Matthew P. Salerno is a partner based in the New York office.
Mr. Salerno’s practice focuses on corporate and financial transactions, particularly public and private mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, and contests for corporate control.
Mr. Salerno’s recent representations include:
Mr. Salerno was named "Dealmaker of the Week" in 2014 and 2012 by The AmLaw Daily, and recognized as a "rising star" in mergers and acquisitions by Law360 in 2012. He is also recognized as a leading lawyer by The Legal 500 U.S. and IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Law Firms.
Mr. Salerno joined the firm in 2001 and became a partner in 2010. He received a J.D. degree from Fordham University School of Law in 2001 and an undergraduate degree from Cornell University in 1998.
Mr. Salerno is a member of the Bar in New York.
Events and Webinars
June 11, 2015
PLI's Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company 2015
February 6, 2013
Governance Watch: Lessons for Acquirers and their Boards
December 5, 2012
11th Annual Corporate Governance and Disclosure Seminar
Honors and Distinctions
The Legal 500 U.S. - M&A: Mega-Deals.
The AmLaw Daily - Dealmaker of the Week.
Law360 - "Rising Star" in Mergers and Acquisitions.
IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Law Firms - Mergers and Acquisitions.
Fordham University School of Law (J.D., 2001)
Cornell University (B.A., 1998)
New York - October 2002
Areas of Law
Mergers, Acquisitions and Joint Ventures
Areas of Experience
Corporate • Mergers and Acquisitions • Corporate Governance • Corporate Restructuring • Private Equity • Special Situations • Middle East • North America
Ackneil M. (Trey) Muldrow, III principally focuses his practice on merger and acquisition transactions and corporate governance counseling.
Practice & Background
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.
Asset Manager Transactions
Mr. Muldrow serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Dance Theatre of Harlem and Chairman of the Leadership Council of the New York Chapter of the United Negro College Fund. Mr. Muldrow is a member of the Board of Directors of Bright Point Health and Friends of the High Line. Mr. Muldrow serves on the New York City Bar Committee on Corporate Law.
Awards & Accolades
February 6, 2015
"Top 5 Delaware Case Developments in 2014 for M&A Practitioners"
January 23, 2014
"Practice Tips for M&A Practitioners for 2014"
January 21, 2014
"Top 5 Delaware Case Developments in 2013 for M&A Practitioners"
December 19, 2013
"2013 Changes to Delaware Corporate and LLC Law"
June 17, 2013
"Recent Delaware Court of Chancery Decisions Address Revlon Duties in Single-Bidder Sale-of-Control Transactions"
January 3, 2013
"Preparing Your 2013 Proxy Statement and Periodic Reports: A Checklist of Recent Changes and Considerations"
July 28, 2011
"Due Diligence Considerations for Nominees"
Business Law Currents
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1995
A.B., Princeton University, 1992
Brandon C. Gruner is a counsel in the firm's Corporate Department and its Intellectual Property Group and Cybersecurity & Data Privacy practice. His practice focuses on all aspects of corporate intellectual property, technology and privacy law, including: joint ventures and strategic alliances in which IP is the key asset; trademark, copyright, patent and software licensing; IP and IT aspects of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, initial public offerings, bankruptcy-related reorganizations and financings; and branding, development, distribution, publishing and services agreements involving IP, social media and IT. He also regularly counsels clients on legal and market developments regarding IP, social media, IT, privacy, data protection and cybersecurity; IP and IT separation issues in spin-off and carve-out transactions; and IP special purpose entities. He has a broad array of experience in the media, telecommunications, entertainment, fashion, sports, hospitality, health care, energy, FinTech, insurance and private equity industries. He has advised clients as diverse as Warner Music Group, Verizon Communications, Tribune Company, Johnson & Johnson, Schneider Electric, Mitsui, LG Electronics, Northwestern Mutual, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, Prudential and The Carlyle Group, among others. He has also presented on intellectual property issues in various types of corporate transactions at Practising Law Institute.
Mr. Gruner joined the firm in March 2008. He received a J.D., magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, from Seton Hall University School of Law in May 2005, and a B.A. in History, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from New York University in May 1999. While at Seton Hall, Mr. Gruner was an Articles Editor for Seton Hall Law Review and was the author of “A New Hope for International Space Law: Incorporating Nineteenth Century First Possession Principles Into the 1967 Space Treaty for the Colonization of Outer Space in the Twenty-First Century,” 35 Seton Hall L. Rev. 299 (2004).
