Adam O Emmerich practises in Wachtell Lipton's corporate department, focusing primarily on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and securities law matters. His practice has included a broad and varied representation of public and private corporations and other entities in a variety of industries throughout the United States and globally, in connection with mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, spin-offs, joint ventures and financing transactions. He also has extensive experience in takeover defense.
Adam led the Wachtell Lipton teams for Tim Hortons in its $12.2 billion combination with Burger King Worldwide and Covidien plc in its $49.9 billion acquisition by Medtronic, which were named by The American Lawyer as 2015 Global M&A Deal of the Year: Canada and Global M&A Deal of the Year: Ireland.
Adam is recognised as one of the 500 leading lawyers in America by Lawdragon, one of the world’s leading lawyers in the field of mergers and acquisitions in the Chambers Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers, an expert in each of M&A, corporate governance and M&A in the real estate field by Who's Who Legal, and as an expert both in M&A and in corporate governance by Euromoney Institutional Investor’s Expert Guides.
Among the other transactions in which he has taken a leading role are: the board of Wyeth in its $68 billion acquisition by Pfizer; IMC International Metalworking Companies BV in its acquisition by Berkshire Hathaway for $6 billion; XPO Logistics in its acquisition of Norbert Dentressangle SA for €3.24 billion and numerous other transactions; Creative Artists Agency in the sale of a controlling interest to TPG Capital; Mallinckrodt plc in its $5.6 billion acquisition of Questcor Pharmaceuticals, among other transctions; Publicis Goupe SA in its $3.7 billion acquisition of Sapient Corporation and in its later-abandoned $35.1 billion merger with Omnicom; Dufry AG in its CHF 3.8 billion acquisition of World Duty Free SpA; its CHF 1.425 billion acquisition of The Nuance Group, and in transactions in Latin America and Greece; the special committee of the board of Activision Blizzard in an $8.2 billion purchase of shares of Activision from Vivendi and related transactions; Casino Guichard Perrachon SA in connection with its acquisition of control of Grupo Pão de Açúcar and other other transactions; GlaxoSmithKline in its unsolicited offer and acquisition of Human Genome Sciences for $3.6 billion; AMB Property Corporation in its merger with ProLogis, creating a $46 billion REIT.
After serving as a law clerk to Judge Abner J Mikva, of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Adam joined the firm in 1986 and was named partner in 1991. He attended Swarthmore College and The University of Chicago, from which he received his JD with honours.
WWL says: Adam Emmerich has broad experience across a range of industries and is “highly effective” in transactional matters
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