Leading Lawyers

Rising Stars

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

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

One of the preeminent law firms in the US for transformative M&A, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP is regularly turned to by an impressive roster of global household name companies across an array of industries, including retail, technology, consumer goods, entertainment, energy and life sciences. Benefitting from a deep bench of antitrust experts, the New York-based firm is also well placed to advise on spin-offs and joint ventures, and fields a wealth of experience in hostile takeovers, proxy contests and shareholder activist campaigns. Presiding partner Faiza Saeed is a reference in the market, given her involvement in market-shaping M&A transactions, most notably in the media, tech and biotech spaces. Mark Greene  – head of the corporate department and the international practice – excels in cross-border M&A and private equity deals. Robert Townsend, who maintains a broad practice focused on M&A, corporate governance and activist defense, and George Schoen, who stands out for his track record in transactional work in the telecoms and media industries, are at the helm of the global M&A group. Leader of the EMEA M&A team Richard Hall is another name to note for multijurisdictional mandates. Ting Chen has taken a lead role in several high-value deals in the worlds of tech, media and entertainment spaces. Aaron Gruber and Keith Hallam are other key practitioners to note for activism defense, governance matters and M&A. Andrew Elken left the firm in August 2023.

Practice head(s):

Faiza Saeed; Mark Greene; Robert Townsend; George Schoen; Richard Hall

Other key lawyers:

Ting Chen; Aaron Gruber; Keith Hallam

Key clients





Global Blood Therapeutics


Johnson & Johnson

Texas Capital

Southwest Gas



The Walt Disney Company

Work highlights

  • Representing Johnson & Johnson in its pending $16.6bn acquisition of Abiomed.
  • Assisting Brookfield Renewable in its strategic partnership with Cameco to acquire Westinghouse for $8bn.

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Primarily based in New York, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP‘s first-class M&A practice continues to represent blue-chip clients in landmark transactions across a broad range of sectors. Combining regulatory, tax and multijurisdictional capabilities, the team is often engaged in public and private M&A, joint ventures and activist defense matters. William Aaronson, whose core areas of activity include corporate transactions and shareholder activism, jointly heads up the global M&A group with Louis Goldberg, who has recently led on deals in the energy, financial services, healthcare, and technology spaces. Chairman George Bason is singled out for his track record in cross-border transactions, takeover defense, restructurings and general corporate issues, while Oliver Smith is a go-to lawyer for private equity firms and their portfolio companies. Paul Scrivano, who joined the San Francisco office from Ropes & Gray LLP in February 2022, strengthened the firm’s presence on the West Coast; he brings a wealth of experience in proxy contests, public company M&A and takeover defense strategies. The team's New York office meanwhile welcomed James Dougherty, who arrived from Jones Day, in February 2023.

Practice head(s):

William Aaronson; Louis Goldberg; George Bason

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Brass; Oliver Smith; Marc Williams; Paul Scrivano; James Dougherty

Key clients

Baker Hughes

Charles Schwab




Emerson Electric





Morgan Stanley

Novo Nordisk


Republic Services



Spectrum Brands

State Street

VF Corp

Williams Companies

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Boasting an extensive, cross-border M&A platform, Kirkland & Ellis LLP is at the helm of several of the highest-profile and most cutting-edge transactions in the US. The practice routinely handles a significant volume of large-cap deals in a variety of industries on behalf of major global public corporations, privately-held companies, financial sponsors and boards of directors. Contested M&A, activism defense and governance matters feature on Daniel Wolf's diverse workload; he is the counsel of choice for several heavyweights operating in the private equity, telecoms, technology and chemicals sectors, among others. In addition to his knowledge of public and private M&A, Jonathan Davis is a key name to note for business combination transactions involving special-purpose acquisition companies. Edward Lee – a respected M&A and public company boardroom advisor – has recently worked on multi-billion dollar deals in the technology and media spaces. All named practitioners are based in the New York office.

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Wolf; Jonathan Davis; Eric Schiele; David Feirstein; Edward Lee

Key clients

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P.


Celanese Corp.

Danaher Corp.

Datto Verizon

Bristol Myers Squibb


Work highlights

  • Advised Brookfield Infrastructure in a landmark agreement with Intel to jointly fund a $30bn semiconductor plant in Arizona.
  • Advised NortonLifeLock on its approximate $25bn merger with Avast.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Global powerhouse Latham & Watkins LLP houses an elite M&A practice in the US that attracts instructions from several Fortune 500 companies in relation to their largest and most critical domestic and cross-border transactions. With extensive experience in the full spectrum of corporate and transactional matters, the team is often engaged in big-ticket public and private M&A, either negotiated or contested, representing both principal entities and financial advisors. Global chair of the firm’s M&A practice Justin Hamill focuses on large-scale transactions, including mergers, acquisitions and divestitures in the media, technology, financial services, healthcare and consumer products sectors; Hamill, who sits in New York, is also experienced in governance and emerging companies matters. Charles Ruck, who splits his time between Orange County and New York, serves as primary outside counsel to top public and privately-held companies in the context of hostile takeovers, strategic acquisitions, take-private deals and mergers. Global vice chair Mark Bekheit, who works out of Silicon Valley, has a thriving transactional practice in the Bay Area advising on transformative, multibillion-dollar technology deals. This is also a notable area of strength for Tad Freese. In the same office, Josh Dubofsky stands out for his experience in tech and healthcare-related transactions on behalf of corporate clients and private equity firms. Andrew Elken joined the New York office in August 2023.

Practice head(s):

Justin Hamill; Mark Bekheit

Other key lawyers:

Charles Ruck; Josh Dubofsky; Tad Freese; Andrew Elken


‘Deep understanding of where a deal should land based on market and specific client needs, as well as a dynamic strategy to get it to land there, quickly.’

‘Mark Bekheit – great ability to bridge law and business people; stays calm and solves problems; great availability.’


Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Primarily based in New York, the M&A practice at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is seen with great regularity advising an enviable roster of strategic clients on industry-defining transactions, which often take on multi-billion dollar values. In addition to their proficiency in high-value M&A deals across an array of sectors, ranging from life sciences to TMT, practitioners are also adept at handling complex corporate governance matters, proxy fights and activist campaigns. Corporate chair Scott Barshay‘s comprehensive sector focus sees him handling public and private M&A work for elite companies from the worlds of energy, infrastructure, tech, and pharma, among other sectors; his tremendous experience in the activist defense space is also noteworthy. Robert Schumer is a sought-after advisor on the most challenging and high-profile public company transactions, and continues to be trusted by several public companies and their boards in responding to share accumulations by activist investors. Jeffrey Marell – a key contact for private and public M&A matters, as well as intricate SPAC transactions – co-heads the global M&A practice. Deputy chair of the firm’s corporate department Steven Williams represents a worldwide client base on both domestic and cross-border deals, ranging from public company transactions to merger-of-equals, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures and contested matters. Krishna Veeraraghavan,deputy head of the M&A group, and Kyle Seifried have recently played a key role in several high-profile public and private deals.

Practice head(s):

Scott Barshay

Other key lawyers:

Robert Schumer; Jeffrey Marell; Steven Williams; Krishna Veeraraghavan; Kyle Seifried; Laura Turano

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Showcasing decades of experience in the structuring and negotiation of blockbuster M&A, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP remains a market leader, working with a broad range of strategic clients on a wealth of multi-billion dollar and headline-grabbing transactions, with particular strength in the life sciences, financial services, and technology sectors. Praised for its ‘exceptional level of knowledge‘, the team offers ‘practical advice‘ in the context of cross-border M&A matters, and is a prime destination for private equity firms and their portfolio companies. The ‘excellentEric Swedenburg is the go-to advisor to several public companies and special committees of boards of directors in M&A, spin-offs, joint ventures and shareholder activism; his practice also includes advising private equity firms and financial advisors in domestic and international transactions. Head of the financial institutions practice Lee Meyerson has an unrivalled reputation for complex mergers in the financial services space. Alan Klein‘s recent highlights include major transactions in the technology sector, such as Microsoft’s $75bn acquisition of Activision Blizzard. Strategic clients, investment banks and private equity firms routinely turn to Mario Ponce for representation in contested and negotiated M&A transactions, restructuring and governance issues. Anthony Vernace has worked on marquee deals on behalf of both public companies and private equity clients. All named attorneys are based in New York. Kathryn King Sudol is no longer at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Eric Swedenburg

Other key lawyers:

Lee Meyerson; Alan Klein; Mario Ponce; Jakob Rendtorff; Anthony Vernace; Elizabeth Cooper; Atif Azher; Jonathan Corsico


‘The team has an exceptional level of knowledge and experience in M&A transactions. They are responsive and provide practical advice. They have strong attention to detail and are indispensable.’