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Gruner worked as an associate in the New York office of Proskauer Rose LLP from 2005 until 2008. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Gruner was a professional writer and editor for magazines such as FHM, ESPN the Magazine, Sport Magazine, Muscle Media and New York Post Sports Week and often appeared on television and radio shows as a guest contributor.
Mr. Gruner also serves on the Board of Directors (and was Chair from 2011 to 2014) of New York City Children's Theater (f/k/a Making Books Sing), a New York not-for-profit organization that creates original, entertaining and enriching theater for young audiences and adults to enjoy together, and which promotes children's literacy and social development through professional theater productions and arts-in-education programs.
Mr. Gruner is a member of the Bar of the State of New York.
David W. Pollak has more than 30 years of experience as a corporate lawyer. He represents clients in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and public and private offerings of securities. He also advises clients on Securities Exchange Act of 1934 issues. David works closely with financial services, life sciences, technology, sporting goods, information services, investment banking, and printing industry clients, and represents private equity firms. David serves as the firm’s Managing Partner of Operations, responsible for the firm’s financial performance, and is a member of its Management Committee.
David is the managing partner of operations for the firm, and in such role is one of the leaders of the firm.
He represents clients in a variety of fields, including the financial services, life sciences, technology, sporting goods, information services, investment banking, and printing industries.
David is admitted to practice in New York and is a registered foreign lawyer with the Law Society of England and Wales.
Honors & Affiliations
Noted in The Legal 500 for Capital Markets: Equity Offerings (2014)
Co-Chair, Practising Law Institute, Program on “Acquiring or Selling the Privately- Held Company”
Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Committee on Corporations and Securities
Comment Editor, The University of Chicago Law Review
Phi Beta Kappa, Princeton University
University of Chicago Law School, 1978, J.D. Princeton University, 1975, A.B., Summa Cum Laude
Marie L. Gibson is a corporate partner in Skadden’s New York office, who concentrates primarily on mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters. She has represented acquirers, targets and financial advisors in U.S. and international mergers and acquisitions, including public and private transactions as well as negotiated and contested acquisitions. Her experience includes proxy contests, corporate governance advice, work with distressed businesses and other general corporate matters. Although her practice is broad-based, she has extensive experience in the health care and energy industries. In 2011, Ms. Gibson was named “Woman Dealmaker of the Year” by The M&A Advisor.
Significant representations include:
Ms. Gibson has represented numerous companies in the energy sector, including:
Ms. Gibson actively is involved in Skadden’s training and summer associate programs. She earned a Certified Public Accountant license and practiced as an auditor at Price Waterhouse prior to attending law school.
J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 1996 (Order of the Coif)
M.B.A. and B.B.A., Pace University (combined degree program), 1991
Marshall Heinberg served until July 2012 as Head of Investment Banking at Oppenheimer & Co., Inc. and as a Senior Managing Director of the firm. Mr. Heinberg began his investment banking career in the Corporate Finance Division of Oppenheimer, which was later acquired by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) in 1997. Over the course of his career, Mr. Heinberg has been responsible for various industry sectors including environmental, industrial growth, technology and telecommunications. Mr. Heinberg has also been responsible for managing CIBC’s mergers and acquisitions, leveraged finance, financial sponsor and merchant banking activity in the United States. His transaction experience includes a significant number of equity and debt financings as well as numerous merger and acquisition assignments. Mr. Heinberg has extensive experience working with both leading growth companies as well as financial sponsors.
Mr. Heinberg was named Head of CIBC’s U.S. Investment Banking Department in 2001 and upon the acquisition of CIBC’s U.S. capital markets business by Oppenheimer in 2008, Mr. Heinberg was named head of the Investment Banking Department. Mr. Heinberg has served as a member of CIBC’s and Oppenheimer’s US Management Committee, Deals Committee, Equity Transaction Committee, Financial Advisory Transaction Committee and Investment Committee. Mr. Heinberg has been responsible for setting the strategic direction of the investment banking departments that he managed including all aspects of recruiting, retaining and determining compensation for personnel.
Mr. Heinberg served as a member of the Board of Directors and the Audit Committee of National Financial Partners (NYSE: NFP), a leading provider of benefits, insurance and wealth management services. He was selected to Chair NFP’s Special Committee of the Board to determine how to respond to acquisition interest expressed by certain private equity firms. The Special Committee engaged in a process resulting in NFP entering into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Madison Dearborn Partners for approximately $1.3 billion in July 2013.
Mr. Heinberg also serves on the Board of Directors of Universal Biosensors Ltd., an Australian public company specializing in the medical diagnostic field. He is a member of their Compensation Committee. In addition, Mr. Heinberg served on the Board of and the Audit Committee for, Image Entertainment, Inc., a public independent licensee and distributor of entertainment programming in North America until it’s acquisition by RLJ Entertainment in October 2012.
