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Louis L. Goldberg


Louis L. Goldberg

Mergers & Acquisitions
New York

Co-chair of Mergers & Acquisitions. Advises companies around the globe on their most significant public and private M&A transactions and board-level matters.

Louis is co-chair of our Mergers & Acquisitions group. He advises companies around the globe on their most significant public and private M&A transactions and board-level matters. His practice also encompasses a full spectrum of corporate, strategic, defensive and crisis assignments.

In 2021, Louis was named among the lawyers advising on the largest deals in the United States by Business Insider.

His clients include Amdocs, BlueVoyant, Bread Financial, Citigroup, Delta Airlines, ExxonMobil, Heineken, IHS Markit, International Flavors and Fragrances, Morgan Stanley, Ocado, Pandora, Sallie Mae, State Street, Syngenta, VATiT, Venture Global and Williams.

Experience highlights

Public Company M&A
  • IHS Markit on its $44 billion merger with S&P Global
  • Williams on its $10.5 billion acquisition of Williams Partners L.P.
  • Syngenta in its $43 billion acquisition by ChemChina in the largest transaction by a Chinese company outside China
  • Exxon in its acquisitions of Mobil and XTO Energy
  • Lenders to Elon Musk on the $25.5 billion Twitter acquisition financing
  • Dean Foods on its sale out of bankruptcy
  • Bread Financial on the spinoff of Loyalty Ventures
  • Markit on its $13 billion merger of equals with IHS
  • CVS in its contested acquisitions of Caremark and Longs Drugs
  • J.P. Morgan in its merger with Chase Manhattan Bank
Defense, Activist, Crisis and Governance Roles
  • ExxonMobil in its defense against a 2021 activist campaign
  • IFF in its defense against activist campaigns by Icahn Capital and Sachem Head
  • GeoPark in its defense against an activist campaign by Gerald O’Shaughnessy
  • Amdocs in its defense against a short-selling campaign by Spruce Capital
  • Syngenta in its successful defense against an unsolicited bid by Monsanto
  • Governance clients include ExxonMobil, Williams Companies, Bread Financial
  • Citigroup in a series of financial crisis era transactions, including its $306 billion loss protection guarantee program with the U.S. government and $52 billion capital realignment and its exit from its TARP U.S. government financial assistance
  • The U.S. national residential mortgage registration system (MERS) in its restructuring under consent decree imposed by the U.S. financial regulators
Private M&A
  • State Street in its $3.5 billion agreement to acquire Brown Brothers Harriman Investor Services
  • First Eagle Investments acquisition of Napier Park Global Capital
  • Sallie Mae on its acquisition of Nitro College from Epic Research
  • BlueVoyant in its formation and equity financings
  • Delta Airlines in a carve-out of its SkyMiles business in connection with a financing by the SkyMiles business
  • Spirit Air in a carve-out of its loyalty business in connection with a financing transaction
  • Williams Companies in its buyout of Caiman Energy II and its $1.125 billion combined sale of assets and equity comprising Williams Partners L.P.’s Four Corners Area business to Harvest Midstream Company
  • Ocado PLC in its acquisition of US robotics companies Kindred, Haddington and 6 River Systems
  • Orogen in its investments in Virtusa, EXL, Fair Square Financial and Westcor Title Insurance
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Chambers Global – Corporate M&A (International and Cross-Border), USA

Chambers USA – Corporate/M&A, New York

IFLR1000 – M&A, United States, Highly regarded

LL.M., University of Cambridge
  • first-class honours
LL.B., University of Cape Town, Faculty of Law
  • magna cum laude
Professional history
  • Partner, 1997-present
  • Davis Polk since 1989
Qualifications and admissions
  • State of New York
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