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Drafting and Negotiating Corporate Agreements 2017


Speaker(s): Ackneil M. Muldrow III, Alyssa A. Grikscheit, David B. Feirstein, P.C., Jack S. Bodner, Jacqueline P. Rubin, Kristen V. Campana, Michael S. Sackheim
Recorded on: Jan. 6, 2017
PLI Program #: 185968

Ackneil M. Muldrow III, Partner in the New York office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Ackneil M. (Trey) Muldrow, III principally focuses his practice on merger and acquisition transactions and corporate governance counseling.

Education: J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1995; A.B., Princeton University, 1992; Bar Admissions, New York.

Corporate • Mergers and Acquisitions • Corporate Governance • Private Equity • Special Situations

Mr. Muldrow draws upon over 20 years of legal experience when providing legal advice to clients in complex domestic and international transactions. Mr. Muldrow’s transactional experience includes mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and control and minority investments across a variety of industry sectors. Mr. Muldrow’s clients have included a wide range of corporations, private equity and hedge funds as well as sovereign and fundless sponsors.

In addition to his transactional matters, Mr. Muldrow is frequently called upon to advise senior executives and boards of directors of private and exchange listed companies on sophisticated corporate governance matters as well as with respect to compliance with the federal securities laws.

Mr. Muldrow serves on the Firm’s Corporate Department Steering Committee and leads the New York office Diversity Committee.


Alyssa A. Grikscheit has a diverse corporate practice that currently emphasizes complex transactions and alternative investment funds. Her experience also includes private equity and hedge funds, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances and restructurings. Alyssa is fluent in Spanish and French and has extensive experience in international transactions, particularly those involving Latin America and other emerging markets such as China and India. Alyssa represents domestic and foreign clients making cross-border investments. She also represents buyers and sellers, including private equity funds and their portfolio companies, in acquisitions, dispositions, strategic alliances, restructurings and financings, including transactions in regulated industries such as the healthcare, pharmaceutical, energy, telecommunications and defense industries. In addition, Alyssa represents sponsors of alternative investment funds in fund formation and other aspects of their operations. Such funds have included distressed debt, energy, infrastructure, real estate opportunity, agribusiness, fintech, microfinance and emerging market funds.

Alyssa is ranked in Chambers Global, Chambers USA and Chambers Latin America where “she is noted for her work in the M&A and private equity space and has longstanding experience dealing with cross-border transactions in Latin America.” Additionally, she has been recognized in IFLR1000 as a “Rising Star” for Investment Funds in the U.S. Alyssa was also recommended in Private Equity Funds in The Legal 500 US and in Capital Markets and Corporate M&A in The Legal 500 Latin America. Alyssa has also been recognized by Latinvex in “Latin America’s Top 100 Lawyers” and is featured as one of “Latin America’s Top 50 Female Lawyers: Corporate/M&A.”

Alyssa actively represents a nonprofit in establishing and capitalizing microfinance institutions in emerging markets on a pro bono basis. She served as co-chair of the Inter-American Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s International Section and is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Alyssa graduated cum laude from The University of Michigan Law School in 1994.  She received a Diploma in European Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium in 1991 and an A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1990.


David Feirstein’s practice concentrates on mergers and acquisitions, corporate and securities law matters and corporate governance. David is recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, which said “he is a superstar; he is incredibly smart and very efficient.” He was also recognized in 2016 and 2014 as a “Rising Star” by Law360 for Mergers & Acquisitions, in The Legal 500 U.S. for M&A: Large Deals ($1bn+) in 2015 and by Super Lawyers for his corporate practice.

David also teaches a class as an adjunct professor at NYU Law on negotiating corporate transactions.

Representative Matters

David has advised clients on numerous significant matters, including the following:

