Viktor Sapezhnikov


  • Marist College, B.A. 2005, summa cum laude
  • London School of Economics and Political Science, General Course 2004
  • Columbia Law School, J.D. 2009, James Kent Scholar (Finance Editor, Columbia Business Law Review)

Viktor Sapezhnikov

Viktor Sapezhnikov is a Corporate Partner at Wachtell Lipton. He focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and general corporate and securities matters. Viktor’s practice has included a wide range of matters, including domestic and cross-border acquisitions, divestitures, business combinations, private equity transactions, joint ventures and spin-offs. Viktor also advises companies and their boards on takeover defense, shareholder activism and proxy contests.

Viktor was named Dealmaker of the Year by The American Lawyer, together with David Karp and Ronald Chen, for their work advising Broadcom in its $69 billion agreement to acquire VMware. Viktor was also named a Rising Star by Law360 for 2020.

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

Technology, Media and Telecommunications

  • Broadcom in its
    • $69 billion acquisition of VMware
    • $4 billion sale of VMware’s End-User Computing Division to KKR
    • $150 billion proposal to acquire Qualcomm
    • $18.9 billion all-cash acquisition of CA Technologies
    • $10.7 billion all-cash acquisition of the enterprise security business of Symantec
    • $950 million sale of Veracode to Thoma Bravo
    • purchase of a subordinated convertible promissory note and preferred stock from Pensando
    • divestiture of its Cyber Security Services business to Accenture
    • global preferred services partnership with HCL Technologies
  • Charter Communications in its
    • $78.7 billion merger with Time Warner Cable
    • $10.4 billion acquisition of Bright House Networks
    • wireless cooperation agreement with Comcast
  • Motorola Solutions in its
    • extension of its strategic partnership with Silver Lake, including a $1 billion investment from Silver Lake and settlement of existing $800 million of convertible notes held by Silver Lake
    • $965 million secondary offering of Motorola Solutions shares of common stock by entities affiliated with Silver Lake
    • initial entry into a strategic partnership with Silver Lake, which included a $1 billion investment by Silver Lake, and self-tender offer to purchase up to $2 billion of common stock
    • $3.45 billion sale of its Enterprise business to Zebra Technologies
  • Publicis Groupe S.A. in its $4.4 billion acquisition of Alliance Data Systems’ Epsilon business
  • GCP Applied Technologies in its $1.05 billion sale of its Darex Packaging Technologies business to Henkel
  • Expedia in its $3.9 billion acquisition of HomeAway
  • TEGNA in its
    • all-cash acquisition by Standard General at an enterprise value of approximately $8.6 billion
    • $250 million sale of CareerBuilder to Apollo Global Management and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board
    • spin-off of
  • BMC Software in its $6.9 billion sale to an investor group including Bain Capital, Golden Gate Capital, GIC Special Investment and Insight Venture Partners
  • Stratasys Ltd. in its
    • response to a $1.3 billion and a $1.2 billion unsolicited acquisition proposal by 3D Systems
    • response to unsolicited partial tender offers by Nano Dimension
    • announced $1.8 billion all-stock combination with Desktop Metal
    • adoption of a shareholder rights plan
  • Gannett in the separation of its publishing business and its broadcasting and digital business through a spin-off of the publishing business
  • The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Activision Blizzard in an $8.2 billion purchase of shares of Activision from Vivendi, its controlling stockholder, by Activision and ASAC II L.P., an investment vehicle formed by CEO Bobby Kotick and Co-Chairman Brian Kelly
  • Corning in its $1.9 billion acquisition of the remaining 50% interest in Samsung Corning Precision Materials from Samsung Display and other minority shareholders and the structuring of Samsung Display’s $2.3 billion investment in and strategic collaboration with Corning

Real Estate

  • Prologis in its
    • $26 billion all-stock acquisition of Duke Realty
    • $12.6 billion acquisition of Liberty Property Trust
  • Public Storage in
    • its $2.2 billion acquisition of Simply Self Storage from Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust
    • its proposed $15 billion all-stock acquisition of Life Storage
    • connection with the €2 billion initial listing of Shurgard Europe
  • PS Business Parks in its $7.6 billion acquisition by Blackstone
  • Taubman in a $9.8 billion merger and joint venture with Simon Property Group
  • Forest City Realty Trust in its $11.4 billion sale to Brookfield
  • Annaly Capital Management in its
    • $1.5 billion acquisition of Hatteras Financial
    • $900 million acquisition on MTGE Investment
  • Quality Care Properties in its $3.9 billion acquisition by Welltower, including its related agreement with ProMedica Health System to acquire HCR ManorCare through a bankruptcy reorganization
  • Regency Centers in its $15.6 billion merger with Equity One


Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology

  • Varian Medical Systems in
    • its $16.4 billion sale to Siemens Healthineers
    • the spin-off of its Imaging Components business
  • Medtronic in its $6.1 billion sale of a portion of its Patient Monitoring & Recovery Division to Cardinal Health
  • Covidien in its
    • $49.9 billion acquisition by Medtronic
    • $2.5 billion spinoff of Mallinckrodt, its pharmaceuticals business
  • Frutarom in its
    • $7.1 billion sale to International Flavors & Fragrances
    • $290 million acquisition of Enzymotec
  • AbbVie in its $7.5 billion modified Dutch auction tender offer to repurchase its common stock
  • Hologic in its $1.65 billion acquisition of Cynosure
  • Valeant Pharmaceuticals in its $1.3 billion sale of its CeraVe, Ambi and Acne Free brands and related assets to L’Oréal USA
  • Abbott Laboratories in its $25 billion acquisition of St. Jude Medical
  • Mallinckrodt in its
    • $5.6 billion acquisition of Questcor Pharmaceuticals
    • $2.3 billion acquisition of Ikaria
    • $1.4 billion acquisition of Cadence Pharmaceuticals
    • $1.325 billion acquisition of Therakos


  • Spectra Energy in its $28 billion merger of equals with Enbridge
  • Greenskies Renewable Energy in its sale to Clean Focus
  • Ameren Corporation in its sale of Ameren Energy Resources Company to Illinois Power Holdings, a subsidiary of Dynegy
  • Doosan Corporation in its acquisition of the assets of ClearEdge Power in a Section 363 bankruptcy sale

Retail, Manufacturing and Other

  • XPO Logistics in its:
    • $870 million asset purchase agreement with Yellow Corporation
    • $710 million divestiture of its North American intermodal business to STG Logistics
    • spin-off of RXO, its tech-enabled brokerage operations
    • spin-off of GXO, its logistics business
    • its $690 million common stock offering
    • acquisition from Kuehne + Nagel of contract logistics operations in the UK
    • acquisition of all shares in XPO Logistics Europe owned by Elliott Capital Advisors
  • GXO Logistics $181 million acquisition of PFSweb
  • Jacobs Private Equity in its $1 billion investment in SilverSun Technologies
  • PetSmart in a $8.7 billion leveraged buyout by a private equity consortium led by BC Partners
  • First Quality Enterprises in its
    • $240 million acquisition of Domtar Corporation’s pulp mill located in Ontario, Canada.
    • sale of its nonwovens operations in the United States and China to R2G Rohan Czech.
    • acquisition of Fempro
  • FMC Corporation in its $1.8 billion acquisition of Cheminova

Viktor received a B.A. summa cum laude from Marist College in 2005. He also completed a general course program at the London School of Economics in 2004. Viktor received his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2009, where he was a James Kent Scholar and finance editor of the Columbia Business Law Review.

Viktor is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the New York City Bar.

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