Brandon Van Dyke focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions and corporate and securities law matters.
Mr. Van Dyke has represented acquirors, targets and financial advisors in a number of significant U.S. and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, takeovers (both negotiated and contested), leveraged buyouts and other corporate matters. In addition, he has provided transactional advice to companies implementing corporate restructuring plans.
Industries in which Mr. Van Dyke has had substantial transactional involvement include media and entertainment, mining and metals, chemicals, pharmaceutical and health care.
In 2012, The M&A Advisor selected Mr. Van Dyke as one of the top 40 M&A professionals under the age of 40.
Representations and transactions include:
Igor Kirman is a partner in the Corporate Department at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where he focuses primarily on mergers and acquisitions, activism and takeover defense, corporate governance and general corporate matters. He has advised public and private companies, as well as private equity funds, in connection with mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures, cross-border deals, shareholder activism, takeover defenses and corporate governance matters.
Mr. Kirman is a frequent speaker at professional conferences, and has written articles in numerous professional publications on topics relating to mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. He has been frequently recognized for achievement by professional organizations such as Chambers USA, New York Superlawyers, Who’s Who Legal and Best Lawyers in America. He was twice named as Dealmaker of the Year by American Lawyer (2006 and 2015).
Mr. Kirman is the author of a book, “M&A and Private Equity Confidentiality Agreements” (Thomson Reuters). He is the chair of the Practising Law Institute’s annual “Doing Deals” program in New York and teaches a course on M&A as an adjunct at Columbia Law School. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Practical Law Company and on the Mergers & Acquisitions Advisory Board of Strafford Publications.
Mr. Kirman received a B.A. in Ethics, Politics and Economics magna cum laude from Yale University in 1993. He completed his J.D. at Columbia Law School in 1996, where he was notes editor of the Columbia Law Review. He is involved in a number of civic institutions, including as a member of the Advisory Board of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, a Trustee of the Trinity School, and a director of Renew Democracy Initiatives (RDI). He was born in Ukraine and speaks Russian.
Yale University, B.A. 1993, magna cum laude
Columbia Law School, J.D. 1996, (Notes Editor, Columbia Law Review)
James Ben is a Managing Director and Co-Head of U.S. Consumer at Rothschild. Before joining Rothschild, Mr. Ben was head of the Global Consumer and Retail M&A Group at Barclays and Lehman Brothers. Mr. Ben began his career as a lawyer and practiced law with Sullivan & Cromwell (New York), as a member of the firm’s M&A Group.
During the course of his career, Mr. Ben has completed over $100 billion in M&A transaction volume in the consumer, retail, technology and industrial sectors.
Notable Consumer / Retail transactions include:
Kevin Miller is a frequent author and speaker on M&A topics, including fairness opinions, the role of investment bankers and legal and regulatory developments relating to mergers and acquisitions. Kevin is a graduate of Rutgers University (JD) and the University of Michigan (MA Economics and AB).
Raymond Gietz, a partner of Weil since 1989, is a member of the Firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions practice. He represents buyers, sellers, boards of directors, committees of independent directors and financial advisors in connection with complex mergers and acquisitions transactions, including public and private companies, LBOs, asset sales and joint ventures. He regularly advises boards of directors and committees on defense, corporate governance and other matters. Mr. Gietz also has been involved in numerous proxy fights and other contests for corporate control.
Mr. Gietz’s representation involves a range of industries, including healthcare, financial services and steel.
Recent M&A transactions include advising:
Mr. Gietz has been recognized in Chambers USA, Legal 500 US, New York Super Lawyers and has been featured as a “Dealmaker” by The American Lawyer. He was also recognized for client service excellence by BTI Consulting Group in its 2012 BTI Client Service All-Stars survey.
