Scott F. Smith

Partner at Covington & Burling LLP

Scott F. Smith

Scott F. Smith

Partner at Covington & Burling LLP

Biography

Scott F. Smith leads the firm's M&A and private equity efforts. He is a principal advisor to companies, private equity funds, including Illumina, Indivior, SandRidge Energy, Charlesbank Capital Partners, and Public Pension Capital. He advises corporate boards, special committees and audit committees on corporate governance and general securities law matters.

Mr. Smith led the Covington team advising Abbvie in its $5.8 billion acquisition of Stemcentrx, Indivior in its demerger from Reckitt Benckiser, P&G in the $3.1 billion sale of its global pharmaceutical business to Warner Chilcott, Omthera Pharmaceuticals in its $433 million merger with AstraZeneca, King Pharmaceuticals in its $3.6 billion merger with Pfizer, Medarex in its $2.4 billion merger with Bristol-Myers Squibb, Kerr-McGee in its $18 billion merger into Anadarko Petroleum Corp., and SandRidge Energy in its $1.3 billion acquisition of Dynamic Offshore Resources and $1.6 billion acquisition of Arena Resources, and the $2.6 billion sale of its Permian Basin Assets. He has advised Kerr-McGee, SandRidge Energy, and Computer Associates in the defense of hostile proxy contests.

Private equity work includes the sale by Charlesbank Capital Partners of American Tire Distributors and Regency Gas Services, Healthpoint Capital's merger of Scient'x with Alphatec, and the acquisition by Public Pension Capital of KVK.

Other M&A transactions include Coty's purchase of Del Labs from Kelso and of Unilever's global fragrance business and the sale of its Chinese cosmetics business to L'Oreal, Pfizer's acquisition of Idun Pharma and Coley Pharmaceuticals, and Johnson & Johnson's acquisitions of Atrionix, Inc. and TERAMed, Inc.

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Scott F. Smith
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Education
Juris Doctorate with High Honors, Order of the Coif
Class of 1980

The University of Texas School of Law began as the University of Texas at Austin's Department of Law when the University was founded in 1883. The Law School started with two professors and fifty-two students in the basement of the University's Old Main Building. The Law School has since grown to more than 1,200 students and offers the Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) and the Master of Laws (LLM). The School of Law is a member of the Association of American Law Schools and is approved by the American Bar Association.

Class of 1976

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Career History
Partner
Current

Covington & Burling LLP provides legal consulting services. They represent clients in litigation, white collar defense, transactional, governmental affairs, international, life sciences and other matters. The firm offers legal services related to intellectual property, international trade, mergers & acquisitions and tax practices. The company was founded by J. Harry Covington and Edward B. Burling on January 1, 1919 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

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Prior

UBS Financial Services' asset allocations are based on a proprietary methodology. In developing those allocations, UBS considers asset class risk and return results that are based on estimated forward-looking return and risk assumptions, as measured by standard deviation (“capital market assumptions”), which are based on UBS proprietary research. The development process includes a review of a variety of factors, including the return, risk, correlations and historical performance of various asset classes, inflation and risk premium. The process assumes a situation where the supply and demand for investments is in balance and in which expected returns of all asset classes are a reflection of their expected risk and correlations regardless of timeframe. These capital market assumptions do not assume any particular investment time horizon. UBS periodically reviews the economic or market conditions or other general investment considerations that it believes may impact the capital market assumptions. The capital market assumptions may change from time to time at the discretion of UBS.

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SandRidge Energy focuses on drilling low-risk, conventional, high rate-of-return oil wells in shallow carbonate reservoirs. Based in Oklahoma City, SandRidge Energy is the primary developer of the Mississippian Oil Play, with valuable assets in the Gulf of Mexico. Our focus extends beyond energy production and into our communities, where we dedicate our time, talents and resources to the places we call home.

Political Donations
$1,000
2010

Representative from Tennessee's 5th Congressional District

$2,400
2009
$250
2009

Minority Leader at Office of the Senate Minority Leader, Charles Schumer

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Midland Financial Co. purchases 1st Century Bancshares, Inc. (California)

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Astellas Pharma, Inc., Laurel Acquisition, Inc. purchase Ocata Therapeutics, Inc.

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Pandora Media, Inc. purchases Next Big Sound, Inc. from SoftTech VC, Inc., Foundry Group LLC, Alsop Louie Management LLC, TechStars Central LLC, IA Ventures

Awards & Honors
2012
Best Lawyers - Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law
2011
Best Lawyers - Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law
2011
Law360 - Most Valuable Practitioner, Mergers and Acquisitions
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