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Sarah P. Payne

Sarah P. Payne

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Palo Alto, CA, USA


Recognized by The Times as “Lawyer of the Week” in 2014 for her role advising the underwriters in Alibaba’s initial public offering, Sarah Payne is a partner resident in Sullivan & Cromwell’s Silicon Valley office and is co-head of the Firm’s Capital Markets Group and the Technology M&A and Finance Group.

She has a broad-based corporate practice advising clients on a wide range of transactions, focusing on public and private company mergers and acquisitions and public and private securities offerings. She is also active in the Firm’s corporate governance practice and advises clients on their continuing reporting obligations, Sarbanes-Oxley processes and other general corporate matters. Ms. Payne has been named to the Daily Journal’s list of the “Top 100 Women Lawyers in California” and “Top 100 Lawyers in California” and recognized as a “Rising Star” in M&A by ILFR1000.

Other recent representative transactions include:

  • SoftBank Group in a series of capital raising transactions which involved monetizing a portion of its shares of Alibaba Group Holding Limited for a total transaction size of $10 billion
  • Insight Enterprises, Inc. in its acquisition of Datalink Corporation
  • Ruckus Wireless in its $1.5 billion acquisition by Brocade
  • Teva Pharmaceutical Industries in its $40.5 billion acquisition of Allergan’s Generics Business
  • AT&T Inc. in the sale of its incumbent local exchange operations in Connecticut to Frontier Communications for $2 billion
  • Valeant Pharmaceuticals in its $15.8 billion acquisition of Salix Pharmaceuticals

Ms. Payne is a frequent speaker and author, particularly in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and securities law. Ms. Payne received her bachelor’s degree from Yale University and her Juris Doctor from UC Berkeley School of Law.

Sarah P. Payne is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Earnouts in Private Company M&A: Selected Considerations - Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company 2017, Monday, June 26, 2017
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