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Shanu Bajaj


Advises U.S. and international clients on a broad range of public and private M&A matters. Named a 2024 American Lawyer “Dealmaker of the Year.”

Shanu advises U.S. and international clients on a broad range of public and private M&A matters, corporate governance and shareholder activism. Her experience includes investments, joint ventures, carve-outs, spinoffs and other significant transactions. She also represents private equity firms on a full range of transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions of investments, leveraged buyouts and minority investments.

In 2024, the American Lawyer named Shanu a “Dealmaker of the Year” for her work advising ExxonMobil on its $59.5 billion acquisition of Pioneer Natural Resources. She was named a 2023 “Top Female M&A Lawyer in North America” by MergerLinks. Earlier, she was recognized as a “Rising Star” at the 2023 IFLR Americas Awards.


Experience highlights

  • ExxonMobil’s:
    • $59.5 billion acquisition of Pioneer Natural Resources
    • $4.9 billion acquisition of Denbury
  • UBS’s acquisition of Credit Suisse
  • IHS Markit’s:
    • $44 billion merger with S&P Global
    • sale of OPIS business to News Corp
    • sale of Base Chemicals business to News Corp
  • Gilead Sciences’ $21 billion acquisition of Immunomedics
  • Novo Nordisk’s $11 billion acquisition of certain Catalent sites from Novo Holdings
  • Brookfield on the:
    • Evergreen- and Brookfield-led consortium $16 billion acquisition of Nielsen
    • $3.4 billion acquisition of DexKo Global
  • Rentokil Initial’s $6.7 billion acquisition of Terminix Global Holdings
  • Emerson’s acquisition of control of Aspen Technology in $11 billion transaction
  • Bertelsmann’s:
    • $2.175 billion acquisition of Simon & Schuster
    • Series of transactions pursuant to which Bertelsmann acquired 100% ownership of Penguin Random House from its JV partner Pearson plc
  • Mobile Mini’s $6.6 billion merger of equals with Willscot
  • Hexion Holdings’ acquisition by American Securities
  • Ferrara Candy’s acquisition of Jelly Belly Candy
  • Sun Pharmaceutical’s acquisition of Concert Pharmaceuticals
  • TPG Capital’s acquisition of Thycotic
  • Charles River’s acquisition of HemaCare
  • Taboola’s $800 million acquisition of Connexity
  • Williams’:
    • $1.95 billion acquisition of natural gas storage assets from Hartree
    • $423 million acquisition of NorTex Midstream Holdings
  • Fogo de Chao’s sale to Rhone
  • PharMerica’s sale to KKR and Walgreens
  • Founders of Schmidt’s Naturals on its sale to Unilever
  • Lightyear Capital’s sale of RidgeWorth Investments
  • Metalmark Capital’s sale of WorldStrides   
  • XTO Energy’s:
    • cash tender offer for Hugoton Royalty Trust
    • acquisition of royalty interest from Hugoton Royalty Trust
  • California Resources’ emergence from chapter 11 bankruptcy
  • Tenrgys’ emergence from chapter 11 bankruptcy
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American Lawyer – “Dealmaker of the Year,” 2024

MergerLinks – “Top Female M&A Lawyers in North America,” 2023

IFLR Americas Awards – “Rising Star,” 2023

IFLR1000 – M&A, United States, Rising Star Partner

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity – Fellow, 2023

J.D., Columbia Law School
  • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • Business Editor, Columbia Journal of Asian Law
B.A., Economics, Fordham University
  • summa cum laude
  • Dean's List
Professional history
  • Davis Polk since 2015
Qualifications and admissions
  • State of New York
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