet Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: THC) and its subsidiary United Surgical Partners International

The Allstate Corporation

Truist Insurance Holdings

Versant Health

Victory Capital Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: VCTR)

Zurich Insurance Group and its subsidiary Farmers Group, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Atlas Holdings in its planned acquisition of R.R. Donnelley for $2.1bn.
  • Represented Franklin Templeton in its $1.75bn acquisition of Lexington Partners, a manager of secondary private equity and co-investment funds.
  • Represented Capital Senior Living, a leading owner-operator of senior living communities across the United States, in its $154.8m financing transactions with Conversant Capital, successfully ending a proxy contest commenced by Ortelius Advisors.

Mayer Brown

As well as substantial international capabilities, Mayer Brown has an expansive national footprint, with M&A lawyers in Los Angeles, Houston, New York, Palo Alto, Washington DC and Chicago. The latter office is home to practice co-chairs William Kucera  and Jodi Simala, whose broad practice spans M&A, stock and asset deals, divestitures, tender and exchange offers and joint ventures in addition to corporate governance and defensive measures.

Practice head(s):

William Kucera; Jodi Simala

Other key lawyers:

David Carpenter; Joseph Castelluccio

Key clients

ACE Limited

Ally Financial Inc.

Assured Guaranty Ltd.

Caesars Entertainment Corporation

Caterpillar Inc.

The Dow Chemical Company

Envestnet, Inc.

First Sentier Investors

George Weston Limited

Heitman Capital

Nestlé S.A.

Northern Trust

Prologis, Inc.

TC Energy Corporation

Tenneco Inc.

Walton Street Capital, L.L.C.

Wolters Kluwer United States Inc.

Yum! Brands

3i Group plc

Paul Hastings LLP

Hailed as ‘excellent, business-focused counsel’, Paul Hastings LLP can draw on resources in New York, California, Washington DC, Texas and Illinois, among other locations; its offices are proficient in a wealth of matters from joint ventures, strategic development and early-stage growth through to complex, multi-billion dollar cross-border M&A. Thad Mailk leads the practice from Chicago, overseeing a team with particular expertise in media, entertainment, defense and aerospace, technology and life sciences.

Practice head(s):

Thad Malik

Other key lawyers:

Carl Sanchez; Steve Camahort; Amit Mehta; Brian Richards; David Hernand; Barry Brooks; Mike Huan; Robert Leung; Richard Radnay


‘The entire team’s responsiveness and attention to detail is best-in-class. Despite handling numerous transactions at once, they are always on their game and ahead of the curve when it comes to being proactive and managing difficult negotiations and tight timelines.’

‘Carl Sanchez and the team are absolutely top-of-the-market M&A attorneys. Not only do they provide top shelf legal advice, but our entire team is amazed at their responsiveness and attention to detail. They are our go-to team for all M&A.’

‘Excellent business-focused deal counsel. Shows ability to prioritize deal critical issues and focus on getting deals done on market terms, without getting bogged down on unimportant side issues or disputes over language. Stays on or under budget and utilizes excellent junior and specialist resources who can scale across a transaction. Frequently comes in at a fraction of the cost of competitive firms by smartly managing and prioritizing resources.’

‘Excellent partner level engagement, extremely responsive, able to handle complex transactions with extremely lean teams, which keeps bills in checks and allows team to move quickly and responsively. Good ability to provide business focused advice. Particularly impressed by Richard Radnay.’

‘Extremely responsive, very strong substantive knowledge of M&A markets, best practices, etc. Practical approach, strong knowledge of my company’s business.’

‘The partners at Paul Hastings take true ownership over files, seeing matters through from beginning to end. Accountability is a core piece of the Paul Hastings culture, which is comforting to any client.’

Key clients

Caithness Energy

Romeo Power

Teleperformance SE

Pamela M. Lopker (founder and controlling stockholder of QAD Inc.)

Aterian, Inc.

