Scott Barshay is a pre-eminent transactional lawyer who has acted on many of the highest-profile deals in recent years, including for General Electric in its disposal of its biopharma business to Danaher for $21.4 billion.
Scott A Barshay is a partner in the corporate department and global head of the firm’s mergers and acquisitions practice. His practice focuses on advising clients on mergers and acquisitions, activist defence and other significant corporate matters. Scott also regularly counsels corporations and their directors on securities law, corporate governance and crisis management issues.
Scott has represented clients in many of the largest and most important M&A transactions and activist defence matters in recent years, including ADP in its successful proxy contest against Pershing Square; Anheuser-Busch InBev in its US$107 billion acquisition of SABMiller; BHP Billiton plc in the activist campaign by Elliott Management; Burlington Northern Santa Fe in its US$44 billion sale to Berkshire Hathaway; Cheniere Energy in the activist campaign by Carl Icahn; Chevronin its US$50 billion acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum; General Electric in the US$21.4 billion sale of its BioPharma business to Danaher Corporation; the board of directors of Harris Corporation in its proposed US$37 billion merger of equals with L3 Technologies; Honeywell in its US$90 billion proposal to acquire United Technologies and in the activist campaign by Third Point LLC; IBM in its proposed US$34 billion acquisition of Red Hat; The Kraft Heinz Company in its proposed US$143 billion acquisition of Unilever; Mylan Pharmaceuticals in its successful takeover defence against Teva's US$40 billion hostile bid and in Mylan's US$35 billion hostile offer to acquire Perrigo; Qualcomm in connection with a $130 billion unsolicited offer from Broadcom, its proposed US$47 billion acquisition of NXP and the activist campaign by JANA Partners; Starwood Hotels in its US$13.6 billion sale to Marriott International which was contested by Anbang Insurance Group; United Airlinesin its US$7 billion merger of equals with Continental Airlines and 3G Capital and H.J Heinz in the US$60 billion Kraft/Heinz merger.
Scott has been repeatedly recognised as one of the country’s leading M&A lawyers. In 2018, he was featured in a Wall Street Journal article profiling the seven top bankers and lawyers involved in the most important M&A deals of the year, noting that Scott advised on deals worth more than US$300 billion in 2018, including IBM/Red Hat and Harris Corp/L3 Technologies. He was similarly profiled in a 2016 Wall Street Journal article profiling seven top dealmakers from 2015 and citing specifically his work on major M&A transactions, including AB InBev/SABMiller, Kraft/Heinz, Marriott/Starwood and Schlumberger/Cameron, as well as activist defence on behalf of Avon, Cheniere, Qualcomm and Xerox. In 2018, Scott was also recognised by The Deal as Dealmaker of the Year. In 2015, he was included in The National Law Journal’s list of “M&A trailblazers”. In 2011, he was recognised by the Financial Times as one of the 10 most innovative lawyers in North America for his role in defending Barnes & Noble from a series of hostile activist attacks by Ron Burkle and Yucaipa. A 2010 Wall Street Journal article profiled his practice and discussed his representation of United Airlines in its merger with Continental Airlines and Burlington Northern Santa Fe in its sale to Berkshire Hathaway. In 2007, The New York Times included Scott on its list of most important dealmakers in recent years, citing specifically his work on behalf of Chevron in its contested acquisition of Unocal.
Other publications that consistently place Scott in their highest level M&A rankings include Chambers Global; Chambers USA; The Legal 500; IFLR1000; Legal Media Group's Expert Guides; The Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America; The Lawdragon 500 Leading Dealmakers in America; The American Lawyer: Dealmaker of the Year; Best Lawyers in America; Who's Who Legal: M&A and Governance.