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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

919 THIRD AVENUE, NEW YORK, NY 10022, USA
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Work +1 212 909 6000
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Paul Bird

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Work Department

Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Corporate Governance, Health Care & Life Sciences

Position

Partner

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

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

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

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is commended for the 'sophistication and scope' of its practice. It continues to impress in a range of sectors, especially healthcare, TMT, insurance and financial institutions, and private equity. The firm has worked hard to develop its sector expertise over the last decade, streamlining efforts with certain M&A practitioners given the task of focusing on individual industries alongside colleagues from other departments. Few firms now have the same level of combined M&A and regulatory expertise in its chosen focus sectors. Clients include Discovery Communications, Johnson & Johnson, HCA, International Paper, Pitney Bowes, Tribune Media, Time and Verizon Communications. In a uniquely complex transaction, involving multiple moving parts, it advised long-term private equity client Clayton, Dubilier & Rice on its $2.4bn acquisition of New York-listed Ply Gem in a take private transaction alongside a parallel purchase of Atrium Windows & Doors and then merger of Atrium with Ply Gem. It followed this deal with a series of add-on transactions for Ply Gem culminating in its $5.5bn stock-for-stock combination with NCI Building Systems. In the mega-deal space, it advised Discovery Communications on its $14.6bn acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive and further illustrated its expertise in the media sector with a number of deals for Tribune Media including its proposed $6.6bn sale to Sinclair Broadcast Group, which was eventually terminated. The senior team has expanded considerably in recent years with a series of partner promotions, including Sue Meng, who is 'a strong lawyer who gets amazing amounts of work done', Uri Herzberg, Alexander Cochran and Jennifer Chu. It now has 'a fantastic mix of senior lawyer oversight with outstanding transaction lawyers and associates', which are praised for their 'brilliance and interpersonal skills'. Clients also highlight 'the level of integration and coordination among the practice areas', which 'operate seamlessly with one another on the various aspects of a deal'. Jeffrey Rosen is 'a brilliant strategist and negotiator' and Paul Bird is another senior name with a wealth of big transaction experience. Practice co-head Michael Diz is 'a strong and capable young partner', 'demonstrates a long-term commitment to  learn and truly understanding clients' businesses and strategies' and 'develops positive working relationships with in-house counsel and business leaders'. Kevin Rinker, who also co-heads the M&A group, has an excellent record in healthcare deals. Also recommended are Gregory Gooding and William Regner, the latter of whom has been noted as 'another strong corporate finance and M&A professional'.

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Private equity buyouts

Within: Leading lawyers

Paul Bird - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Within: Private equity buyouts

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has 'a very high quality practice', most notably in the healthcare, financial services, insurance, technology, media and telecoms sectors. The team is 'responsive and commercially adept', 'balances the business objectives of clients while being realistic about likely exposures, threats and issues, and has a proven track record of creatively designing structures and solutions'. The firm is consistently recognized for its private equity funds formation department, which has proved fundamental to the build-out of its client portfolio and the success of the buyouts practice. Additional strength in leveraged finance, employee benefits, executive compensation, tax, litigation and deep regulatory knowledge is key to the team's performance. Clients include Blackstone, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, The Carlyle Group, Cerberus Capital Management, Kelso & Co, Providence Equity Partners, Temasek and long-term anchor client Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R). Paul Bird is a senior figure within the sector, known for advising the likes of CD&R and Carlyle; he led the team that advised CD&R on its purchase of New York-listed Ply Gem Holdings through a $2.4bn take-private transaction. Kevin Schmidt is 'outstanding', 'a thoughtful business adviser', 'technically sharp', 'has a no-nonsense approach', 'is someone who looks to get the deal done by protecting the client's interests but focusing on what matters' and is 'thoughtful, energetic and responsive': he led the team that advised CF Corporation and Blackstone on the $1.83bn all-cash acquisition of Fidelity & Guaranty Life. Kevin Rinker has a notably strong record in healthcare deals and 'doesn't need to win every point just for the sake of it, but rather focus on what is most important'. Andrew Bab is a leader in healthcare deals and led the team that advised a consortium featuring TPG Capital and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe (WCAS) on its $4.1bn acquisition of Kindred Healthcare, resulting in Kindred to operate as a standalone company with Humana owning 40% and TPG and WCAS taking a 60% share; Kindred’s LTAC hospitals, IRFs and contract rehabilitation services businesses became a separate specialty hospital company owned by TPG and WCAS. Gregory Gooding is 'very smart and pragmatic' and recommended for financial services deals. Jennifer Chu and Uri Herzberg are emerging names, as is Christopher Anthony, who was promoted to partner in 2018.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Telecoms and broadcast: transactional

Within: Telecoms and broadcast: transactional

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP¬†provides the full spectrum of transaction services, but is notable for its work with large financial advisers on high-value transactions.¬†Jonathan Levitsky¬†works across both public and private M&A mandates, and recently handled work for Discovery Communications in connection with its $14.6bn acquisition of Scripps Networks, advised the Carlyle Group on acquiring Crestview Partner's shareholding in live broadcast company NEP, and advised Spruce House Investment Management on its $170m investment in GTT Communications. Levitsky, along with M&A specialist¬†Paul Bird, advised Tribune Media on its now-cancelled sale to Sinclair Broadcast Group, and currently advises on Tribune's pending $6.4bn sale to Nexstar Media Group, one of the largest upcoming deals in the broadcast market. Levitsky leads the group along with¬†Michael Gillespie¬†and¬†Michael Diz, both of whom specialize in telecoms and media transactions. Other prominent team members include¬†William Regner¬†and¬†Jeffrey Rosen, who¬†have a strong track record of work with large financial advisers, including clients such as Guggenheim Securities, Morgan Stanley, and JP Morgan Securities. Latin American media conglomerate¬†Globo Comunica√ß√£o e Participa√ß√Ķes, private equity firms Spruce House Investment Management, and broadcast company MSG networks are other notable names among the firm's client list.

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