Viktor Sapezhnikov


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 has represented clients in a variety of industries, including:

Technology, Media and Telecommunications

  • Broadcom in its
    • $69 billion acquisition of VMware
    • $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
  • 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
    • 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
  • 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

Real Estate

  • Prologis in its
    • $26 billion all-stock acquisition of Duke Realty
    • $12.6 billion acquisition of Liberty Property Trust
  • 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
  • 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

  • XPO Logistics in its:
    • $710 million divestiture of its North American intermodal business to STG Logistics
    • planned separation of its tech-enabled brokerage operations from its less-than-truckload (LTL) business in North America, and the potential divestitures of its European business and North American intermodal operations
    • spin-off of its logistics business, GXO Logistics
  • 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.

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