Erik R. Tavzel

Partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Erik R. Tavzel

Erik R. Tavzel

Partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

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Erik R. Tavzel is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, including both consensual and hostile matters, as well as other strategic corporate transactions. Mr. Tavzel also routinely represents public companies and boards of directors regarding activist defense and complex corporate governance matters.

Mr. Tavzel’s clients have included Amazon, AXA, BAT, Cigna, Crown Castle, DHT, Element Financial, First Solar, Goldman Sachs, IBM, Kraft, Lazard, Morgan Stanley, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Republic Services, Rogers Communications, Symetra Financial, Weyerhaeuser and White Mountains Insurance.

Mr. Tavzel represents companies in a wide variety of industries and has particularly deep experience representing companies subject to regulatory oversight, including financial institutions, insurance companies, investor-owned utilities and telecommunications providers.

Some of his notable transactions include:

Insurance

* The $15.3 billion acquisition of XL Group by AXA.

* The proposed $54.2 billion merger between Cigna and Anthem.

* The $3.8 billion sale of Symetra to Sumitomo Life.

* The $10.8 billion acquisition of John Hancock by Manulife.

* The $1.1 billion sale of Esurance to Allstate.

* The representation of the board of directors of The PMI Group in connection with the restructuring of PMI Mortgage Insurance Company.

Investment Banking

* The initial public offering of Lazard Ltd.

* The $9 billion strategic investment by Mitsubishi UFJ in Morgan Stanley during the 2008 credit crisis.

* The sale of Bear Stearns to JPMorgan Chase.

* The exploration of strategic alternatives by Lehman Brothers prior to its filing for protection from creditors.

* The acquisitions of a number of investment banking firms by Lazard Ltd, including the acquisitions of (1) Goldsmith Agio (2) Verus Partners and (3) Carnegie Wylie.

Asset Management

* The acquisition of the outstanding minority interests in Lazard Asset Management by Lazard Ltd.

* The acquisition of Alesco Global Advisors by Lazard Asset Management.

* The acquisition of The Edgewater Funds by Lazard Ltd.

Alternative Finance

* The $6.9 billion acquisition of GE Capital’s fleet management operations in the United States, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand by Element Financial.

* The $4.9 billion acquisition of PHH Arval by Element Financial.

* The initial public offering of NewStar Financial.

Telecommunications

* The acquisition of the rights to approximately 9,700 AT&T towers by Crown Castle for approximately $9.1 billion (including purchase options).

* The $7.1 billion acquisition of Lightower by Crown Castle.

* The acquisition of T-Mobile’s U.S. tower business by Crown Castle for approximately $4.8 billion (including purchase options).

* The $1.6 billion sale of Crown Castle’s Australian operations to Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets.

* The $1.5 billion acquisition of FiberNet by Crown Castle.

* The $1.5 billion sale of AT&T Wireless’s equity interest in Rogers Wireless to Rogers Communications.

* The $1 billion acquisition of NextG Networks by Crown Castle.

* The $600 million acquisition of Wilcon by Crown Castle.

* The $390 million acquisition of Call-Net Enterprises by Rogers Communications.

Transportation/Shipping

* The unsolicited proposal from Frontline to acquire DHT.

* The $1.3 billion acquisition of Stelmar Shipping by Overseas Shipholding Group.

* The $650 million acquisition of Samco Shipholding by DHT.

* The $538 million acquisition of the VLCC fleet from BW Group by DHT.

* The $455 million acquisition of Maritrans by Overseas Shipholding Group.

* The acquisition of Marquette Transportation by BDT Capital Partners.

Other Significant Transactions

* The $23 billion merger between Weyerhaeuser and Plum Creek Timber.

* The $19.6 billion acquisition of Cadbury by Kraft.

* The $6.5 billion merger of equals between Biovail Pharmaceuticals and Valeant Pharmaceuticals.

* The $6 billion combination of Brown & Williamson and RJR Tobacco.

* The C$4.8 billion sale of D+H to Vista Equity Partners.

