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 has represented clients in a variety of industries, including:
Technology, Media and Telecommunications
- Broadcom in its
- $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
- divestiture of its Cyber Security Services business to Accenture
- global preferred services partnership with HCL Technologies
- Publicis Groupe S.A. in its $4.4 billion acquisition of Alliance Data Systems’ Epsilon business
- 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
- 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
- $250 million sale of CareerBuilder to Apollo Global Management and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board
- spin-off of Cars.com
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Taubman in a $9.8 billion merger and joint venture with Simon Property Group
- Prologis in its $12.6 billion acquisition of Liberty Property Trust
- Forest City Realty Trust in its $11.4 billion sale to Brookfield
- Public Storage in connection with the €2 billion initial listing of Shurgard Europe
- 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
- 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
- Medtronic in its $6.1 billion sale of a portion of its Patient Monitoring & Recovery Division to Cardinal Health
- 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
- Covidien in its
- $49.9 billion acquisition by Medtronic
- $2.5 billion spinoff of Mallinckrodt, its pharmaceuticals business
- 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
- PetSmart in a $8.7 billion leveraged buyout by a private equity consortium led by BC Partners
- First Quality Enterprises in its
- 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 was named a Rising Star by Law360 for 2020 and is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the New York City Bar.
- REITs in 2021,
January 11, 2021; also available at Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance.
- REIT M&A and Activism: Preparing for Threats in the Covid-19 Environment,
April 6, 2020.
- REIT M&A in 2020,
January 6, 2020.
- REIT M&A: Use and Overuse of Special Committees,
Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, February 20, 2019.
- Addressing Rule 14a-8 Shareholder Proposals During and After the Shutdown,
in Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, January 19, 2019.
- The Government Shutdown's Effect on Deals,
in Harvard Law School’s Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, January 9, 2019.