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Thomas E. Dunn

Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP

New York, NY, USA

Thomas E. Dunn is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. His diverse corporate practice encompasses mergers and acquisitions, private equity, joint ventures, restructurings, corporate governance and securities-related matters.

Mr. Dunn’s clients have included Ashland, Mylan, Stanley Black & Decker, Genpact, Chemed, Valvoline, Associated Partners, FactSet Research Systems, Ripplewood Associates, RHJ International, Hertz, Cox Enterprises, Pentair, Aptuit, Bristol-Myers Squibb, J.Crew, Barnes & Noble, Gerber Scientific, Terra Industries, Jones Apparel Group, Alcoa and Perry Capital.

Mr. Dunn has also represented numerous companies in defending against hedge fund activism. Recent examples include representing Ashland in its response to JANA Partners’ acquisition of approximately 8.4% of its outstanding shares; Barnes & Noble in its successful proxy contest with Ron Burkle and Yucaipa; and Chemed in its successful proxy contest with MMI Investments.

Mr. Dunn was recognized by the 2016 and 2017 editions of IFLR1000 as one of the country’s leading practitioners in both mergers and acquisitions and private equity. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Greenwich Academy and a member of the Board of Directors of MFY Legal Services.

Mr. Dunn was raised in Erie, Pennsylvania. He received a B.A. from the College of William & Mary in 1987 and a J.D. with high honors from Duke University School of Law in 1992, where he was Senior Editor of Law and Contemporary Problems and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Mr. Dunn joined Cravath in 1992, spent two years as an associate in Cravath’s London office and became a partner in 2000.


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