‘Eric Swedenburg, our lead attorney for M&A work at this firm, is excellent.’

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

Board of Directors of Twitter, Inc.

Versum Materials

Vistra Energy Corp.

Vivint Smart Home, Inc.

Vivint Solar, Inc.

Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.

Waste Management, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Microsoft Corporation in connection with its announced acquisition of Activision Blizzard, Inc. for $75bn.
  • Acted for Dell Technologies Inc. in connection with the spin-off of its 81% equity ownership interest in VMware, Inc.
  • Representing the Board of Directors of Twitter, Inc. in connection with its acquisition by an entity wholly owned by Elon Musk, for approximately $44bn.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

With great geographical reach that stretches across the country, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is well placed to handle many of the most complex, high-stakes transactions taking place in the US and global markets. The practice offers legal support to a stellar client base comprising multinational companies, investment banks and other active participants in M&A. Against a backdrop of a slowdown in deal activity and a challenging regulatory environment, the firm continued to advise on record-setting and unprecedented matters. Recent highlights – such as Activision Blizzard’s $75bn acquisition by Microsoft Corporation, and Elon Musk’s $44bn acquisition of Twitter – demonstrate the team’s strength in handling high-end transactions in the world of technology. These deals were overseen by the strong M&A bench based in Palo Alto: Kenton King, a preeminent corporate lawyer with a strong focus on the tech, semiconductor and biotech sectors; Sonia Nijjar, a key contact for domestic and cross-border corporate transactions and private equity investments; and Mike Ringler, who excels in tech-related transactional matters. In the New York office, Howard Ellin and global head Stephen Arcano bring together extensive experience in M&A, corporate governance and securities law.

Other key lawyers:

Howard Ellin; Stephen Arcano; Kenton King; Sonia Nijjar, Mike Ringler

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Headquartered in New York, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is a destination practice in the US market for premium public company deals, handling a host of high-profile acquisitions, divestitures and mergers on behalf of principal parties. Cross-border transactions, proxy fights and takeovers are among Andrew Brownstein‘s notable areas of practice; he jointly heads up the corporate group with Steven Rosenblum, who further exhibits strength in joint ventures, securities law and corporate governance. These are also key areas of expertise for Adam Emmerich, who offers representation to a broad range of public and private companies in domestic and multijurisdictional mandates. M&A specialist David Katz often acts for boards of directors and board committees on governance issues and crisis management. Edward Herlihy is a veteran in complex bank and financial institution M&A, while corporate and securities lawyer Daniel Neff has extensive experience in assisting corporations, private equity firms and special committees of directors in negotiated and hostile acquisitions. Ronald Chen is a name to note for high-value M&A in the tech sector.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Brownstein; Steven Rosenblum

Other key lawyers:

Adam Emmerich; David Katz; Edward Herlihy; Daniel Neff; Ronald Chen; Karessa Cain

Key clients

Black Knight

BMO Financial Group



Kansas City Southern


Social Capital




Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

With M&A specialists in New York, Silicon Valley and Texas, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP excels in big-ticket transactions, acting on behalf of acquirers, targets, special committees, investment banks, investors and shareholder groups. The team is adept in both domestic and international negotiated and unsolicited transactions, but particularly stands out for its experience in hostile M&A, takeover defense and shareholder activism matters. SPAC and de-SPAC transactions are another strong point for the department, which is led from New York. Chairman Michael Aiello represents an array of public companies, private equity firms and financial institutions in high-stakes M&A and corporate governance matters. Michael Lubowitz – head of the M&A practice – has notable strength in hostile tender offers, spin-offs, strategic investments and restructurings, while co-chair of the transactions group Frederick Green focuses on business combinations, governance issues and fiduciary duties. Domestic and cross-border M&A across a broad range of industries are core areas of activity for Matthew Gilroy. Jackie Cohen  is no longer at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Michael Aiello; Michael Lubowitz; Frederick Green

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Gilroy

Key clients

ABD Insurance and Financial Services, Inc.

Allego Holding B.V.

Blackstone Energy Partners

Brookfield Business Partners

Core-Mark Holding Company, Inc

Covetrus, Inc. YesDistribution International, Inc.

Getty Images Inc.

Magellan Health, Inc.

Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.

MGM Resorts International

MSP Recovery, LLC

NEOGEN Corporation


Skillsoft Corporation

Special Committee of Black Knight, Inc.

The Gores Group

The Kroger Company

Vonage Holdings Corp

Work highlights

  • Advised MSP Recovery, LLC on its $32.6bn business combination with Lionheart Acquisition Corp. II, a SPAC sponsored by Lionheart Equities and Nomura Securities International.
  • Assisted Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. in its $27.5bn sale to Analog Devices, Inc.
  • Advised MGM Resorts International (MGM Resorts) on its $17.2bn sale of MGM Growth Properties LLC (MGP), a publicly traded real estate investment trust, to VICI Properties Inc.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Praised for its ‘responsiveness‘ and ‘commercial approach‘, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton attracts headline M&A of national and global significance, ranging from high-end acquisitions, sales, mergers, business partnerships and combinations. Drawing on the firm’s complementary expertise in antitrust, tax, litigation and financing, the New York-based practice is equipped to advise on high-stakes public and private transactions across the TMT, manufacturing, life sciences, consumer goods and retail sectors. Department head James Langston has been a regular fixture in big-ticket deals with domestic and cross-border implications, including hostile takeovers. He receives key support from a strong team, where Benet O’Reilly and Kimberly Spoerri are reputed for M&A and private equity investments in the TMT, pharma and healthcare industries, and Paul Shim is recommended for governance and fiduciary duty matters. Kyle Harris stands out for his ‘exceptional knowledge‘ of shareholder activism defense, corporate governance and business transactions.

Practice head(s):

James Langston

Other key lawyers:

Benet O’Reilly; Kimberly Spoerri; Paul Shim; Kyle Harris; Aaron Meyers; Charles Allen; Christopher Moore


‘Responsiveness, quality of people, ease of interaction, commercial approach, friendliness and ability to communicate in understandable terms.’

‘Kyle Harris- exceptional knowledge and service.’

Key clients

American Express


Sony Corporation / Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE)

General Mills Inc.

American Tower



Finsbury Glover Hering

International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF)

Post Holdings

Bed Bath & Beyond


Westlake Chemical Corporation

Pacific Woodtech




Sequoia Capital

Warburg Pincus

Goldman Sachs

Credit Suisse

Work highlights

  • Represented American Tower Corporation in its $10.1bn acquisition of CoreSite Realty Corporation, for $170 per share in cash.
  • Acted for Summit Health-CityMD, a Warburg Pincus portfolio company, in a cash and equity sale to VillageMD that is valued at approximately $8.9bn.
  • Assisted Duravant in a $5bn investment from funds led by global investment firm Carlyle and Warburg Pincus, a leading global growth investor.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

The ‘smart‘ and ‘commercial‘ M&A team at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP offers representation to a mix of top-notch private equity firms, corporate clients and financial institutions in some of their largest, and most significant deals in the US market. With the ability to guide clients in complex transactions, and effectively handle associated governance issues, activist challenges and related litigation, the practice – which formerly sat in the New York office – has expanded on the West Coast and continues to act for a growing Bay Area client base. Global co-chair and co-managing partner of the San Francisco office, Michael Diz has recently advised on several high-value transactions in the TMT, industrials, and consumer goods sectors. Fellow co-chair Kevin Rinker is a key contact for private equity and healthcare clients in New York. Other individuals to note in the same office include Sue Meng, who assists public companies, boards of directors, special committees and private equity clients on business transactions; Jeffrey Rosen, who heads up the corporate department; and public M&A and corporate governance specialist William Regner.

Practice head(s):

Michael Diz; Kevin Rinker

Other key lawyers:

Paul Bird; William Regner; Jennifer Chu; Sue Meng; Jeffrey Rosen


‘The team at Debevoise is smart, commercial and gets the job done.’

‘Sue Meng is recommended. Great team – diligent, smart and great leaders.’

‘Knowledgeable of their sectors. Impressive educational and governmental backgrounds.’

‘Kevin Rinker is a great deal lawyer. He’s very commercial, easy to work with, a great advocate for his client but a solutions-oriented person. Always a pleasure to find myself across the table from him.’

Key clients

Carlyle Group

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

Dolan Family

Domtar Corporation

HCA Healthcare, Inc.

International Paper

J.P. Morgan Securities Inc.

Kindred Hospital

Morgan Stanley

Prudential Financial Inc.

Qatar Investment Authority

Schneider Electric Holdings, Inc.

Spirit Airlines Inc.

Sun Life Financial Inc.

Verizon Communications Inc.

