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Harold Birnbaum

Member of Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity practices. Advises on a full range of public and private transactions in the United States and around the globe.

Harold is a member of our Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity practices. He advises U.S. and international corporate and private equity clients on a full range of public and private transactions, both domestic and cross-border. His experience includes mergers, acquisitions, investments, joint ventures, collaborations, spinoffs, restructurings, special committee representations and defensive and corporate governance advice.

Experience highlights

  • Aetna on numerous transactions, including its $77 billion acquisition by CVS Health, its related divestiture transaction with WellCare and its terminated $37 billion acquisition of Humana
  • Masco on its $1 billion sale of Masco Cabinetry and $725 million sale of Milgard Manufacturing Inc.
  • Dean Foods on its $433 million acquisition by Dairy Farmers of America of most of its business and the acquisition of the remainder of its business by various other buyers
  • Smith & Nephew on the formation of Bioventus, a joint venture with Essex Woodlands Healthcare Partners and related transactions
  • Advanced Drainage Systems on its $1.1 billion acquisition of Infiltrator Water Technologies and other transactions
  • Ankura Consulting Group on numerous transactions, including on its acquisitions of Water Street Partners and c3/consulting
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers on numerous transactions, including the formation of its Global Enterprise Tax Solutions Group comprised of the former GE Tax Group and its acquisition of Booz & Company
  • A.P. Moller – Maersk on forming a broad strategic relationship with IBM to provide more efficient and secure methods for conducting global trade using blockchain technology
  • Reckitt Benckiser on its $17.9 billion acquisition of Mead Johnson Nutrition
  • Emerson on its acquisition of General Electric’s Intelligent Platforms Business
  • Brookfield Business Partners on its $13.2 billion acquisition of the Power Solutions business of Johnson Controls International
  • Goldman Sachs’ Merchant Banking Division on numerous transactions, including:
    • Sale by GS MBD and Vestar Capital of Hearthside Food Solutions
    • $2.2 billion preferred financing by GS MBD and its consortium partners of Bass Pro Shops’ acquisition of Cabela’s
  • Bridgepoint on numerous transactions, including acquisitions of Sun World International and Safety Technology Holding
  • Atairos on numerous transactions, including its investment in Arcis Golf, the combination of Learfield and the IMG College business and Atairos’ investments in Bowlero and Groupon
  • Tailwind Capital on numerous transactions, including its acquisition of Ventiv Technology
  • Lightyear Capital on numerous transactions, including its sales of Therapy Brands, RidgeWorth Investments and Clarion Partners
  • Crestview Partners on numerous transactions, including its sale of Symbion, its sale of Munder Capital and its acquisition of Victory Capital
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Getting the Deal Through: Private M&A 2020
J.D., Harvard Law School
  • magna cum laude
B.A., Russian Literature, Harvard University
  • summa cum laude
Professional history
  • Partner, 2016-present
  • Associate, 2008-2016
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