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Richard A. Pollack

Richard A. Pollack

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

London, EC4A 1AN, , GBR


Richard Pollack is Managing Partner of the Firm’s London Office and is co-head of The Firm’s Private Equity Group. Mr. Pollack has extensive experience in cross-border mergers and acquisitions in a wide range of industries, as well as in public and private offerings of equity and debt securities on behalf of U.S. and non-U.S. issuers. He was previously co-head of the Firm’s General Practice Group, from January 2006 to February 2012. Until his recent move to London, Mr. Pollack was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn.

Significant M&A and private equity transactions

  • Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in its investment in Asurion and subsequent increases in its ownership of Asurion, its entry into and subsequent termination of its MerchCap Solutions joint venture, its joint patent licensing program for digital television and computer display monitor with Technicolor S.A. and Sony Corporation and several other pending transactions
  • Rhône Capital and its affiliated investment funds in connection with its acquisition of a minority interest in Garda World, their acquisition of CSM NV’s bakery supplies business, its acquisition of Ranpak Holdings Inc., its acquisition of GK Holdings Inc., its acquisition jointly with Goldman Sachs of Neovia Logistics, its acquisition and subsequent sale of Rexair Holdings, Inc., its acquisition of the Carbon Black business of Evonik Industries AG, its acquisition and subsequent sale of Arizona Chemical, its acquisition and recapitalizations of Quiksilver, their acquisition and subsequent sale of LWB, their acquisition and subsequent sale of Rexair, its acquisition and subsequent sale of Fraikin, its acquisition and subsequent sale of an interest in Coty and its acquisition and subsequent sale of Terphane, as well as Generali’s acquisition of an interest in Rhône, the formation of an asset management and joint venture with Generali, and the formation of most of Rhône’s various private equity funds
  • Reservoir Capital in connection with restructuring and sale of an interest in Intrepid; various funds affiliated with Reservoir Capital in the restructuring of C-12, the acquisition by Reservoir of an interest in C-12 from Sequoia Capital, the making of a capital commitment by Reservoir to C-12; on the formation of a new platform company focused on acquiring mobile home/manufactured housing parks; the establishment of a platform, managed by Echo Minerals, that will invest in oil and gas mineral interests and in several other pending transactions
  • York Capital Management in connection with Credit Suisse’s acquisition of a minority interest in York
  • Barclays Capital in the acquisition and subsequent sale of an interest in NGP Energy Capital Management
  • Strata Energy Investments L.P., a new joint venture between Reservoir Capital LLC and other individuals, in connection with pursuing greenfield and brownfield project developments and in its acquisitions with Divide Energy Group LLC and its principals and Vox Capital LLC and its principles
  • China Investment Corporation in its co-investment alongside a Morgan Stanley affiliate in Triana Energy Investments
  • Aquiline in its acquisition of Conning
  • An investor consortium led by Silver Lake Partners in its acquisition of a controlling interest in Skype Technologies from eBay
  • Goldman Sachs Capital Partners in the acquisition of UICI
  • Lightyear Capital in the sale of Collegiate Funding and in the creation of Athilon
  • Eurazeo in the sale of its investment in Lazard Frères
  • Thomson in the implementation of its new group strategy, including the investment by Silver Lake Partners in Thomson

Mr. Pollack’s private equity experience, in addition to the transactions listed above, includes representing Apollo, Barclays Capital, Compass Partners, Eurazeo, Groupe Bruxelles Lambert, Lightyear Capital, MatlinPatterson Partners, Navitas Capital, Olympus Capital, Ontario Teachers, Perry Capital, Reservoir Capital, Rhône Capital, Ripplewood Holdings, Sienna Capital and Silver Lake Partners in various transactions and establishing various private equity funds and joint ventures for Rhône Capital, Reservoir Capital, Navitas Capital, Olympus Capital and Tincium Capital and setting up the ASAC II investor consortium that acquired a significant stake in Activision and an investor consortium for Ripplewood Holdings.