Mr. Heinberg has been a member of the NACD (National Association of Corporate Directors) and a frequent lecturer on a wide range of issues relating to mergers and acquisitions and trends in investment banking. . He is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree with Honors and holds a J.D. from Fordham Law School. Prior to joining Oppenheimer, Mr. Heinberg practiced corporate law for approximately four years.
Melissa Sawyer is a partner in Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group and is co-head of the Firm’s Consumer & Retail Group. In addition to advising clients on public and private M&A transactions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, she also regularly advises clients on corporate governance, activism and takeover defense matters. Ms. Sawyer’s experience spans multiple industries, including consumer and retail, industrials, medtech, insurance and cybersecurity.
Ms. Sawyer has been recognized repeatedly as a leading M&A advisor. In 2017, Ms. Sawyer was ranked by Chambers USA in Band 5 for Corporate/M&A. She also received a Burton Award for Legal Achievement for her co-authored article “M&A Implications for Corporate Governance and Succession Planning for Family-Controlled Businesses,” which was published in the May 2016 issue of The M&A Lawyer. In 2017, Ms. Sawyer was also named a Rising Star by IFLR1000 for the fourth consecutive year. In 2016, Ms. Sawyer was recognized by Chambers USA for the third time as a Corporate M&A “Up and Coming” lawyer and selected by Super Lawyers as a “Top Woman Attorney in New York”. In 2015, she was also named as a “Dealmaker of the Week” by The American Lawyer and recognized for Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Governance and Compliance, and Business/Corporate by New York Super Lawyers, in addition to being chosen as an Empire State Counsel Honoree by the New York State Bar Association.
In the past three years alone, Ms. Sawyer has advised AT&T in its $108.7 billion pending acquisition of Time Warner Inc.; Nike in its strategic partnership to establish a new apparel supply chain company with Apollo Global Management; Apollo Education Group in its $1.1 billion going private transaction and on corporate governance matters related to its ongoing business transformation; Sotheby’s in its repurchase of 2.05 million shares of its common stock from funds managed by Marcato Capital Management, its acquisition of Art Agency, Partners, its support agreement with Taikang Insurance Group and on other ongoing governance matters; Cablevision in its sale to Altice; Cytec in its sale to Solvay; UnitedHealth Group in its acquisition of Catamaran; Tokio Marine in its acquisition of HCC; BBA Aviation in its acquisition of Landmark Aviation and sale of FBOs to KSL; CONMED in its acquisition of SurgiQuest; Diageo in its sale of Bushmills to, and acquisition of Tequila Don Julio from, Casa Cuervo; and Bessemer in the Hubbell reclassification transaction, among other matters.
Ms. Sawyer is currently a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and Secretary of the Mergers, Acquisitions & Corporate Control Contests Committee of the New York City Bar Association.
Ms. Sawyer also speaks and writes on corporate governance and M&A matters. She has participated in numerous panels for the Practising Law Institute and regularly writes for The M&A Lawyer, The Deal Pipeline and LexisNexis.
Ms. Sawyer has been a Partner since 2009 and is a Hiring Partner, an Associate Development Partner and the Chair of the Knowledge Management Committee at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. She is a graduate of University of Virginia Law School and Washington and Lee University.
Peter Laveran is a U.S. corporate partner who recently spent more than a decade in Covington's London office. His broad-based transactional practice is largely international and he has particular transactional experience in the life sciences and media and communications industries. Mr. Laveran focuses on domestic and complex cross-border acquisitions and divestitures for private equity investors and emerging and mature companies headquartered in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, including Altice, GlaxoSmithKline, Indivior, Itochu, Magticom, Meda AB, and Merck & Co. Inc.
Mr. Laveran led the Covington team advising Altice in its $9.1 billion acquisition of Suddenlink and the $1 billion co-investment by funds advised by BC Partners and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in Cablevision Systems Corporation; Meda AB in in all of its significant U.S. acquisition and divestiture activity in recent years, including the acquisitions of Acton Pharmaceuticals, MidNite, and a collection of women’s health products from Jazz Pharmaceuticals; Indivior in its demerger from Reckitt Benckiser; Itochu in the sale of PrimeSource Building Products, Inc. to Platinum Equity; funds managed by HealthpointCapital, LLC in the merger of Scient'x Groupe SAS with Alphatec Holdings, Inc.; and Magticom in its acquisition of retail and corporate ISP cable assets from Caucasus Online LLC.
