Jacob A. Kling



Honorable Dennis Jacobs, United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2011 – 2012

Jacob A. Kling

Jake Kling is a partner in Wachtell Lipton’s Corporate Department. Jake’s practice primarily focuses on mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, securities law matters, takeover defense and general corporate governance matters. He has advised a broad range of public and private clients across multiple industries, including banking and financial services, healthcare and pharmaceutical, life sciences, technology, media and telecom, industrial, retail, private equity and real estate.

Selected healthcare and pharmaceutical, life sciences, technology and media, industrial, retail and real estate representations include:

  • Pfizer in its pending formation of a premier global consumer healthcare joint venture with GlaxoSmithKline with $12.7 billion in combined annual global sales
  • The Carlyle Group in its $6.7 billion acquisition of a controlling stake in Sedgwick from KKR
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific in numerous acquisitions, including its $7.2 billion acquisition of Patheon N.V., $4.2 billion acquisition of FEI Company, $1.5 billion acquisition of Affymetrix, $13.6 billion acquisition of Life Technologies and $2.1 billion acquisition of Dionex
  • United Technologies in the $1 billion sale of its Taylor Company business to The Middleby Corporation
  • Global Payments in its $1.2 billion acquisition of ACTIVE Network’s communities and sports divisions from Vista Equity Partners
  • Bankrate in its $1.4 billion acquisition by Red Ventures, and Red Ventures in its subsequent divestiture of Bankrate’s Caring.com business
  • Walgreens Boots Alliance in its $24.3 billion acquisition of its remaining interest in Alliance Boots GmbH, and in multiple financing and capital markets transactions aggregating over $15 billion
  • The National Basketball Association in its investment in FanDuel
  • The J.M. Smucker Company in its $5.8 billion acquisition of Big Heart Pet Brands from KKR, Vestar, Centerview and AlpInvest, and in multiple financing and capital markets transactions, including its $3.65 billion notes issuance and subsequent A/B exchange offer
  • Lincoln National in its sale of Lincoln Financial Media to Entercom Communications
  • Ventas in its $2.6 billion acquisition of American Realty Capital Healthcare Trust

Selected banking and financial institution representations include:

  • TD Ameritrade in numerous transactions, including its $4 billion acquisition of Scottrade, $1 billion and $800 million notes offerings, $1.4 billion secondary equity offering and multiple venture capital investments and other financing transactions
  • Banner Corporation in its acquisition of Skagit Bancorp
  • Independent Bank Group in its $1 billion acquisition of Guaranty Bancorp
  • Ford Financial Fund in numerous transactions, including its portfolio company Mechanics Bank’s acquisition of Learner Financial and Scott Valley Bank and its acquisition of California Republic Bancorp and related rights offering
  • South State in its $690 million acquisition of Park Sterling
  • BNC Bancorp in its $1.9 billion acquisition by Pinnacle Financial Partners
  • The Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son in its initial public offering
  • Bank of America in numerous asset sales and branch divestitures
  • National Penn in its $1.8 billion merger with BB&T
  • Square 1 Financial in its $849 million acquisition by PacWest Bancorp
  • Sterling Bancorp in multiple transactions, including the merger of equals between Sterling and Provident New York Bancorp and Sterling’s acquisition of Hudson Valley and subsequent divestiture of its trust business
  • CapitalSource in its $2.3 billion merger with PacWest Bancorp
  • AllianceBernstein in its acquisition of W.P. Stewart through a combination of cash and CVRs
  • West Coast Bancorp in its $500 million merger with Columbia Banking System

Jake received an A.B. magna cum laude in mathematical economics from Brown University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and graduated with the highest attainable GPA, and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served as Projects Editor of the Yale Law Journal. He has authored multiple publications (including in the Yale Law Journal and the Stanford Journal of Law, Business and Finance) on topics relating to mergers and acquisitions and corporate law, 363 sales, and antitrust. Jake also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Dennis Jacobs, then Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.