Morgan Stanley

Symphony Technology Group

Sanne Group

Sorrento Therapeutics

Work highlights

  • Advised Madison IAQ LLC, a subsidiary of Madison Industries and leading developer and marketer of IAQ products and solutions, on its $3.6bn acquisition of the Nortek Air business, a leading engineer of innovative product solutions for every HVAC application, headquartered in the U.S.        
  • Advising Symphony Technology Group on two highly significant transactions concerning the acquisition of McAfee Corp’s Enterprise business and FireEye Products.
  • Advising Sanne Group during its $2.1bn acquisition by Apex Group, a competing provider of services to the financial industry.

Proskauer Rose LLP

Praised for its ‘understanding of business objectives’, Proskauer Rose LLP is known for its broad industry knowledge, which includes life sciences, media, technology, hospitality, gaming and leisure. Lauren Boglivi handles significant deals on behalf of private and public companies, investment banks, family offices and private equity sponsors, garnering particular acclaim within the sports and entertainment industries; she co-heads the practice from New York alongside Daniel Ganitsky.

Other key lawyers:

Michael Ellis; Kunal Dogra; Kristian Herrmann


‘The Proskauer team is highly competent in subject expertise and flexible and judicious in staffing and incorporating other areas of expertise. The team fully understands the business objectives and advocates accordingly making insightful suggestions and resolutions of issues.’

‘Michael Ellis and the team exude confidence, experience and calmness. They are extremely good in a crisis, provide practical business and legal advice, and diplomatic in their interactions with all parties.’


Key clients


Blackstone Strategic Partners


BTG Pactual

Comtech Telecommunications Corp.

Danaher Corporation

Eloxx Pharmaceuticals, Inc.



Stellex Capital Management

Leisure Acquisition Corp.

Morgan Stanley



The Watermill Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Stamps.com in its definitive agreement to be acquired by Thoma Bravo for $6.6bn.
  • Representing Biomat, a subsidiary of Grifols, in its entry into definitive agreement with GIC, which will invest approximately $1bn in Biomat.
  • Represented Arkema Inc. in its agreement to acquire the performance-adhesives unit of Ashland Global Holdings Inc. for $1.65bn.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

The corporate team at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP supports clients on major M&A deals, buyouts, private debt investment, distressed transactions, SPAC deals and shareholder activist affairs. New York-based Zachary Wittenberg co-leads the practice alongside John Goodgame, a Houston lawyer who is especially well-accomplished within the energy sector; their team serves as general counsel to a number of companies, boards and executives and is also reputed for its investment fund representation.

Practice head(s):

John Goodgame; Zach Wittenberg

Other key lawyers:

Wesley Williams; Thomas Yang; Jessica Hammons; Jesse Betts

Key clients

Diamondback Energy, Inc.

The conflicts committee of the board of directors of Golar LNG Partners LP

Yorktown Partners LLC

7-Eleven, Inc.


Starboard Value Acquisition Corp.

890 5th Avenue Partners, Inc.

GTT Infrastructure

U.S. Concrete

Work highlights

  • Represented 7-Eleven in its $21bn acquisition of approximately 3,900 Speedway stores located in 35 states from US oil refiner Marathon Petroleum Corp.
  • Represented Starboard Value Acquisition in its $3.4bn merger with Cyxtera Technologies.
  • Represented PJSC LUKOIL, one of the largest publicly traded, vertically integrated oil and gas companies in the world, in its $2.25bn acquisition of a 15.5% interest in the Shah Deniz natural gas project in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea from Malaysia’s PETRONAS.

Allen & Overy LLP

A team which ‘runs like clockwork’, magic circle firm Allen & Overy LLP is a go-to for cross-border deals and has been particularly busy within the asset management, renewable energy and financial services sectors of late. New York-based practice heads Eric Shube and William Schwitter each possess over 35 years of respective experience within the transactional space; their team is formidable within the technology, healthcare and consumer brands fields. Dario de Martino joined the group in September 2021 and arrives with distinct expertise in blockchain-enabled technologies.