Sarah Jones is a Partner in the Corporate practice of Clifford Chance and is the Head of our global Consumer Goods group. She has extensive experience in advising multinational corporations on high profile, complex, cross-border M&A in particular in the consumer goods sector. Sarah regularly provides advice on the establishment and ongoing conduct of joint ventures in a wide variety of industries. Sarah has been a partner with the firm since 2001 and has been based in its New York office since 2006. She is admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales and to the New York Bar.
Relevant experience includes advising:
Stephen M. Kotran is a partner in the Mergers and Acquisitions and Financial Institutions Groups at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and a member of the firm’s Managing Partners Committee. He represents buyers, sellers, special committees of independent directors and financial advisors in connection with mergers and acquisitions transactions, including negotiated and hostile acquisitions of public companies, negotiated sales of private companies, subsidiaries and divisions, private equity transactions, leveraged buy-outs, formation of joint ventures and asset sales. In recent transactions, his clients have included Acosta, Inc., ADP, Inc., Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, China Oceanwide, Cytec Industries, Inc., Eastman Kodak Company, Evercore Partners, Goldman, Sachs & Co., ING Groep N.V., Ipsen, S.A., Orix, Inc., Platinum Underwriters Holdings, Ltd., Rothschild, Inc., Sprout Pharmaceuticals, Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd., Wells Fargo Securities LLC and Western World Insurance Group.
Mr. Kotran graduated from Harvard College (A.B., 1985) and the University of Virginia Law School (J.D., 1990) where he was an Editor of the Virginia Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. From 1985-1986, Mr. Kotran served as a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Daniel P. Moynihan (D-NY) and from 1990-1991 he served as a judicial clerk to the Hon. Edward R. Becker (U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit). He has been consistently recognized as a leading M&A, private equity and insurance transactional lawyer by many widely referenced legal guides, including The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers, IFLR, Lawdragon, New York Super Lawyers, PLC and The US Legal 500. Mr. Kotran is a frequent faculty member on M&A panels for the American Bar Association, the Practising Law Institute, the New York City Bar Association and various other professional organizations. He is a lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School where he teaches a course on M&A transactions and also has guest lectured at numerous other law schools including Fordham, NYU, Stanford, U.Penn and UVa. He is a former co-chair of the Financial Advisors Task Force of the M&A Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association. He also serves on the M&A Advisory Board of the Practical Law Company.
Trevor Norwitz is a partner in the Corporate Department at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. He has counseled businesses in connection with mergers, acquisitions, investments, divestitures, hostile takeover bids and defenses, proxy contests, joint ventures, spinoffs, financing transactions, and corporate governance and crisis management matters.
Selected recent representations by Mr. Norwitz include: S&P Global in its pending $44 billion merger with IHS Markit (and previously in its separation and sale of McGraw Hill Education, its joint venture with CME Group to form S&P/Dow Jones Indices, and several acquisitions); Whole Foods in its sale to Amazon.com; Medivation in its sale to Pfizer; Dollar Tree in its contested acquisition of Family Dollar; eBay in its spinoff of PayPal; numerous acquisitions for AT&T, Ventas, Novartis and Danaher; and activist campaign defenses for, among others, Dollar Tree, Whole Foods, eBay, Bed Bath & Beyond and McGraw Hill.
Mr. Norwitz has been teaching an M&A class at Columbia Law School for fifteen years. He is past chair of the New York City Bar M&A Committee, is active on committees of the American Bar Association and International Bar Association, and served as a member of an international advisory group to the South African government on company law reform. He is a regular speaker and panelist at professional conferences, and contributor to professional publications, on topics relating to M&A and corporate governance. He is also active in pro bono and non-profit activities, including chairing the University of Cape Town Fund and Friends of Ikamva Labantu, and serving on the boards of DirectWomen and the Bernstein Institute of Human Rights at NYU Law School.
Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Mr. Norwitz received his Bachelor of Business Science from the University of Cape Town in 1986. On a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, he read law at Keble College, before completing an LL.M. at Columbia in 1990. He joined the firm in 1994 and was named partner in 1998.
