James Langston is a partner in New York whose practice primarily focuses on friendly and hostile M&A, corporate governance and other complex corporate transactions. James has significant experience in both cross-border and domestic transactions, including conflict transactions, mergers-of-equals, LBOs, joint ventures and carve-out transactions. He also frequently represents companies and their board of directors on takeover defense and shareholder activism situations. Law360 named James one of its “Rising Stars” for his work on some of the largest and most high-profile M&A transactions in recent years. James is also recognized as a “Next Generation Lawyer” by Legal 500 U.S. and as a “Rising Star” by IFLR.

Notable Experience

  • Allergan in its proposed $160 billion merger with Pfizer, $40.5 billion sale of its global generics pharmaceuticals business to Teva and $2.1 billion cash and stock acquisition of Kythera Biopharmaceuticals
  • Actavis in its $70.5 billion white knight acquisition of Allergan
  • Medtronic in its $49.9 billion acquisition of Covidien
  • Suntory in its $16 billion acquisition of Beam
  • General Mills in its $8 billion acquisition of Blue Buffalo Pet Products
  • GlaxoSmithKline in its unsolicited tender offer to acquire Human Genome Sciences and resulting $3.6 billion negotiated acquisition
  • Lafarge in divestitures related to its €40 billion merger of equals with Holcim
  • Biomet in its $13.35 billion cash and stock merger with Zimmer Holdings
  • Bemis Company in its pending $6.8 billion all-stock combination with Amcor
  • Neiman Marcus in its $6 billion sale to Ares Management and CPPIB
  • Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Spectrum Brands in Spectrum’s $10 billion merger with HRG Group
  • Westlake Chemical in its unsolicited offer to acquire, and subsequent $3.8 billion acquisition of, Axiall
  • RCN Telecom in its $2.36 billion acquisition of Wave Broadband
  • Allied Universal in its $1 billion acquisition of U.S. Security Associates
  • TPG Capital in its $2.25 billion acquisition of the RCN and Grande cable businesses, $1.7 billion acquisition of Savers and acquisition of PRIMEDIA
  • Warburg Pincus in its acquisitions of Duravant and Wencor, simultaneous acquisitions of Universal Services of America and Guardsmark, and sale of GT Nexus

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