Antonio Weiss is Global Head of Investment Banking for Lazard. From 2001 to 2009, he was based in Paris, where he served as Vice Chairman of European Investment Banking and, subsequently, Global Head of Mergers and Acquisitions.
Mr. Weiss has advised many of the world's leading corporations in their most significant strategic transactions, with a focus on cross-border or contested activity. Recent transactions include the acquisition by Reynolds American of Lorillard (pending); the merger of Rockwood and Albemarle (pending); the acquisition by Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital of Heinz; the sale of D.E Master Blenders (formerly Sara Lee coffee) to JAB and pending merger with Mondelez coffee; the merger of Anheuser-Busch InBev and Grupo Modelo; the acquisition by GlaxoSmithKline of Human Genome Sciences; the acquisition by Google of Motorola Mobility; the acquisition by Kraft Foods of Cadbury; the sale of the North American bottling operations of Coca-Cola Enterprises to Coca-Cola; the combination of InBev and Anheuser-Busch; the merger of KKR Private Equity Investors with KKR and the subsequent listing of KKR; and the acquisitions by Nestlé of Gerber and Novartis Medical Nutrition.
Mr. Weiss is a frequent speaker regarding the global market for corporate control, including recent keynote addresses at the Tulane Corporate Law Institute, the International Bar Association and the University of Pennsylvania Institute for Law and Economics, where he has been a Board Member.
Mr. Weiss is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar and Loeb Fellow. He is a trustee of the Frick Collection and the French-American Foundation. He is also Publisher of The Paris Review, the leading literary quarterly.