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Lee, Edward J.
Partner, Corporate
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Edward J. Lee is a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Ed’s practice primarily focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and complex capital markets transactions, and has included domestic and cross-border transactions, spin-offs and carve-outs, joint ventures, leveraged buyouts, and initial public and other securities offerings. He also advises companies on takeover defense and shareholder activism-related matters. He has advised a broad range of public and private clients across many industries, including aerospace, automotive, pharmaceutical, telecom, media and advertising, technology and digital, industrial, energy, private equity, and banking, investment advisory and other financial institutions.

Significant transactions include, among others:

  • Harman International Industries in its $8.8 billion acquisition by Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
  • Regency Centers in its $15.6 billion merger with Equity One
  • FMC Corporation in 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 Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son in its $250 million initial public offering
  • Verizon Communications in its $4.83 billion acquisition of Yahoo!'s operating business
  • Riverstone in its $5.2 billion acquisition of Talen Energy
  • United Technologies in its $9 billion sale of Sikorsky Aircraft to Lockheed Martin
  • Samsung C&T in connection with its announced merger with Cheil Industries
  • Warburg Pincus and The Carlyle Group in their acquisition of DBRS Holdings Limited
  • Publicis Groupe S.A. in its $3.7 billion acquisition of Sapient Corporation
  • Tim Hortons Inc. in its $12.2 billion combination with Burger King Worldwide, Inc.
  • Walgreens in its $24.3 billion acquisition of the remaining 55% of Alliance Boots GmbH that it does not already own
  • Publicis Groupe S.A. in its $35.1 billion agreed combination with Omnicom
  • The Wertheimer family and IMC International Metalworking Companies B.V. in Berkshire Hathaway’s $2.05 billion purchase from the Wertheimer family of the 20% stake in IMC it did not already own
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific in its $13.6 billion acquisition of Life Technologies Corporation
  • Walgreens in establishing a long-term partnership with AmerisourceBergen, including a 10-year distribution agreement, a global joint procurement agreement, and the right of Walgreens to acquire an equity interest in AmerisourceBergen through open market purchases and warrants
  • SCBT Financial Corporation in its $300 million merger with First Financial Holdings and prior merger with Peoples Bancorporation, Inc.
  • Goodrich Corporation in the sale of its pump and engine control systems business to the Triumph Group, and the sale of its electric power systems business to Safran S.A.
  • Walgreens in its acquisition of a 45% stake in Alliance Boots GmbH and option to acquire the remaining 55% of Alliance Boots, valued at $27 billion
  • Pacific Capital Bancorp in its $1.5 billion acquisition by UnionBanCal Corporation/The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ
  • United Technologies in its $18.4 billion acquisition of Goodrich Corporation
  • Warburg Pincus in its acquisition of The Mutual Fund Store
  • Goldman Sachs, Highstar Capital, The Carlyle Group and Riverstone Holdings in connection with their investments in Kinder Morgan, Inc. and Kinder Morgan’s $3.2 billion initial public offering
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific in its $2.1 billion acquisition of Dionex
  • Novartis AG in its acquisition of a majority stake in Alcon from Nestlé, and of Alcon’s public minority shares, in a transaction valued at $49.7 billion

Ed received a B.S. from Cornell University and a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School.

In each of 2015 and 2016, Ed was named a “Rising Star” by Expert Guides in the Corporate / M&A category. 

Ed is actively involved in city and national professional organizations and is Co-Chair of the Corporate Law Committee of the Asian American Bar Association of New York. 

Ed lives in Manhattan with his wife, son and daughter.

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