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Melissa Sawyer

Melissa Sawyer

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

New York, NY, USA


Melissa Sawyer is a partner in Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group and is co-head of the Firm’s Corporate Governance & Activism Practice. In addition to advising clients on public and private M&A transactions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, she also regularly advises clients on corporate governance, activism and takeover defense matters. Ms. Sawyer’s experience spans multiple industries, including consumer and retail, industrials, medtech and insurance.

 Ms. Sawyer has been repeatedly recognized as a leading M&A advisor. She is ranked by Chambers USA in Corporate/M&A, where clients describe her as “an absolute superstar,” and is recognized as a Law360 MVP in Food & Beverage, one of Crain’s “Leading Women Lawyers in New York City,” a “Top Woman Attorney in New York” by Super Lawyers, a Rising Star by IFLR1000 and was named “Dealmaker of the Week” by The American Lawyer. Additional accolades include receiving a Burton Award for Legal Achievement, being chosen as an Empire State Counsel Honoree by the New York State Bar Association and recognition by Super Lawyers for her work in Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Governance and Compliance and Business/Corporate.

In the past three years alone, Ms. Sawyer has advised: Apollo Education, AT&T, BBA Aviation, Bessemer, CONMED, CPPIB, CSM Bakery, Diageo, DS Smith, FXI, OTPP, Sotheby’s and UnitedHealth.

Ms. Sawyer is currently a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a member of the Mergers, Acquisitions & Corporate Control Contests Committee of the New York City Bar Association. Ms. Sawyer has participated in numerous panels for the Practising Law Institute and regularly writes for The M&A Lawyer, The Deal Pipeline and LexisNexis.

Ms. Sawyer is a Hiring Partner, an Associate Development Partner, a member of the Firm’s Managing Partners Committee and the Chair of the Knowledge Management Committee at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.

Recent Publications

  • “Facing activists on ESG,” IR Magazine (2018)
  • “Just Getting Started: M&A in 2017 and What to Expect in 2018,” The M&A Lawyer (2018)
  • “Steps to Succession: Planning Techniques for Latin American Family Businesses,” STEP Journal (2017)
  • “Getting to the Head of the Table,” Directors & Boards (2017)

Education

University of Virginia Law School, J.D. 2000
Washington and Lee University, B.A. 1997

Melissa Sawyer is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Negotiating the Public Company Merger Agreement - Mergers & Acquisitions 2018: Advanced Trends and Developments, Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Earn-outs and Fiduciary Duties in Private Transactions - Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company 2018, Friday, June 22, 2018
Delaware Law Developments in M&A - Hot Topics in Mergers & Acquisitions 2018, Friday, October 12, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Negotiating the Public Company Merger Agreement - Negotiating the Public Company Merger Agreement, Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Earn-outs and Fiduciary Duties in Private Transactions - Earn-outs and Fiduciary Duties in Private Transactions, Friday, June 22, 2018
Delaware Law Developments in M&A - Delaware Law Developments in M&A, Friday, October 12, 2018
Transcripts  Transcripts Negotiating the Public Company Merger Agreement - Negotiating the Public Company Merger Agreement, Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Earn-outs and Fiduciary Duties in Private Transactions - Earn-outs and Fiduciary Duties in Private Transactions, Friday, June 22, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Negotiating the Public Company Merger Agreement - Negotiating the Public Company Merger Agreement, Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Earn-outs and Fiduciary Duties in Private Transactions - Earn-outs and Fiduciary Duties in Private Transactions, Friday, June 22, 2018
Delaware Law Developments in M&A - Delaware Law Developments in M&A, Friday, October 12, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Mergers & Acquisitions 2018: Advanced Trends and Developments, Friday, January 19, 2018, New York, NY
Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company 2018, Wednesday, June 27, 2018, New York, NY
Hot Topics in Mergers & Acquisitions 2018, Wednesday, October 17, 2018, New York, NY
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters M&A Implications of Corporate Governance and Succession Planning for Family-Controlled Businesses - Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company 2018, Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Live Seminar  Live Seminar 50th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Wednesday, November 07, 2018, New York, NY
Mergers & Acquisitions 2019: Advanced Trends and Developments, Thursday, January 10, 2019, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast 50th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Wednesday, November 07, 2018, New York, NY
Mergers & Acquisitions 2019: Advanced Trends and Developments, Thursday, January 10, 2019, New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web Mergers & Acquisitions 2019: Advanced Trends and Developments, Thursday, January 10, 2019, Columbus, OH
Mergers & Acquisitions 2019: Advanced Trends and Developments, Thursday, January 10, 2019, New Brunswick , NJ
Mergers & Acquisitions 2019: Advanced Trends and Developments, Thursday, January 10, 2019, Philadelphia, PA
Mergers & Acquisitions 2019: Advanced Trends and Developments, Thursday, January 10, 2019, Boston, MA
Mergers & Acquisitions 2019: Advanced Trends and Developments, Thursday, January 10, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA
Mergers & Acquisitions 2019: Advanced Trends and Developments, Thursday, January 10, 2019, Cleveland, OH
Mergers & Acquisitions 2019: Advanced Trends and Developments, Thursday, January 10, 2019, Mechanicsburg, PA
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