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Taurie M. Zeitzer

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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

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Corporate, Private Equity Transactions, Mergers & Acquisitions



J.D., Columbia Law School, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; B.A., Duke University

United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

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

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

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP has continued its inexorable rise since the arrival of M&A superstar Scott Barshay in 2016. In 2018, he and the team were engaged by International Business Machines (IBM) to advise on its $34bn acquisition of Red Hat, creating the world’s largest hybrid cloud provider. Barshay also led the team that represented Qualcomm in connection with the $130bn unsolicited offer for the company from global semiconductor leader Broadcom; this was the biggest successful hostile takeover defense in the history of M&A. The firm's leading litigation practice provides additional firepower to the M&A team's historically outstanding record in hostile takeovers, proxy fights and activist defense work. Clients praise the department's 'depth of experience on complex, large scale transactions',  'the judgments of the team which tend to be superior to other firms'  and 'the scale of the team means clients are well covered and never left to fend for themselves or left with junior associates who are not equal to the tasks at hand'. Clients also highlight the team's 'open communication, business acumen and pragmatism'. Of the key partners in the team, the previously mentioned Barshay is 'perhaps the best M&A lawyer on Wall Street', 'has decades of experience which gives him excellent insight and judgment', 'works collaboratively with clients to deliver seamless advice',  and is 'excellent at seeing around corners and anticipating the moves of the other side'. Chair of the corporate department Robert Schumer is another outstanding practitioner who is 'one of the most practical and business oriented thinkers', according to a leading partner at a rival firm. He led the team that advised the special committee of the board of directors of Invitation Homes in connection with its merger of equals with Starwood Waypoint Homes. Other key M&A partners include Jeffrey Marell, David Klein and Steven Williams. Private equity stars Taurie Zeitzer and Matthew Abbott are also key contributors to the success of the M&A practice. 

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Private equity buyouts

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Taurie Zeitzer - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Within: Private equity buyouts

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP impresses in on both large-cap and mid-market deals. It continues to be strongly associated with Apollo Global Management, along with a number of other prominent private equity houses such as General Atlantic, Kohlberg & Co, KPS Capital Partners and Oak Hill Capital Partners. 'Client service is second-to-none' thanks to 'first-rate lawyers' and 'excellent associates that are engaged on repeat matters' to ensure strong knowledge of the client. 'There are no weak players on the bench' in a team of 'unbelievably smart and engaged lawyers who fundamentally care about making sure clients are well looked-after'. The firm advised Apollo on a series of notable deals in 2018, including its $1bn acquisition of a number of energy sector investments from GE Capital; it also advised portfolio company MPM Holdings on its $3.1bn sale to SJL Partners, KCC Corporation and Wonik QnC. General Atlantic also provides the firm with a regular flow of instructions, including the recent $3.6bn sale of eviCore healthcare to Express Scripts. Taurie Zeitzer is at the forefront of the firm's relationship with Apollo and has exceptional heavyweight deal experience. Matthew Abbott, the lead relationship partner for General Atlantic, is 'one of the best M&A lawyers of his generation' and 'a firm but likeable negotiator who instills confidence at the highest levels of clients' organizations'. Neil Goldman is 'an extremely talented and thorough lawyer who will catch every issue, provide commercial advice, and always get the job done'. Angelo Bonvino is another key partner, advising the likes of Kohlberg & Co, KPS Capital and Oak Hill. Carl Reisner is hugely experienced private equity specialist and John Scott is another regular adviser to Apollo. Ellen Ching is also recommended by clients. The team is based in New York.

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