Emily D. Johnson


Emily D. Johnson

Emily D. Johnson is a partner in Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz’s Restructuring and Finance Department.  She represents borrowers and issuers in all financing aspects of complex corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and spin-offs.  Her experience includes both the investment grade and leveraged markets, as well as bank financings and capital markets transactions.  Emily also advises buyers, sellers, investors and creditors in distressed acquisitions, divestitures and restructurings.

Significant transactions include, among others:

  • Raytheon Technologies’ (formerly United Technologies) separation into three public companies (including the issuance by Otis and Carrier of $5.3 billion and $9.25 billion, respectively, of senior unsecured notes), its merger of equals with Raytheon Company, its $30 billion acquisition of Rockwell Collins, its $18 billion acquisition of Goodrich and numerous bank and bond financings;
  • Penn National Gaming in numerous transactions, including liquidity enhancing transactions in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, its $345 million convertible notes issuance, its investment in Barstool Sports, its $2.8 billion acquisition of Pinnacle Entertainment and the separation of its real estate assets into Gaming and Leisure Properties, the first gaming-focused REIT
  • WESCO International in its $4.5 billion acquisition of Anixter International;
  • IAC/InterActiveCorp in a number of transactions, including the separation of Match Group, Inc. from IAC’s remaining businesses, the combination of its HomeAdvisor business with Angie’s List; the issuance of $1.7 billion bespoke exchangeable securities; and numerous bank and bond financings;
  • PDC Energy in its $1.7 billion acquisition of SRC Energy;
  • TD Ameritrade’s Strategic Development Committee in its $26 billion merger with Schwab; TD Ameritrade in its $4 billion acquisition of Scottrade and numerous bank and bond financings;
  • Global Payments in its $45 billion merger with Total System Services;
  • Cigna in its $67 billion acquisition of Express Scripts;
  • Verizon in its$130 billion acquisition of Vodafone Group’s 45% stake in Verizon Wireless and its $4.8 billion acquisition of Yahoo!’s operating business and numerous bank financings;
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise in the $8.8 billion Reverse Morris Trust transaction merging its software business into Micro Focus International; and its $1.3 billion acquisition of Cray;
  • Searchlight Capital Partners in its $2 billion acquisition of Mitel Networks Corporation;
  • ServiceMaster in its spin-off of frontdoor, inc.;
  • STERIS Corporation in its $1.9 billion acquisition of Synergy Health and numerous bank and private placement financings; and
  • Josh Harris and David Blitzer in their acquisition of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Emily received a B.A. with highest distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead Scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  She completed her J.D. magna cum laude at Duke University School of Law, where she was an Allen G. Siegel Scholar and a member of the Order of the Coif.  At Duke, she was awarded the Faculty Prize in Business Organizations and Finance and served as an articles editor for the Duke Law Journal.

Emily actively participates in the community and has a vibrant pro bono practice.  She represents clients in family law and domestic violence-related immigration matters in partnership with Her Justice, an organization that provides free legal services to low-income women in New York City.  She also serves as pro bono counsel for the Partnership Fund for New York City as it invests in for-profit and non-profit ventures that create jobs in underserved and diverse communities.  Emily is a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School and regularly guest lectures at Duke University School of Law.  She is a David Rockefeller Fellow for the Partnership for New York City and Leadership Counsel on Legal Diversity Fellow.

Emily is admitted to practice in the State of New York and the Southern District of New York.  In 2021 she was recognized by Lawdragon as one of the 500 leading lawyers in America, and has been named a Law360 2020 Rising Star, a New York Law Journal 2019 Rising Star and a “Rising Star” in the New York metropolitan area by Super Lawyers each year from 2013 to 2020.

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