Warner Bros. Discovery, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Discovery, Inc. on its acquisition of WarnerMedia from AT&T Inc., in a transaction that values the combined entity at approximately $130bn.
  • Acted for J.P. Morgan as financial advisor to VMware in its sale to Broadcom Inc., in a cash-and-stock transaction valued at approximately $61bn.
  • Advised Qatar Investment Authority in its $375m co-investment to help finance Elon Musk’s take-private acquisition of Twitter.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is routinely sought out by a litany of market-leading corporates across the media, consumer goods, energy, and technology sectors. The practice has continued to concentrate its position as an advisor in high-end US and cross-border M&A, including negotiated and contested mergers, spinoffs, restructurings and private equity investments. With the ability to call on its corporate governance and securities regulation experts, the firm is a go-to destination for hostile bids, shareholder activism and other governance issues. Co-leader Robert Little, a specialist in corporate transactions involving both private and public entities, is based in the Dallas office while fellow co-head Saee Muzumdar, a key contact for both strategic companies and private equity clients, sits in New York. Based in the same office, managing partner Barbara Becker is an elite M&A lawyer, and a reference for clients in the retail, healthcare, industrial, and tech industries. Also in New York, Andrew Kaplan has recently advised on several high-value M&A deals, such as VMware’s $61bn acquisition by Broadcom, where he acted alongside Becker and Muzumdar.

Practice head(s):

Robert Little; Saee Muzumdar

Other key lawyers:

Barbara Becker; Andrew Kaplan; Stephen Glover; Mark Director

Key clients


News Corp





Kraft Heinz



Evergreen Capital

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, which has recently made waves in the US M&A market, continues to ‘invest in top-notch legal talent‘, including core corporate and transaction specialists from elite firms in this space. The New York-based team is now prepared to handle numerous high-end, bet-the-company M&A on behalf of household-name clients from the worlds of tech, energy, manufacturing, life sciences and private equity, among other sectors. Standing out for its ability to navigate sensitive issues in the context of hostile M&A, takeover defense and shareholder activism, the group is led by the powerhouse duo Damien Zoubek, ‘a very powerful negotiator and asset in any M&A transaction‘, and Ethan Klingsberg, a leading figure in cross-border and domestic deals. Other key individuals include Paul Tiger, whose experience also covers private equity investments, and Sebastian Fain, who takes the lead on several contested and negotiated transactions, as well as joint ventures involving a range of industries. The highly-rated Jenny Hochenberg joined from Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in May 2022. All members are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Ethan Klingsberg; Damien Zoubek

Other key lawyers:

Paul Tiger; Sebastian Fain;Paul Humphreys; Jenny Hochenberg


‘Freshfields has done a tremendous job of building its US M&A team. The Corporate and M&A teams that they put together, led by two powerhouses Damien Zoubek and Ethan Klingsberg, can stand across any other firm and negotiate the most complex global transactions. It’s great to see the firm continue to invest in top-notch legal talent to continue to stay at the top of this practice.’

‘Damien Zoubek is a phenomenal attorney. He has just the right mix of tenacity, sound judgment and practicality, and his presence in the boardroom has a calming influence on the directors and the management team. He’s able to take complex and often charged negotiations into the boardroom and explain the relevant puts and takes in a way that gives the Board what they need in order to make an informed decision. He takes those skills into his discussions with opposing counsel and is able to effectively put forth reasoned and rational arguments, that, when coupled with his practical and down-to-earth demeanor, make him a very powerful negotiator and asset in any M&A transaction.’

‘Damien Zoubek and Jenny Hochenberg are simply two of the best lawyers I’ve ever worked with. I would trust the largest bet-the-company type deals on Damien and Jenny without a second thought.’

‘Damien is an impressive advocate. His knowledge of the law is amazing, but it’s his ability to advocate as a business partner that sets him apart from others. Damien is amazing in front of the board and is a true leader in the legal field. Jenny is an amazing lawyer as well. She excels at answering complex questions and coming up with simple business solutions to problems others can’t solve. Jenny is one of the smartest lawyers (and people) that I know.’

‘Super-experienced, strategic, client-aligned, focused on execution.’

‘The excellent reputation of the firm is a leading factor. But more importantly, the deep industry experience and knowledge. They have guided us in ways we weren’t expecting and always had our best interests in mind, regardless of how it would affect fees or the work.’

‘The individuals we’ve worked with were all incredibly intelligent and well versed in our industry and types of transactions, but were also just great people. Always nice and considerate about our personal roles and the things we were dealing with outside this legal transaction.’

Key clients






Stanley Black & Decker


AmerisourceBergen Corporation






Japan Tobacco

Alexion, AstraZeneca Rare Disease

Exyte Americas Holding, Inc.


GXO Logistics

London Stock Exchange Group plc

Solvay Specialty Polymers USA, LLC

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Fielding ‘strong deal teams at all levels‘, Hogan Lovells US LLP is equipped to handle headline transactions with domestic and cross-border implications. Multijurisdictional deals are in fact a core strength for the practice, which is routinely engaged by blue-chip companies from a wide range of sectors, including defense, consumer goods, financial services and healthcare. Praised for its ‘substantive M&A mastery’, the practice is ‘a tech-M&A powerhouse‘ and particularly popular for transactions involving REITs. Global M&A head William Curtin III , who splits his time between New York and Washington DC, offers representation to the world’s leading corporates and private equity firms in cutting-edge deals spanning an array of industries. Elizabeth Donley in DC jointly heads up the Americas M&A group with Silicon Valley-based Keith Flaum; both possess a wealth of experience in public and private M&A, with Flaum standing out for his knowledge of the tech and life sciences sectors. Also in Northern California, the preeminent Richard Climan focuses on big-ticket transactional mandates in the tech space, and recently promoted counsel Jalpit Amin is also noted. The firm has recently strengthened its presence and corporate capabilities in both Boston and New York with a number of key hires, such as that of Peter Cohen-Millstein, who joined the NY office from Linklaters LLP in February 2022, and a team of lawyers from Foley Hoag LLP in 2022, including M&A co-heads Adrienne Ellman and Alex Aber.

Practice head(s):

William Curtin; Elizabeth Donley; Keith Flaum

Other key lawyers:

Richard Climan; Peter Cohen-Millstein; Keith Flaum; Matthew Eisler; Russell Hedman; Jane Ross; Jalpit Amin; Matthew Bowles; Katherine Keeley


‘The M&A team at Hogan Lovells for large deals is tremendous. Practical advice is provided at every turn. The team works hard and is user friendly. They are great communicators and have substantive M&A mastery.’

‘Individuals who I have worked with include Matt Eisler and Russell Hedman in the Denver office. Both Matt and Russell are great at what they do. They are trusted advisors and great negotiators.

‘HL is our go-to firm for M&A work. We wouldn’t use anyone else. 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, including his senior associate Jalpit Amin. They work on the biggest, most groundbreaking (and complex) deals in the market and are a force to be reckoned with. Combine their incredible M&A prowess with the strength of their IP and Regulatory practices, and they cannot be beat. This is the firm you want a deep relationship with. Once you use them, you will never look for other counsel. ‘

‘Keith Flaum is by far the best M&A lawyer (and the best lawyer, period) that I have ever worked with and is genuinely a market leader. He is business savvy, practical and knows the technology sector inside and out. I trust Keith 100% and can rely on his talent to combine creative negotiating and deal-making in extremely complex transactions. His response time is instantaneous no matter what time it is. His business acumen and industry knowledge is second-to-none. If I have a bet-the-company deal in the works, Keith is the guy I want leading me and my company. He doesn’t just look at the legal aspects of the deal. He puts it in the context of how it ties to our business’s growth strategy and what it will mean in real terms for the company and its shareholders. We have also worked closely with Keith’s senior associate, Jalpit Amin, who is also the best senior associate I have worked with. Having worked with and learned from the best, Jalpit has already adopted many of Keith’s qualities.’

‘In-depth subject matter expertise and industry knowledge. Tons of deal experience with a range of M&A deal types and structures, and advice on the latest technologies.’

‘Super responsive and knowledgeable. Really strong deal teams at all levels. Special call out to Jane Ross for M&A.’

‘Matt Eisler offers the intangible quality of making sure a deal gets done, successfully advocating for his client, yet also winning credibility from opposing counsel and their client in order to achieve the ultimate desired outcome for all parties – a rewarding transaction. Matt also ensures that he staffs promising talent on his teams, from fellow corporate partner Russell Headman, to a full suite of subject matter experts that remain coordinated and supportive of each other.’

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 IBM on the global separation and reorganization of its managed infrastructure services business across more than 65 jurisdictions worldwide, in support of the separation of that business from IBM to Kyndryl.

