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Audra D. Cohen

Audra D. Cohen

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

New York, NY, USA


Co-leader of the S&C team advising on The American Lawyer’s 2016 “Deal of the Year” – the Kraft merger with Heinz – and recognized in 2011 as one of the “45 Under 45” – the best young women lawyers in the Am Law 200 by The American Lawyer, Audra Cohen represents buyers, sellers, boards of directors and financial advisers in a broad range of merger and acquisition transactions. Her experience includes advising on public company mergers, negotiated sales of private companies and spin-offs, and boards of directors on corporate governance matters, including with respect to activists and cybersecurity issues.

Ms. Cohen also is actively involved in the Firm’s management and administration, including as co-head of the Firm’s Consumer & Retail Group and as a member of the Firm’s Diversity Committee.

Selected Clients and Transactions

  • AT&T in the $2 billion sale of its incumbent local exchange operations in Connecticut to Frontier Communications
  • Avon Products in its $650 million purchase of jewelry company Silpada Designs and in the $90 million sale of its Avon Japan business to TPG Capital
  • C&S Wholesale Grocers in its acquisition of the wholesale distribution and supply business of Grocers Supply Company
  • Collective Brands in its $2 billion sale to a consortium including Wolverine Worldwide, Blum Capital Partners and Golden Gate Capital
  • Deloitte Consulting in its proposed separation (subsequently abandoned) from Deloitte & Touche
  • Diageo in its agreement with Casa Cuervo to acquire full global ownership and control of Tequila Don Julio and in Diageo’s sale of Bushmills to Jose Cuervo Overseas and Diageo (and its predecessor Grand Metropolitan) and Pillsbury in numerous transactions including the $10.5 billion sale of Pillsbury to General Mills
  • Dynegy in its proposed $4.7 billion acquisition by The Blackstone Group
  • General Growth Properties in its $12.6 billion acquisition of The Rouse Company
  • Hershey Foods Corporation in numerous transactions including the proposed sale of Hershey by the Hershey Trust (subsequently abandoned) and Hershey’s acquisition of the gum and mints business of Nabisco
  • Intercontinental Exchange in its acquisition of Standard & Poor’s Securities Evaluations and Credit Market Analysis from McGraw Hill Financial; $5.2 billion acquisition of Interactive Data Corporation; and $8.2 billion acquisition of NYSE Euronext
  • Kraft Foods Group in its $55 billion merger with H.J. Heinz Company to create The Kraft Heinz Company
  • NBTY in its $3.8 billion acquisition by The Carlyle Group
  • Ohio Casualty Corporation in its $2.7 billion acquisition by Liberty Mutual Group
  • Pepco Holdings in its $6.8 billion acquisition by Exelon Corporation to create the biggest electric and gas utility in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region
  • Reed Elsevier in its $4.1 billion acquisition of ChoicePoint
  • RR Donnelley & Sons in numerous transactions, including its announced intent to spin-off its financial print and PRS businesses to create three independent, publicly traded companies; acquisitions of Consolidated Graphics, Bowne & Co., Von Hoffmann Corporation, Perry Judd’s Holdings and Banta Corporation; and proposed $1.5 billion acquisition of Quebecor World, now World Color Press. Ms. Cohen has been advising RR Donnelley since working across the table from them representing Moore Wallace Incorporated in the $6 billion combination of the two companies.
  • Wachovia Corporation in its $15.1 billion merger with Wells Fargo & Company
  • ZF Friedrichshafen in its $12.4 billion acquisition of TRW Automotive Holdings
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