* The $3.5 billion sale of PwC Consulting to IBM.

* The $2.8 billion divestiture of Weyerhaeuser’s homebuilding business to TRI Pointe Homes.

* The $2.7 billion acquisition of Longview Timber by Weyerhaeuser.

* The $2.2 billion sale of Weyerhaeuser’s Cellulose Fibers pulp mills to International Paper.

* The $485 million sale of Assisted Living Concepts to TPG Capital.

* The equity investment in Tory Burch by BDT Capital.

Mr. Tavzel also routinely represents public companies and boards of directors regarding activist proposals and proxy solicitations. He has defended his clients against campaigns launched by a variety of activist investors and hedge funds, including Trian Partners, Corvex Capital, Elliott Management, Third Point, MMI Investments and Anchorage Capital.

Over the past decade, Mr. Tavzel has been routinely cited as being one of the country’s leading corporate lawyers by publications, including Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business; Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business; The Legal 500; and IFLR1000. In 2018, he was named the Dealmaker of the Year for the Industrial and Infrastructure sectors by The Deal.

Mr. Tavzel was born in Washington, D.C. He received an S.B. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1993 and a J.D. with honors from the University of Michigan in 1998. Mr. Tavzel joined Cravath in 1998 and became a partner in 2006.

Mr. Tavzel may be reached by phone at +1-212-474-1796 or by email at etavzel@cravath.com.

Mr. Tavzel is admitted only in New York.

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Education
JD with Honors, cum laude
Class of 1998

The University of Michigan, founded in 1817, celebrates a long and distinguished history. It was in 1787 that the Northwest Territorial Ordinance provided public land for this and other Midwestern universities and established a tradition of respect for excellence in higher education. Three Native American nations—the Ojibwa (Chippewa), Odawa (Ottawa), and Bodewadini (Potawatomi)—subsequently granted certain lands for use of the University of Michigan and by the end of the 19th century, Michigan was the largest and most generously supported public university in America and already a leader in graduate education. The University of Michigan Law School, one of the oldest law schools in the nation, was founded in 1859. But unlike other highly selective law schools established in that era, admission was never restricted to the privileged. When Gabriel Hargo graduated from the Law School in 1870, Michigan—then the largest law school in the country—became the second American university to confer a law degree on an African American. That same year, Michigan was the first major law school to admit a woman, and in 1871, graduate Sarah Killgore became the first woman with a law degree in the nation to be admitted to the bar; by 1890, Michigan had graduated more women than any other law school. That commitment to access and diversity joined an equally powerful commitment to excellence, which continues to this day.

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Class of 1993

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a private research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. MIT has five schools and one college, containing a total of 32 academic departments, with a strong emphasis on scientific, engineering, and technological education and research. Founded in 1861 in response to the increasing industrialization of the United States, the institute used a polytechnic university model and stressed laboratory instruction. MIT was elected to the Association of American Universities in 1934.

Career History
Partner
1998 - Current

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP (London) is a British private company located in London. The firm provides legal services.

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$500 - $999
2005

UUSC advances human rights and social justice around the world, partnering with those who confront unjust power structures and mobilizing to challenge oppressive policies.

Political Donations
$250
2011

Former President of United States

$500
2008

Former President of United States

$2,300
2007

Former President of United States

Transactions
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Crown Castle International Corp. purchases Lightower Fiber Networks LLC from HarbourVest Partners LLC, GoldPoint Partners LLC, Pamlico Capital Management LP, ABRY Partners LLC, Berkshire Partners LLC

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Crown Castle International Corp. purchases Wilcon Operations LLC from Golub Capital Partners LLC, Pamlico Capital Management LP, Ares Management Corp (Private Equity)

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Vista Equity Partners Management LLC purchases DH Corp.

Awards & Honors
2011
The Legal 500 United States - Capital Markets: Equity Offerings
2010
The Legal 500 United States - Capital Markets: Debt Offerings
2009
The Legal 500 United States - Capital Markets: Debt Offerings
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