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Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

WORLDWIDE PLAZA, 825 EIGHTH AVENUE, 10019-7475, USA
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Work +1 212 474 1000
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Fax +1 212 474 3700
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London, NEW YORK

Robert Townsend III

Tel:
Work +1 (212) 474-1964
Email:
Web:
www.cravath.com/rtownsend/
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Work Department

Corporate

Position

Robert I. Townsend, III is the Head of Cravath’s Mergers and Acquisitions practice for North America. His practice focuses primarily on all types of M&A transactions, corporate governance matters and activist defense. Mr. Townsend’s clients have included AmerisourceBergen, Anheuser‑Busch InBev, Brink’s, Brunswick, Cincinnati Bell, Conduent, Frontier Communications, Johnson & Johnson, MacAndrews & Forbes, Martin Marietta Materials, Nestlé, Olin, OUTFRONT Media, Pinnacle Foods, Quest Diagnostics, Scientific Games, Stanley Black & Decker and US Foods.


United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

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

Within: Leading lawyers

Robert Townsend - Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

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

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP has maintained a significant market share of big-ticket M&A transactions, despite the relatively small size of its M&A department and the firm's small global presence (with offices in New York and London) compared to other tier one competitors. Its much celebrated rotation system ensures that associates and partners are able to apply their big picture experience and expertise in complex transactions. The firm has a much greater emphasis on strategic corporate acquirers than financial sponsors and private equity houses, compared to many of its natural competitors. It continues to impress in cross-border transactions where it advises both US and foreign multinationals. Clients include AXA, British American Tobacco, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Royal Dutch Shell and The Walt Disney Company. In 2018, the firm advised Time Warner on the completion of its $108.7bn sale to AT&T and advised The Walt Disney Company on its pending $85bn acquisition of Twenty-First Century Fox. Moreover, it advised The Linde Group on its immensely complex and pending $70bn merger of equals with Praxair and Barrick Gold on its pending $18.3bn merger with Randgold Resources. The firm has 'super lawyers' with the firm's presiding partner Faiza Saeed further cementing her leading position in the market with a string of headline deals, including the previously mentioned Time Warner and Walt Disney transactions. Richard Hall also continues to impress with his exemplary deal experience, as does Mark Greene and Robert Townsend. Damien Zoubek  is gaining further recognition in the market for advising the likes of Johnson & Johnson in headline transactions, while Keith Hallam, Ting Chen and Aaron Gruber are among those expected to achieve similar prominence in the future.

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Shareholder activism

Within: Shareholder activism

Key names at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP include Robert Townsend and Keith Hallam, who advised Cincinnati Bell on its successful defense of a proxy campaign brought by GAMCO over three board seats. Also recommended are George Schoen and Ting Chen, who advised Avon Products on a nomination agreement with Barington Capital.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Telecoms and broadcast: transactional

Within: Leading lawyers

Robert Townsend - Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Within: Telecoms and broadcast: transactional

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP's New York-based team provides telecoms clients with high-value M&A and capital markets services, with a particular focus on transformative, large-scale acquisitions. The firm is experienced on both sides of the M&A table, acting as sell-side counsel in Time Warner's acquisition by AT&T, a market-shaping deal worth $109bn, and on the buy side on behalf of Disney regarding its pending $85bn acquisition of 21st Century Fox. Robert Townsend leads the group and specializes in complex M&A transactions, recently advising Cincinnati Bell on its $650m acquisition of Hawaiian Telecom. Faiza Saeed and George Schoen are key contacts for clients operating in the broadcasting and content delivery space; both advised on the Time Warner and Disney deals. Financing specialist Tatiana Lapushchik advised Citibank and JP Morgan in their provision of $10bn credit facilities to The Walt Disney Company. Capital markets expert William Fogg recently handled data center operator Cyrus One's $570m registered common stock offering, while Johnny Skumpija and Stephen Burns advised Crown Castle International on a $1bn debt offering and $831m stock offering.

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