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Ross Fieldston

Ross Fieldston

Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP

New York, NY, USA


Ross Fieldston is a partner in the Corporate Department and a member of the Mergers and Acquisitions practice group. He has significant experience with public company mergers, private acquisitions, proxy contests, joint ventures, hostile defense transactions and public and private securities offerings.

Some of Ross’ recent representations include:

  • Time Warner Cable in its $45.2 billion stock-for-stock merger with Comcast Corporation (pending);
  • Time Warner Cable in its response to unsolicited acquisition proposals by Charter Communications;
  • Private investors in their acquisition of the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League;
  • MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc. and its indirect, wholly owned subsidiary, Harland Clarke Holdings Corp., in the sale of its subsidiary, Harland Financial Solutions, to Davis + Henderson Corporation for $1.2 billion;
  • Hunt Capital Partners, LLC, the affordable housing division and an affiliate of Hunt Companies, Inc., in the acquisition of Centerline Holding Company;
  • Marcato Capital Management, together with Oskie Capital Management, in their proxy contest and settlement with Lear Corporation, which included an agreement with Lear to accelerate its existing $1 billion share repurchase program, authorize a new $750 million share repurchase program and expand Lear’s Board of Directors from eight to nine members to add a new member mutually acceptable to Lear, Marcato and Oskie;
  • Time Warner Cable in its agreement to become the charter distributor of SportsNet LA, the new regional television network for the Los Angeles Dodgers beginning with the 2014 Major League Baseball season;
  • Janus Capital Group Inc. in its strategic alliance with The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company, Limited, under which Dai-ichi Life will invest $2 billion of its general account assets with Janus and acquire 15 percent to 20 percent of Janus’ common stock;
  • General Atlantic and Oak Hill Capital Partners and their respective associated investment funds in the sale of common shares of Genpact Limited to affiliates of Bain Capital Partners for approximately $1 billion and their portion of an approximately $500 million special cash dividend by Genpact to all shareholders; and
  • Great Wolf Resorts, Inc. in its sale to an affiliate of Apollo Global Management, LLC for approximately $798 million, including the assumption of the company’s outstanding debt, through a cash tender offer.

Prior to joining Paul, Weiss, Ross had represented:

  • The Clorox Company in its response to the $12.5 billion unsolicited acquisition proposal from Carl C. Icahn;
  • Deutsche Telekom in its proposed $39 billion sale of T-Mobile USA to AT&T;
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific in its $2.1 billion tender offer for Dionex Corp.;
  • Bank of America in its $9.5 billion merchant services joint venture with First Data Corporation;
  • Wells Fargo in its May 2009 and December 2009 public offerings of common stock totaling $21.1 billion;
  • Bank of America in its merger with Merrill Lynch;
  • Delta Air Lines in its $3.6 billion merger with Northwest Airlines;
  • JPMorgan Chase in its merger with Bear Stearns;
  • Merrill Lynch in its $12.8 billion private issuance of common and preferred equity to Temasek Holding, Davis Selected, Korea Investment Corporation, Kuwait Investment Authority, Mizuho Corporate Bank, Olayan Group, New Jersey Common Pension Fund, T. Rowe Price and TPG-Axon Capital Management;
  • Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, and J.C. Flowers in their proposed $25.2 billion leveraged buyout of Sallie Mae;
  • A.G. Edwards in its $6.8 billion merger with Wachovia Corporation;
  • Caremark Rx in its response to a hostile tender offer by Express Scripts and in its $27 billion merger with CVS Corp.; and
  • Thermo Electron in its $12.8 billion merger with Fisher Scientific International.

Ross served as a senior editor of the Columbia Law Review and was a Teaching Fellow.

EDUCATION

J.D., Columbia Law School
James Kent Scholar, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar

B.A., University of Pennsylvania
summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

BAR ADMISSIONS

New York

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