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Eliza W. Swann

Eliza W. Swann

Shearman & Sterling LLP

New York, NY, USA


Ms. Swann has concentrated in United States and international corporate transactions and has represented a broad range of clients in acquisitions and dispositions of publicly and privately held corporations and their assets.  Her experience includes cross-border public company mergers and stock acquisitions, asset sales, joint venture formation and investment advisory work.  Ms. Swann joined Shearman & Sterling in 1998 and became a partner in 2007. 

Recent Experience Includes Representation of:

  • Liberty Global, Inc., in its acquisition of Virgin Media Inc.
  • Juniper Investment Company, LLC, in the acquisition by its affiliate of Theragenics Corporation
  • Richard M. Schulze, founder and former Chairman of Best Buy Co., Inc., in his acquisition proposal to the Best Buy Board of Directors
  • The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Psychiatric Solutions, Inc. in its acquisition by Universal Health Services, Inc.
  • The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc. in its sale to an affiliate of Bain Capital Partners, LLC
  • Dassault Systèmes, in its acquisition of the product lifecycle management business of IBM and in its acquisition of Les Consultants Genicom, Inc.
  • The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of HCA Inc. in its sale to a consortium of private equity investment firms
  • The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of ARAMARK in its sale to a consortium of private equity investment firms
  • Biogen Idec in its 2008 proxy contest with Carl Icahn
  • Seven-Eleven Japan Co., Ltd. in its acquisition of 7-Eleven, Inc.
  • The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of BioVeris Corporation in its acquisition by Roche Holding AG
  • Boston Scientific Corporation in its acquisition of Guidant Corporation
  • SunGard Data Systems, Inc. in its sale to a consortium of seven private equity investment firms
  • EQT Infrastructure Fund and FORTISTAR in their acquisition of Midland Cogeneration Venture Limited Partnership from GSO Capital Partners LP, Rockland Capital Energy, The Dow Chemical Company and other entities
  • Industry Funds Management Pty Ltd. in its acquisition of certain assets of Consolidated Edison, Inc.
  • Lincoln Educational Services Corporation in several acquisitions in the United States, including acquisitions of Baran Institute of Technology, Clemens College, New England Technical Institute, New England Technical Institute of Technology at Palm Beach, Briarwood College, Southwestern College of Business and Nashville Auto Diesel College
  • The Thomson Corporation in its acquisition of certain Choicepoint assets
  • Citigroup Inc. in its acquisition of Old Lane Partners, L.P.
  • Itaúsa-Investimentos Itaú S.A. in its acquisition of certain assets of the Latin American private banking business of ABN AMRO Bank N.V.
  • Boca Resorts, Inc. in its sale to The Blackstone Group
  • The Independent Committee of the Board of Directors of Molson Inc. in the merger of equals of Molson Inc. and Adolph Coors Company
  • Extended Stay America, Inc. in its sale to The Blackstone Group
  • GE Commercial Finance in its acquisition of the U.S. leasing business of IKON Office Solutions, Inc.
  • The Coca-Cola Company in the acquisition of Panamerican Beverages, Inc. by Coca-Cola FEMSA, S.A. de C.V.
  • Triangle Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in its sale to Gilead Sciences, Inc.
  • Credit Suisse First Boston, both in its purchase of the investment analysis business of HOLT Value Associates LP and in the sale of CSFBdirect to Bank of Montreal
  • Nelson Doubleday in the sale of his 50% interest in the New York Mets to Fred Wilpon
  • BOC GROUP PLC in the establishment of a joint venture with Linde AG relating to industrial gas process plants
  • Raffles Holdings Limited in its acquisition of Swissôtel Holding AG from the SwissAir Group
  • UniCredito Italiano S.p.A. in its acquisition of Pioneer Investment Management USA Inc.
  • Credit Suisse First Boston as financial advisor to Cooper Industries, Inc. in connection with its reincorporation in Bermuda
  • Morgan Stanley & Co. Inc., as financial advisor to the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of UnitedGlobalCom, Inc. in its combination with Liberty Media International, Inc.
  • Kozmo.com, Inc., in its Series D, E, F and G preferred stock financing rounds
  • Fiat S.p.A. and its majority owned subsidiary, New Holland N.V., in its acquisition of Case Corporation
  • Thyssen Industrie AG, in its acquisition of the elevator business of Dover Corporation

Education

Cornell Law School, cum laude, J.D.
Williams College, cum laude, B.A.

Bar Admissions/Qualifications

New York, Massachusetts

Clerkship

The Hon. E. Norman Veasey, Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court

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