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Daniel Brass


Daniel Brass

Mergers & Acquisitions
New York

Advises U.S., U.K. and other global corporate and PE clients on a full range of public and private transactions. Named a “Dealmaker of the Year” by The Deal.

Daniel advises U.S., U.K. and other global corporate and private equity clients on a full range of public and private transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, investments, joint ventures, collaborations, spinoffs and restructurings. He is recognized by Chambers USA as Up and Coming in M&A and was named “Consumer, Retail, Food & Beverage Dealmaker of the Year (Large Cap)” by The Deal in 2021.

He has significant experience in multi-jurisdiction cross-border transactions, including matters for Clarivate, Ocado and Reckitt. He has advised on numerous combinations in the consumer products and retail field, including for clients Dufry, Ferrero, Hudson, Natura and VF.

Daniel also represents special committees and provides defensive and corporate governance advice.

Experience highlights

  • Clarivate’s:
    • $6.8 billion combination with CPA Global
    • $5.3 billion acquisition of ProQuest
    • $950 million acquisition of Decision Resources Group
  • Natura’s:
    • $2.525 billion sale of Aesop to L’Oréal
    • $1.9 billion acquisition of Avon Products
  • GSK’s:
    • $3.3 billion acquisition of Affinivax
    • divestitures of Thermacare’s worldwide and U.S. businesses
  • Dufry’s:
    • $6 billion combination with Autogrill
    • going-private acquisition of Hudson
  • Campbell’s $2.7 billion acquisition of Sovos Brands
  • Chase Corp.’s $1.3 billion acquisition by KKR
  • VF’s:
    • $2.1 billion acquisition of Supreme
    • spinoff of its Jeans business
    • sale of the Reef brand to Rockport
  • Ferrero and its affiliates’:
    • $2.8 billion acquisition of Nestlé’s U.S. confectionery business
    • $1.3 billion acquisition of Kellogg’s cookie, fruit and fruit-flavored snack, ice cream cone and pie crust businesses
    • acquisition of Wells Enterprises, maker of Blue Bunny, Blue Ribbon Classics, Bomb Pop and Halo Top ice cream
    • acquisitions of Ferrara Candy, Kelsen Group, Eat Natural and Jelly Belly
  • Lydall’s $1.3 billion acquisition by Unifrax
  • Stone’s $1.4 billion combination with Linx
  • Alpha Capital Acquisition’s, a SPAC, $1 billion combination with Semantix
  • Ocado’s:
    • $262 million acquisition of Kindred Systems
    • acquisitions of Haddington Dynamics and 6 River Systems
  • Reckitt’s:
    • acquisition of Biofreeze
    • $17.9 billion acquisition of Mead Johnson Nutrition
    • $4.2 billion sale of its food division to McCormick
  • Hudson Group’s acquisition of assets related to the operation of Brookstone stores in U.S. airports
  • Shire’s:
    • £46 billion acquisition by Takeda
    • $54.8 billion proposed acquisition by AbbVie
    • $5.2 billion acquisition of NPS Pharmaceuticals
  • Digicel’s:
    • $3.8 billion cross-border consensual restructuring
    • $1.9 billion sale of Digicel Pacific
    • joint venture in Myanmar and subsequent sale of its controlling stake to Axiata Group
  • TiGenix’s $624 million acquisition by Takeda
  • Petrobras’ $892 million sale of its stake in Petrobras Argentina to Pampa Energia
  • Fibria Celulose’s $14.4 billion acquisition by Suzano Papel e Celuose
  • Freeport-McMoRan’s:
    • $1 billion sale of a 13% stake in its Morenci mine JV to Sumitomo Metal Mining
    • $262.5 million sale of a stake in its Timok mine project to Lundin Mining
  • PartnerRe’s initial $11 billion merger with Axis and subsequent acquisition by EXOR for $6.9 billion
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Chambers USA – Corporate/M&A, New York, Up and Coming

The Deal Awards“Consumer, Retail, Food & Beverage Dealmaker of the Year (Large Cap),” 2021

Law360 – “Rising Star: Mergers & Acquisitions,” 2019

Euromoney Legal Media Group – Americas Rising Star Awards, “Deal of the Year,” 2019

New York Law Journal – “Diversity Initiative” honoree, 2022


M.A., Law, University of Cambridge
  • Magdalene College

Professional history

  • Davis Polk since 2012
  • Slaughter and May, 2006-2012

Qualifications and admissions

  • England and Wales
  • State of New York
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