Ropes & Gray LLP

Relying on a strong international network, Ropes & Gray LLP is well versed in national and global corporate and M&A matters, most notably transactions involving the life sciences, biotech and tech sectors. Besides acting for leading corporate clients on buy and sell-side mandates, the group is also adept in high-end de-SPAC deals. Singled out for his in-depth knowledge of corporate transactions concerning the consumer, life sciences and medical technology industries, Christopher Comeau leads the M&A practice out of Boston. Emily Oldshue is a key reference for both public and private companies, private equity firms and investment banks; her most recent advice to Pfizer on several strategic acquisitions is particularly noteworthy. Jackie Cohen, who joined the New York office from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in November 2022, excels in transactional matters, shareholder activism, and takeover defense. Suni Sreepada further strengthened the New York M&A offering in April 2022, when she joined from White & Case LLP. All practitioners are based in Boston unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Comeau

Other key lawyers:

Emily Oldshue; Paul Kinsella; Carl Marcellino; Sarah Young; Jackie Cohen; Suni Sreepada

Key clients

Acceleron Pharma Inc

Advent Technologies

Cambrex Corporation


Eversource Energy

Galderma Laboratories LP

Ginkgo Bioworks Inc

HP Inc.

Max Finkelstein Inc.

McAfee Corp.

Medtronic Inc.

National Financial Partners Corp

Perella Weinberg Partners LP

Pfizer Inc.

Planet Fitness Inc.

Qorvo Inc.

Radius Health, Inc.

ServiceMax, Inc.

Signify Health

Sports Entertainment Acquisition Corp.

Stripe Inc.

The Jordan Company

Work highlights

  • Represented McAfee Corp. in its $14bn take-private sale to a consortium of investors.
  • Acted for Pfizer in its acquisitions of Biohaven Pharmaceuticals, Arena Pharmaceuticals and Trillium Therapeutics, for an aggregate of over $20bn.
  • Assisted Signify Health in its $8bn sale to CVS Health.

White & Case LLP

Primarily based in New York, White & Case LLP‘s Americas corporate and M&A group balances a busy workload of domestic and cross-border deals, benefitting from a global network of offices and ‘strong multilingual capabilities‘. The firm fields extensive industry-specific expertise in the healthcare, tech, energy, infrastructure and financial services spaces, where practitioners advise investment banks as financial advisors, and leading corporations and private equity firms as sellers or acquirers in high-stakes M&A. Global head John Reiss brings deep experience in business deals, and is a key reference for private equity sponsors. Chang-Do Gong – who spearheads the firm’s Americas M&A group – possesses a strong transactional track record in the media, pharma, energy, IT, telecoms and infrastructure segments. Michael Deyong ‘can advise on the legal and business aspects of the most complex and significantly strategic matters‘; he is the trusted advisor to an impressive roster of corporate clients and SPACs. Focused on the oil and gas, solar energy, entertainment and financial services sectors, Morgan Hollins is a contact in the Houston office for public and private companies, as well as conflict committees. Partners Kimberly Petillo-Décossard and Ross Sturman, and associate Joseph Rosati joined the New York office from Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP in March 2023.

Practice head(s):

John Reiss; Chang-Do Gong

Other key lawyers:

Michael Deyong; Gregory Pryor; Denise Cerasani; Morton Pierce; Morgan Hollins; James Hu


‘The team is diverse from a gender and racial perspective and offers strong multilingual capabilities for cross-border M&A. They also have a global network of offices within the firm, and you can trust the quality control of each individual team’s output. The partners in charge of the engagement are always thorough in their review of key documents and highly commercial in making suggestions that can achieve a successful negotiation outcome.’

‘James Hu is an outstanding M&A partner. He is able to master the key details of your 100-page M&A contract. He is always on-call; if you have a burning question at 11 pm on your time-constrained M&A deal, then he will pick up and answer it. His mind works a mile a minute, so your call will probably last less than 10 minutes to get to the right answer, and you can bounce whatever complicated hypothetical off him that you need to. I’d recommend him to anyone looking to do a complicated cross-border M&A deal.’

‘Mike Deyong can advise on the legal and business aspects of the most complex and significantly strategic matters while providing the same degree of responsiveness and legal/business acumen on the more mundane and less complicated matters. The scope of his representation is impressive, providing a unique skill set of being able to represent clients on the biggest and toughest deals, demonstrating outstanding judgment with a thorough understanding of relevant market and industries, while providing seamless and outstanding client service. The most compelling capability that differentiates this M&A team from other practitioners is their passion and commitment to the client’s goals/objectives.’

‘Mike Deyong has really grown into one of my most trusted advisors. He demonstrates sound commercial judgment coupled with superb legal expertise and is impeccably reliable and responsive to meet our needs. Mike resolves difficult issues and communicates those ideas and solutions with ease.’

Key clients

Avast plc

Soaring Eagle Acquisition Corp.

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners


Elevance Health, Inc. (f/k/a Anthem, Inc.)

Schneider Electric

Sonnenberg Family

CM Life Sciences

Sempra Energy

Saudi Aramco

dMY Technology Group

Falcon Minerals Corp

CM Life Sciences II and CM Life Sciences III

Golden Nugget Online Gaming

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure


Zimmer Biomet

CVC Capital Partners

Allen & Co.

Invenergy / Michael Polsky

Work highlights

  • Represented Soaring Eagle Acquisition Corp in its $15bn business combination with Ginkgo Bioworks, Inc.
  • Acted for Panasonic Corporation in its $8.5bn acquisition of the remaining 80% of the capital stock interests of Blue Yonder.
  • Advised Avast plc on its $9.2bn merger with NortonLifeLock Inc, which was structured as a takeover of Avast by NortonLifeLock.

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Demonstrating notable strength in the TMT, energy and natural resources segments, the Baker Botts L.L.P. M&A team works with a broad spectrum of industry leaders in a variety of big-ticket domestic and cross-border transactions. The practice, which is rated for its ‘high partner availability‘, is under the joint leadership of Texas-based Mike Bengtson and Samantha Crispin, the latter of whom brings more than two decades of experience advising private and publicly traded companies in strategic deals in the TMT sector, and splits her time between Dallas and New York. The ‘client-minded, practicalJonathan Gordon is a ‘go-to attorney‘ for tech-related transactions, including mergers, divestitures, acquisitions, SPACs, and take-private deals; he oversees the East Coast corporate group out of New York. Based in Houston, Clint Rancher stands out for his track record in M&A and corporate governance matters within the energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Mike Bengtson; Samantha Crispin

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Gordon; Tim Taylor; Clint Rancher; Jamie Yarbrough


‘Baker Botts staffs deals leanly — they don’t overstaff with junior associates. High partner availability.’

‘Jonathan Gordon is a client-minded, practical lawyer; he is our go-to attorney for any deal.’

Key clients

Liberty Media Corporation

Coterra Energy, Inc.

Sunnova Energy Corporation

Noble Corporation

Seadrill Limited

Liberty Latin America

Westlake Corporation

Summit Midstream Partners Lp

Centerpoint Energy, Inc.

Transocean Inc.

Bkv Corporation


Oxford Nanopore Technologies

Oceaneering International, Inc.

Enlink Midstream, Llc

Hunt Consolidated, Inc.

Cleco Corporate Holdings

Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. Securities, Inc.

Si Group, Inc.

Eagle Materials Inc.

Baker Botts

Baker McKenzie LLP

Multinational corporations and private equity fund sponsors are at the core of Baker McKenzie LLP‘s client base, which retain the team on a host of transactions, ranging from acquisitions to joint ventures. The ‘one-stop, global M&A shop‘ is particularly well placed to advise on complex cross-border carve-outs, spin-offs and divestitures, and guide clients on the buy and sell-side of multijurisdictional transactions. Working out of New York, practice head Alan Zoccolillo has led on several high-value deals in the manufacturing, tech, telecoms, and life sciences sectors throughout the past year. Based in Chicago, Michael DeFranco and Olivia Tyrell, who stands out for her international background, bring together expertise in public and private corporate transactions. On the West Coast, Leif King is the key practitioner in Palo Alto for M&A, corporate governance and securities issues, while Derek Liu in San Francisco primarily focuses on tech and life sciences transactions.

Practice head(s):

Alan Zoccolillo

Other key lawyers:

Michael DeFranco; Olivia Tyrrell; Leif King; Derek Lui; Lawrence Lee; Michelle Carr; Ari Hammalov; David Malliband


‘Reliable and dedicated team. You can count on them to be your one-stop, global M&A shop. They take the time to get to know your company and the key people so that their service is personalized to your needs and wants. They bring the skill, knowledge and experience to be your trusted partner and advisor for the most important of transactions.’

