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:
- United Technologies’ recently announced separation into three public companies, its pending 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;
- Global Payments in its $45 billion merger of equals with Total System Services;
- Cigna’s $67 billion acquisition of Express Scripts;
- Verizon’s $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;
- TD Ameritrade’s $4 billion acquisition of Scottrade and numerous bank and bond financings;
- Penn National Gaming’s $2.8 billion acquisition of Pinnacle Entertainment;
- Hewlett Packard Enterprise in the $8.8 billion Reverse Morris Trust transaction merging its software business into Micro Focus International;
- IAC/InterActiveCorp in a number of transactions, including its carveout IPO of Match Group, Inc., the combination of its HomeAdvisor business with Angie’s List and the issuance of $450 million of bespoke exchangeable securities;
- 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 has an active 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 admitted to practice in the State of New York and the Southern District of New York. She was recently named a New York Law Journal 2019 Rising Star and also has been named a “Rising Star” in the New York metropolitan area by Super Lawyers each year from 2013 to 2019.
- Acquisition Financing Year in Review - From Break-Neck to Brakes-On,
in Columbia Law School’s Blog on Corporations and the Capital Markets, January 14, 2019.
- Will Washington Bail Out Detroit?,
in Capital Markets Law Journal, Volume 9 Issue 1, January 2014.
- Dealmaking in a Distressed Environment,
in The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, April 17, 2013.
- The Constitutional Law of State Debt,
in Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy, Volume 7 Number 1 (2012).