Jeffrey J. Rosen, Chair of the firm’s Corporate Department, is one of the leading M&A lawyers in New York. Mr. Rosen is a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity and Capital Markets Groups. In addition to mergers and acquisitions, his practice has focused on complex joint ventures, restructurings and securities offerings, and corporate governance matters.
He also counsels boards and senior management on critical governance issues, including risk management, activist challenges and restructurings. Mr. Rosen is ranked in Band 1 for corporate M&A by Chambers Global (2017-2019), which describes him as a “major force in the market,” “one of the finest lawyers in town,” “excellent at deal strategy and execution” and “extraordinarily experienced, intelligent and creative.”
He is also recommended for both M&A and private equity buyouts by Chambers Global (2018) and Chambers USA (2018), where one client notes that he is “at the top of the game,” a “superstar” and “one of the smartest guys that I have met in my whole life,” others say that his “main strength is that he can anticipate the questions I don’t ask,” elaborating that “he’s one of the most intelligent people I’ve dealt with,” and that “he has a complete grasp of business, structure and tax issues.”
He is recognized as a leading M&A lawyer by IFLR1000 (2019) and in The Legal 500 Hall of Fame for large ($1bn+) deals. The Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients and who at the pinnacle of their profession have been recognized by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for six consecutive years. In The Legal 500 US (2012-2018), Mr. Rosen is lauded as “a big name in high-value M&A,” and praised by clients for his “M&A strategy and execution” and “board interface.” Clients also say he is “among the consummate M&A/corporate lawyers in the country” and “one of the strongest lawyers I have worked with.” He “has a grasp of every facet of a deal,” “understands the pulse of the negotiations” and is “unfazed by deal complexity.”
Mr. Rosen was selected to speak at the “30th Tulane Corporate Law Institute,” one of the leading M&A, corporate and securities law conferences in the United States. He spoke on the “Continuing Impact of Appraisal Rights” panel regarding the implications of appraisal rights actions arising from M&A deals. In 2010, Mr. Rosen was one of three corporate lawyers recognized by The National Law Journal on its list of “The Decade’s Most Influential Lawyers” – the 40 lawyers whose work the publication said “was so consequential that it helped to push the profession, an industry or a practice area substantially forward.”
He was named Dealmaker of the Year by The American Lawyer in 2009 for his representation of Verizon Wireless in its $28.1 billion acquisition of Alltel Corporation, in 2007, for his representation of International Paper in its $6.1 billion divestiture of timberlands, and in 2004, for his representation of General Electric and NBC in their $14 billion acquisition of Vivendi Universal Entertainment.
Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Rosen served as Executive Assistant to Treasury Secretary G. William Miller and was a law clerk to the Hon. William J. Brennan, Jr., U.S. Supreme Court and the Hon. J. Skelly Wright, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Mr. Rosen received his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1978, where he was Supreme Court editor of the Harvard Law Review and a recipient of the Sears Prize and the Fay Diploma. He received his B.A. magna cum laude with highest honors from Harvard University in 1971.
- Evercore and J.P. Morgan as financial advisors to Akebia Therapeutics in its $1.3 billion merger with Keryx Biopharmaceuticals.
- Pitney Bowes in the sale of its global production mail business to Platinum Equity.
- Nationstar Mortgage, a leading mortgage servicer and originator, in its $3.8 billion merger with WMIH.
- Evercore as financial advisor to CSRA in its $9.6 billion sale to General Dynamics.
- American International Group in its $5.56 billion acquisition of Validus Group, a Bermuda-based, NYSE-listed, (re)insurance company.
- International Paper in the $1.8 billion combination of its North America Consumer Packaging business with Graphic Packaging.
- Access Industries as a lead consortium investor in the $5.6 billion acquisition of Calpine.
- Verizon Communications in its $3.1 billion acquisition of Straight Path Communications, a leading wireless spectrum holder.
- The Board of Directors of Monsanto in its $66 billion sale to Bayer.
- Evercore Group as financial advisor to EMC Corporation in its $67 billion sale to Dell.
- Alliant Insurance Services, the nation’s largest specialty insurance brokerage firm, in its acquisition of Mesirow Insurance Services.
