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Richard M. Casavechia

Barclays Investment Bank
Managing Director & Head of M&A Structuring
New York, NY, USA

Richard Casavechia is a Managing Director in the Mergers & Acquisitions group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, primarily responsible for the M&A Structuring practice. Mr. Casavechia regularly advises on all types of complex acquisition and disposition strategies, including taxable and tax-free mergers; spin-offs, split-offs, carve-outs and spin / merge transactions; joint ventures and partnerships; tax-efficient share repurchases; structured transactions to hedge (or dispose of) appreciated assets without triggering tax; and cross-border M&A and financing transactions. 

Since joining Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Richard has advised on numerous complex and innovative tax-driven transactions, including Actavis’ acquisition of Warner Chilcott, Pfizer’s tax-free IPO and split-off of Zoetis, Dean Foods’ tax-free IPO and spin of WhiteWave, Penn National Gaming’s separation into a REIT and operating company, AstraZeneca’s joint acquisition of Amylin Pharmaceuticals with Bristol-Myers Squibb, Tempur-Pedic’s acquisition of Sealy, Comcast’s acquisition of a stake in NBC Universal, Hasbro’s joint venture with Discovery Inc., Time Warner’s spin-off of AOL, Cablevision’s acquisition of Newsday from Tribune, J.M. Smucker’s acquisition of Folgers from Procter & Gamble, Ralcorp’s acquisition of Post cereals from Kraft, Mediacom Communications’ redemption of Morris Communications in a cash-rich split-off and Wellpoint’s sale of its NetRx business to Express Scripts. Mr. Casavechia is a member of the firm’s Fairness Opinion Committee, and also helps coordinate transaction structuring activities for the Global Equities and Equity Derivative businesses.

Prior to joining Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Mr. Casavechia was Global Head of M&A Tax Advisory for JP Morgan and also worked as a tax attorney, most recently for Cahill Gordon & Reindel. Before entering private practice, he was a law clerk for the Honorable Stephen S. Trott on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Casavechia earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in economics (Phi Beta Kappa) from Wesleyan University.
Richard M. Casavechia is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Variations on the Spin-off - Spin-offs 2018, Monday, February 12, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Variations on the Spin-off - Variations on the Spin-off, Monday, February 12, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Variations on the Spin-off - Variations on the Spin-off, Monday, February 12, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Spin-offs 2018, Monday, February 19, 2018, New York, NY

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