Robert E. Spatt

Of Counsel at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Robert E. Spatt

Robert E. Spatt

Of Counsel at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

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Robert E. Spatt is Of Counsel at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. He focuses on corporate and corporate governance advice to public and private company boards of directors, and mergers, acquisitions and restructurings for buying and selling companies, their financial advisors, control stockholders, leveraged buyout firms and special committees of boards of directors. Rob graduated from Brown University (A.B. 1977) and University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1980 magna cum laude; Order of the Coif). He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1980. Rob has published various articles on M&A subjects and regularly serves as a faculty member for leading M&A seminars and institutes. Rob is the Co-Chairman Emeritus of the Tulane Corporate Law Institute, one of the country’s leading M&A institutes. Rob has been repeatedly named one of the leading M&A lawyers in numerous legal publications, including Chambers Global World’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He has also been repeatedly listed as a top Corporate Governance or M&A lawyer in Euromoney’s Expert Guides “The Best of the Best”, and in Who’s Who Legal; and has been included in Lawdragon’s “Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America” since its inception in 2005, and featured on the cover spread for the 2009 annual issue. Rob was named “Dealmaker of the Week” by The American Lawyer in mid-2013 and recognized by Law360 as an “MVP” in M&A for 2014.

Some of Rob’s recent principal transactions have included representing G-III Apparel Group in its acquisition of Donna Karan International from LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton; Weight Watchers in its “groundbreaking partnership” with Oprah Winfrey; Lorillard in its $29.25 billion sale to Reynolds American; Smithfield Foods in its $7 billion strategic combination with Shuanghui International, the largest Chinese takeover to date of an American company; the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Clearwire Corporation in its evaluation of strategic alternatives and ultimate merger with Sprint Nextel Corporation (after competing proposals and a tender offer from DISH Network); McKesson in its acquisition of PSS World Medical; Apax Partners, CPPIB and PSP Investments in its acquisition of Kinetic Concepts; Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation in connection with its acquisition of Vital Images; CoStar Group, Inc. in connection with its acquisition of LoopNet; Apax Partners and Tommy Hilfiger in the sale of Tommy Hilfiger to Phillips-Van Heusen; Facet Biotech in its sale to Abbott Laboratories (after having represented Facet in defense of the unsolicited acquisition proposal for Facet made by Biogen Idec); the Audit Committee and Special Strategic Committee of the Board of Directors of Clearwire Corporation in its 2009 equity infusion from its majority stockholders; CSL Limited in its agreement to acquire Talecris Biotherapeutics; the Board of Directors of Dow Jones & Company in connection with its unsolicited proposal from, and ultimate sale to, News Corp.; Invus in its significant equity investment in Lexicon Pharmaceuticals; SandRidge Energy in its acquisition of NEG Oil & Gas, Carl Icahn’s oil & gas businesses; McKesson in its acquisition of Per-Se Technologies; Smithfield Foods in its acquisition of Premium Standard Farms; the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Lafarge North America in the unsolicited cash tender offer by its controlling stockholder Lafarge SA (and subsequent increased supported offer); Placer Dome in connection with the unsolicited acquisition bid made by Barrick Gold and subsequent increased supported exchange offer; Seagate in its acquisition of Maxtor; the Special Committee of Sotheby’s Holdings in its buyback of the controlling interest in the corporation held by the Taubman family; the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Eon Labs in its sale to Novartis; Harmony Gold in its unsolicited bid for, and acquisition of a minority stake in, Gold Fields; UFJ as U.S. counsel in its unsolicited bid by, and merger with, Mitsubishi Tokyo Financial Group; CSL Limited in its acquisition of Aventis’ worldwide blood plasma business; H.J. Heinz in its “Reverse Morris Trust” spin/merge transaction with Del Monte Foods; the controlling stockholders of Panamco in its acquisition by Coca-Cola FEMSA; Moody’s Corp. in its acquisition of KMV; the principal stockholders of Louis Dreyfus Natural Gas in its sale to Dominion Resources; Franchise Finance Corporation of America in its sale to GECC; Smithfield Foods in its bid for IBP; the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of AXA Financial in the buyout by its 60% parent AXA Group; Artal International in its acquisitions of Weight Watchers International, Keebler and Sunshine Biscuits and its sale of Nellson Nutraceutical to Fremont Partners; Frontier Corp. in its sale to Global Crossing and in its sale of the Frontier ILEC business to Citizens Communications; Nine West Group in its sale to Jones Apparel; Xcelera.com in the partial equity sale of its Mirror Image Internet unit to Exodus Communications; Firstar in its merger with StarBanc; Guy Gannett Communications in the sale of its newspaper business to the Seattle Times and its broadcasting business to Sinclair Broadcasting; LCI Communications in its merger with Qwest; The New York Times in its acquisition of the Boston Globe; American Home Products (now Wyeth) in its acquisition of American Cyanamid and its terminated mergers with Monsanto and Warner-Lambert; Fibreboard in its acquisition by Owens Corning; Warnaco Group in its acquisition of Authentic Fitness and Designer Holdings; and the controlling stockholders of the Family Channel in its sale to The News Corporation. Additionally, Rob represented Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. in a number of its most significant early acquisitions, including Wometco, Beatrice, Duracell and RJR Nabisco and related business divestitures.