Practice head(s):

Eric Shube; William Schwitter

Other key lawyers:

Dario de Martino; Stephen Besen; Paul Burns; Nick Marchica; Beth Troy; Jennifer Wnek


‘The M&A team is extremely responsive and is always available, which is especially important on international deals, both early AM and late PM, with no complaints.’

‘Eric Shube is an absolute pleasure to work with. He commands respect from others on the deal and has the ability to make the complicated become elegantly simple. In addition to his vast deal experience, he is practical, has great judgment and can read the other side well. I have worked with him for over fourteen years, and he always delivers. He has done a good job mentoring Loren Thomas, who is exhibiting similar qualities.’

‘The A&O NY team runs like clockwork, both internally and in cooperation with other law firms on the international deals we have been working on with them. They execute work very fast and diligently, with a clear and sharp eye as to client’s wishes but at the same time daring to challenge you.’

‘Stephen Besen is highly engaged and always readily available (even when taking into account the time differences). He combines an in-depth knowledge with excellent communication and negotiation skills and is able to remain his calm under stressful circumstances. He runs his team as a tight ship and makes sure there is appropriate (but not over the top) resourcing for our files, with equally capable other partners (tax, IP) and associates. Stephen is a real pleasure to work with, also from a personal perspective.’

Key clients

Thai Union Group


Unity Software

SHV Holdings

NMC Healthcare




Macquarie Investment Management

Apollo Global Management


Babylon Health

Bracewell LLP

At Bracewell LLP, the client roster encompasses major corporates, financial institutions and private equity firms in addition to expanding small and mid-cap businesses. The Houston-based team includes William Anderson, a veteran of numerous M&A and capital markets transactions in addition to SEC compliance and disclose affairs; he co-leads the offering alongside Charles Still, a specialist in energy-related deals.

Practice head(s):

Will Anderson; Charles Still

Other key lawyers:

Cleland Dade; Troy Harder; Jason Jean

Key clients

Phillips 66

DCP Midstream

Kinder Morgan, Inc.

Apache Corporation

Holly Energy Partners, L.P.

Evercore Group L.L.C.

Altus Midstream Company

Gray Oak Pipeline, LLC

DT Midstream, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Kinder Morgan (NYSE: KMI) in the $1.225bn acquisition of Stagecoach Gas Services LLC, a natural gas pipeline and storage joint venture between Consolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE: ED) and Crestwood Equity Partners LP (NYSE: CEQP).
  • Represented Holly Energy Partners (HEP) in the acquisition by HollyFrontier Corporation and HEP in the acquisition and combination with Sinclair Oil.
  • Represented Gray Oak Pipeline, LLC in its debut offering of $1.4bn of senior notes.

Clifford Chance

Magic circle firm Clifford Chance is extremely active on the cross-border front, leveraging its global footprint of 32 offices spread across 22 countries. Sarah Jones, qualified in both New York and English law, demonstrates a track record of representing household names within the consumer goods sector. Elsewhere, Benjamin Sibbett, who leads the team alongside Jones, is a key contact for transaction within the healthcare, media, information services, industrials and pharmaceuticals industries.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Jones; Benjamin Sibbett

Other key lawyers:

Gary Boss; David Brinton; Neil Barlow; John Healy; Kevin Lehpamer


‘Neil Barlow handled the cross-border aspects and team well. The result was a good mix of technical capability compared to plain practical implications.’

Key clients


Capital Dynamics




CVC Capital Partners

Mondelēz International




Work highlights

  • Advised Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, the U.S. based private investment firm, on its $4bn public to private bid for UDG Healthcare plc, a leading player in healthcare medical affairs, marketing and advisory services, and in pharma packaging.
  • Advised E&I Engineering Ireland Limited and its affiliate, Powerbar Gulf LLC on the U.S. aspects of its $1.8bn sale to digital infrastructure provider Vertiv, a global provider of digital infrastructure solutions.
  • Advised WEX on its US$577.5m acquisition of travel industry B2B payments solutions provider eNett and Optal, a B2B transactions optimizer.

