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Dechert LLP

1095 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS, NEW YORK, NY 10036-6797, USA
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Work +1 212 698 3500
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Fax +1 212 698 3599
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www.dechert.com

Nazim Zilkha

Tel:
Work +1 212 698 3654
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Dechert LLP

Work Department

Corporate & Securities

Career

Nazim ("Naz") Zilkha has more than 25 years of experience advising public and privately-held corporations, private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies and institutional and other clients on U.S. and international transactions, including private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings and other capital markets transactions, joint ventures and restructuring matters. He also advises clients on corporate governance and general corporate matters, as well as compliance with ongoing disclosure and other obligations under the federal securities laws.

With experience across a variety of industries, Mr. Zilkha has deep expertise representing clients in connection with complex cross-border transactions around the world. In particular, he utilizes complex tax planning to maximize efficiencies for U.S.-based clients undertaking investments in foreign-based assets and business operations.

Education

  • Duke University, B.A., 1987, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society
  • Duke University School of Law, J.D., 1990


United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

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

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

Dechert LLP's increasing global prominence and dedication to the private equity segment has further bolstered its standing in strategic M&A. Moreover, its commitment to developing an international antitrust team, its strong CFIUS credentials and its experienced tax groups in key money centers, has further enabled it to gain traction in cross-border M&A. The 'world-class' team 'is always thinking several steps ahead', 'anticipates key deal structuring issues and presents innovative solutions'. It consistently outperforms many top Wall Street firms, according to one client. It is 'very thorough' and delivers 'a quick turn around, responsiveness, precision and good internal communications across disciplines'. It has an especially fine record in financial services, life sciences and healthcare transactions. Clients include B&G Foods, Crown Holdings, Differential Brands Group and H&E Equipment Services. It advised SK hynix as part of a Bain Capital-led consortium that acquired Toshiba’s NAND flash memory and solid-state drive business for $18bn. It also advised Crown Holdings on its $3.91bn acquisition of Signode Industrial Group Holdings, the global provider of transit packaging systems and solutions, from The Carlyle Group. Mark Thierfelder, chair of the global corporate and securities practice, has played an anchor role in increasing the team's status globally and in New York especially; he is 'a truly excellent deal lawyer' and 'his strategic guidance is invaluable'. Philadelphia's William Lawlor heads the global corporate governance practice and is an experienced domestic and cross-border M&A expert, as is Philadelphia partner Ian Hartman. Jonathan Kim, Christian Matarese, Markus Bolsinger and Naz Zilkha are also highly rated. Derek Winokur is 'super smart, super hardworking, and a genuinely really nice guy', he 'presents savvy negotiating tactics and superior M&A technical advice' and 'knows how to manage a relationship to ensure win-win outcomes'. All partners are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

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Private equity buyouts

Within: Private equity buyouts

Dechert LLP has further elevated itself in the private equity arena thanks to a series of headline and high-value transactions. Clients highlight the 'best-in-class' team's abilities in 'important and complex deals', where it provides 'valuable and insightful advice',  'a balanced commercial point of view' and a 'seamlessly integrated deal team'. It delivers a 'quick turn-around, responsiveness, precision and good internal communications across disciplines', and is praised for its 'understanding of investment parameters and risk tolerance combined with knowledge of the marketplace'. Building on its middle to upper-middle market credentials, it advised GIC on a strategic partnership between a Blackstone-led consortium (including GIC) and Thomson Reuters for the consortium to acquire a 55% stake in Refinitiv, the newly created entity to hold Thomson Reuters’ Financial & Risk (F&R) business. It also advised SK hynix, a Korean chipmaker, as part of a Bain Capital-led consortium which acquired Toshiba’s memory chip business for $18bn. It remains active in its classic middle to upper-middle market space and advised long-term client Court Square Capital Partners on the $2.02bn sale of Rocket Software to Bain Capital. Other clients include Bregal Partners, Centre Partners, Certares, MSD Partners and One Equity Partners. Chair of the global private equity practice Mark Thierfelder is 'very quick at understanding the issue', has 'enormous expertise', 'provides great insights and advice, is a shrewd and effective negotiator, is able to quickly staff appropriate resources, and is always responsive and available'. Philadelphia's Geraldine Sinatra is another senior member of the practice, as are Naz Zilkha, Markus Bolsinger, who is 'a good overall adviser', and Philadelphia partner Ken Young. Christian Matarese is 'a great young partner' and Gareth Clark is 'very knowledgeable, responsive, hard working and dedicated'. Jonathan Kim, 'an exceptional attorney' and Washington DC partner Bernado Piereck are 'terrific to work with'. Sarah Kupferman is 'a fantastic senior associate who runs transactions with confidence and will be a phenomenal M&A partner'. All partners are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

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