In addition, Rob has also worked on approximately $350 billion of announced deals from October 2013 to date through his active practice representing financial advisors in some of the largest M&A transactions, including among many others, the financial advisors for Virtu Financial in its announced acquisition of KCG Holdings, for Reynolds American in its announced $49 billion merger with British American Tobacco, for ARIAD in its merger with Takeda, for Regency Centers in its $15.6 billion merger with Equity One, for Post Properties in its merger with MAA, for Axiall Corporation in its acquisition by Westlake Chemical, for Progressive Waste in its merger with Waste Connections, for InvenTrust Properties in its divestiture of University House, for Dow in its $130 billion merger of equals with DuPont, for Roundy’s in its announced merger with Kroger, Hubbell in its reclassification of its common stock, for Cytec in its merger with a subsidiary of Solvay, for Standard Pacific in its merger of equals with Ryland, for the Board of Directors of Frontier Communications in its acquisition of wireline operations from Verizon, for the Conflicts Committee of Regency Energy Partners in Regency’s merger with Energy Transfer Partners, for Whiting Petroleum in its acquisition of Kodiak Oil & Gas, for Ziggo in Liberty Global’s acquisition of Ziggo, for Comcast in its $67 billion terminated merger with Time Warner Cable and in connection with its related contemplated post-merger divestiture of 3.9 million customers to Charter Communications, for Questcor Pharmaceuticals in Mallinckrodt’s acquisition of Questcor, for Forest Laboratories in Actavis’ acquisition of Forest, for Jabil Circuit in the sale of its aftermarket services business to iQor Holdings, for GlobalLogic in its acquisition by Apax, for Darling International in its acquisition of Vion Ingredients, for Zoltek Companies in its acquisition by Toray Industries, for Vantiv in its acquisition of Litle & Co., for UnitedHealth Group in its merger with Amil Parti

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The New York Times
January 7, 2018
Gabrielle Leon, Mark Spatt
The Deal Pipeline
July 15, 2014
Reynolds to pay $27.4B for Lorillard
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September 24, 2013
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Portfolio Manager & Partner at Cornerstone Investment Partners LLC

Cornerstone Investment Partners uses their internally developed Fair Value Investment Model to screen for attractive companies. The model is based on financial theory and is designed to identify a company's fair value based on operating and financial fundamentals. Risk is controlled at the stock level by focusing on companies with demonstrated financial strength, long-term profitability and a stock price that is below intrinsic value.

Education
J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
Class of 1980

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.

A.B.
Class of 1977

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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American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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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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Current

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.

Career History
Of Counsel
1987 - Current

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.

Boards & Committees
Co-Chairman
1999 - Prior
Political Donations
$500
2011

Former President of United States

$250
2011

Representative from the 147th District at Connecticut House of Representatives

$2,000
2008

Former President of United States

Transactions
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Dow Chemical Company purchases DuPont resulting in a new company DuPont de Nemours, Inc.

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Century Communities, Inc. purchases UCP, Inc. from PICO Holdings, Inc.

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Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. purchases ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Awards & Honors
2012
Lawdragon 500: Leading Lawyers in America
2012
Who’s Who Legal - International Who’s Who of Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyers
2012
Chambers USA - America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, M&A
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