‘Olivia Tyrrell is a standout in the practice. Her pleasant demeanor, intense dedication to achieving the best outcome possible and deep knowledge make her the perfect outside counsel. Mike DeFranco is also a standout. Michelle Carr is making a name for herself as part of the future leaders of BM’s corporate practice. They all provide thoughtful, tailored advice and strategy, taking into consideration company, market and industry dynamics.’

‘The Baker McKenzie US M&A team really compares well to the most prestigious transactional law firms. I’ve worked with them extensively and value the hands-on support I’m getting and the diverse team. Our key partners have almost become an integrated part of our M&A team.’

Key clients



Aurora Acquisition Corp.

Sika AG

Duff & Phelps, LLC

Spectrum Brands

CSL Seqirus


Bayer AG


AZZ Inc.

Brunswick Corporation

JHD Holdings (Cayman) Limited


Radisson Hotel Group

Archer-Daniels-Midland Company (ADM)

Marel hf.


Johnson & Johnson

Work highlights

  • Advised Nielsen on its sale to a private equity consortium led by Evergreen Coast Capital Corporation for $28 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $16bn.
  • Represented Affirm, a San Francisco-based fintech company, in the issuance of warrants to purchase up to $15bn in common stock to Amazon in connection with a commercial arrangement.
  • Acted as lead counsel to Aurora Acquisition Corp. in a de-SPAC transaction to transform Better into a publicly traded company.

Dechert LLP

As its global footprint continues to expand, the strength of Dechert LLP‘s cross-border capabilities is a hallmark of the corporate and M&A practice, which is trusted by many financial services companies, asset managers and private equity funds. The practice showcases deep expertise advising on corporate deals in the healthcare and life sciences segments, and has recently handled a variety of deals in the industrial sector. Mark Thierfelder – the chair of the global private equity, corporate and securities practices – has led on hundreds of announced and closed transactions spanning strategic M&A and private equity buyouts. He sits in the New York office, where Jonathan Kim is another key contact for private equity funds. New York-based Derek M Winokur heads up the private equity group alongside Kenneth E. Young in Pennsylvania, the latter of whom is also sought out by portfolio companies from the technology, financial services, energy and healthcare sectors.

Practice head(s):

Mark Thierfelder

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Kim; Kenneth E. Young; Derek Winokur; Michael Darby

Key clients


Cerberus Capital Management

T. Rowe Price

US Ecology


JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Crown Holdings

Griffon Corporation

Court Square Capital

Work highlights

  • Represented funds affiliated with Cerberus Capital Management, L.P., shareholders in Alberstons, in relation to Albertsons’ and Kroger’s definitive agreement to merge.
  • Advised GIC Private Limited on its investor consortium participation for the proposed all-cash $10.2bn take private acquisition of Zendesk led by global investment firms Permira and Hellman & Friedman.
  • Advised GIC in connection with the $17bn acquisition of athenahealth.

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP‘s M&A practice provides ‘insightful, practical, deal-driven advice‘ to a range of public and privately-held companies, investment banks and private equity firms on sophisticated transactions, which regularly involve multiple jurisdictions. Led from New York, the practice is a go-to for corporate governance issues, proxy fights and unsolicited proposals. These are all core areas of activity for co-head Philip Richter, who has recently led on deals in the insurance, renewables, and shipping sectors. Fellow co-leader Steven Epstein and Erica Jaffe ‘are both intelligent, thoughtful partners who skilfully manage an M&A transaction process and diligence’.

Practice head(s):

Philip Richter; Steven Epstein

Other key lawyers:

Amber Banks; Erica Jaffe; Brian Mangino


‘Extensive M&A experience with high quality client service and availability/responsiveness.’

‘Steve and Erica are both intelligent, thoughtful partners who skilfully manage an M&A transaction process and diligence. Advisors we can truly rely on.’

‘The Fried Frank’s corporate team is very strong. They have a great understanding of market conditions and provide clear, concise advice. They are very thorough, excellent at identifying issues and are very responsive. They are also very strong at executing transactions and taking care of all deal related item, both big and small.’

Key clients


Aerie Pharmaceuticals

Ascential plc

At Home Group

Becton, Dickinson and Company


Blue Yonder

Brookfield Asset Management

Capital Product Partners


CVS Health


Extended Stay America

First American Payment Systems

Home Partners of America

Humana Inc

Jacobs Engineering Group

JP Morgan



MTS Partners

Navios Maritime Partners LP

Onex Corporation


ProQuest LLC

Renaissance Alliance

Standard General

Southern Airways Corporation

SVB Securities

Viavi Solutions

W.R. Grace and Company

Work highlights

  • Acted as counsel to Standard General L.P. alongside an affiliate, in the affiliate’s $8.6bn acquisition of TEGNA Inc.
  • Represented ProQuest in its $5.3bn acquisition by Clarivate plc.
  • Acted as counsel to Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in its $904m sale to American Swiss ophthalmology company, Alcon.

Jones Day

Jones Day houses a US-based M&A team with broad global capabilities. Though primarily based in New York, the M&A practice fields a substantial presence in Cleveland, Minneapolis, Irvine and Atlanta, aligned with the firm’s sector strengths in tech, industrials, life sciences, energy and consumer products. New York-based practice head Randi Lesnick, also based in New York is often retained by public and private companies in relation to acquisitions, divestitures, restructurings and takeovers, while George Hunter in Cleveland is proficient in public mergers and corporate governance matters. James Dougherty left the firm in February 2023.

Practice head(s):

Randi Lesnick

Other key lawyers:

Benjamin Stulberg; John Beeson; George Hunter; Dotun Obadina; Julia Feldman; Kate Carruthers


Great diversity of the team, strong global talent, deep strength in the specialty practice areas, talented associates.

Randi Lesnick is extremely knowledgeable about our company, our industry, M&A and related practice technical issues, who to call on for specialty advice at Jones Day available and is always available and responsive (i.e., works around the clock if necessary to get a deal done) and, in general, is just great to work with.

Key clients

American Industrial Partners

Asbury Automotive Group, Inc.

Avient Corporation

Bally’s Corporation

The Duchossois Group, Inc.

Eastman Chemical Company

FirstEnergy Corp.

Hard Rock International

J.F. Lehman & Company

Koch Industries, Inc.

Meridian Bioscience, Inc.

OGE Energy Corp.

Roper Technologies, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising Bally’s Corporation on the $2.7bn acquisition of Gamesys Ltd., an LSE-listed online gaming company.
  • Assisting Roper Technologies, Inc. in the $2.6bn sale of a majority stake in its industrial businesses to an affiliate of Clayton Dubilier & Rice, LLC.
  • Advising Meridian Bioscience, Inc. on its $1.53bn all-cash acquisition by SD Biosensor and SJL Partners.

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Delivering multi-jurisdictional and multi-disciplinary advice, Shearman & Sterling LLP is highly capable in the full gamut of M&A matters, including high-profile company deals, joint ventures, and carve-out transactions. Scott Petepiece – Americas team head – concentrates on large-scale M&A in the infrastructure, energy and manufacturing industries, while deputy leader Daniel Litowitz has worked on sector-defining deals in the worlds of media, telecoms, healthcare and consumer goods; both practitioners are based in New York. In the same office, George Casey enjoys a strong reputation in this space, advising on restructurings, joint ventures, and acquisitions, which are also among Clare O’Brien‘s notable areas of practice. The firm offers further transactional experience in Texas and the Bay Area, with a special emphasis on core industries like technology and energy. Daniel Mitz in Menlo Park is recommended for his knowledge of tech transactions.

Practice head(s):

Scott Petepiece; Dan Litowitz

Other key lawyers:

George Casey; Clare O’Brien; Daniel Mitz; Rory O’Halloran; Derrick Lott

Key clients

JetBlue Airways

Intercontinental Exchange

Paramount Global

CVS Health Corp



Ardagh Group


The Dow Chemical Company


TELUS International

JF Lehman

Liberty Global

The Rohatyn Group

American Axle

GE Healthcare


EPIC Holdings

Anglo American

Texas Instruments



EnCap Flatrock

NextEra Energy Resources

LyondellBasell Industries NV

Fenway Sports Group

Boston Scientific


General Electric Company


Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Blue Cross

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP is home to a team of ‘incredibly talented and very pragmatic‘ M&A practitioners, who field the capacity to serve multiple transactions across various industries and geographies. In the past year, the team has handled a tremendous volume of work, comprising mega deals and mid-market transactions, and involving clients which operate across a variety of sectors, including media, energy, hospitality, professional services and shipping. Headquartered in New York, the department is jointly led by David Boston, an active partner in the asset management M&A space, Russell Leaf, the key contact for corporate governance matters, and Adam Turteltaub, who focuses on M&A and private equity investments. Steven Seidman has broad experience in the representation of corporate clients in strategic business transactions, and of investment banks as financial advisors in M&A. Laura Delanoy, another name to note for public and private companies, heads up the ESG practice.

