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Brian E. Hamilton

Brian E. Hamilton

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

New York, NY, USA

Brian Hamilton is a partner in the Firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity Groups and was recently recognized as a “Rising Star” by IFLR1000. Mr. Hamilton advises on public and private mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions, both in and outside the United States, and in a variety of industries.

Mr. Hamilton was resident in the Firm’s London office from 2007 through 2010, where he was deputy head of the European Mergers and Acquisitions Group.

Selected Recent Transactions

  • AirTran Holdings, Inc. in its $3.4 billion acquisition by Southwest Airlines Co.
  • Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria S.A. (BBVA) in the $630 million definitive agreement to sell its approximately 98.92 percent interest in Panamanian bank Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (Panamá) S.A. to Leasing Bogotá S.A., Panamá, a subsidiary of Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores S.A, and in the $541 million sale of its Colombian pension fund administrator, BBVA Horizonte Sociedad Administradora de Fondos de Pensiones y Cesantías, S.A., to Sociedad Administradora de Fondos de Pensiones y Cesantías, Porvenir, S.A., as Purchaser, and Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores S.A., as Guarantor
  • Barclays Bank plc in its $15.2 billion sale of Barclays Global Investors to BlackRock Inc., and in its acquisition of EquiFirst Corporation from Regions Financial Corporation
  • Bright House Networks, LLC in its pending three-way combination with Charter Communications, Inc. and Time Warner Cable Inc., to createan$80 billion cable company
  • CVS Caremark in its 50/50 joint venture with Cardinal Health, to form the largest generic pharmaceutical sourcing entity in the U.S.
  • CVS Health Corporation in its $12.7 billion acquisition of Omnicare, Inc.
  • Digital Sky Technologies Limited in the restructuring of its Mail.ru Group Limited internet joint venture with MIH and Tiger Global Private Investment Partners
  • Gildan Activewear Inc. in its $100 million acquisition of Comfort Colors, its $350 million acquisition of Gold Toe Moretz Holding Corp. and in its $88 million acquisition of Anvil Holdings, Inc.
  • Goldman Sachs Bank USA in the acquisition of GE Capital Bank’s online deposit platform and assumption of its online deposits
  • The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. in its sale of Metro International Trade Services to Reuben Brothers, its $550 million sale of Goldman Sachs Administration Services (GSAS) to State Street Corporation and the sale of its NYSE designated market maker business to IMC Financial Markets
  • Hess Corporation in its sale of its interest in Hess Energy Trading Company to an affiliate of funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management
  • ING Groep N.V. in the $3.1 billion sale of ING Bank of Canada to The Bank of Nova Scotia and in the $9 billion sale of its ING Direct USA online banking operation to Capital One Financial Corp.
  • The Priceline Group Inc. in its expanded commercial agreement with and $750 million two-stage investment in Ctrip.com, its $2.6 billion acquisition of OpenTable, Inc. and its $1.8 billion acquisition of KAYAK Software Corporation

Rankings and Recognitions

  • Recognized as a leading lawyerin Mergers & Acquisitions by New York Super Lawyers.(New York Super Lawyers 2013-2015)
  • Recognized as a “Rising Star” in the United States by IFLR1000 (2014, 2015)


1998, New York University School of Law, J.D

1994, State University of New York at Albany, M.A.

1993, State University of New York at Albany, B.A.


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