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Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

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Co-Chairmen of the Executive Committee: Edward D Herlihy, Daniel A Neff

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz enjoys a global reputation as one of the world’s leading business law firms. The firm regularly handles many of the largest and most complex transactions, investigations and litigations in the United States and around the world. Wachtell Lipton has contributed to major evolutions in corporate law in order to advance the interests of its clients. Wachtell Lipton originated the “poison pill”; structured the first cross-border “Morris Trust” transaction between SmithKline Beckman and Beecham; and has been involved in – and litigated – transactions giving rise to most of the landmark takeover and corporate governance decisions in Delaware. Wachtell Lipton approaches its clients’ legal issues within the larger framework of each client’s strategic, business and financial goals. The firm focuses on matters that require the attention, extensive experience, expertise and reputation of its partners. The firm does not handle routine matters; limits the number and type of matters it undertakes; and operates with a ratio of partners to associates far above those of its major competitors.

Corporate
Wachtell Lipton counsels both public and private acquirers and targets, advising on a wide range of corporate matters, including US, cross-border and international mergers and acquisitions, private equity and strategic investments, spin-offs and split-ups, and securities offerings and other capital-raising transactions. The firm is recognised for its leadership in takeover defence, shareholder activism and corporate governance. The firm has represented the NYSE in connection with the Exchange’s listing standards and corporate governance initiatives for listed companies and has advised special committees of boards of directors.

Litigation
Wachtell Lipton has represented clients in some of the world’s largest and most complex disputes, including domestic and cross-border deal litigation, corporate governance disputes, white collar and regulatory defense, commercial litigation, securities litigation, bankruptcy litigation, complex settlements, appeals, and arbitration. The firm’s litigators have a long history of handling cutting-edge merger litigation, including many of the most significant takeover defense battles in history. Wachtell Lipton is called upon to play a central role in high stakes and high-profile matters generally, including litigation related to the tragic events of 9/11, the recent financial crisis, and other litigations with fundamental consequences for their clients. Wachtell Lipton also assists their clients with sensitive internal and law enforcement investigations. In addition, the firm’s litigators engage in significant pro bono activity at both the trial and appellate court levels, write and speak in areas of expertise, and teach at the nation’s top law schools.

Restructuring & Finance
Wachtell Lipton’s unique, integrated restructuring and finance practice combines deep expertise in both disciplines. The result is unmatched experience in acquisition financing, distressed mergers and acquisitions, capital structure design, liability management, restructurings and workouts, insolvency litigation and debt-related activism. The group knows how capital structures work under ideal conditions and under stress, enabling the team to help clients throughout the life cycles of their investments. The restructuring practice is regularly involved in the most high-profile insolvency matters in the United States and around the world representing major creditors, including banks and investment firms, in chapter 11 cases and out-of-court restructurings. In addition, the practice advises clients on acquisitions and divestitures of businesses in financial distress and other strategic transactions involving debtor-creditor issues, bringing to bear the full expertise of both the firm’s restructuring and preeminent mergers and acquisitions practices. The group has an extensive record representing major parties in litigation relating to bankruptcy cases and other debt-related issues, having represented JPMorgan Chase in its successful defense of multi-billion dollar actions brought by the Lehman Brothers estate, the trustee for Bernard Madoff’s brokerage firm and the unsecured creditors committee of General Motors. The firm’s financing practice focuses on financing complex and transformative corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and spin-offs, bank debt and capital markets transactions, investment grade and high-yield. The firm’s financing practice has become a pioneer in developing acquisition financing platforms that help its clients weather the ups and downs in the business cycle.

Antitrust
Wachtell Lipton’s leading antitrust practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and government investigations, including international antitrust and banking antitrust issues. The firm’s antitrust group analyses transactions to determine whether they raise antitrust issues, develops strategies to address those potential concerns, and represents clients before the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, state attorneys general and foreign antitrust enforcement authorities, and in litigation, challenging transactions on antitrust grounds. The antitrust group takes a leading role in virtually all of the mergers and acquisitions in which the firm is involved.

Executive Compensation & Benefits
Wachtell Lipton has a leading executive compensation and benefits practice and works closely with the most senior executives of its largest clients to address the most sensitive issues facing public and private companies both in the deal and non-deal contexts.
Management succession, board composition and similar issues are essential to the success of business combinations, and executive compensation arrangements often are the foundation of people-based businesses. The practice continues to evolve as tax rules, securities laws and corporate governance standards relating to executive compensation continue to expand in response to scrutiny by shareholder activists and the popular press.

Tax
Wachtell Lipton has a leading tax practice advising clients on tax aspects of corporate reorganisations, acquisitions, spin-offs and other dispositions, financings, restructurings and joint ventures. These transactions frequently involve large multinational businesses and raise complex domestic and multinational tax issues. Tax considerations often determine the form and the viability of contemplated transactions. In distressed market conditions, the tax group works together with the corporate and restructuring and finance teams to restructure existing financial arrangements, including those arising out of private equity and other leveraged transactions. The group is also involved in creating new financial products and in innovative real estate transactions. The tax group regularly publishes and lectures on emerging tax issues and actively participates in the work of tax policy groups, such as the Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association and the International Fiscal Association.

Real Estate M&A
Wachtell Lipton has a leading real estate M&A practice focusing on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate governance, restructurings and joint ventures across the REIT, real estate, hospitality and gaming sectors. The firm consistently plays an active role in major transactions in these sectors, with an emphasis on large-scale public company M&A and strategic transactions. We have played a leading role in the redevelopment of the World Trade Center and in many of the significant REIT mergers, buyouts and takeovers over the last decade.

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz rankings

Global Guide 2022
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Global: Multi-Jurisdictional
Corporate/M&A
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USA
Banking & Finance: Mainly Regulatory
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Lawyers
Edward D Herlihy
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Edward D Herlihy
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Bankruptcy/Restructuring
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Richard G Mason
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Richard G Mason
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Scott K Charles
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Scott K Charles
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Bankruptcy/Restructuring: The Elite
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Bankruptcy/Restructuring: The Elite
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Bankruptcy/Restructuring: The Elite
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Competition/Antitrust
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Ilene Knable Gotts
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Ilene Knable Gotts
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Corporate Crime & Investigations
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Martin Lipton
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Martin Lipton
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Senior Statespeople
Adam O Emmerich
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Adam O Emmerich
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Band 1
Andrew R Brownstein
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Andrew R Brownstein
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Band 1
Daniel A Neff
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Daniel A Neff
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Band 1
David A Katz
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David A Katz
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Band 1
Edward D Herlihy
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Edward D Herlihy
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Band 1
Andrew J Nussbaum
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Andrew J Nussbaum
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Steven A Rosenblum
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Steven A Rosenblum
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Igor Kirman
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Igor Kirman
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Trevor Norwitz
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Trevor Norwitz
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Disputes (International & Cross-Border)
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