Practice head(s):

David Boston; Russell Leaf; Adam Turteltaub

Other key lawyers:

Gregory Astrachan; Laura Delanoy; Steven Seidman; Jay Hughes


‘The Willkie team is incredibly talented and very pragmatic. They are very technically sound lawyers, but also very commercial.’

‘Jay Hughes is one of the best M&A lawyers I have ever worked with. He’s masterful in his drafting and negotiating, but what really sets him apart is his collaborative and collegial attitude. He never gets hostile with opposing counsel and always seeks to find a way to get to yes so that a deal can close.’

Excellent at understanding the issues and our priorities so that solutions truly reflect what we are trying to accomplish.

The Willkie team is incredibly talented and very pragmatic. They are very technically sound lawyers, but also very commercial.

Key clients

Alleghany Corporation

Aquiline Capital Partners

Atlas Holdings

BofA Securities


Brookfield Asset Management

Centerbridge Partners

Choice Hotels


Cowen Inc.

Curtis Instruments

DigitalBridge Group

First American Financial Corporation

Franchise Group, Inc.

Franklin Templeton Investments

Hudson’s Bay Company

Innoviva Inc.

Insight Partners


Lakeside Book Company

LS Power

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

Resideo Technologies

REV Renewables



Stone Point Capital LLC

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.

Varroc Engineering

Victory Capital Holdings, Inc.

Volante Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Alleghany Corporation on its $11.6bn acquisition by Berkshire Hathaway.
  • Represented BofA Securities and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, as financial advisors to Kansas City Southern in Kansas City Southern’s $31bn combination with Canadian Pacific Railway.
  • Advised Take-Two on its acquisition of Zynga.

DLA Piper LLP (US)

DLA Piper LLP (US) works with a burgeoning roll of blue-chips on an ever growing volume of domestic and cross-border M&A. The US-based team, which maintains a strong foothold in the middle-market space, is increasingly engaged in multi-billion dollar deals in an array of sectors, including healthcare, consumer goods, real estate, manufacturing and technology. Christopher Giordano – the newly appointed chair of the M&A group – specialises in acquisitions, divestitures, securities law issues and corporate governance; he offers advice to a mix of private and publicly traded companies and REIT sponsors. Jonathan Klein is the other key point of contact in the team; he has a strong background in representing companies in negotiated deals, as well as bidders in contested transactions. Both practitioners are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Giordano

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Klein

Key clients

Lionheart Acquisition Corporation II

Philip Morris International Inc.

STORE Capital Corporation

MKS Instruments, Inc.

First Washington Realty, Inc.

W.P. Carey

Armada Acquisition Corp. I

Athena Technology Acquisition Corp.

Kadmon Corporation

GigCapital4, Inc.

Graphic Packaging International, Inc.

Fast Radius

HGS Healthcare LLC

Dundee Partners

T-Mobile US, Inc.

Navitas Semiconductor, Inc.

ResMed Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Lionheart Acquisition Corp. II in its US$32.6bn agreement to merge with MSP Recovery LLC.
  • Assisting Philip Morris International Inc. in its US$16bn cash offer acquisition of Swedish Match AB.
  • Represented First Washington Realty, in its acquisition of Donahue Schriber Realty Group.


Rated for its ‘strong experience and wide network‘, Milbank acts for a diverse client roster of private equity firms, sovereign wealth funds, privately held corporates and publicly traded Fortune 500 companies in the full array of M&A work. Energy and infrastructure are core sectoral strengths for the department, which is also well versed in M&A deals within the financial services and TMT segments. John Franchini is an ‘experienced senior partner’ who has advised some of the biggest ‘institutional investors and strategics within the infrastructure M&A sector‘. Richard Presutti and Dean Sattler are other names to note for M&A and private equity mandates. Ross Shepard stands out at the associate level for his experience of representing public and private companies in all kinds of corporate transactions, with a particular focus on the energy and infrastructure sectors. All lawyers mentioned are in New York.

Practice head(s):

John Franchini

Other key lawyers:

Richard Presutti; Dean Sattler; Aaron Stine; Francisco Nuñez; Ross Shepard


‘Very strong team. Strong experience and wide network.’

‘John Franchini is a very strong and experienced senior partner who seems to have worked alongside or on the other side of most of the bigger institutional investors and strategics within the Infrastructure M&A sector. He is ably supported by more junior partner Aaron Stine, also an excellent technical lawyer, and their diligent associate, Ross Shepard.

‘Milbank has a very good M&A practice, the lawyers that we worked with were excellent.’

‘Francisco Nuñez is an excellent lawyer, he provides excellent advice. Ross Shepard is excellent as well.’

‘They have a very good practice, with a very ample team.’

‘High quality team and very creative. Top level work, and always available when needed.’

‘Excellent understanding of our core business and using that to provide higher quality legal advice.’

Key clients


Apollo Global Management

BCI Partners




Georgian Group

Global Infrastructure Partners

iCON Infrastructure

IFM Investors

Infrastructure Investment Fund (JP Morgan’s infrastructure fund)

New Fortress Energy Inc.


Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Onward Energy LLC



Tiga Investments Pte Ltd.

Veritas Capital

Werfen S.A.

Western Digital

Work highlights

  • Advised Veritas Capital on the sale of athenahealth to Hellman & Friedman and Bain Capital for $17bn.
  • Advised IIF in the business combination of its portfolio company, Southwest Water Company, with British Columbia Investment Management Corporation’s portfolio company, Corix.
  • Advised Carlyle & CCPIB through Maverick Aviation Partnership LP in connection with an agreement to acquire AMCK Aviation’s portfolio of aircraft.

Morrison Foerster

Bringing together ‘sophisticated, world-class M&A lawyers with a deep bench of technology experience‘, Morrison Foerster is especially well positioned to handle major deals in the tech space, but also excels in M&A involving the food, automotive, industrial, life sciences and financial services sectors. With deep California roots, the firm is a go-to destination for tech giants and Silicon Valley-based work with Brandon Parris in San Francisco leading on M&A, hostile takeovers and spin-offs for regional and global clients. In the same office, chair Eric McCrath is a prolific dealmaker who handles a mix of private and public M&A in the tech, media, gaming and consumer products sectors. The New York office also fields a dedicated team of M&A and private equity lawyers overseen by Spencer Klein, who has successfully closed numerous mergers, asset acquisitions and divestitures. Managing partner of the Miami office Randy Bullard is widely recognized for his cross-border capabilities. The firm recently expanded into Texas with the opening of its Austin office and arrival of corporate partner Steve Tyndall from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in March 2022.

Practice head(s):

Spencer Klein; Brandon Parris

Other key lawyers:

Eric McCrath; Mitchell Presser; Omar Pringle; Joseph Sulzbach; Teresa Tate; Steve Tyndall; Randy Bullard


‘They are extremely close to clients and go the extra mile to provide business-oriented and precise advice.’

‘Randy Bullard – great sector and negotiation skills.’

‘MoFo’s team combines sophisticated, world-class M&A lawyers with a deep bench of technology experience that is unique in the market.’

‘Randy Bullard has decades of experience negotiating complex cross border transactions with a tech focus. He is my go-to counsel for LatAm transactions with a tech focus.’

‘I’ve primarily worked with MOFO in the casino gaming M&A space. They are efficient and have a best in class knowledge of their clients and their clients’ industry. They intuitively understand the issues that drive deals and their clients’ decision-making process. This leads to an extremely high success rate in terms of not only completed deals, but also deals that are accretive in the long term.’

‘I’ve worked primarily with Brandon Parris. Simply put, he drives successful deals through an efficient, pragmatic approach that combines best in class legal and industry knowledge with a fundamental understanding of clients. This guidance empowers smart business decision-making.’’

‘MoFo excels in the ability to bring solutions to a variety of topics that usually appear in the context of large M&As. The firm navigates from corporate to tax, from labor to regulatory which, indeed, allow the General Counsel to have a clear visibility on what are the options and risks associated with each decision.’

‘Randy Bullard is certainly the best in class partner at MoFo. Randy is a very senior partner who can advise on multiple matters and spot issues that were not foreseen by other partners.’

Key clients

Alpine Investors

ATN International


Axalta Coating Systems

Bow River Capital

Boyd Gaming


Fidelio Capital AB

Fremont Macanta

Gemini Trust

Greenlane Holdings




MGG Investment Group LP


Paine Schwartz Partners

Rubicon Technology Partners

Santen Pharma

Sigma Defense Systems


Southwest Gas

Special New Fruit Licensing

Tene Capital

Tinicum L.P.