Mr. Laveran also has experience with joint ventures, strategic alliances, non-controlling venture capital and private equity investments, and other corporate finance matters including international capital raising activities in London. His experience includes advising multi-national companies on the planning and development of European distribution structures and other commercial arrangements, and he has directed global post-closing merger integration efforts for clients in over 75 jurisdictions. Mr. Laveran has held leadership roles in Covington’s Middle East, Indian, and African practices.
Vincent R. Martorana is Assistant General Counsel with KPMG LLP, the US member firm of the KPMG International network of independent firms. He has extensive experience providing advice with respect to commercial contracts, domestic and cross-border mergers, stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures, strategic alliances, licensing arrangements, corporate restructurings, private equity investments, and securities offerings.
Vincent also regularly provides advice on contract drafting, analysis, and interpretation relating to disputes, settlements, and negotiated transactions. He has presented his continuing legal education contract-drafting courses for in-house legal departments and at various other venues, including Practising Law Institute, Commercial Law WebAdvisor, Strafford Webinars, The Business Development Academy, the National Academy of Continuing Legal Education, the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the New York City Bar Association, the New York County Lawyers Association, the Brooklyn Bar Association, the Suffolk County Bar Association, and the Westchester County Bar Association.
He is also the author of several articles on contract drafting and interpretation and is the author of the Reed Smith LLP white paper, A Guide to Contract Interpretation (July 2014).
Vincent received a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and a B.S. in Economics (with concentrations in Finance and Operations & Information Management), magna cum laude, from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Sackheim concentrates on derivatives regulatory, transactional and enforcement matters.
Memberships and Affiliations
Past Chair, New York City Bar Derivatives Regulation Committee.
Managing Editor, Futures & Derivatives Law Report (Thomson Reuters, publ.).
Member, Thomson Reuters: Governance, Risk and Compliance, Business Law Partner Advisory Board.
Member, Futures Industry Association, Law & Compliance Division.
Michael A. Diz
Michael Diz is a corporate partner at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York. He is a member of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions, Technology, Media & Telecommunications, Private Equity and Corporate Governance Groups. Mr. Diz has a broad-based transactional practice advising multi-national companies, special committees and private equity firms in structuring and negotiating mergers and acquisitions and other corporate matters, including cross-border transactions. He also counsels corporations and their directors on corporate governance and fiduciary duty matters. Mr. Diz was selected as a 2014 "Rising Star" by the New York Law Journal and was named a “Rising Star” in Mergers & Acquisitions by Law360 (2014), awarded to ten M&A lawyers under the age of 40. He is also recommended by The Legal 500 US (2013).
Mr. Diz is co-author of “Navigating New Waters: The Evolution of PE Investment in China,” Practical International Corporate Finance Strategies (January 2013), “Exclusivity From the Seller's Perspective,” The M&A Lawyer (July/August 2011), “Allocating Financing Risk: Recent Trends in Sponsor-Led Public Company LBOs” The M&A Lawyer (February 2011) and “Valuation Challenges: ‘Purchase Price Puzzle,’” Private Equity Manager Monthly (December 2009), and is a contributing author of the Debevoise & Plimpton Private Equity Report. He is a frequent speaker on legal developments affecting mergers and acquisitions and recently spoke on “Rising in a Downturn: Transactions to Protect and Enhance Value” at the Chinese Financial Executive Institute (Beijing, December 2012).
Mr. Diz joined Debevoise in 2004. He received his J.D. from The University of Virginia School of Law in 2004. He received his B.A., with highest distinction, from The University of Virginia in 1999.
AREAS OF FOCUS
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ADMISSIONS & CERTIFICATIONS
ALYSSA A. GRIKSCHEIT, a partner in the New York office, 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. Ms. Grikscheit 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.
Ms. Grikscheit 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 health care, pharmaceutical, energy, telecommunications and defense industries. In addition, Ms. Grikscheit represents sponsors of alternative investment funds in fund formation and other aspects of their operations. Such funds have included distressed debt, energy, real estate opportunity, agribusiness, microfinance and emerging market funds.
Ms. Grikscheit is ranked in Chambers Global, Chambers USA and Chambers Latin America. Additionally, Ms. Grikscheit has been recognized in the 2014 edition of IFLR1000 as a “Rising Star” for Investment Funds in the United States. Ms. Grikscheit was also recommended in Private Equity Funds in the Legal 500 US 2014 and in Capital Markets and Corporate M&A in the Legal 500 Latin America 2013-2014.
Ms. Grikscheit actively represents a nonprofit organization in establishing and capitalizing microfinance institutions in underserved emerging markets on a pro bono basis.
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