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 recently published a book, "M&A and Private Equity Confidentiality Agreements" (Aspatore). He was selected to be included in The Deal's "Movers & Shakers" issue in 2006 and was named as one of the Dealmakers of the Year by American Lawyer for 2006. He is the chair of the Practising Law Institute's annual "Doing Deals" program in New York and teaches a course on mergers and acquisitions 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. His student note, "Standing Apart to be a Part: The Precedential Value of Supreme Court Concurring Opinions", 95 Colum. L. Rev. 2083 (1995), was selected as the winner of a national writing competition and awarded the Scribes Law Review Writing Award.
Mr. Kirman is a member of the American Bar Association, where he serves on the Committee on Mergers and Acquisitions (and is a member of its Financial Advisor Task Force) and the Committee on Private Equity and Venture Capital; and is a member of the New York City Bar Association. He was born in Ukraine and speaks Russian.
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:
Jane Morgan is a senior member of the firm's Global Corporate Group. She has been a partner at Milbank since 2011.
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 transactions include representing Centerbridge Partners, L.P. in making an investment in Intrepid Aviation Group and in the consensual recapitalization of $500 million in debt and its acquisition of Wastequip LLC. She also recently 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. She also represented Irving Place Capital in a going private of M.C. Shipping and in acquiring the Caribbean consumer finance operation of Wells Fargo and of a controlling interest in a Canadian commercial equipment lessor.
In the asset management industry, her recent transactions include the sale of Stone Tower Capital to Apollo Global Management and representing Man Group plc in its acquisition of GLG Partners for $i.6 billion. She also represented Lehman Brothers in the sale of (a) the right to manage and receive management fees with respect to Lehman Brothers merchant banking and real estate investment funds, (b) its GP stake and advisory agreements for its US and European merchant banking investment funds to management of those funds and (c) the management of Lehman Brothers Mezzanine Partners I, L.P., and Lehman Brothers Mezzanine Partners II, L.P., to affiliates of private equity firm, Pacific Coast Capital Partners, LLC.
Ms. Morgan represented Man Group plc in the acquisition of Ore Hill Partners. She also advised Capital Z Investment Partners in connection with the sale of its hedge fund sponsorship business to Paine & Partners and management in 2007 and represented Perella Weinberg Partners in connection with 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. in 2006.
She represented GE Capital in connection with its successful bid in a contested bankruptcy auction for approximately $2-4 billion of consumer receivables from Conseco Finance's ILC and its acquisition of Banco Alianza (a Mexican bank specializing in commercial lending). She also represented GE Capital in connection with its acquisitions of Antares Capital, a leading middle market lender to private equity sponsors; Bombardier Capital's inventory finance division ($2.3 billion); a $1billion portfolio of aircraft and related leases from CIT; and the transportation financial services business of CitiCapital ($4.6 billion), including the sale of a trailer rental business and substantially all the operations of Transamerica Finance Corporation ($g.1billion of commercial equipment leases and loans). She also handled GE Capital's acquisitions involving IKON Office Solutions, Deutsche Bank, Franchise Finance Corporation of America, Mellon Bank, Safeco Insurance, Comdisco, Inc., and Met Life.
Kevin Miller is a partner in the Corporate Transactions & Securities Group at Alston & Bird and the head of Alston & Bird’s Financial Advisors Practice.
Alston & Bird is regularly ranked by The American Lawyer and Corporate Control Alert as among the leading counsel to investment banks acting as financial advisors. Over the last three years, Alston & Bird has advised large and midsized financial advisors on over $100 billion of M&A transactions.
Kevin 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 member of the Mergers, Acquisitions & Corporate Control Contests Committee of the New York City Bar, as well as the advisory boards of DealLawyers.com and the DealLawyers newsletter and a frequent contributor to the DealLawyers.com Blog. Kevin is a graduate of Rutgers University (JD) and the University of Michigan (MA 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:
•Eli Lilly in its acquisitions of the North American rights to the oncology product Erbitux®, Locemia Solutions ULC, Glycostasis, Novartis Animal Health, Lohmann Animal Health, ChemGen, Agri Stats, Avid Pharmaceuticals and Alzheimer’s imaging agents from Siemens Medical Solutions; and in its sale of veterinary assets to Virbac SA
•GECC in the sale of its North American tank car rail assets and railcar repair business to Marmon Holdings, Inc.