  • Wyndham Worldwide in its separation via spin-off into two separate publicly traded hospitality companies valued at approximately $11 billion, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc. and Wyndham Destinations, Inc.
  • Wyndham Worldwide in its approximately $1.3 billion sale of its European vacation rental business to Platinum Equity
  • Wyndham Worldwide in its $1.95 billion acquisition of La Quinta Inns & Suites’ franchise and management businesses
  • Marriott Vacations Worldwide in its $4.7 billion acquisition of Interval Leisure Group, Inc. (ILG)
  • Celanese Corporation in its proposed joint venture with Blackstone to create a global acetate tow supplier
  • New Mountain Capital in its $596 million acquisition of TRC Companies, Inc.
  • Micro Focus International plc in its $8.8 billion “Reverse Morris Trust” acquisition of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company’s software business
  • Celator Pharmaceuticals in its $1.5 billion sale to Jazz Pharmaceuticals
  • Accenture in its joint venture with Apax Partners from the carve out of Accenture’s Duck Creek Technologies insurance claims, billing and policy administration software business
  • Nexstar Broadcasting Group in connection with its $4.6 billion acquisition of Media General, ending a six-month public takeover battle during which Nexstar jumped Media General’s previously announced transaction with Meredith Corp.
  • Accenture in its $830 million carve-out sale of Navitaire to Amadeus IT Holding SA
  • IGATE Corporation in its $4 billion sale to Cap Gemini
  • Burger King Worldwide Inc. in its $13.3 billion merger transaction with Tim Hortons Inc.
  • Infineon Technologies AG in its $3 billion acquisition of International Rectifier Corporation

Education

New York University School of Law, J.D., 2005

  • magna cum laude
  • Order of the Coif
  • NYU Journal of Law and Business, Founding Board Member and Projects Editor

University of Pennsylvania, B.A., Political Science, 2000

Admissions & Qualifications

 New York


Jack Bodner is a partner in the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Governance groups. He has more than 20 years of experience in advising acquirers, targets, investors, boards of directors, special committees, and investment banks in domestic and cross-border negotiated and unsolicited mergers and acquisitions transactions. 

Mr. Bodner’s practice also includes counseling clients on corporate and governance related matters, including compliance and disclosure issues, shareholder rights plans and proxy contests, and other defense and takeover measures.  Mr. Bodner received his J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he was elected Order of the Coif, and his B.A., magna cum laude, from New York University.


A partner in the Litigation Department at Paul, Weiss, Jacqui Rubin handles a broad range of complex commercial litigation matters, including antitrust litigations and antitrust and securities class actions, regulatory and internal investigations, bankruptcy litigation and other complex business disputes.

Jacqui has substantial experience in antitrust law. She has represented clients in regulatory investigations arising out of major transactions, multi-defendant direct and indirect purchaser antitrust class actions, and other significant disputes between competitors. Her most recent clients for antitrust matters include Time Warner Cable, Becton Dickinson and Giorgio Foods.

Jacqui also specializes in bankruptcy litigation, having represented bondholder and creditor committees and debtors in numerous chapter 11 cases and contested restructuring transactions. Her recent clients in the bankruptcy and insolvency context include public and private companies in the financial services, metals and mining and oil and gas industries.

Jacqui has experience in other types of complex commercial litigation, including securities, contract disputes and malpractice actions. In addition to her practice in federal and state courts across the country, she has handled domestic and international arbitrations, and internal and regulatory investigations.

Jacqui is very active in the community and in pro bono work. Recently, she handled several cases and appeals on behalf of unaccompanied children seeking to secure lawful permanent residence in the United States. Jacqui is also a member of the Board of Directors of Mobilization for Justice, which offers free legal help to low-income New Yorkers.

Jacqui co-chairs Paul, Weiss’s Professional Responsibility Committee. She was recently recognized by Law360 as one of four “Rising Stars” nationally in the health industry for her work on behalf of pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing companies. She is also recognized by The Legal 500 US as a leading lawyer in the antitrust area.


Kristen V. Campana is a partner in the Corporate Department and member of The Private Credit and Finance Groups.

Kristen represents a wide variety of lenders, particularly those involving private sources of capital, including private debt funds, hedge funds, specialty finance companies, business development companies, private equity investors and issuers in domestic and cross-border financings across the capital structure in connection with acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, convertible debt, equity investments, letters of credit and project financings.

Kristen has deep experience in bankruptcy reorganizations and liquidations, work-outs and distressed debt purchases and sales, as well as second lien and mezzanine financings and other subordinated debt financings. She represents debtors, debtor-in-possession lenders, pre-petition lenders, and unsecured creditors' committees, as well as other creditors in bankruptcy proceedings. She also advises clients on energy company and real estate investments and restructurings, and provides general credit review analysis for lenders and potential debt purchasers.


Michael Sackheim is senior counsel in the New York office of Sidley Austin LLP where he concentrates on derivatives regulatory, transactional and enforcement matters.  Michael is a past Chair of the New York City Bar Derivatives Regulation Committee, and he is the managing editor of Futures & Derivatives Law Report (Thomson Reuters, publ.).  Michael is also the co-editor of a new legal treatise, The Virtual Currency Regulation Review (November 2018, Law Business Research Ltd).