Sarkis Jebejian, P.C. - Partner

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New York
Phone: +1 212-446-5944
Fax: +1 212-446-4900
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Professional Profile

Sarkis Jebejian is a corporate partner in Kirkland’s New York office and focuses his practice primarily on mergers and acquisitions, both domestic and cross‑border. He also provides governance and other general corporate counseling to clients and their boards of directors, including in response to shareholder activism. He has advised clients including Accenture, BAE Systems, Bain Capital, Corning, Infineon, Northrop Grumman, NextEra Energy and the independent directors of General Motors. Sarkis also regularly represents financial advisors in M&A transactions, including Lazard, Moelis & Company and Morgan Stanley.

Sarkis has been repeatedly recognized as one of the country's leading practitioners in mergers and acquisitions. From 2013 to 2016, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business recognized him as among the best lawyers in the country for Corporate/M&A, and in 2013, Law360 selected him as an MVP of the Year for M&A. He was also in The International Who’s Who of Merger & Acquisition Lawyers in 2012, and selected as one of the 2012 BTI Client Service All-Stars by Corporate Counsel. BTI lauded him for his exceptional understanding of his clients’ legal and business objectives, including recognizing client goals and providing innovative solutions tailored to meet each client’s specific needs. The Lawyer selected Sarkis as a “Star Partner” in its “Transatlantic Elite 2011” feature for his work in the energy industry. He was also recognized in the 2009–2010 and 2013–2015 editions of The Legal 500 U.S.

Representative Matters

  • Talen Energy in its $5.2 billion sale to Riverstone Holdings

  • Nexstar Broadcasting Group in connection with its $4.6 billion acquisition of Media General, ending a six-month public takeover battle during which Nexstar jumped Media General’s previously announced transaction with Meredith Corp.

  • Corning in connection with the unwinding of its 73-year-old Dow Corning joint venture with Dow Chemical in exchange for 100% of a newly formed corporation that will hold a 40% stake in Hemlock Semiconductor Group and approximately $4.8 billion in cash

  • SunEdison Inc. in connection with its negotiation and agreement with activist investor Greenlight Capital regarding various corporate governance initiatives

  • IGATE Corporation in its $4 billion sale to Capgemini

  • Infineon Technologies AG in its $3 billion acquisition of International Rectifier Corporation

  • Beechcraft in its $1.4 billion sale to Textron Inc.

  • Bain Capital and Golden Gate Capital in their $6.9 billion acquisition of BMC Software

  • Golden Gate Capital and Eddie Bauer in the proposed $825 million sale of Eddie Bauer to Jos A. Bank, during the hostile bid by Men's Wearhouse

  • Golden Gate Capital in its $2.1 billion acquisition of Red Lobster

  • Vista Equity Partners:

    • $4.3 billion acquisition of TIBCO Software

    • $1.8 billion acquisition of Marketo

    • $1.1 billion acquisition of The Active Network

  • Accenture:

    • $830.0 million carve-out sale of Navitaire

    • $375.0 million acquisition of Procurian Inc.

    • $317.0 million acquisition of Acquity Group

    • acquisition of Cloud Sherpas

    • joint venture with Apax Partners relating to the carve out of Accenture’s Duck Creek Technologies

  • Morgan Stanley as financial advisor to Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in its $2.6 billion sale to Endo International plc

  • Lazard as financial advisor to Reynolds American in its $27.4 billion acquisition of Lorillard

  • Moelis & Co. as financial advisor in:

    • Sucampo Pharmaceutical’s $278.0 million acquisition of R-Tech Ueno

    • Columbus McKinnon Corp.’s $189.0 million acquisition of Magnetek

  • Flagstone Reinsurance in its $623.0 million sale to Validus Holdings*

  • Genpact:

    • joint venture with Markit Group Ltd. to launch Markit|Genpact KYC (“Know Your Customer”)

    • $1.0 billion investment by Bain Capital*

    • $550.0 million acquisition of Headstrong*

  • BAE Systems:*

    • $4.2 billion acquisition of United Defense Industries

    • $4.1 billion acquisition of Armor Holdings

    • $114.0 million sale of Safariland

  • KKR Private Equity Investors in its combination transaction with KKR & Co. L.P., which achieved the public listing of KKR’s private equity business*

  • The independent directors of General Motors in connection with the conversion of GMAC into a bank holding company and the related restructuring of GM’s investment in GMAC*

  • The independent directors of Merrill Lynch in its $50.0 billion sale to Bank of America*

  • Grupo Modelo in its unsolicited bid for Anheuser‑Busch by InBev*

  • The board of directors of National City Corp. in its $5.6 billion sale to PNC Financial*

  • United Airlines in connection with its consideration of various strategic transactions*

  • State Street Bank in its $4.5 billion acquisition of Investors Financial Services*

  • Steven Spielberg in connection with the formation of the new DreamWorks film studio in partnership with Reliance*

  • Bacardi in its $2.0 billion acquisition of Grey Goose Vodka*

  • Kos Pharmaceuticals in its $3.7 billion sale to Abbott Laboratories*

  • The London Stock Exchange in its £2.7 billion proposed sale to NASDAQ*

  • Florida Power & Light in its $12.5 billion proposed merger with Constellation Energy*

* Prior to joining Kirkland

Memberships & Affiliations

Member, Board of Advisors, Institute for Law and Economics, University of Pennsylvania Law School

New York City Bar Association


Panelist, “Insights from Practice: The “Institutionalization” of Activism and the Impact on M&A and Board/Shareholder Dynamics,” The Institute of Law and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA, February 2016

Co-Chair, “Hot Topics in Mergers & Acquisitions 2015,” Practising Law Institute, New York, NY, October 2015 and Chicago, IL, September 2015

Panelist, “Drafting and Negotiating Corporate Agreements 2015,” Practising Law Institute, New York, NY, January 2015

Prior Experience

Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

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