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Catherine J Dargan

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Catherine Dargan is Co-Chair of Covington’s mergers and acquisitions practice and a member of the firm’s Management Committee. Ms. Dargan has advised numerous companies on their major strategic transactions for more than 20 years. She has been recently named as one of the “Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A” by Mergers & Acquisitions magazine, “Best in M&A” by LMG Euromoney, and among The National Law Journal’s "Outstanding Women Lawyers."

She has broad experience in mergers and acquisitions, both public and private, and strategic partnering arrangements. Recent highlights include representing Astellas in its $3 billion acquisition of gene therapy company, Audentes Therapeutics; Merck in its $2.7 billion acquisition of ArQule and its €2.1 billion acquisition of Antelliq; and Aristocrat in its $990 million acquisition of Big Fish Games.

In addition to structuring and negotiating transactions, she assists clients with corporate governance, compliance and other matters. Ms. Dargan also regularly advises clients on a variety of commercial agreements relating to manufacturing, supply, and distribution of core products. She represents clients in a variety of industries including life sciences, consumer products, technology, defense and government contracting, media, sports, and equipment and manufacturing.


Harvard Law School, JD, 1994; Stanford University, AB, 1991.