•GECC in the sale of its remaining North American railcar leasing business to Wells Fargo & Co.
•GECC in its investment in and restructuring of the EBX Group controlled by Eike Batista and the sale of its Mexican consumer mortgage loan business to Santander Bank
•GE Aviation Systems in its acquisitions of Naverus and Airfoil Technologies
•Barclays, as financial advisor to Gentiva Health Services, Inc., in Gentiva's $1.8 billion sale to Kindred Healthcare, Inc.
•AK Steel Corporation in its $700 million acquisition of integrated steelmaking assets in Dearborn, Michigan from Severstal North America and in its joint venture with Magnetation
•Australian biopharmaceutical company Fibrotech in its sale to Shire plc
•Lehman Brothers in the sale of its Archstone business to Equity Residential and AvalonBay Communities
•Magellan Health, Inc. in its acquisitions of physician benefit managers 4D Pharmacy Management Systems, Inc., CDMI and Partners Rx
•Costa Inc. in its sale to Essilor International SA
•Franklin Templeton in its acquisition of K2 Advisors, Darby Holdings and Fiduciary Trust
•Citadel Broadcasting in its sale to Cumulus Media
•Safran in its acquisition of L-1
•General Motors in its sale to a government-sponsored entity
•Harbinger in its take-private acquisition of Sky Terra
•Genesis Lease Limited in its sale to AerCap Holdings
Mr. Gietz has been recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 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.
Mr. Gietz received his B.A. from Columbia College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and his J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fisk Stone Scholar.
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., Bank of America Merrill Lynch, 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. He is co-chair of the Financial Advisors Task Force and a member of the Strategic Buyer/Public Target M&A Deal Points Study Working Group 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 a wide range of corporations and other entities in a variety of industries in connection with mergers, acquisitions, investments, divestitures, hostile takeover bids and defenses, proxy contests, joint ventures, spinoffs, financing transactions, corporate governance matters, and crisis management situations.
Some of Mr. Norwitz’s recent representations include: Dollar Tree in its contested acquisition of Family Dollar Stores; eBay in connection with a proxy contest by Carl Icahn, and its spinoff of PayPal, Inc.; Creative Artists Agency LLP in connection with its restructuring and sale of a controlling interest to TPG Group; McGraw Hill Financial in its sale of the McGraw Hill Education business to Apollo Advisers, in its joint venture with CME Group to form S&P/Dow Jones Indices, and in its acquisition of SNL Financial among other companies.
Mr. Norwitz teaches a course in Mergers and Acquisitions at Columbia University School of Law. He is a member of the American Law Institute, the New York City Bar M&A Committee and the International Bar Association Securities Committee and has served on committees of the American Bar Association. He served as a member of an international advisory group to the South African government on company law reform. A regular speaker and panelist at professional conferences, he has chaired and participated in numerous continuing legal education programs and contributes regularly to professional publications on topics relating to M&A and corporate governance. Mr. Norwitz also chairs and serves on a number of non-profit boards of directors, and on the Advisory Board of the Robert L. Bernstein Institute of Human Rights at NYU Law School.
Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Mr. Norwitz received his Bachelor of Business Science (Law) degree with First Class Honors from the University of Cape Town in 1986. On a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, he read law at Keble College, graduating with First Class Honors in 1989, before completing an LLM at Columbia University in 1990.
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)
Member of Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, practicing in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group. His practice focuses on advising public and private companies in a full range of corporate, strategic, defensive or crisis situations, both domestic U.S. and cross-border, including: mergers, acquisitions, private equity transactions, joint ventures, and collaborations; spinoffs, split-offs and restructurings; defensive advice in relation to unsolicited approaches or activist situations; corporate governance advice and board investigations.
Mr. Goldberg’s client representations include Citigroup, CVS Caremark Corporation, ExxonMobil, International Paper, Morgan Stanley and Syngenta AG.
Public Company M&A
Recent Board Matters
Listed as a leading lawyer in several legal industry publications, including:
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.