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Moodie, Gordon S.
Partner, Corporate
tel 212.403.1180
fax 212.403.2180


Gordon Moodie is a partner in the Corporate Department of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, focusing primarily on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and securities law matters. Mr. Moodie has represented public and private companies in a variety of industries and transactions, including domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, spin-offs, initial public offerings, securities law matters and corporate governance.

He has represented clients in a variety of industries, including:

Technology, Media and Telecommunications

  • Michael Dell and MSD Partners in the Class V share exchange, the $67 billion transaction to combine Dell and EMC, and the $24.5 billion acquisition of Dell together with Silver Lake
  • XO Group in its $933 million merger with Wedding Wire
  • Lions Gate in its merger with Starz and several other strategic transactions
  • Square in its initial public offering
  • Presidio in its initial public offering and several strategic acquisitions
  • Alibaba Group in its $7.8 billion repurchase of stock from Yahoo!
  • Leap Wireless in its $1.2 billion acquisition by AT&T
  • Harman International in its acquisition of Symphony Teleca
  • BEA in its $8.5 billion acquisition by Oracle


  • CST Brands in the $4.4 billion merger with Alimentation Couche-Tard
  • Tim Hortons in its $12 billion combination with Burger King
  • Saks Incorporated in its $2.9 billion acquisition by Hudson’s Bay Company
  • Dufry AG in the acquisition of World Duty Free, the acquisition of The Nuance Group and acquisitions in Greece and South America
  • Casino Guichard in connection with the initial public offering of Cnova NV
  • Valero in its spin-off of its retail segment, CST Brands

Chemical and Industrial

  • FMC Corporation in a number of transactions, including:
    • the acquisition of a significant portion of DuPont’s crop protection business and simultaneous sale to DuPont of FMC’s Health and Nutrition business
    • the $1.8 billion acquisition of Cheminova
    • the $1.6 billion sale of its Alkali chemical business to Tronox
  • Texas Industries in its $2.7 billion combination with Martin Marietta
  • Cabot Corporation in its $1.1 billion acquisition of Norit N.V.
  • Rohm and Haas in its $18 billion sale to Dow Chemical
  • Airgas in successfully defending against a $5.8 billion hostile takeover bid by Air Products and Chemicals
  • Noranda Aluminum in its initial public offering
  • Berry Plastics in its initial public offering

Other Industries

  • Newmont Mining in its $10 billion acquisition of Goldcorp
  • Kennedy-Wilson Holdings, Inc. in its $1.9 billion acquisition of Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate Plc
  • Smurfit-Stone Container in its $3.5 billion merger with RockTenn Company
  • Duke Energy in its $32 billion merger with Progress Energy

Mr. Moodie received a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University, graduating first in his class, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, graduating magna cum laude and winning the Victor Brudney Prize.

Mr. Moodie is a member of the New York State Bar Association.

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