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Robert E. Spatt

Robert E. Spatt

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

New York, NY, USA


Robert E. Spatt has been a corporate Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York since 1987, where he focuses on corporate and corporate governance advice to public and private company boards of directors, and mergers, acquisitions and restructurings for buying and selling companies, their financial advisors, control stockholders, leveraged buyout firms and special committees of boards of directors. Rob graduated from Brown University (A.B. 1977) and University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1980 magna cum laude; Order of the Coif). He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1980. Rob has published various articles on M&A subjects and regularly serves as a faculty member for leading M&A seminars and institutes. Rob is the Co-Chairman Emeritus of the Tulane Corporate Law Institute, one of the country’s leading M&A institutes. Rob has beenrepeatedly named one of the leading M&A lawyers in numerous legal publications, including Chambers Global World’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He has also been repeatedly listed as a top Corporate Governance or M&A lawyer in Euromoney’s Expert Guides “The Best of the Best”, and in Who’s Who Legal; and has been included in Lawdragon’s “Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America” since its inception in 2005, and featured on the cover spread for the 2009 annual issue. Rob was named “Dealmaker of the Week” by The American Lawyer in mid-2013 and recognized by Law360 as an “MVP” in M&A for 2014. Among other philanthropic activities, Mr. Spatt is a member of the Board of Directors of the Calvary Fund of Calvary Hospital, and has for many years been a member of the Executive Committee of the Lawyers Division of UJA Federation of New York and co-led the UJA campaign at Simpson Thacher.

In addition, Rob has also worked on approximately $350 billion of announced deals from October 2013 to date through his active practice representing financial advisors in some of the largest M&A transactions, including among many others, the financial advisors for Virtu Financial in its announced acquisition of KCG Holdings, for Reynolds American in its announced $49 billion merger with British American Tobacco, for ARIAD in its merger with Takeda, for Regency Centers in its $15.6 billion merger with Equity One, for Post Properties in its merger with MAA, for Axiall Corporation in its acquisition by Westlake Chemical, for Progressive Waste in its merger with Waste Connections, for InvenTrust Properties in its divestiture of University House and for Dow in its announced $130 billion merger of equals with DuPont.

Robert E. Spatt is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Social Issues in Selected Recent Mergers and Acquisitions Transactions, 2003–2017 Supplement (April 26, 2004, and March 16, 2017) - Delaware Law Developments 2017: What All Business Lawyers Need to Know, Monday, July 24, 2017
The Four-Ring Circus—Round Twenty-One; A Further Updated View of the Mating Dance Among Announced Merger Partners and an Unsolicited Second or Third Bidder (March 24, 2017) - Delaware Law Developments 2017: What All Business Lawyers Need to Know, Monday, July 24, 2017
Selected Legal Issues Relating to the Selection and Implementation of Differing Forms of Consideration in M&A Transactions (March 13, 2017) - Delaware Law Developments 2017: What All Business Lawyers Need to Know, Monday, July 24, 2017
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