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Francis J Aquila

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Member of Firm Management Committee and Global Head of S&C’s M&A Practice. Described by The Financial Times as “one of the most influential and high-profile M&A and corporate lawyers in the U.S.” who has “played a role in many of the largest and most complex deals.” Profiled by The Wall Street Journal as one of the top dealmakers of 2019 and 2018. During his career he has been called upon by global leaders such as Amgen, Andeavor, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Cheniere, Diageo, Diebold Nixdorf, International Airline Group, Kraft, Navistar International, Novartis, Tiffany & Co. and United Rentals to advise them and their boards of directors on M&A, proxy contests, activism, unsolicited bids, corporate governance, crisis management and a range of matters affecting corporate policy and strategy. Consistently recognized as one of the world’s leading M&A lawyers, including AmLaw’s “Dealmaker of the Year,” Best Lawyers in America’s Corporate Governance “Lawyer of the Year,” Atlas Award’s “Global M&A Lawyer of the Year,” Who’s Who Legal for M&A/Corporate Governance, National Law Journal’s “M&A Trailblazer,” three-time Law360 MVP, NACD “Directorship 100,” two-time winner of the Burton Award for Legal Achievement and ABA’s “Legal Rebel.”


Brooklyn Law School (JD, 1983); Columbia University (AB, 1979).


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Corporate M&A 2020 Introduction

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