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

The New York-based Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP is extremely active in terms of SPAC transactions and also handles an array of deals in the technology, electronic vehicle, leisure, financial services and entertainment sectors. Practice chair Charles Samuelson  is well-versed in public and private M&A, going-private deals and joint ventures in addition to debt and equity financings; he operates from New York and oversees a team which a particular tenacity for cross-border deals, having been particularly active in the Asia-Pacific region of late.

Practice head(s):

Charles Samuelson

Other key lawyers:

Kenneth Lefkowitz; Michael Traube; Matthew Syrkin; Gary Simon; Carlos Lobo; Scott Naturman; Constantine Petropoulos


‘The team is very good – they provide a solution oriented approach and make deals happen.’

‘The firm has a deep team across every facet of transactions, including M&A, capital markets, tax, corporate and securities. The necessary team members were up to speed across the entire transaction which led to seamless execution.’

‘Highly attentive. Commercial, collaborative – expert in their fields.’

Key clients

Grab Holdings Inc.

Starboard Value Acquisition Corp.

Kensington Capital Acquisition Corp. (KCAC)

AEON Co., Ltd.

Isos Acquisition Corporation

Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. (SC)

CF Finance Acquisition Corp. II

Wipro Limited

Greenbriar Equity Group, L.P.

Work highlights

  • Acting as legal advisor to Grab Holdings Inc. in its $39.6bn proposed merger with Altimeter Growth Corp., a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), that will take Southeast Asia’s leading super app public in what is expected to be the largest SPAC merger ever.    
  • Advised global information technology company Wipro in its $1.5 billion acquisition of British tech consultancy firm Capco.
  • Acting as legal advisor to special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Isos Acquisition Corp. in its $2.6bn proposed merger with Bowlero Corp.

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP is a long-established player in the field of energy-related M&A and is also an active name in the technology, consumer goods, life sciences, real estate and finance sectors. Based in Houston, Keith Fullenweider handles private equity and public company merger deals, boasting specialist expertise in transactions with conflict, specialist committee process and regulated business components. Other key names are based in Dallas and New York, among other locations.

Practice head(s):

Keith Fullenweider; Jim Fox; Sarah Morgan

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Strock; Steve Gill


‘The team’s knowledge of the industry, precedent transactions and provision optionality enabled our company to take an aggressive approach in various transactions. The team’s reputation also served our interests well.’

‘Steve Gill is one of the best public M&A lawyers in his field, and probably the best in the energy space. Regular communication, availability and board presentation ensured management was supported and the board was fully versed in all applicable aspects of the transaction.’


Key clients

Apollo Global Management, Inc.

Bonanza Creek Energy Inc.

Digital Bridge Investment Management

Double Eagle Energy Holdings III LLC

Enable Midstream Partners, LP

EnCap Investments L.P.


Frank’s International, LLC

Goldman Sachs

Hygo Energy Transition Ltd.

Independence Energy LLC

Oaktree Capital Management, L.P.

Parsley Energy, LLC

Riverstone Holdings L.L.C.

Sixth Street Partners

Takkion TP&L Holdings LLC

The Blackstone Group, L.P.

The Carlyle Group

The Sinclair Companies

Tinicum, Inc.

TPG Capital Management, L.P.

Woodside Petroleum Ltd

WPT Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust

Work highlights

  • Representing Woodside Petroleum Ltd (ASX: WPL.AX) in its merger with BHP Petroleum (ASX: BHP.AX) with an approximately $30bn merged entity value.
  • Advised BCP Raptor Holdco, LP, a portfolio company of Blackstone and I Squared Capital and the parent company of EagleClaw Midstream, in an all-stock business combination with Altus Midstream Company (Nasdaq: ALTM).
  • Advised Enable Midstream (NYSE: ENBL)in its $7.2bn merger with Energy Transfer (NYSE: ET).