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Patrick S. Kenadjian

Patrick S. Kenadjian

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

London Ec2v 7hr, GBR

Patrick S. Kenadjian is senior counsel in our London office with an international practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, cross-border securities offerings, international investments and joint ventures, international privatizations and general corporate advice, with an emphasis on representing European clients. While assigned to the New York office, he spent six years concentrating in mergers and acquisitions.

He has spent over 20 years in our European and Asian offices. From 1977 to 1979, Mr. Kenadjian was in our Paris office. In 1987, he opened our Tokyo office, where he practiced until 1990. He also opened our Frankfurt office in 1991, where he practiced until 2009. Mr. Kenadjian speaks French, German and Italian.

He has been active in securities transactions for issuers in Asia and Europe, particularly on initial public offerings and privatizations in Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland. He has represented bidders and targets in cross-border acquisitions throughout Europe, in particular in France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. Mr. Kenadjian has also represented European and Asian issuers in U.S. debt private placements.

Mr. Kenadjian is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Goethe University in Frankfurt where he teaches courses on the financial crisis and financial reform and on comparative mergers and acquisitions at the Institute for Law and Finance.

Capital Markets Representations
- Telecom Italia and Telekom Austria in their privatizations 
- Wiener Städtische Allgemeine, Versicherung Aktiengesellschaft Software AG, Stinnes and BHW in their initial public offerings 
- OMV in its capital increase 
- The underwriters in the initial public offerings of Bank Austria Creditanstalt, Raiffeisen International, EPCOS, comdirect bank, freenet.de and Zumtobel AG 
- The privatization of INA in Italy 
- Federal Republic of Germany on its first foreign currency bond issue 
- The underwriters in establishing a WKSI shelf registration statement for Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft and advised the joint book-running managers on the first takedown from this shelf

Mergers and Acquisitions Advice
- Merck KGaA on its acquisition of Serono S.A 
- Software AG on several acquisitions in the United States 
- Cinven on its acquisition of Klöckner Pentaplast 
- The Soros Group on investments in Germany 
- Telecom Italia on its proposed business combination with Deutsche Telekom and on its defense against Olivetti's unsolicited tender offer 
- Cargill Inc. in connection with its acquisition of the food ingredients unit of Degussa AG

Listed as a leading lawyer in several legal industry publications, including:
- Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 
- Chambers Europe 
- Legal Media Group's Expert Guide to the World's Leading Capital Markets Lawyers, Expert Guide to the World's Leading Banking Lawyers and Expert Gudie to the World's Leading Lawyers: Best of the Best 
- Practical Law Company's Cross-border Finance: Secured Lending Handbook and Cross-border Capital Markets Handbook 
- Law Business Research's Who's Who Legal-International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 
- Legalease's European Legal Experts

- Senior Counsel, 2010-present 
- Partner, 1984-2010 
- Associate, 1975-1984 
- London office, 2009-present 
- Frankfurt office, 1991-2009 
- Tokyo office, 1987-1990 
- Paris office, 1977-1979

Bar Admissions
- State of New York 
- Japan, Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi

- A.B., Yale College, 1970 
  - cum laude
- J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1975 
  - Order of the Coif


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