John L. Robinson


John L. Robinson

John L. Robinson is a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.  He focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and general corporate and securities matters.  John’s practice includes cross-border and domestic acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures, carve-outs and private equity transactions. He also advises companies on takeover defense and in responding to shareholder activism and proxy contests.

John received his A.B. in economics summa cum laude from Dartmouth College, where he was a Rufus Choate Scholar. He received his J.D. with distinction from Stanford Law School, where he was a senior editor of the Stanford Law Review.

Prior to law school, John worked as an associate consultant at the business strategy consulting firm L.E.K. Consulting LLP, in its Boston and Paris offices.

John has represented clients in a variety of industries, including:

Technology, Media and Telecommunications

  • CenturyLink in:
    – its acquisition of Level 3 Communications in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $34 billion, including the assumption of debt; and
    – its $2.5 billion acquisition of SAVVIS, Inc.
  • Verizon Communications in its $130 billion acquisition of Vodafone Group Plc’s 45% interest in Verizon Wireless
  • Creative Artists Agency in:
    – the investment by TPG Capital to acquire a controlling interest in CAA, and related debt and equity recapitalization transactions;
    – a $120 million investment and joint venture transaction with a consortium led by China Media Capital; and
    – a $95 million investment from Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited
  • Searchlight Capital Partners in its co-investment in the $4.3 billion acquisition of Rackspace Hosting, Inc. by funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management
  • Grupo Prisa in its $1.5 billion combination with Liberty Acquisition Holdings and its related rights issuance
  • Goldman Sachs Capital Partners in the sale of its interests in a joint venture with Canwest Global Communications Corp. in connection with Canwest’s approximately C$2 billion sale of its broadcasting assets to Shaw Communications

Healthcare and Biotechnology

  • Actelion in its $30 billion acquisition by Johnson & Johnson and the spin-off of its drug discovery operations and early-stage clinical assets
  • Abbott Laboratories in the $4.3 billion sale of its vision care business to Johnson & Johnson
  • Cardinal Health in:
    – its $1.9 billion acquisition of Johnson & Johnson’s Cordis business; and
    – its $2.1 billion acquisition of AssuraMed

Financial Institutions

  • Visa in its €21.2 billion acquisition of Visa Europe Ltd.
  • MetLife in its disposition of $7.5 billion in retail banking deposits, representing the majority of its depository business, to GE Capital
  • Knight Capital Group in:
    – its acquisition of Penson Futures; and
    – the sale of its institutional fixed income and trading business to Stifel Financial
  • Santander Holdings USA in various public debt securities transactions
  • AllianceBernstein in its acquisition of SunAmerica’s alternative investments group
  • Bank of America in its $2.5 billion sale of Grupo Financiero Santander to Banco Santander

Diversified Manufacturing

  • Rockwell Automation in its response to a $29 billion unsolicited takeover bid by Emerson Electric
  • Univar in:
    – its $2 billion acquisition of Nexeo Solutions; and
    – its $640 million disposition of Nexeo’s plastics business
  • AV Homes in its $963 million sale to Taylor Morrison Home
  • Eagle Materials in the separation of its heavy and light materials businesses
  • Hubbell Incorporated in:
    – its $1.1 billion acquisition of Aclara Technologies from an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners; and
    – the reclassification of its dual-class common stock into a single class of common stock
  • United Technologies in its $3.5 billion sale of its Hamilton Sundstrand industrial products businesses to BC Partners and Carlyle
  • EADS NV in its proposed €35 billion dual-listed company combination with BAE Systems plc
  • Apollo Management Group and CEVA Logistics in the sale of CEVA’s Pallecon container logistics business unit to Brambles Industries Limited


  • Duke Energy in its $32 billion merger with Progress Energy
  • NextEra Energy in its proposed $4.3 billion acquisition of Hawaiian Electric Industries
    – its $6.5 billion acquisition of Gulf Power Company, Florida City Gas and the Stanton and Oleander Power Projects from The Southern Company; and
    – its proposed $4.3 billion acquisition of Hawaiian Electric Industries

Retail and Consumer Goods

  • Altria in its $2.8 billion investment in Cronos Group
  • Tim Hortons in its $12.2 billion combination with Burger King Worldwide, Inc.
  • Groupe Casino and Cnova N.V. in:
    – Cnova’s initial public offering;
    – Cnova’s reorganization of Cnova Brazil within Casino’s Brazilian affiliate, Via Varejo; and
    – Casino’s take-private tender offer for Cnova
  • Dufry AG in:
    – its €328 million acquisition of the remaining interest in Folli Follie Group;
    – its CHF 1.4 billion acquisition of The Nuance Group; and
    – its CHF 3.8 billion acquisition of World Duty Free S.p.A.
  • DSW in:
    – its $375 million acquisition of Camuto Group’s operations; and
    – a joint venture with Authentic Brands Group for the Camuto Group intellectual property

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