Faiza J. Saeed

Partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Faiza J. Saeed

Faiza J. Saeed

Partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

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Faiza J. Saeed is Cravath’s Presiding Partner. She advises public companies, boards of directors and special committees in connection with M&A, corporate governance and crisis management, including consensual and hostile transactions, takeover defense, proxy contests and hedge fund activism.

Ms. Saeed was designated a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (Davos) in 2006. In 2007, The New York Times named her one of “Wall Street’s 100 Masters of the New Universe.” She has been recognized as a “Dealmaker of the Year” three times by The American Lawyer magazine, in 2000, 2005 and 2011, and also named to its list of “45 Under 45” in 2003. She is a recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession Award from Chambers and Partners (2010). The Hollywood Reporter named her one of “Hollywood’s Top 20 Dealmakers” in 2017 and one of the “Top 100 Power Lawyers” in 2017 and 2018.

Ms. Saeed has extensive deal experience across many industry sectors, including significant depth in media/tech and biotech. She has led major cross-border deals in Canada, France, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and China. Notable matters include advising:

* Time Warner in numerous matters, including its $109 billion acquisition by AT&T, its investment in Hulu, its defense against an unsolicited proposal from 21st Century Fox (which was withdrawn), its defense against Carl Icahn and its merger with AOL;

* Disney in its pending $85 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox, rebuffing an interloper bid by Comcast to its original $66 billion agreement;

* Precision Castparts in its $37 billion acquisition by Berkshire Hathaway;

* Northrop Grumman in its $9.2 billion acquisition of Orbital ATK;

* AveXis in its $8.7 billion acquisition by Novartis;

* InterMune in its $8.9 billion acquisition by Roche;

* Yahoo’s board committee in the $4.48 billion acquisition of Yahoo’s operating business by Verizon;

* DreamWorks Animation in its $4.1 billion acquisition by Comcast, its acquisition of Classic Media, the formation of Oriental DreamWorks and its spin-off IPO from DreamWorks;

* Morgan Stanley’s board during the financial crisis, including the $9 billion investment by Mitsubishi UFJ;

* Vivendi in its $46 billion merger with Seagram and in numerous follow-on acquisitions and investments, including USA Networks, MP3.com, Houghton Mifflin and EchoStar;

* Sapient in its $3.7 billion acquisition by Publicis;

* Terra Industries in its defense against a hostile bid from CF Industries (which was withdrawn), its $4.6 billion proposed sale to Yara and $5.2 billion topping bid by CF Industries;

* Pentair in its $10 billion inversion/Reverse Morris Trust merger with Tyco Flow;

* Viacom’s board committee in exploring a combination with CBS;

* Williams in its $9.4 billion interloper bid for Southern Union;

* Lycos in its $12 billion merger with Telefonica’s Terra Networks;

* Starbucks in its acquisition of Teavana, its commercial arrangement with Oprah Winfrey and its investment in Square;

* KKR’s board committee in KKR’s conversion to a corporation and KKR’s $2.6 billion acquisition of KKR Financial Holdings;

* Amblin Partners in its strategic partnership with Alibaba Pictures and the investment by Comcast, and, together with Steven Spielberg, in its formation with Participant Media, Reliance Entertainment and Entertainment One, and the formation of its predecessor studio with Reliance;

* DreamWorks SKG from its formation to its $1.6 billion sale to Paramount Pictures;

* The family of Charles Schulz in the sale by Iconix of its interest in “Peanuts” to DHX Media, and in the acquisition of “Peanuts” from Scripps;

* Kraft Foods in its $2.6 billion Reverse Morris Trust divestiture of Post cereals to Ralcorp, and in its negotiations with Nelson Peltz;

* Rexam in its $2.1 billion acquisition of ANC;

* WuXi in its proposed $1.6 billion merger with Charles River;

* TKT in its contested $1.6 billion merger with Shire; and

* Lundbeck in its acquisitions of Chelsea Therapeutics and Synaptic Pharmaceuticals.

Ms. Saeed has been repeatedly recognized as one of the country’s leading practitioners in M&A and media and entertainment by Chambers USA, Chambers Global, The International Who’s Who of Merger & Acquisition Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America, The Legal 500, IFLR1000 and Lawdragon magazine. She was named a “Dealmaker of the Year” by The Deal in 2018. She has also been profiled in Crain’s New York Business (“50 Most Powerful Women in New York” (2017) and “100 Most Influential Women in NYC Business” (2007)), The National Law Journal (“40 Under 40” (2005)), New York Magazine (2001), Corporate Board Member magazine (2002) and Dealmaker magazine (2008).

Ms. Saeed serves as a Trustee of The Paley Center and on the Board of Directors of the Partnership for New York City and The March of Dimes (NY Chapter). She is a member of the New York Women’s Foundation, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and she served on the Visiting Committee for Harvard Law School from 2006 to 2011. She is a member of the Editorial Board of M&A Lawyer magazine.