Trailhead Capital

Unity Technologies

Upland Software

Vimian Group AB

Work highlights

  • Advised Unity Software Inc. in connection with the definitive agreement under which ironSource will merge into a wholly owned subsidiary of Unity via an all-stock deal.
  • Advised Silver Crest Acquisition Corporation, a publicly traded SPAC backed by an Asia-based private equity firm, on its $1.4bn business combination with TH International Limited.
  • Represented SoftBank Group Corp. and SoftBank Vision Fund in the proposed $65bn sale of UK-headquartered multinational semiconductor and software design company Arm Limited to leading U.S. chip company NVIDIA.

Paul Hastings LLP

Offering a deep bench of coast-to-coast support, Paul Hastings LLP is a popular destination for high-end M&A, shareholder activism and takeover defense. The team handles an impressive transactional portfolio featuring several billion-dollar-plus deals in the TMT, life sciences, energy, infrastructure and retail sectors. The arrival of New York-based Eduardo Gallardo – counsel of choice for a plethora of public companies – from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in June 2022 to co-head the M&A practice bolstered its capabilities in takeover defense, shareholder activism and other contests for corporate control. In California, Steve Camahort is highly regarded for his M&A and corporate governance expertise; he is based in San Francisco and is a key contact for tech and life sciences clients. The firm has also continued to expand its platform in Texas.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Gallardo; Steve Camahort

Other key lawyers:

David Hernand; Robert Leung; Jeff Hartlin; Luis Gomar; Rocio Guadalupe Mendoza; Sean Monroe


‘The people at PH are excellent. Attentive to our specific needs (which at times are unlike other companies’).’

‘Sean Monroe: top-notch in every way. Smart, thoughtful, excellent approach. Trust him to represent us in any situation. Literally always available to us.’

This team is made up of well experienced experts in different areas. They are great solution providers and problem solver. As a multinational conglomerate, unpredicted issues may arise in or after transactions. However, with their hands on experiences, we are able to solve issues efficiently. We are comfortable and confident in working with them on any transactions. We know we are in good hands.

Key clients

Warner Bros. Disovery



Aerojet Rocketdyne


Hewlett Packard Enterprise


Intel Corporation


XOMA Corporation

Baker Hughes

Brookfield Asset Management

SilverBox Engaged Merger Corp I

Fox Corporation

Acorns Grow

Morgan Stanley

Cresco Labs

Macquarie Group

Scilex Holding Company

Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc.

Mitek Systems

Metals Acquisition Corp.

General Electric

Javelin Global Commodities Holdings LLP

Work highlights

  • Represented BHP in the sale via a merger of all of its petroleum assets to Woodside Energy in exchange for 49% of issued and outstanding stock of Woodside Energy.
  • Advised Aerojet Rocketdyne’s independent director slate in its successful defense against a Board takeover attempt by the company’s executive chairman.

Proskauer Rose LLP

A popular choice for public and privately-held companies as well as private equity sponsors, Proskauer Rose LLP‘s M&A practice is prolific in both strategic and PE transactions. Especially active in the worlds of media, technology, hospitality, sports, gaming and life sciences, the group is led by three M&A specialists based in the East and West Coast: Lauren Boglivi in New York is a leading figure in the M&A market, frequently advising on consequential deals in the media and entertainment industries; and Daniel Ganitsky in the same office manages a broad workload featuring cross-border M&A, public company transactions and financial advisor representations. Christopher Ahn recently strengthened the corporate offering in Los Angeles; previously the General Counsel of global brand James Perse, he joined the firm in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Lauren Boglivi; Daniel Ganitsky

Other key lawyers:

Michael Ellis; Christopher Ahn; Kunal Dogra

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

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Roundly praised by clients for its depth of expertise and ‘solution-oriented‘ approach, Vinson & Elkins LLP is routinely engaged in a variety of M&A work across a multitude of industries, including manufacturing, technology, telecoms and consumer goods, but particularly excels in energy and infrastructure-related transactions. A ‘go-to for large-scale M&A in the oil and gas industry‘, the firm is also a popular destination for private equity firms. The practice is under the joint leadership of John Grand in Dallas, and the Houston-based duo Sarah Morgan and Stephen Gill, the latter of whom is skilled in acting for public companies on shareholder activism defense issues. Also in Houston, Lande Spottswood has led on several complex strategic transactions in the industrial and energy sectors, while Robert Hughes is recurrently sought out by private equity firms, portfolio companies and public businesses.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Gill; Sarah Morgan; John Grand

Other key lawyers:

Doug McWilliams; Lande Spottswood; Dan Komarek; Benji Barron; Robert Hughes; Gabriel Silva


‘The team is phenomenal. They have every strength and capability you might need or desire. They are very collaborative and solution-oriented.’

‘Doug McWilliams and Lande Spottswood are the partners I recommend. They are very hands-on, practical, efficient and experienced.’

‘VE’s knowledge of the industry, their experience in many (if not most) of the large transactions in our industry, the depth of their team and their particular knowledge of oil and gas makes them our go-to firm for large-scale M&A in the oil and gas industry.’

‘Robert Hughes and Gabriel Silva are highly recommended for their hands-on, pragmatic approach.’

Key clients


Desert Peak Minerals

DigitalBridge Group, Inc.

EnCap Investments

Energy Transfer LP

Floworks International

Goldman Sachs

Goodrich Petroleum Corporation

Harold Hamm

MoneyGram International

Oasis Petroleum

Phillips 66 Partners

Pioneer Natural Resources

Preferred Apartment Communities

Sitio Royalties Corp.

Swiss Life Asset Management AG

Targa Resources Corp.

Woodside Petroleum Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Represented BCP Raptor Holdco, LP, the parent company of EagleClaw Midstream and a portfolio company of Blackstone and I Squared Capital, in its $9bn all-stock combination with Altus Midstream Company (NASDAQ: ALTM), a subsidiary of Apache Corporation.
  • Acting for MoneyGram International in the $1.8bn acquisition by Madison Dearborn Partners.
  • Assisted a consortium of investors led by Swiss Life Asset Management AG in the acquisition of a large minority interest in DataBank, a portfolio company of DigitalBridge Group, Inc.


Singled out for its credentials in conventional and renewable energy M&A, Akin handles domestic and multijurisdictional transactions for a diversity of clients, including public and private companies, private equity funds, family offices, SPACs, and hedge funds. Infrastructure, TMT, retail and consumer products are other sectors of focus for the department, which is led by the New York-based Zachary N. Wittenberg, a key contact for public and private M&A deals, distressed transactions and corporate governance matters. Wesley Williams in Dallas focuses on complex transactions in the oil and gas spaces, where he acts for private equity sponsors, and public and privately held companies.

Practice head(s):

Zachary Wittenberg

Other key lawyers:

Wesley Williams; Mary Lovely; Cole Bredthauer

Key clients

Tug Hill

New Fortress Energy

Double Eagle Energy

Triller Hold Co LLC

FireBird Energy

Work highlights

  • Represented Tug Hill Inc. and its affiliates in connection with the sale of upstream and midstream assets from oil & gas producer Tug Hill and pipeline company XcL Midstream to EQT Corporation for $5.2bn.
  • Acted for New Fortress Energy Inc. in the sale of 11 liquid natural gas infrastructure vessels to a new joint venture formed with Apollo Global Management Inc. in a deal valued at $2bn.
  • Advised FireBird Energy LLC on its agreement to sell all of its leasehold interests and related assets to Diamondback Energy Inc. in a cash-and-stock transaction valued at roughly $1.6bn.

Allen & Overy LLP

A host of domestic and international corporates turn to the team at Allen & Overy LLP for assistance in big-ticket M&A, most notably in the financial services, tech, energy and private equity spaces. William Schwitter in New York spearheads both the US corporate and private equity practices, bringing a wealth of experience in leveraged buyouts, strategic acquisitions and special committee fiduciary matters. In the same office, Stephen Besen stands out for his track record in multijurisdictional transactions, while Paul Burns is particularly noted for his wide experience in the life sciences and technology industries. The latter is a particular area of growth for the New York-based team, which also includes Dario de Martino. Jesse Debban, who joined from Farella Braun + Martel LLP in June 2022, expanded the M&A bench in San Francisco.

Practice head(s):

William Schwitter

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Besen; Paul Burns; Dario de Martino; Nick Marchica; Beth Troy; Jesse Deban


‘Excellent responsiveness, showing pragmatic decisiveness, but at the same time leaving no stone unturned where necessary.’

