Daniel A Neff is the co-chairman of the executive committee and partner in the law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, which he joined in 1977. He is a corporate and securities lawyer, and has focused on mergers and acquisitions and advice to boards of directors and board committees. Throughout his career, Mr Neff has been extensively involved in negotiated as well as hostile acquisitions, and has represented bidders and targets, public and private companies, private equity firms, leveraged acquirers and special committees of directors. He has represented companies in divestitures, cross-border transactions and proxy contests, and has counselled managements and boards of directors concerning acquisition matters, responses to shareholder activism, conflict transactions, corporate governance and other significant issues.
Mr Neff lectures frequently on topics relating to his professional interests, was featured in American Lawyer's "Dealmaker of the Year" article in 2001, 2012 and 2015 and is listed in Chambers Global Guide, Chambers USA Guide, The Best Lawyers in America and Lawdragon's 500 Leading Lawyers of America.
Mr Neff has represented clients in a broad range of industries including energy and related industries, technology and telecoms, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing/industrials, retail/consumer products, gaming and others. Representative cases in these fields include: Dresser-Rand Group in its $7.6 billion sale to Siemens AG; Chicago Bridge & Iron in its $3 billion acquisition of The Shaw Group; Berry Petroleum in its $4.9 billion sale to Linn Energy; Spectra Energy Corp in its pending $28 billion merger with Enbridge; El Paso in its $38 billion sale to Kinder Morgan; Talisman Energy Inc in its $8.3 billion sale to Repsol SA; Verizon Communications in its $4.83 billion acquisition of Yahoo!’s operating business; Verizon Communications in its $130 billion acquisition of the 45 per cent interest in Verizon Wireless owned by Vodafone; VoiceStream Wireless in its $55 billion acquisition by Deutsche Telekom; Airgas in its $13.4 billion acquisition by L’Air Liquide SA; Airgas in successfully defending against a $5.8 billion hostile takeover bid by Air Products and Chemicals; Goldman Sachs Capital Partners and Apollo Advisors LP in their acquisition of Nalco Chemical Company; Medivation in its $14.6 billion acquisition by Pfizer; Allergan in its defence against a hostile takeover bid by Valeant Pharmaceuticals and its $66 billion acquisition by Actavis plc; Cooper Industries in its $11.8 billion combination with Eaton Corporation; Temple-Inland in its $3.7 billion sale to International Paper; Sears Holdings in the separation of its real estate assets into Seritage Growth Properties, a real estate investment trust (REIT); Sears Holdings in the separation of its real estate assets into Seritage Growth Properties, a REIT; Penn National Gaming in the separation of its real estate assets into Gaming and Leisure Properties, a REIT; Gaming and Leisure Properties in its $5.1 billion acquisition of Pinnacle Entertainment's real estate assets; Centex Corporation in its $3 billion merger with Pulte Homes; Newmont Mining Corporation in its acquisitions of Franco-Nevada Mining Corporation Limited, Normandy Mining Limited and Santa Fe Pacific Gold Corporation; and Knight-Ridder in its merger with the McClatchy Company.
Mr Neff graduated magna cum laude from Brown University and from the Columbia University School of Law, where he was notes and comments editor of the Columbia Law Review.
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