Matthew M. Guest


Matthew M. Guest

Matthew M. Guest, a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, is a corporate and securities lawyer who primarily focuses on advising public companies on acquisitions and dispositions, securities law matters, takeover defense and general corporate governance matters. A substantial portion of his practice involves representing banks and other financial services companies on mergers and related matters.

Recent transactions include:

  • BB&T in its pending $66 billion merger-of-equals with SunTrust, and numerous other acquisitions, including the acquisitions of Susquehanna Bancshares and Bank of Kentucky
  • Capital One in numerous transactions, including its pending acquisition of BlueTarp Financial, its acquisition of the Walmart card portfolio and entry into a credit card program with Walmart, the 2018 sale of its mortgage business, the 2018 sale of its online brokerage business to E*TRADE, the 2017 acquisition of Cabela’s credit card business
  • S&T Bancorp in its pending acquisition of DNB Financial
  • Financial Engines in its 2018 sale to Hellman & Friedman
  • Banner in its 2018 acquisition of Skagit Bancorp
  • CapStar Financial Holdings in its 2018 acquisition of Athens Bancshares
  • TD Ameritrade in its 2017 acquisition of Scottrade and numerous other transactions
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific in its 2017 acquisition of Patheon N.V., its 2016 acquisition of FEI Company, its 2016 acquisition of Affymetrix, its 2014 acquisition of Life Technologies, its 2011 acquisition of Dionex Corporation and the 2006 merger of Thermo Electron and Fisher Scientific
  • South State Corporation in its 2017 acquisition of Park Sterling and numerous prior acquisitions
  • Sterling Bancorp in numerous transactions
  • Chemours in numerous transactions

In 2018, Matt Guest was named Dealmaker of the Year by American Lawyer. Mr. Guest graduated from Yale Law School. While at Yale, he was notes editor of Volume 109 of the Yale Law Journal. Prior to attending law school, he received his A.B. in Economics and International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated with highest distinction and honors and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

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