With over 30 years' experience, Steven Rosenblum stands out as an exceptional lawyer who excels on shareholder activism, joint ventures and securities law.
Steven A Rosenblum has been a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz since 1989 and serves as co-chair of the firm’s corporate department. He focuses on mergers and acquisitions, takeover defence, corporate governance, shareholder and hedge fund activism, proxy fights, joint ventures and securities law. Mr Rosenblum has been recognised by Chambers Global as one of the world’s leading transactional lawyers and by Lawdragon as one of the 500 leading lawyers in America. He was named a 2015 and 2016 “BTI Client Service All-Star” by the BTI Consulting Group for his level of dedication and commitment to exceptional client service.
Mr Rosenblum’s recent significant representations include: Nielsen in its announced spinoff of its Connect business; Edgewell Personal Care in its acquisition of Harry’s; Envision Healthcare in its sale to KKR; General Motors in its proxy contest with Greenlight Capital; Verizon in its acquisition of Yahoo!’s core businesses; Michael Dell in Mr Dell’s and Silver Lake’s buyout of Dell (for which Mr Rosenblum was named Dealmaker of the Year by The American Lawyer), in Dell’s acquisition of EMC, and in Dell’s Class V stock exchange that took Dell public again; Visa in its acquisition of Visa Europe; Target in the sale of its pharmacy business to CVS; Smucker’s in its acquisition of Big Heart Pet Brands; Energizer in the spinoff of its household products business; Verizon in its acquisition of Vodafone’s 45 per cent interest in Verizon Wireless; and TW Telecom in its sale to Level 3 Communications; Cracker Barrel in its four consecutive proxy fight victories over Biglari Holdings.
Mr Rosenblum’s prior significant representations include: Smurfit-Stone in its acquisition by Rock-Tenn; the board of ITT in its spinoffs of Exelis and Xylem; Morgan Stanley in its acquisition of Smith Barney, as well as in its investment from Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group; Target in its proxy fight victory over Pershing Square; General Mills in its acquisitions of Pillsbury and Chex, its sale of Haagen-Dazs to Nestle, and its sale of SVE to Pepsi; Ameriprise Financial in its acquisition of H&R Block Financial Advisors; and Ceridian in its proxy fight with Pershing Square and subsequent going private transaction.
He has also previously represented AT&T in a number of transactions, including the acquisitions of McCaw Cellular, Teleport, TCI and Media One; the IPOs and spinoffs of Lucent and AT&T Wireless; the sales of AT&T Broadband to Comcast and AT&T to SBC; and AT&T Wireless’s investment from NTT DoCoMo and its sale to Cingular.
Mr Rosenblum received his JD from Yale Law School in 1982 and his BA from Harvard College magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1978. Prior to joining the firm, he was a law clerk to the Honourable Joseph L Tauro, United States District Court Judge for the District of Massachusetts.
Mr Rosenblum is a member of the American Law Institute, the ABA committee on corporate laws, and the board of advisers of the Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law. He writes and participates in panels and programmes on a number of topics, including mergers and acquisitions, shareholder and hedge fund activism, corporate governance, corporate disclosure and proxy reform. He has served as co-chair of the Annual Federal Securities Institute in Miami since 2005.