Mr. Pollack’s public company acquisition and defense assignments include representing:

  • GGP in its transactions involving Pershing Square Capital
  • TOTAL in its acquisitions of Synenco Energy, Deer Creek Energy and Gener’s Argentine operations, and several other matters
  • Endesa in its acquisition by Enel and Acciona, as well as in defense of unsolicited bids by E.ON and Gas Natural
  • Aventis in its acquisition by Sanofi-Synthélabo
  • Banacci in its acquisition by Citigroup
  • Société Générale in the Paribas and BNP transactions
  • CGIP and CarnaudMetalbox in the sale of CarnaudMetalbox to Crown Cork & Seal and the subsequent dispositions by CGIP of its shares of Crown Cork & Seal
  • Institut Mérieux in its acquisition of Connaught BioSciences

Mr. Pollack’s other M&A assignments include representing:

  • Lazard Frères in its strategic alliance agreement with Lazard Korea Limited, its acquisition of Carnegie, Wylie & Co., its joint ventures with Raiffiassen and Alfara Asesores Financieros, the merger of Rhône Poulenc and Hoechst to form Aventis, and in several other recent and pending transactions
  • Israel Corp. and DS Constructions in their acquisition of Globeleq Americas Limited
  • American Express in the sale of its Tax and Business Services group to H&R Block and in its joint venture with Vente Privée
  • Deloitte Consulting in its proposed separation from Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
  • Cap Gemini in its acquisition of Ernst & Young Consulting
  • SITA, a subsidiary of Suez, in a number of acquisitions and dispositions, including its acquisition of BFI’s non-U.S. assets
  • Hoechst in the disposition of one of its chemical businesses
  • Elf Aquitaine in the acquisition of Occidental Petroleum’s North Sea assets and in various other matters
  • Eastman Kodak in the sale of its over-the-counter pharmaceuticals business to SmithKline Beecham and in the sale of its ethical pharmaceuticals business to Sanofi

Mr. Pollack’s capital markets experience includes acting for Elf in its privatization and for the underwriters in the privatizations of each of Pechiney and Pechiney International, as well as for the issuer or the underwriters in various offerings by Ciments Français, Elf, Euro Disney, Groupe Danone and JC Decaux. Mr. Pollack has also represented issuers and underwriters in a substantial number of securities offerings by U.S., Canadian, French, German, Spanish, Argentine, Brazilian and Mexican issuers in a wide range of industries.

Richard A. Pollack is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Challenges in Structuring Cross Border M&A Transactions in Light of Uncertainties Resulting from Brexit - Sixteenth Annual Institute on Securities Regulation in Europe: Practical Implications of U.S. Law on EU Practice, Monday, January 23, 2017
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Brexit: High Court Rules that the UK Government Cannot Notify the UK’s Withdrawal From the EU Without the Prior Approval of Parliament - Sixteenth Annual Institute on Securities Regulation in Europe: Practical Implications of U.S. Law on EU Practice, Monday, January 23, 2017
“Brexit”—Vote by the UK to Leave the EU (June 24, 2016) - Sixteenth Annual Institute on Securities Regulation in Europe: Practical Implications of U.S. Law on EU Practice, Monday, January 23, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Challenges in Structuring Cross Border M&A Transactions in Light of Uncertainties Resulting from Brexit - Challenges in Structuring Cross Border M&A Transactions in Light of Uncertainties Resulting from Brexit, Monday, January 23, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts Challenges in Structuring Cross Border M&A Transactions in Light of Uncertainties Resulting from Brexit - Challenges in Structuring Cross Border M&A Transactions in Light of Uncertainties Resulting from Brexit, Monday, January 23, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Challenges in Structuring Cross Border M&A Transactions in Light of Uncertainties Resulting from Brexit - Challenges in Structuring Cross Border M&A Transactions in Light of Uncertainties Resulting from Brexit, Monday, January 23, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Sixteenth Annual Institute on Securities Regulation in Europe: Practical Implications of U.S. Law on EU Practice, Friday, January 27, 2017, London
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Seventeenth Annual Institute on Securities Regulation in Europe: Practical Implications of U.S. Law on EU Practice, Thursday, February 01, 2018, London
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Seventeenth Annual Institute on Securities Regulation in Europe: Practical Implications of U.S. Law on EU Practice, Thursday, February 01, 2018, London
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