Key clients



Bridgepoint Capital Group Ltd

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)

Christie’s International SA

Element Materials Technology

Evonik Industries

GN Store Nord


IHS Holding Limited (IHS Towers)

Kreisel Electric


Soluciones Técnicas Integrales Norland (STi Norland)

Sumo Group

Sweet Harvest Foods Holdings LLC

The Population Council


Work highlights

  • Advised Altonomy Holdings Pte. Ltd. on its sale of Altonomy Pte., Ltd., its over-the-counter (OTC) and trade execution business subsidiary, to Blockchain.com Group Holdings, Inc.
  • Assisted Bridgepoint Group PLC and its portfolio company, PTV Group (PTV), in the add-on acquisition of Econolite Group, Inc.
  • Acted for Soluciones Técnicas Integrales Norland in connection with its sale to Array Technologies, Inc.

Bracewell LLP

Noted for its capabilities in the energy sector, Bracewell LLP works with a host of public and privately held businesses on a broad range of high-value deals, including mergers, stock sales, leveraged buyouts, dispositions and tender offers. Based in Texas, the practice is skilled at acting for special committees of boards of directors and financial advisors in M&A, and is also proficient in private equity investments. William Anderson, who advises on fiduciary duties, SEC compliance and transactions, and Charles Still, a key reference for energy players, leads the group from Houston. In the same office, Jason Jean is routinely engaged by private and public companies active in the upstream and midstream segments, and financial services clients in the context of M&A, business combinations and restructurings.

Practice head(s):

William Anderson; Charles Still

Other key lawyers:

Jason Jean; Lytch Gutmann; Benjamin Martin;

Key clients

Kinder Morgan, Inc.

Holly Energy Partners

Allegiance Bancshares, Inc..

Sabalo Energy, LLC

Evercore Partners, Inc.

Altus Midstream Company

Sol Systems LLC

Sixth Street Partners

Talos Law Carbon Solutions LLC

Titus Oil & Gas, LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Kinder Morgan, Inc. in its $1.225bn acquisition of Stagecoach Gas Services LLC, a natural gas pipeline and storage joint venture between Consolidated Edison, Inc. and Crestwood Equity Partners LP.
  • Assisted Holly Energy Partners in a set of transactions under which Holly Energy Partners, L.P. and HollyFrontier Corporation will acquire Sinclair Transportation Company and Sinclair Oil Corporation, respectively, from The Sinclair Companies for a combined value at announcement of approximately $2.6bn.
  • Representing Allegiance Bancshares, Inc. in the proposed merger with CBTX, Inc.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance‘s ‘deep knowledge of the market‘ makes the firm a strong choice for a diverse roster of corporates, private equity funds and asset managers operating in a range of industries. The magic circle player has the ability to manage multijurisdictional transactions out of its New York office. Global head of the corporate group Sarah Jones is particularly active in the consumer goods sector, where she advises multinational corporations on complex, cross-border M&A. Benjamin Sibbett – co-head of the US corporate and M&A department – often leads multidisciplinary teams in the context of corporate transactions in the media, healthcare, pharma and industrials segments. The team’s capabilities in the tech space and presence in Houston were strengthened by the arrival of Devika Kornbacher from Vinson & Elkins LLP in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Jones; Benjamin Sibbett

Other key lawyers:

David Brinton; Devika Kornbacher


‘This practice is unique as they have a great team of collaborative lawyers who will work tirelessly to ensure the completion of the deal.  They have deep knowledge of the market and provide commercial legal advice to ensure the completion of the deal.’

Key clients

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice



Corporate Property Associates 18 Incorporated

Hitachi Group

DigitalBridge Group, Inc.  (f/k/a Colony Capital Inc)


Telus Corp


ReadyCap Commercial LLC

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

Based in New York, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP consistently advises on high-value transactions for a broad sweep of institutional clients from the worlds of media, financial services, entertainment, consumer products and technology. The latter is a core area of strength for the group, which also stands out for its impressive track record in de-SPAC transactions. Seasoned in the full spectrum of M&A matters, the team has been particularly active in complex business combinations, unit sales and going private deals. Chair Charles Samuelson specializes in public and private M&A, including proxy contests and joint ventures. Deputy chair Kenneth Lefkowitz and Michael Traube are other names to note for negotiated and contested deals, as well as de-SPAC transactions and private equity investments.

Practice head(s):

Charles Samuelson

Other key lawyers:

Ken Lefkowitz; Michael Traube; Gary Simon; Scott Naturman; Carlos Lobo

Key clients

CF Acquisition Corp. VI


ISOS Acquisition Corp.

Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. (SC)

AMC Networks


Advance Local

Sun Auto Tire & Service, a portfolio company of Greenbriar Equity Group

Greenbriar Equity Group

Kensington Capital Acquisition Corp. IV

Wafra Capital Partners Inc. (WCP)


Spireon, a portfolio company of Greenbriar Equity Group

Work highlights

  • Advising CF Acquisition Corp. VI in a $2.1bn transaction with Rumble Inc. that will take the Canadian neutral video platform public.
  • Advising Kensington Capital Acquisition Corp. IV in its $939m business combination with Amprius Technologies, Inc.
  • Advising Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc.’s in its $2.5bn sale to parent company and majority shareholder Santander Holdings USA Inc.

Mayer Brown

Leading global companies and financial institutions turn to Mayer Brown for assistance in high-value M&A involving an array of industries, such as energy, heavy manufacturing, and financial services, among others. The team is spread across the US, with key presence in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Houston, New York, Palo Alto, and Washington DC. William Kucera is skilled at acting for buyers and sellers in acquisitions and divestitures, public and private mergers, as well as venture capital and private equity investments. He is based in the Chicago office, where Jodi Simala is noted for her transactional experience in the gaming, hospitality, fintech, automotive and financial services sectors. Sitting in New York, Martha McGarry is proficient in shareholder activism and corporate governance matters, while Philip Brandes is often sought out by private equity sponsors in relation cross-border transactions.

Practice head(s):

William Kucera; Jodi Simala; Martha McGarry; Philip Brandes

Key clients

ACE Limited

Alberta Investment Management Corporation

Ally Financial Inc.

ArcelorMittal SA

Assured Guaranty Ltd.

Benteler North America Corporation

bioMérieux S.A.

Caesars Entertainment Corporation

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Caterpillar Inc.

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation

Cummins Inc.

DIF Capital Partners

The Dow Chemical Company

Elkay Manufacturing Company, Inc.

Envestnet, Inc.

First Sentier Investors

GATX Corporation

George Weston Limited

Global Diversified Infrastructure Fund (North America)

Glory Global Solutions Inc.

Heitman Capital

LANXESS Corporation

LKCM Headwater Investments

Morningstar, Inc.

Nestlé S.A.

Northern Trust

One Planet Group, LLC

Prologis, Inc.

TC Energy Corporation

Tenneco Inc.

Tilia Holdings, LLC

TriState Capital Holdings, Inc

VAALCO Energy, Inc.

Walton Street Capital, L.L.C.

Wolters Kluwer United States Inc.

Yum! Brands

3i Group plc

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Praised for providing ‘sound advice that is grounded in the commercial realities of a transaction‘, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP works closely with its network of offices around the globe to advise sellers, buyers, investors, boards of directors and private equity funds on complex transactions and corporate governance issues. Andrew Milano in New York and Philadelphia-based Benjamin Wills jointly oversee the global M&A practice; both practitioners bring together deep experience in domestic and cross-border transactions in an array of sectors, including life sciences, energy, technology and financial services.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Milano; Benjamin Wills

Other key lawyers:

Richard Aldridge; Laurie Cerveny; Conor Larkin


‘Morgan Lewis provides sound advice that is grounded in the commercial realities of a transaction. They are pragmatic, collaborative and professional in their approach, putting the client’s needs above all else. Their full-service offering capabilities mean they are a one-stop shop.’

‘Morgan Lewis has a staff of attorneys with broad experience in deals across all sectors, with a particular ability to understand the key business drivers behind a deal and focus on the issues critical to each client’s definition of a successful transaction. They don’t come in “knowing what the client needs” but instead listen carefully to the client and apply their expertise toward the client’s goals. They add tremendous value by working to understand their clients.’

Key clients

Apollo Global Management

HF Sinclair

A.P. Moeller- Maersk


Shiseido Americas Corporation




HollyFrontier Corp.

Jefferies Financial Corp.

Work highlights

  • Represented HollyFrontier Corporation in the $2.1bn acquisition by HollyFrontier and Holly Energy Partners, L.P. of Sinclair Oil Corporation and Sinclair Transportation Company, respectively, from The Sinclair Companies.
  • Represented A.P. Moller-Maersk in the $1.7bn acquisition of Pilot Freight Services from ATL Partners and British Columbia Investment Management Corporation.