Daniel E. Wolf, P.C. - Partner

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Daniel E. Wolf, P.C.

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New York
Phone: +1 212-446-4884
Fax: +1 212-446-4900
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Professional Profile

Daniel Wolf’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions where he represents public and private companies, as well as private equity firms, in a variety of domestic and international transactions. His transactional experience spans the range of M&A activity including many significant cross-border and contested transactions. He also counsels public company clients on governance, finance, securities and other general corporate matters.

Daniel was recognized as one of the “Top 50: America's M&A Star Dealmakers 2013” by the Global M&A Network. In 2014, he was listed in The International Who’s Who of Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyers. In 2012, he was named an “M&A MVP” in Law360’s “MVPs of the Year” for his work on some of the year’s most high-profile and complex deals. In the last four consecutive years, Chambers and Partners listed Daniel as a top M&A attorney in Chambers USA, while Law360 named him one of its five “Rising Stars” in M&A under the age of 40. In 2008, Investment Dealers’ Digest named Daniel to its ‘40 Under 40’ list and in 2007 The New York Times recognized him as one of the “next generation of deal makers” under the age of 40. Daniel is also listed as a New York Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine in 2013 and 2014 and endorsed by PLC’s Mergers and Acquisitions multi-jurisdictional guide.


Representative Matters

Public Company Representations

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb in its $4.3 billion sale to AstraZeneca of its interest in the companies’ diabetes alliance, $7 billion acquisition of Amylin Pharmaceuticals and joint collaboration with AstraZeneca, $2.5 billion acquisition of Inhibitex and $885 million acquisition of ZymoGenetics

  • Cendant Corporation (now Avis Budget Group) in its separation into four companies through the spin-offs of its Realogy and Wyndham Worldwide divisions and the $4.3 billion sale of its Travelport division to the Blackstone Group*

  • Advance Auto Parts in its $2 billion acquisition of General Parts International

  • AboveNet Communications in its $1.6 billion merger with Metromedia Fiber Network*

  • Danaher Corporation in the $650 million acquisition of MDS Analytical Technologies from MDS and in the related $450 million acquisition of a 50% stake in the Applied Biosystems/MDS SCIEX joint venture from Life Technologies Corporation

  • Syncor International Corporation in its $1 billion acquisition by Cardinal Health*

  • Duff & Phelps Corporation in its $665 million acquisition by a private equity consortium led by The Carlyle Group

  • Avis Budget Group in its $500 million acquisition of Zipcar

  • Knight Capital Group in numerous acquisitions and dispositions in its global markets and asset management divisions

Cross-Border Transactions

  • BHP Billiton in its approximately $150 billion withdrawn acquisition of Rio Tinto*

  • ABB Ltd, the Swiss conglomerate, in its $4.2 billion acquisition of Baldor Electric Company and $3.9 billion acquisition of Thomas & Betts Corporation

  • Tronox Incorporated in its $3.4 billion acquisition of the South African and Australian mineral sands business of Exxaro Resources Ltd. of South Africa

  • ECI Telecom Ltd. in its $1.2 billion buyout by a private equity consortium in the first significant private equity buyout of an Israeli public company*

  • Avis Budget Group in its $1 billion acquisition of Avis Europe plc

  • Given Imaging Ltd. of Israel in its $1 billion sale to Covidien plc

  • Danaher Corporation in its $685 million sale of its Pacific Scientific Aerospace business to Meggitt PLC

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb in its collaboration arrangement with Reckitt Benckiser for distribution and future acquisition of several of BMS’ over-the-counter medicines sold primarily in Brazil and Mexico

Contested Transactions

  • Blackstone Group in its approximately $26 billion acquisition proposal for Dell

  • American General Corporation in its $25 billion merger-of-equals transaction with Prudential plc and subsequent hostile takeover by American International Group (AIG)*

  • Avis Budget Group in its unsolicited $1.5 billion offer to acquire Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group

  • Prestige Brands in connection with Genomma Lab’s unsolicited $834 million acquisition proposal and potential proxy contest

Private Equity Sponsor Transactions

  • Vista Equity Partners in its $1.0 billion acquisition of Websense, $644 million acquisition of Greenway Medical Technologies and $178 million acquisition of XRS

  • Blackstone Group in its acquisition, along with Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking, of Ipreo from KKR

  • Och-Ziff Real Estate and Norge Churchill in the approximately $800 million announced leveraged buyout of Winston Hotels, Inc., a public hotel REIT*

  • Golden Gate Capital in its $470 million acquisition of California Pizza Kitchen

  • Leonard Green & Partners in its leveraged buyout of Twinlab Corporation and subsequent high-yield debt, and initial and secondary equity public offerings*

  • Fox Paine & Company, a leading private equity firm, and many of its portfolio companies in numerous M&A and finance transactions*

Private Company Transactions

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb in its up to $475 million (including milestones) acquisition of F-star Alpha Ltd. and $725 million (including milestone payments) acquisition of iPierian, a privately-held biotech company

  • Blackstone Group in its equity investment, along with GIC, of $750 million in Kronos

  • Gerson Lehrman Group in the investment by Silver Lake of approximately $200 million*

  • Dresdner Bank in its acquisition of the investment banking business of Wasserstein Perella Group, Inc.*


Publications

Daniel is a leading contributing author of the Kirkland M&A Update. Daniel’s thought leadership has been recognized by various academic and business publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, The New York Times’ Deal Professor, Investment Dealers’ Digest, Deal Lawyers, Practical Law Company (PLC) and Law360.

Seminars

Panelist, "Winning Strategies in M&A Auctions," 9th Annual Mergers & Acquisitions Institute: The State of the Art in Private Company Acquisitions, University of Texas School of Law, October 17, 2013

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