Wachtell Lipton was founded on a handshake in 1965 as a small group of lawyers dedicated to providing advice and expertise at the highest levels. We have achieved extraordinary results following the distinctive vision of our founders -- a cohesive team of lawyers intensely focused on solving our clients' most important problems.
Our distinctive structure defines our approach.  We maintain a ratio of associates to partners significantly below that of other firms.  We focus on matters that require the attention, extensive experience and sophistication of our partners.
We have experience in the fields of mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, takeovers and takeover defense, corporate and securities law and corporate governance. We handle some of the largest, most complex and demanding transactions in the United States and around the world.
Wachtell Lipton is dedicated to providing advice and expertise at the highest levels and achieving extraordinary results for our clients. We seek individuals who are talented, motivated and committed in order to maintain our record of excellence.
Guest, Matthew M.
Partner, Corporate
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Matthew M. Guest, a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, is a corporate and securities lawyer who primarily focuses on advising public companies on acquisitions and dispositions, securities law matters, takeover defense and general corporate governance matters.  A substantial portion of his practice involves representing banks and other financial services companies on mergers and related matters.  Recent transactions include:

  • Capital One in numerous transactions, including its 2018 entry into a credit card program with Walmart, the 2018 sale of its mortgage business (largest mortgage portfolio sale in U.S. history), the 2018 sale of its online brokerage business to E*TRADE, the 2017 acquisition of the Cabela’s credit card business, its 2015 acquisition of the GE Capital Healthcare Finance business, the 2012 acquisitions of the HSBC U.S. credit card business and of the U.S. operations of ING Direct Bank and its 2009 acquisition of Chevy Chase Bank
  • Financial Engines in its 2018 sale to Hellman & Friedman
  • Banner in its 2018 acquisition of Skagit Bancorp and its subsidiary Skagit Bank
  • Mechanics Bank in its 2018 acquisition of Learner Financial and Scott Valley Bank
  • CapStar Financial Holdings in its 2018 acquisition of Athens Bancshares
  • TD Ameritrade in its 2017 acquisition of Scottrade and numerous other transactions
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific in its 2017 acquisition of Patheon N.V., its 2016 acquisition of FEI Company, its 2016 acquisition of Affymetrix, its 2014 acquisition of Life Technologies, its 2011 acquisition of Dionex Corporation and the 2006 merger of Thermo Electron and Fisher Scientific
  • Bankrate in its 2017 merger with Red Ventures
  • Astoria Financial in its 2017 merger with Sterling Bancorp
  • South State Corporation in its 2017 acquisition of Park Sterling and numerous prior acquisitions
  • BNC Bancorp in its 2017 merger with Pinnacle Financial Partners
  • PrivateBancorp in its 2017 merger with CIBC
  • Associated Banc-Corp in its 2017 acquisition of Bank Mutual
  • BB&T Corporation in numerous acquisitions
  • Chemours in numerous transactions

In 2018, Matt Guest was named Dealmaker of the Year by American Lawyer. Mr. Guest graduated from Yale Law School. While at Yale, he was notes editor of Volume 109 of the Yale Law Journal.  Prior to attending law school, he received his A.B. in Economics and International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated with highest distinction and honors and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

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