Primary Focus & Experience
Ms. Morgan’s practice focuses on the representation of private equity firms and their portfolio companies and financial services companies (including asset managers and hedge funds) in M&A transactions. In addition, she is experienced in the purchase and sale of lending and leasing companies and portfolios of financial assets such as leveraged leases, mortgages, loans and related products.
Her recent private equity transactions include representing Centerbridge Partners, L.P. in its investments in Pocahontas Parkway and the Intrepid Aviation Group and in the consensual recapitalization of $500 million in debt and its acquisition of Wastequip LLC. She has also recently represented Koch Industries, Goldman Sachs and GSO in connection with their acquisition of preferred equity to support private equity-led LBO’s and recapitalizations. She currently represents a group of investors in the former Arcapita Bank who are selling stakes in 30 portfolio companies located in the US, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. She represented Irving Place Capital in the $422 million take private of Thermadyne Holdings Corporation and the acquisition of National Specialty Hospitals and represented Culpeper Capital Partners and Fortress Investment Group in the acquisition of Security National Acceptance Automotive Group.
In the asset management industry, her recent transactions include the representation of Man Group plc in its 2014 acquisitions of Numeric Partners (a quantitative hedge fund with $14 billion AUM) and Silvermine Capital (a CLO manager with $3.8 billion AUM) and the sale of Stone Tower Capital to Apollo Global Management. She also represented Man Group plc in its 2011 acquisitions of GLG Partners and Ore Hill Partners.
Ms. Morgan advised Capital Z Investment Partners in the sale of its hedge fund sponsorship business to Paine & Partners and management in 2007 and represented Perella Weinberg Partners in the acquisition of Xerion Capital Partners, an investment manager that focuses on distressed credit and special situations investments. She also advised WL Ross & Co. LLC in connection with its sale of its investment funds to Invesco Ltd. and Lehman Brothers in the sale of numerous GP and LP stakes in a variety of private equity funds.
University of Texas, J.D.
Rice University, B.A.
A partner in the Corporate Department and a member of the Mergers and Acquisitions, Media and Entertainment and Corporate Governance Groups, Kelley Parker has a broad transactional practice focusing on a range of corporate matters.
Her experience includes:
Other recent experience includes:
She is a frequent speaker on M&A topics, including recent PLI Seminars M&A Trends & Developments and Doing Deals: The Art of M&A Transactional Practice.
Kelley was a member of The Georgetown Law Journal and was elected to the Order of the Coif.
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1993
magna cum laude
B.B.A., University of Oklahoma, 1990
“Restructuring Deal of the Year” by International Financial Law Review (2009)
Mr. Goldberg is co-head of Davis Polk's global Mergers and Acquisitions Group. He advises companies around the globe on their most significant public or private mergers and acquisitions transactions and board level matters. His practice also encompasses a full spectrum of corporate, strategic, defensive and crisis assignments ranging from advising on activist situations or unsolicited bids, special committee assignments or board investigations or governance advice, to spinoffs, joint ventures, carve-outs and private equity investments.
Mr. Goldberg’s client representations include Alliance Data, Amdocs, Citigroup, Delta Air, ExxonMobil, Heineken, IHS Markit, Morgan Stanley, Ocado PLC, Pandora AG, Spirit Air, Syngenta AG and Williams Companies.
Louis is consistently recognized as a leading M&A lawyer in various industry publications:
Harsha G. Marti is based in New York, joined Warburg Pincus in 2007 and is responsible for legal matters related to the firm's investing activities. He is also responsible for coordinating legal and regulatory activities related to the formation of funds managed by the firm. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Marti was at the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP in New York where he was an attorney focused on private equity transactions. He received a S.B. in materials engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a J.D./M.B.A from the Northwestern University School of Law and the Kellogg School of Management. Mr. Marti is a member of the bar in New York. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Brooklyn Community Foundation.