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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

Keith Hallam

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Work +1 (212) 474-1458
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www.cravath.com/khallam/
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Work Department

Corporate

Position

Keith Hallam is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. His practice primarily focuses on mergers and acquisitions and activist defense. Mr. Hallam also advises corporations and their directors on general corporate and governance matters. His clients have included AerCap, Aerion, Affiliated Computer Services, Alere, AmerisourceBergen, Ashland, ATK, Avon, Banco Santander, Biogen, Brightline, Brunswick, Casey’s General Stores, Cincinnati Bell, CommScope, Conduent, Delta Air Lines, Florida East Coast Railway, The Fresh Market, Hertz, IBM, JBS, Lender Processing Services, Martin Marietta, Naspers, NCR, Parker Hannifin, Pilgrim’s Pride, Pinnacle Foods, Starwood Hotels, Unilever, US Foods, UTi Worldwide and Xerox.


United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

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

Within: Next Generation Partners

Keith Hallam - 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

Technology transactions

Within: Next Generation Partners

Keith Hallam - Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Within: Technology transactions

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP has extensive experience advising blockchain, media, biotech and software companies on matters including joint venture and M&A-driven technology licensing deals and development contracts involving cybersecurity and artificial intelligence. Faiza J. Saeed and practice co-head David J. Kappos, who are both based in New York, are advising The Walt Disney Company in connection with its pending $85bn acquisition of 21st Century Fox, which involves agreements for a multitude of copyright-based domain names and film production technology. Kappos also advised Biogen on its expansion of its existing agreement with pharmaceuticals company Eisai to jointly develop and commercialize certain Alzheimer’s disease treatments. Other New York contacts include Keith Hallam and practice co-head George F. Schoen, the latter of whom acted for Warner Media in its investment in NewTV as a part of its $1bn initial funding round. Allison M. Wein was promoted to partner in January 2019.

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