Joel Karansky

Vice President & Corporate Secretary at William Morris Endeavor Entertainment LLC

Joel Karansky

Joel Karansky

Vice President & Corporate Secretary at William Morris Endeavor Entertainment LLC

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Joel Karansky

Associate at Paul / Weiss

Tel: 212-373-3639
Fax: 212-492-0639
jkaransky@paulweiss.com

New York
1285 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019-6064Joel Karansky is an associate in the Corporate Department where he is a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Group. He has broad experience representing public companies and private equity and hedge fund sponsors in a variety of negotiated and unsolicited change-of-control transactions, private equity and hedge fund investments, private fund formation, proxy contests, capital markets and related matters.

Experience

In addition, Joel advises boards of directors and senior management in connection with corporate governance related matters, including SEC reporting and disclosure requirements, compliance policies, Sarbanes-Oxley and stock exchange governance requirements and anti-takeover defenses.

Some of Joel's recent representations include:

Reckitt Benckiser Group in its successful $1.4 billion topping bid for, and subsequent successful tender offer for and acquisition of, Schiff Nutrition International;
RSC Holdings in its $4.2 billion sale to United Rentals;
Imperial Sugar Company in its sale to Louis Dreyfus Commodities;
Universal American in its $1.25 billion sale of its Medicare Part D business to CVS Caremark and the spin-off of its remaining businesses to its public shareholders;
Michael Kors and its controlling stockholders in connection with its $500 million sale of preference shares in anticipation of its initial public offering;
Crestview Partners in its commitment, with Macquarie Capital and UBS Securities, to provide up to $500 million in equity financing to Cumulus Media, Inc. as part of its $2.5 billion acquisition of Citadel Broadcasting Corporation, one of The Deal's "2011 M&A Deals of the Year;"
Wellspring Capital Partners in its going-private acquisition of Omni Energy Services Corp.;
Religáre Enterprises Limited in its acquisition of a majority interests in Northgate Capital and Landmark Partners; and
General Atlantic as co-lead of a consortium of private investors in the $1.86 billion acquisition of First Republic Bank from Bank of America.

Prior to joining Paul, Weiss, Joel regularly represented public and private companies and many of the world's largest private equity sponsors in domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions transactions, including transactions for, among others, K.K.R., The Blackstone Group, TPG Capital, Silver Lake Partners, Hellman & Friedman, ARAMARK, Inc., Conseco, Inc., DoubleClick, Inc., General Electric Company, H.J. Heinz Company, Toys R Us, Inc., The Travelers Companies, Inc. and Virgin Mobile USA, Inc.

Practices
Corporate
Mergers & Acquisitions

Education

J.D., University of Michigan Law School

B.A., Yale University
Bar Admissions

New York

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Vice President & Corporate Secretary at William Morris Endeavor Entertainment LLC
Education
JD
Class of 2001

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.

BA
Class of 1998

Yale University is an American private Ivy League research university located in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701 in the Colony of Connecticut, the university is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States.

Career History
Vice President & Corporate Secretary
Current

William Morris Endeavor Entertainment LLC engages in the operation of a talent and literary agency that provides entertainment services. The firm offers books, comedy, culinary, digital, endorsements, motion picture, music, sports, speakers, television, theater, and voiceover. The company was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in Beverly Hills, CA.

Counsel
Prior - 2014

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is a law firm that serve as counsel to companies and investment funds. They have expertise in the areas of bankruptcy and corporate reorganization, employee benefits and executive compensation, intellectual property, personal representation, real estate and tax law. The company is headquartered in New York, NY.

Attorney
Prior

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP provides legal services. Established in 1884, the firm provides coordinated legal advice on corporate transactions and litigation matters in industries which include financial services, insurance, power and natural resources, consumer products, services, technology, telecommunications, media, pharmaceuticals and healthcare industries. Cross-border finance, banking and bank regulation, mergers and acquisitions, securities issuance and regulation, project and asset based finance, real estate, asset management, joint ventures, taxation, litigation and dispute resolution are important aspects of the firm's practice.

Transactions
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NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. purchases Griffin-American Healthcare REIT II, Inc.

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The Hillshire Brands Co. purchases Pinnacle Foods, Inc. from The Blackstone Group, Inc.

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Sentinel Capital Partners LLC purchases Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. from Wellspring Capital Management LLC, Taxi Holdings Corp.

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