- Verizon Communications in its acquisition of Telogis, a provider of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) technology and services, specifically in the connected vehicle and mobile enterprise management sectors.
- International Paper in its $2.2 billion acquisition of Weyerhaeuser’s pulp business.
- Evercore Group as financial advisor to Rovi Corporation in its $1.1 billion acquisition of TiVo.
- Verizon Communications in its $1.8 billion acquisition of XO Communications’ fiber-optic network business.
- Evercore Group as financial advisor to DuPont in its $130 billion merger with The Dow Chemical Company.
- Guggenheim Securities and Goldman Sachs as financial advisors to Pfizer in its $160 billion acquisition of Allergan (subsequently terminated).
- Activision Blizzard in its $5.9 billion acquisition of King Digital Entertainment.
- Apollo Global Management in its acquisition of a majority interest in the asset management business of AR Capital (subsequently withdrawn), its acquisition of the wholesale distribution business of RCS Capital and its substantial minority equity investment in RCS Capital.
- Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in its $12 billion acquisition of GE Capital’s sponsor lending business, including Antares Capital, the leading lender to middle market private equity sponsors in the U.S.
- Verizon Communications in the $10.54 billion sale of its local wireline operations in California, Florida and Texas to Frontier Communications.
- Protective Life in its $5.7 billion merger with a subsidiary of Dai-ichi Life, a life insurance company listed on the Tokyo stock exchange.
- The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Dell in the $24.9 billion sale of Dell to an investor group including Michael Dell and Silver Lake.
- Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in its $1.8 billion acquisition of Wilton Re, a U.S. life insurance and reinsurance provider.
- International Paper in the combination of its xpedx distribution solutions business with Unisource in a “Reverse Morris Trust” transaction.
- Verizon Wireless in its $3.6 billion acquisition of Advanced Wireless Services spectrum licenses.
- International Paper in its $4.3 billion acquisition of Temple-Inland.
- Reynolds Group in its $4.5 billion acquisition of Graham Packaging Company.
- Access Industries in its $3.3 billion acquisition of Warner Music Group.
- Reynolds Group in its $6 billion acquisition of Pactiv, a NYSE-listed global manufacturer and supplier of consumer food and beverage packaging and storage products.
- Hewitt Associates in the financing aspects of its $4.9 billion merger with Aon Corporation.
- Rank Group in its $950 million acquisition of Honeywell’s automotive consumer products group.
- General Electric in the repurchase of Vivendi’s stock of NBC Universal for $5.8 billion along with advice to NBC Universal on certain corporate matters related to the formation of the NBC Universal – Comcast joint venture valued at $37.5 billion.
- Verizon Communications in the $8.6 billion spin-off and merger of its wireline businesses in 14 states to Frontier Communications Corporation.
- Reynolds Group in its acquisition of Reynolds Consumer Products and Closure Systems International and the associated financings and refinancings, a group of transactions valued at $3.2 billion.
- Verizon Wireless in its acquisition of Alltel Corporation, a transaction valued at $28.1 billion.
- The Carlyle Group in its $2.54 billion acquisition of Booz Allen Hamilton’s U.S. government consulting business.
- Ripplewood in its €532 million sale of AEG Power Solutions to Germany1 Acquisition.
- International Paper in its $6 billion acquisition of Weyerhaeuser’s packaging business.
- Energy Brands, also known as Glacéau, the maker of VitaminWater, in its $4.1 billion acquisition by The Coca-Cola Company.
- Verizon Wireless in its $2.67 billion acquisition of Rural Cellular.
- Rank Group in its $2.7 billion purchase of Alcoa’s packaging and consumer businesses.
- Verizon Communications in the $13 billion spin-off of its U.S. print and Internet yellow pages directories business, forming a new public company called Idearc.
- Ripplewood Holdings in its $3.4 billion acquisition of RSC Equipment Rental from Atlas Copco.
- Verizon Communications in its acquisition of MCI, a transaction with an equity value of $8.5 billion.
- Harvard Law School, 1978, J.D.
- Harvard University, 1971, B.A.
- New York
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