Ms. Saeed was born in Walnut Creek, California. She received a B.A. in Economics and Molecular Biology with Highest Distinction from the University of California at Berkeley in 1987, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1991. She joined Cravath in 1991 and was elected a partner in 1998. From January 2013 to July 2016, Ms. Saeed served as Co-Head of the Firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions practice. In July 2016, she was elected Presiding Partner, effective January 1, 2017. From July 2016 to December 2016, Ms. Saeed served as Deputy Presiding Partner.

Ms. Saeed may be reached by phone at +1-212-474-1454 or by email at fsaeed@cravath.com.

Ms. Saeed is admitted only in New York, California (Inactive) and District of Columbia (Inactive).

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Education
JD, magna cum laude
Class of 1991

Harvard Law School offers an energetic and creative learning environment, a diverse and dedicated faculty—whose expertise spans a broad array of legal subjects—and a student body that comes from every state in the U.S. and more than 70 countries around the world. Approximately 1,900 students attend HLS each year: 1,680 J.D. students, 160 LL.M. students, and 50 S.J.D. candidates. The faculty includes more than 100 full-time professors and more than 150 visiting professors, lecturers on law, and instructors. The curriculum features more than 260 courses and seminars that cover a broad range of traditional and emerging legal fields. A Harvard Law education prepares students for success in law practice, business, public service, teaching, and more. Most HLS students are pursuing a J.D. (Juris Doctor) degree, while many others are earning an LL.M. (Master of Laws) or the S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science). Harvard Law School also offers many joint degree programs, coordinated programs, and concurrent degree opportunities with other schools within Harvard University. The Law School community is also home to numerous research programs and engaging publications, including books, scholarly periodicals, newsletters, and a weekly student newspaper.

B.A. in Economics & Molecular Biology, with Highest Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa
Class of 1987

University of California Berkeley National rankings: In a National Research Council analysis of 212 doctoral programs at American universities, 48 Berkeley programs place among the top 10 nationwide. Faculty awards and honors: There are 8 Nobel Laureates, 32 MacArthur Fellows, and 4 Pulitzer Prize winners among the current faculty. History of UC Berkeley: Historical highlights, arranged by topic, following the campus's development — from UC's founding in 1868 to a turn-of-the-century building boom, a research explosion in the 1930s, the Free Speech Movement of the '60s, and Berkeley's key role today in science and technology revolutions. Timeline of discoveries and contributions by UC Berkeley scholars. Traditions of Cal: Who was the Angel of Death? What's with the "Big C" up there in the hills — and why is it sometimes green? Who wears Oski's jolly bear head and size 54 yellow sweater? Tours and webcams: Check out what's happening on Sproul Plaza, the campus's true heart. See stunning live views of the Bay Area from the Lawrence Hall of Science's perch in the Berkeley hills. Chancellor and administration: Information on Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George W. Breslauer, and how the university is organized. Organizational charts are included. UC System overview and links: On the campuses, laboratories, and medical centers that comprise UC's public educational system, as well as UC's K-12 partnerships, economic impact, and agriculture and environmental resources.

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The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) is a voluntary bar association for the state of New York. NYSBA was founded in 1877 with the stated goal to cultivate the science of jurisprudence; to promote reform in the law; to facilitate the administration of justice, and to elevate the standards of integrity, honor, professional skill, and courtesy in the legal profession. Its first President was David B. Hill. Among the reforms in the legislation signed into law creating the association was the removal of the restrictions on the admission of women to the practice of law. In 1896, NYSBA proposed the first global means for settling disputes among nations, what is now called the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

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The Association of the Bar of the City of New York is a voluntary association of lawyers and law students. The organization was founded in 1870 and it is headquartered in New York, NY.

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Cravath, Swaine & Moore provides legal services in various industries such as: broadcasting, media and entertainment, consumer products, energy, financial institutions, healthcare, industrial and chemicals, professional services, real estate, retail, technology, telecommunications, and transportation. The company was founded in 1819 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

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Member of Visiting Committee
2006 - 2011

Harvard Law School offers an energetic and creative learning environment, a diverse and dedicated faculty—whose expertise spans a broad array of legal subjects—and a student body that comes from every state in the U.S. and more than 70 countries around the world. Approximately 1,900 students attend HLS each year: 1,680 J.D. students, 160 LL.M. students, and 50 S.J.D. candidates. The faculty includes more than 100 full-time professors and more than 150 visiting professors, lecturers on law, and instructors. The curriculum features more than 260 courses and seminars that cover a broad range of traditional and emerging legal fields. A Harvard Law education prepares students for success in law practice, business, public service, teaching, and more. Most HLS students are pursuing a J.D. (Juris Doctor) degree, while many others are earning an LL.M. (Master of Laws) or the S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science). Harvard Law School also offers many joint degree programs, coordinated programs, and concurrent degree opportunities with other schools within Harvard University. The Law School community is also home to numerous research programs and engaging publications, including books, scholarly periodicals, newsletters, and a weekly student newspaper.

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Awards & Honors
2013
Best Lawyers - Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law
2012
Chambers USA - America’s Leading Lawyers for Business - Media & Entertainment (Corporate)
2011
Lawdragon 500: Leading Lawyers in America
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IBA's 9th Annual International Mergers and Acquisitions Conference

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