Robert I. Townsend III

Partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Robert I. Townsend III

Robert I. Townsend III

Partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Biography

Robert I. Townsend, III is the Head of Cravath’s Mergers and Acquisitions practice for North America. His practice focuses primarily on all types of M&A transactions, corporate governance matters and activist defense. Mr. Townsend’s clients have included Akorn, AmerisourceBergen, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Brink’s, Brunswick, Cincinnati Bell, Conduent, Frontier Communications, Johnson & Johnson, MacAndrews & Forbes, Martin Marietta Materials, Nestlé, Olin, OUTFRONT Media, Pinnacle Foods, Quest Diagnostics, Scientific Games, Stanley Black & Decker and US Foods.

Recent transactions include representing:

* Johnson & Johnson in its acquisition of Ci:z Holdings, the pending sale of its Advanced Sterilization Products business to Fortive, the sale of its LifeScan business to Platinum Equity, its acquisition of Actelion, the sale of its Codman Neurosurgery business to Integra LifeSciences, its acquisition of Abbott Medical Optics, its acquisition of Novira Therapeutics, the sale of its Cordis business to Cardinal Health, its acquisition of Alios BioPharma, the sale of its Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics business to The Carlyle Group, its acquisitions of Synthes, Covagen, Crucell, Mentor Corporation, Omrix Biopharmaceuticals and Conor Medsystems, its acquisition of Pfizer’s consumer healthcare businesses, its takeover battle for Guidant and its acquisitions of ALZA and Scios;

* US Foods in its pending acquisition of SGA Food Group;

* Pinnacle Foods in its acquisition by Conagra Brands and its acquisition of Boulder Brands;

* Scientific Games in its acquisition of Don Best Sports and its acquisition of Bally Technologies;

* Stanley Black & Decker in its investment in MTD Products and its acquisitions of the Craftsman brand from Sears and the Tools business of Newell Brands;

* Brunswick in its acquisition of Power Products’ Global Marine & Mobile business and its pending separation of its Fitness business into a standalone company;

* Conduent in the sale of its commercial vehicle operations business to Alinda Capital Partners and the sale of its U.S.-based human resource consulting and actuarial business to H.I.G. Capital;

* Cincinnati Bell in its combination with Hawaiian Telcom, its acquisition of OnX Enterprise Solutions, the sale of its wireless spectrum licenses to Verizon, its acquisition of CyrusOne, the sale of its directory business and its acquisition of IXC;

* Martin Marietta in its acquisition of Bluegrass Materials;

* Akorn in its proposed sale to Fresenius Kabi;

* Anheuser-Busch InBev in its acquisition of SABMiller and an asset swap with Ambev in which AB InBev transferred SABMiller’s Panamanian business to Ambev and Ambev transferred its business in Colombia, Peru and Ecuador to AB InBev;

* OUTFRONT Media in the sale of its Latin America business to JCDecaux Latin America / Corameq;

* UTi Worldwide in its sale to DSV and its negotiations with its shareholder P2 Capital;

* AmerisourceBergen in its acquisition of PharMEDium, its acquisition of MWI Veterinary Supply and its strategic relationship with Walgreens and Alliance Boots;

* MarkWest in its merger with MPLX;

* Olin in its Reverse Morris Trust acquisition of the chlorine value chain business of Dow Chemical;

* Lender Processing Services in its acquisition by Fidelity National Financial;

* Arch Chemicals in its acquisition by Lonza;

* Millipore in its acquisition by Merck;

* Stanley Works in its acquisition of Black & Decker;

* Frontier in its acquisition of certain businesses from Verizon;

* Pepsi Bottling Group in its acquisition by PepsiCo;

* EMBARQ in its merger with CenturyTel;

* Nestlé in the sale of its stake in Alcon to Novartis and its acquisition of Ralston Purina;

* Sprint in its merger with Nextel;

* Brink’s in its shareholder activism contests with Pirate Capital and MMI and its spin-off of Brink’s Home Security;

* PricewaterhouseCoopers in the sale of its consulting business to IBM; and

* Clorox in its repurchase of shares from Henkel.

Mr. Townsend has been repeatedly cited as one of the country’s leading practitioners in mergers and acquisitions by, among others, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2007 through 2018; Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2007 through 2018; The Legal 500 from 2010 through 2018; IFLR1000 from 2006 through 2019; and The Best Lawyers in America from 2007 through 2019. In 2018, he was selected as a “Mergers & Acquisitions MVP” by Law360 and Mergers & Acquisitions Trailblazer by The National Law Journal. From 2010 through 2018, Mr. Townsend was named a leading lawyer for his transactional work in the telecoms and broadcast industry by The Legal 500. He was recognized for his transactional work in the technology industry by The Legal 500 in 2016. Mr. Townsend was also named to Lawdragon’s list of the “500 Leading Lawyers in America” from 2011 through 2018.

Mr. Townsend was born in New York, New York. He received an A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1987 and a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1990, where he was Executive Editor of the Harvard Law Review. He joined Cravath in 1990 and became a partner in 1998.

Mr. Townsend may be reached by phone at +1-212-474-1964 or by email at rtownsend@cravath.com.

Mr. Townsend is admitted only in New York.

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Education
JD, magna cum laude
Class of 1990

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.

AB, magna cum laude
Class of 1987

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Executive Editor
Prior

The Harvard Law Review is a student-run organization whose primary purpose is to publish a journal of legal scholarship. The Review comes out monthly from November through June and has roughly 2000 pages per volume. The organization is formally independent of the Harvard Law School. Student editors make all editorial and organizational decisions and, together with a professional business staff of three, carry out day-to-day operations.

Career History
Partner
1990 - Current

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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Thoma Bravo LLC purchases J.D. Power from XIO Group

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Fortive Corp. purchases Ethicon Inc. /Advanced Sterilization Products Bus from Johnson & Johnson

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Johnson & Johnson, Ethicon, Inc. purchase Auris Surgical Robotics, Inc. from Highland Capital Partners LLC, Lux Capital Group LLC, Mithril Capital Management LLC, NaviMed Capital Advisors LLC, Senator Investment Group (Private Equity), Section 32 LLC, Wellington Management Co. LLP (Private Equity), D1 Capital Partners LLC /Private Equity

Awards & Honors
2012
Best Lawyers - Best Lawyers in America
2012
Chambers USA - America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
2012
The Legal 500
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