Jacob A. Kling

Partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Jacob A. Kling

Jacob A. Kling

Partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

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Jacob A. Kling

Jake Kling is a partner in Wachtell Lipton’s Corporate Department. Jake’s practice primarily focuses on mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, securities law matters, takeover defense and general corporate governance matters. He has advised a broad range of public and private clients across multiple industries, including banking and financial services, healthcare and pharmaceutical, life sciences, technology, media and telecom, industrial, retail, private equity and real estate. In 2019, Jake was named a “Rising Star” by The Deal, which recognized him as one of the 21 most promising new M&A partners.

Selected healthcare and pharmaceutical, life sciences, technology and media, industrial, retail and real estate representations include:

* Pfizer in its formation of a premier global consumer healthcare joint venture with GlaxoSmithKline with $12.7 billion in combined annual global sales
* The Carlyle Group in its $6.7 billion acquisition of a controlling stake in Sedgwick from KKR
* Thermo Fisher Scientific in numerous acquisitions, including its $7.2 billion acquisition of Patheon N.V., $4.2 billion acquisition of FEI Company, $1.5 billion acquisition of Affymetrix, $13.6 billion acquisition of Life Technologies and $2.1 billion acquisition of Dionex
* United Technologies in the $1 billion sale of its Taylor Company business to The Middleby Corporation
* Global Payments in its $1.2 billion acquisition of ACTIVE Network’s communities and sports divisions from Vista Equity Partners
* Bankrate in its $1.4 billion acquisition by Red Ventures, and Red Ventures in its subsequent divestiture of Bankrate’s Caring.com business
* Walgreens Boots Alliance in its $24.3 billion acquisition of its remaining interest in Alliance Boots GmbH, and in multiple financing and capital markets transactions aggregating over $15 billion
* The National Basketball Association in its investment in FanDuel
* The J.M. Smucker Company in its $5.8 billion acquisition of Big Heart Pet Brands from KKR, Vestar, Centerview and AlpInvest, and in multiple financing and capital markets transactions, including its $3.65 billion notes issuance and subsequent A/B exchange offer
* Lincoln National in its sale of Lincoln Financial Media to Entercom Communications
* Ventas in its $2.6 billion acquisition of American Realty Capital Healthcare Trust

Selected banking and financial institution representations include:

* TD Ameritrade in numerous transactions, including the sale of its retirement plan custody and trust business, its $4 billion acquisition of Scottrade, $1 billion and $800 million notes offerings, $1.4 billion secondary equity offering and multiple venture capital investments and other financing transactions
* Banner Corporation in its acquisition of Skagit Bancorp
* Independent Bank Group in its $1 billion acquisition of Guaranty Bancorp
* Ford Financial Fund in numerous transactions, including its portfolio company Mechanics Bank’s $2.1 billion carve-out acquisition of Rabobank, its acquisition of Learner Financial and Scott Valley Bank and its acquisition of California Republic Bancorp and related rights offering
* South State in its $690 million acquisition of Park Sterling
* BNC Bancorp in its $1.9 billion acquisition by Pinnacle Financial Partners
* The Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son in its initial public offering
* Bank of America in numerous asset sales and branch divestitures
* National Penn in its $1.8 billion merger with BB&T
* Square 1 Financial in its $849 million acquisition by PacWest Bancorp
* Sterling Bancorp in multiple transactions, including the merger of equals between Sterling and Provident New York Bancorp and Sterling’s acquisition of Hudson Valley and subsequent divestiture of its trust business
* CapitalSource in its $2.3 billion merger with PacWest Bancorp
* AllianceBernstein in its acquisition of W.P. Stewart through a combination of cash and CVRs
* West Coast Bancorp in its $500 million merger with Columbia Banking System

Jake received an A.B. magna cum laude in mathematical economics from Brown University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and graduated with the highest attainable GPA, and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served as Projects Editor of the Yale Law Journal. He has authored multiple publications (including in the Yale Law Journal and the Stanford Journal of Law, Business and Finance) on topics relating to mergers and acquisitions and corporate law, 363 sales, and antitrust. Jake also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Dennis Jacobs, then Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

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February 12, 2016
Hampton Roads, Xenith Bankshares to merge
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February 3, 2015
J.M. Smucker scoops Big Heart Pet Brands for $5.8B
The Deal Pipeline
November 5, 2014
Sterling buys Hudson Valley for $539M in stock
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September 14, 2014
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Associate at Thompson Hine LLP

Thompson Hine LLP is a business law firm that provides a range of commercial law services. Its clients are financial institutions, governments, individuals, multinational corporations and non-profit organizations. The company was founded in 1911 and is headquartered in Cleveland, OH.

