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Latham & Watkins LLP

Bradley C. Faris

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Bradley Faris is global Co-chair of the firm's Mergers & Acquisitions Practice. Mr. Faris has a broad mergers and acquisitions practice, including:

  • Public and private mergers and acquisitions
  • Friendly and unsolicited tender offers
  • Cross-border transactions and divisional carve-outs
  • Going-private transactions
  • Shareholder activism and takeover defense counseling
  • Advising independent directors in conflict of interest transactions

Position

Partner

Career

https://www.lw.com/people/bradley-faris


United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

Corporate governance

Within: Corporate governance

Latham & Watkins LLP advises company-side clients in shareholder activism campaigns, as well as assisting with public company regulatory and hostile takeover defense matters. Keith Halverstam, Thomas Malone and Orange County-based Charles Ruck advised Cognizant Technology Solutions on a campaign by Elliott Management, which ended with the addition of three directors to the board, one of whom was nominated by Elliott. Chicago-based Bradley Faris led a team advising Accuride Corporation, which obtained shareholder approval for its sale to funds managed by Crestview Advisors despite the objection of a 19% owner. Thomas Christopher represented NRG Energy in its battle with both Elliott Management and Bluescape Energy Partners. In Los Angeles, Steven Stokdyk and Paul Tosetti advised Motorcar Parts of America on defending an activist campaign, while in San Diego Craig Garner advised ViaSat Inc on its subjection to an alleged ‘bear raid’. Joel Trotter in Washington DC is a key name of note for governance and securities reviews - he advised VEON, formerly known as VimpelCom, on issues regarding its status as a Nasdaq-listed foreign private issuer. Other clients for general public company securities and governance matters include Energy Transfer Partners, Allergan, Caesars Entertainment and Advanced Micro Devices. Unless indicated otherwise, named attorneys are based in New York.

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

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

For a firm that did not originate in New York, Latham & Watkins LLP has an incredibly impressive profile in what is the key deal hub for the US and in many ways the world. It also has considerable M&A strength in other major US cities and across its impressive international network. Domestically, its strength on the West Coast is especially notable, particularly in semiconductor and life science industry deals, and it also has considerable strength in Chicago and in Houston. Internationally, it has invested heavily in building up its strength in Europe and Asia. This has positioned the firm as a go to for large-cap domestic and cross-border deals, and clients include the likes of Siemens, Broadcom, Virgin America, Emerson Electric, Anadarko Petroleum, Energy Transfer Partners and ICU Medical. The firm advised Siemens on its $4.5bn acquisition of Mentor Graphics and represented Virgin America in its $4.43bn reverse triangular merger with Alaska Air Group. The Silicon Valley office continued to lead the advice to Broadcom on its $5.9bn acquisition of Brocade Communications Systems, the fiber channel storage area network switching and IP networking company. And a multi-jurisdictional team continued to advise FMC Technologies on its $13bn cross-border merger of equals with French company Technip. New York’s David Allinson leads the M&A department along with Chicago-based ‘great M&A attorneyBradley Faris and Luke Bergstrom in Silicon Valley. Orange County’s Charles Ruck is a leader in big-ticket pharmaceuticals and life sciences deals. New York’s Mark Gerstein is another class act, as are fellow New York partners Adel Aslani-Far and Ted Sonnenschein, and William Finnegan in Houston, who recently advised Energy Transfer Partners on its $21.3bn sale to Sunoco Logistics Partners. Peter Harwich joined from Allen & Overy LLP in September 2017.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)

Within: Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)

At Latham & Watkins LLP, Jennifer Archie in Washington DC, Serrin Turner in New York and Michael Rubin in San Francisco jointly head the department; Archie is the key name for data privacy work, Turner handles cybersecurity matters and Rubin, who joined the firm in 2017 from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, regularly acts for technology companies. Turn and Vizio are clients; Archie represented the latter in an investigation by the FTC regarding new data collection and use practices. Other highlights included Rubin defending LG Electronics in a class action alleging that its smart televisions violate VPPA, Bradley Faris in Chicago advising Aon on its acquisition of cybersecurity firm Stroz Friedberg, and Archie assisting Endurance International Group with its acquisition of emailing marketing firm Constant Contact and subsequent data issues.

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