Dan Dufner is a member of our US M&A practice, which is currently ranked among the “Elite” law firms for Corporate/M&A in Chambers USA, the leading independent legal directory. His practice focuses on representing US public companies and includes US domestic transactions, as well as cross-border transactions throughout Europe, Asia and Australia.
Dan has worked extensively for longstanding clients Anthem (formerly WellPoint), DISH Network and EchoStar, and he is valued by his clients for his ability to handle complex cases involving different parties with competing interests.
Dan received Lexology’s 2018 Client Choice Award for New York M&A. He is also ranked as a “Leading Individual” for M&A in Chambers USA and has been recognized by The American Lawyer as “Dealmaker of the Week” and “Dealmaker in the Spotlight.”
Dan began advising Anthem in early 2015 in connection with its proposed pursuit and recently terminated US$54.2 billion agreement to acquire Cigna Corporation. This transaction, which garnered front-page coverage for over two years, marks the largest transaction ever proposed in managed care and the first merger agreement in the industry that resulted from a public “bear hug” approach.
Dan was also instrumental in overseeing and coordinating Anthem’s defense against the US DOJ’s high-profile antitrust challenge to the merger, which included a trial before the US District Court, an appeal before US Court of Appeals—DC Circuit, and filing a petition to the US Supreme Court for writ of certiorari.
- JD, American University, Washington College of Law
- BA, University of Pennsylvania
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