Steven A. Rosenblum has been a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz since 1989 and serves as co-chair of the firm’s Corporate Department. He focuses on mergers and acquisitions, takeover defense, corporate governance, shareholder and hedge fund activism, proxy fights, joint ventures and securities law. Mr. Rosenblum has been recognized by Chambers Global as one of the world’s leading transactional lawyers and by Lawdragon as one of the 500 leading lawyers in America. He was named a 2015 and 2016 BTI Client Service All-Star by the BTI Consulting Group for his level of dedication and commitment to exceptional client service.
Mr. Rosenblum’s recent significant representations include: General Motors in its proxy contest with Greenlight Capital; Verizon in its acquisition of Yahoo’s core businesses; Michael Dell in Mr. Dell’s and Silver Lake’s buyout of Dell, Inc. (for which Mr. Rosenblum was named Dealmaker of the Year by The American Lawyer) and in Dell’s acquisition of EMC; Visa in its acquisition of Visa Europe; Target in the sale of its pharmacy business to CVS; Smucker’s in its acquisition of Big Heart Pet Brands; Energizer in the spinoff of its household products business; Verizon in its acquisition of Vodafone’s 45% interest in Verizon Wireless; tw telecom in its sale to Level 3 Communications; Cracker Barrel in its four consecutive proxy fight victories over Biglari Holdings; PPG Industries in the spinoff and sale of its specialty chemicals business to Georgia Gulf, and in the sale of its joint venture interest in Transitions Optical to Essilor; Ralcorp in its takeover defense and subsequent sale to ConAgra; and Duke Energy in its merger with Progress Energy. Mr. Rosenblum’s prior significant representations include substantial transactions for AT&T, General Mills and Morgan Stanley.
Mr. Rosenblum received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1982 and his B.A. from Harvard College magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1978. Prior to joining the firm, he was a law clerk to the Honorable Joseph L. Tauro, United States District Court Judge for the District of Massachusetts.
Mr. Rosenblum is a member of the American Law Institute, the American College of Governance Counsel, and the Board of Advisors of the Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law. He writes and participates in panels and programs on a number of topics, including mergers and acquisitions, shareholder and hedge fund activism, corporate governance, corporate disclosure and proxy reform.