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WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

Andrew Nussbaum is a go-to lawyer for mergers, acquisitions and private equity transactions. 

Questions & Answers

Andrew J Nussbaum is a member of the Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz corporate department, joining the firm in 1993 and becoming partner in 1999. His practice involves a wide range of merger and acquisition-related matters, including cross-border transactions, spin-offs, divestitures, carve-out IPOs, private equity transactions and joint ventures. Mr Nussbaum also handles related work in public offerings, financings, corporate governance and takeovers, and has completed a number of multibillion-dollar cross-border transactions involving mergers between US and European companies, acquisitions in Latin America, investments in China, and more.

Which types of matters does your multidisciplinary practice encompass?

My core practice is mergers and acquisitions, with a significant portion of private equity work on behalf of financial sponsors. Matters cross a wide range of industries, including aerospace, consumer products, technology/software, industrials, media, travel and professional sports team investments. Defending corporate clients from activism and short-term investor attacks, as well as debt and equity financings, and complex spin-offs also comprise a large portion of my practice.

What do you enjoy most about working in corporate law?

The intersection between corporate law and business strategy allows for high-level engagement with the senior team and board of the client on their top priorities; each matter is its own learning.

How has the market changed since you first started practising?

Substantially. Corporate law has become more technical and therefore specialised, yet clients still seek an experienced counsellor with good judgement who can assist them in assessing opportunities more broadly, and is able to think strategically while also executing complex transactions.

How has your outlook for private equity in 2020 shifted, if at all, since the beginning of the year  due to covid-19?

While PE firms continue to look at large control transactions, as a result of the pandemic they have also found substantial opportunities to provide critical liquidity to companies without paying for control. These transactions also offer sponsors substantial downside protection as well as upside opportunity. PE firms’ liquidity, and their willingness to invest in challenging circumstances, have been a significant source of support for many clients.

Is covid-19 and the corresponding economic downturn a time to halt acquisitions or pursue them?

Yes and yes. I’ve been involved in several matters that were put on pause, or terminated post-signing during the pandemic, due to the simple reality that CEOs must focus on their own business challenges. In other cases, the pressures of the pandemic support the need for consolidation and highlight the benefits of being a larger ship in a stormy sea. It is possible to do brilliant deals without in-person meetings, though remoteness certainly provides its own challenges for dealmakers and CEOs.

In your opinion, how will covid-19 change the M&A market in the long-term?

As with other crises, covid-19 reminds lawyers that the “boilerplate” in contracts really matters – provisions regarding remedies, equitable relief, the carve-outs from MAE definitions, closing conditions and interim covenants are all pressure-tested in the current environment. Those are where the disputes arise.

What has been your greatest achievement to date?

Using my legal skills for the benefit of amazing non-profit organisations such as Amherst College, The Folger Shakespeare Library and Asphalt Green without losing energy for my corporate clients.

What is the best career advice you have ever received?

Don’t let your past success ruin you.

Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Andrew Nussbaum is highlighted by sources as a go-to name for cross-border capital markets transactions involving Europe and the USA.

Biography

Andrew J Nussbaum is a member of the Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz corporate department, joining the firm in 1993 and becoming partner in 1999. His practice involves a wide range of merger and acquisition-related matters, including cross-border transactions, spin-offs, divestitures, carve-out IPOs, private equity transactions and joint ventures. Mr Nussbaum also handles related work in public offerings, financings, corporate governance and takeovers, and has completed a number of multibillion dollar cross-border transactions involving mergers between US and European companies, acquisitions in Latin America, investments in China, a public company transaction in Russia and a major transaction involving one of Australia's largest listed companies. While involved with a wide range of industries, he has extensive experience with international companies in media and entertainment cross-border matters and private equity transactions.

Mr Nussbaum graduated summa cum laude from Amherst College (1985) and has a master's degree from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He attended the University of Chicago Law School, where he received his JD with high honours (1991), was a member of Order of the Coif and served as editor-in-chief of The University of Chicago Law Review. Prior to joining the firm, Mr Nussbaum served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, then of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and thereafter to Justice Antonin Scalia, United States Supreme Court.

Mr Nussbaum speaks Russian and Spanish, and he is a member of the New York State and American Bar Associations. Mr Nussbaum is active in various non-profit organisations and serves as chairman of the board of trustees of Amherst College, member (previously chairman) of the board of directors of Asphalt Green, a New York City sports and fitness organisation promoting wellness, water safety and health for New Yorkers of all ages; and previously on the board of governors of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC.

Corporate Governance 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Andrew Nussbaum is widely regarded as a top-quality practitioner in the New York market for governance issues. 

Biography

Andrew J Nussbaum is a member of the Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz corporate department, joining the firm in 1993 and becoming partner in 1999. His practice involves a wide range of merger and acquisition-related matters, including cross-border transactions, spin-offs, divestitures, carve-out IPOs, private equity transactions and joint ventures. Mr Nussbaum also handles related work in public offerings, financings, corporate governance and takeovers, and has completed a number of multibillion-dollar cross-border transactions involving mergers between US and European companies, acquisitions in Latin America, investments in China, a public company transaction in Russia and a major transaction involving one of Australia’s largest listed companies. While involved with a wide range of industries, he has extensive experience with international companies and in the media and entertainment areas.

Mr Nussbaum graduated summa cum laude from Amherst College (1985) and has a master’s degree from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He attended the University of Chicago Law School, where he received his JD with high honours (1991), was a member of Order of the Coif and served as editor-in-chief of The University of Chicago Law Review. Prior to joining the firm, Mr Nussbaum served as a law clerk to the Honourable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, then of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and thereafter to Justice Antonin Scalia, United States Supreme Court.

Mr Nussbaum speaks Russian and Spanish, and he is a member of the New York State and American Bar Associations. Mr Nussbaum is active in various non-profit organisations and serves as chairman of the board of trustees of Amherst College; member of the board of directors of Asphalt Green (previously chairman), a New York City sports and fitness organisation promoting wellness, water safety and health for New Yorkers of all ages; and previously on the board of governors of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC.

M&A 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Andrew Nussbaum is a go-to lawyer for mergers, acquisitions and private equity transactions. 

Biography

Andrew J Nussbaum is a member of the Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz corporate department, joining the firm in 1993 and becoming partner in 1999. His practice involves a wide range of merger and acquisition-related matters, including cross-border transactions, spin-offs, divestitures, carve-out IPOs, private equity transactions and joint ventures. Mr Nussbaum also handles related work in public offerings, financings, corporate governance and takeovers, and has completed a number of multibillion-dollar cross-border transactions involving mergers between US and European companies, acquisitions in Latin America, investments in China, a public company transaction in Russia and a major transaction involving one of Australia’s largest listed companies. While involved with a wide range of industries, he has extensive experience with international companies and in the media and entertainment areas.

Mr Nussbaum graduated summa cum laude from Amherst College (1985) and has a master’s degree from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He attended the University of Chicago Law School, where he received his JD with high honours (1991), was a member of Order of the Coif and served as editor-in-chief of The University of Chicago Law Review. Prior to joining the firm, Mr Nussbaum served as a law clerk to the Honourable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, then of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and thereafter to Justice Antonin Scalia, United States Supreme Court.

Mr Nussbaum speaks Russian and Spanish, and he is a member of the New York State and American Bar Associations. Mr Nussbaum is active in various non-profit organisations and serves as chairman of the board of trustees of Amherst College; member of the board of directors of Asphalt Green (previously chairman), a New York City sports and fitness organisation promoting wellness, water safety and health for New Yorkers of all ages; and previously on the board of governors of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC.

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