Donald A. Bussard

Director at Richards, Layton & Finger PA

Donald A. Bussard

Donald A. Bussard

Director at Richards, Layton & Finger PA

Biography

On May 29, 2019 we lost our colleague and dear friend, Donald A. Bussard. Don was a good friend to all of us, and although we will miss him tremendously, his legacy will continue in those whose lives he touched both inside and outside the Firm.

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Donald Bussard focuses his practice on advising corporations, boards of directors and board committees in connection with mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations, stock issuances, stockholders’ meetings and relations, and corporate governance matters.

Chambers USA reported that Don is "very smart and knows Delaware corporation law inside and out." The senior member of the Corporate Department’s transactional group, he is a contributing author to The Delaware Law of Corporations and Business Organizations, a multi-volume treatise on Delaware corporate law coauthored by Messrs. Balotti and Finkelstein of Richards, Layton & Finger.

Experience

* Represented Genworth Financial, Inc. in connection with its proposed acquisition by China Oceanwide Holdings Group Co., Ltd. for approximately $2.8 billion
* Represented Dell Inc. in its acquisition of data storage company EMC Corp. in a cash and stock transaction valued at $67 billion
* Represented Microsoft Corp. in connection with its acquisition of LinkedIn Corp. for $26.2 billion in an all-cash transaction
* Represented DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. in its acquisition by NBCUniversal Inc., a division of Comcast Corp., in a deal valued at $4 billion
* Represented Allergan in its sale to Actavis in a transaction valued at approximately $66 billion, defeating an unsolicited offer from Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. to acquire Allergan for $49.44 billion
* Represented Reynolds American in its acquisition of Lorillard Inc. in a deal valued at $27.4 billion, including assumed debt
* Represented GECC in connection with the formation of SYNCHRONY FINANCIAL and its $2.8 billion IPO

Prior Representative Experience

* Represented Dell Inc. in the $24.9 billion transaction whereby Michael Dell and other investors took Dell private
* Represented the special committee of Dole Food Co. in connection with Dole’s going-private transaction that valued Dole at approximately $1.6 billion
* Represented the special committee of the board of directors of Clearwire Corporation in connection with the acquisition offers for Clearwire submitted by Sprint Nextel Corporation and by DISH Network Corporation
* Represented BHP Billiton in its acquisition of Houston-based Petrohawk Energy Corp. for $15.1 billion
* Represented Pharmasset Inc. in its acquisition by Gilead Sciences Inc. for $11 billion
* Represented the U.K.’s Ensco plc in its acquisition of Price International Inc. of Houston for $7.3 billion in cash and stock
* Represented Wyeth in its acquisition by rival Pfizer for $68 billion
* Represented Mars, Incorporated in the acquisition of Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. for nearly $23 billion
* Represented Marvel Entertainment in its $4 billion acquisition by Walt Disney Company

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Co-Chair, Corporate Department at Richards, Layton & Finger PA

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Director at Richards, Layton & Finger PA

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Director at Richards, Layton & Finger PA

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Partner, Head of IP Group & Co-Head of Privacy, Cybersecurity Group at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

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Senior Advisor at Evercore, Inc.

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Co-Chair, Corporate Department at Richards, Layton & Finger PA

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Donald A. Bussard
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Director
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Political Donations
$500
2012
$100
2011
$250
2011
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Microsoft Corporation, Silver Lake Management Co. LLC, Dell, Inc. /Private Group purchase Dell, Inc.

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SoftBank Group Corp., Sprint Communications, Inc. purchase Clearwire Corp. from Intel Corp., Comcast Corporation, Bright House Networks LLC

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Freeport-McMoRan, Inc. purchases Plains Exploration & Production Co.

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