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Practising Law Institute is a non-profit continuing legal education organization chartered by the Regents of the University of the State of New York, founded in 1933. PLI is dedicated to providing the legal community and allied professionals with the most up-to-date, relevant information and techniques which are critical to the development of a professional, competitive edge. We achieve these goals through the highest quality Seminars held annually in locations across the United States, annually supplemented Treatises, Audio CDs and DVDs, MP3s, Live Webcasts, Course Handbooks, and On-Demand Learning. Since its founding PLI has witnessed more than 3 million registrations and publication purchases by lawyers and allied professionals. PLI's Institutes and Programs provide lawyers with up-to-date information each year. Our programs are held in several locations including New York, California, Illinois, Washington, DC, Georgia, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Texas, Virginia, Pennsylvania, London and Hong Kong. PLI also expanded its offerings, with a Patent Law Practice Center, Securities Law Practice Center, Pro Bono & Public Interest areas, research and development, critical to PLI's mission. PLI created a law school division to strengthen the relationship with law school students and faculty. Finally, with most states adopting MCLE programs, PLI is planning courses accordingly and has also committed itself to providing lower priced courses to meet the needs of newly admitted attorneys. PLI is headquartered in New York City with an office in California.

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP provides legal advisory services. The company's practice areas include mergers and acquisitions, finance, litigation, corporate finance, insurance, tax, labor and employment, political law, private equity, corporate, antitrust, white collar crime, international, regulatory, and legislation. Its customers include corporate, industrial, and financial sectors. The company was founded by Marshall Skadden, John Slate and Les Arps in April 1948 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

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JD
Class of 2010

Located in New Haven, Connecticut, Yale Law School is one of the world’s premier law schools. It offers an unmatched environment of excellence and educational intimacy in the form of world renowned faculty, small classes, limitless opportunities for clinical training, and strong encouragement of public service. The Law School is small by design; its impact on the world is measured by its accomplished graduates and its ongoing scholarship and outreach through numerous centers and projects. For students, the experience is unparalleled. The faculty-student ratio supports a vast array of courses and opportunities for independent research and student-organized seminars. Students get practical training by representing real clients in clinics starting in their first year. Throughout, a spirit of collaboration reigns. All first-term courses are ungraded, and subsequent classes are graded honors/pass/low pass. Yale Law School is unique among law schools in that it produces leaders in all walks of life: distinguished deans and faculty members at law schools across the country and the world; industry CEOs and corporate counsels; founders of nongovernmental organizations and other nonprofit entities; entrepreneurs; government servants in federal, state, and local offices and the judiciary--just a few areas in which our alumni's talent and passion and dedication have made a difference. Among the School’s graduates are U.S. Presidents and Supreme Court Justices; and among its far-reaching projects, the Information Society Project and the China Center.

AB, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Class of 2007

Brown University is located in historic Providence, Rhode Island and was founded in 1764. It is the seventh-oldest college in the United States. Brown is an independent, coeducational Ivy League institution comprising undergraduate and graduate programs, plus the Alpert Medical School, School of Public Health, School of Engineering, and the School of Professional Studies.

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The Yale Law Journal is published eight times a year (monthly from October through June, excluding February) by The Yale Law Journal Company, Inc. Editorial and general offices are located in the Sterling Law Building at Yale University.

Career History
Partner
2010 - Current

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz enjoys a global reputation as one of the world's leading business law firms. Their deep experience in the fields of mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, takeovers and takeover defense, corporate and securities law, and corporate governance means that they regularly handle some of the largest, most complex and demanding transactions in the United States and around the world. They counsel both public and private acquirors and targets. They also have extensive experience handling sensitive investigation and litigation matters and corporate restructurings, and in counseling boards of directors and senior management in the most sensitive situations. In addition, their attorneys are thought leaders, speaking and writing frequently in their various areas of expertise.Wachtell Lipton is consistently ranked as the most prestigious and desirable law firm to work for in the United States, thus enabling the firm to attract associates and some of the most outstanding and motivated attorneys and law school graduates in the United States and from around the world.

Clerk
2011 - 2012

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (in case citations, 2d Cir.) is one of the thirteen United States Courts of Appeals. Its territory comprises the states of Connecticut, New York, and Vermont, and the court has appellate jurisdiction over the district courts in the following districts: District of Connecticut, Eastern District of New York, Northern District of New York, Southern District of New York, Western District of New York, District of Vermont.

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Global Payments Inc. purchases Total System Services, Inc.

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GlaxoSmithKline Plc purchases Pfizer, Inc. /Consumer Health Business from Pfizer, Inc.

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Independent Bank Group, Inc. purchases Guaranty Bancorp - Colorado

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