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Scott A Barshay

Scott A Barshay

Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP1285 Avenue of the AmericasNew YorkNew YorkUSA10019-6064

Thought Leader

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

Corporate Governance 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Scott Barshay is held in high esteem for his sweeping knowledge of activist defence and crisis management.

Biography

Scott A Barshay is a partner in the corporate department and global head of the firm’s M&A practice. His practice focuses on advising clients on M&A, activist defence and other significant corporate matters. Scott also regularly counsels corporations and their directors on securities law, corporate governance, crisis management and internal investigations.

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 $107 billion acquisition of SABMiller; BHP Billiton in the activist campaign by Elliott Management; Burlington Northern Santa Fe in its $44 billion sale to Berkshire Hathaway; Chevron in its proposed $50 billion acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum; Emerson Electric in the activist campaign by DE Shaw; General Electric in the $21.4 billion sale of its biopharma business to Danaher; the independent directors of Harris Corporation in its $37 billion merger of equals with L3 Technologies; Honeywell International in its unsolicited $90 billion offer to acquire United Technologies and in the activist campaign by Third Point; Ingersoll-Rand in the $15 billion merger of its industrial business with Gardner Denver Holdings; Kraft Heinz in its proposed $143 billion acquisition of Unilever; Mylan in its successful defence against a $40 billion hostile takeover offer from Teva and in its $35 billion hostile offer to acquire Perrigo; and Qualcomm in its successful defence against a $142 billion hostile takeover offer from Broadcom, its proposed $47 billion acquisition of NXP Semiconductors, in the activist campaign by JANA Partners; Starwood Hotels in its $13.6 billion sale to Marriott International and in Anbang’s competing offers to acquire Starwood; United Airlines in its $7 billion merger of equals with Continental Airlines; and 3G Capital and HJ Heinz in Heinz’s $60 billion merger with Kraft Foods.

Scott is widely recognised as one of the country’s leading M&A lawyers. He has been described by the Financial Times as “one of Wall Street’s most prolific dealmakers”. In 2019, The American Lawyer named Scott “Dealmaker of The Year” for his role advising IBM in its $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat. In 2019 The Wall Street Journal profiled Scott as one of six top dealmakers who “made the year in M&A”, highlighting his work on the largest and most important transactions of the year, including Chevron/Anadarko Petroleum and GE BioPharma/Danaher. Scott was similarly recognised by The Wall Street Journal in 2018 for advising on more than $300 billion in M&A that year, including IBM/Red Hat and Harris/L3 Technologies; and in 2015 for advising on many of that year’s biggest deals, including AB InBev/SABMiller, Kraft/Heinz, Marriott/Starwood and Schlumberger/Cameron, and for his defence of clients Qualcomm, Xerox, Avon and Cheniere Energy against activist hedge funds. In 2015, Scott was recognised as an “M&A Trailblazer” by The National Law Journal. In 2011, the Financial Times named Scott one of the “Ten Most Innovative Lawyers” in North America. In 2007, The New York Times included Scott in its list of most important dealmakers in recent years, highlighting his work on behalf of Chevron in its successful $18 billion takeover battle for Unocal.

Scott is consistently ranked as a top-tier M&A practitioner by peer review organisations, including Chambers GlobalChambers USAThe Legal 500: USIFLR1000; Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Mergers and Acquisitions LawyersThe Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in AmericaThe Lawdragon 500 Leading Dealmakers in America; Best Lawyers in America; and WWL: M&A and Governance.

M&A 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Scott Barshay is well versed in high-value M&A transactions.  

Biography

Scott A Barshay is a partner in the corporate department and global head of the firm’s M&A practice. His practice focuses on advising clients on M&A, activist defence and other significant corporate matters. Scott also regularly counsels corporations and their directors on securities law, corporate governance, crisis management and internal investigations.

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 $107 billion acquisition of SABMiller; BHP Billiton in the activist campaign by Elliott Management; Burlington Northern Santa Fe in its $44 billion sale to Berkshire Hathaway; Chevron in its proposed $50 billion acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum; Emerson Electric in the activist campaign by DE Shaw; General Electric in the $21.4 billion sale of its biopharma business to Danaher; the independent directors of Harris Corporation in its $37 billion merger of equals with L3 Technologies; Honeywell International in its unsolicited $90 billion offer to acquire United Technologies and in the activist campaign by Third Point; Ingersoll-Rand in the $15 billion merger of its industrial business with Gardner Denver Holdings; Kraft Heinz in its proposed $143 billion acquisition of Unilever; Mylan in its successful defence against a $40 billion hostile takeover offer from Teva and in its $35 billion hostile offer to acquire Perrigo; and Qualcomm in its successful defence against a $142 billion hostile takeover offer from Broadcom, its proposed $47 billion acquisition of NXP Semiconductors, in the activist campaign by JANA Partners; Starwood Hotels in its $13.6 billion sale to Marriott International and in Anbang’s competing offers to acquire Starwood; United Airlines in its $7 billion merger of equals with Continental Airlines; and 3G Capital and HJ Heinz in Heinz’s $60 billion merger with Kraft Foods.

Scott is widely recognised as one of the country’s leading M&A lawyers. He has been described by the Financial Times as “one of Wall Street’s most prolific dealmakers”. In 2019, The American Lawyer named Scott “Dealmaker of The Year” for his role advising IBM in its $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat. In 2019 The Wall Street Journal profiled Scott as one of six top dealmakers who “made the year in M&A”, highlighting his work on the largest and most important transactions of the year, including Chevron/Anadarko Petroleum and GE BioPharma/Danaher. Scott was similarly recognised by The Wall Street Journal in 2018 for advising on more than $300 billion in M&A that year, including IBM/Red Hat and Harris/L3 Technologies; and in 2015 for advising on many of that year’s biggest deals, including AB InBev/SABMiller, Kraft/Heinz, Marriott/Starwood and Schlumberger/Cameron, and for his defence of clients Qualcomm, Xerox, Avon and Cheniere Energy against activist hedge funds. In 2015, Scott was recognised as an “M&A Trailblazer” by The National Law Journal. In 2011, the Financial Times named Scott one of the “Ten Most Innovative Lawyers” in North America. In 2007, The New York Times included Scott in its list of most important dealmakers in recent years, highlighting his work on behalf of Chevron in its successful $18 billion takeover battle for Unocal.

Scott is consistently ranked as a top-tier M&A practitioner by peer review organisations, including Chambers GlobalChambers USAThe Legal 500: USIFLR1000; Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Mergers and Acquisitions LawyersThe Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in AmericaThe Lawdragon 500 Leading Dealmakers in America; Best Lawyers in America; and WWL: M&A and Governance.

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