Profile submitted by Steven A Rosenblum
Practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, takeover defense, corporate governance, shareholder and hedge fund activism, proxy fights, joint ventures and securities law. His recent significant representations include: Verizon in its pending acquisition of Yahoo’s core businesses; Michael Dell in Mr. Dell’s and Silver Lake’s buyout of Dell, Inc. (for which Mr. Rosenblum was named Dealmaker of the Year by The American Lawyer) and in Dell’s acquisition of EMC; Visa in its acquisition of Visa Europe; Target in the sale of its pharmacy business to CVS; Smucker’s in its acquisition of Big Heart Pet Brands; Energizer in the spinoff of its household products business; Verizon in its acquisition of Vodafone’s 45% interest in Verizon Wireless; tw telecom in its sale to Level 3 Communications; Cracker Barrel in its four consecutive proxy fight victories over Biglari Holdings; PPG Industries in the spinoff and sale of its specialty chemicals business to Georgia Gulf, and in the sale of its joint venture interest in Transitions Optical to Essilor; the board of General Motors in the repurchase of its common stock from the United States Treasury; Ralcorp in its takeover defense and subsequent sale to ConAgra; and Duke Energy in its merger with Progress Energy. Mr. Rosenblum’s prior significant representations include: Smurfit-Stone in its acquisition by Rock-Tenn; the board of ITT in its spinoffs of Exelis and Xylem; Morgan Stanley in its acquisition of Smith Barney, as well as in its investment from Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group; Target in its proxy fight victory over Pershing Square; General Mills in its acquisitions of Pillsbury and Chex, its sale of Haagen-Dazs to Nestle, and its sale of SVE to Pepsi; Ameriprise Financial in its acquisition of H&R Block Financial Advisors; Ceridian in its proxy fight with Pershing Square and subsequent going private transaction; ALLTEL in its sale to Verizon; Respironics in its sale to Royal Philips Electronics; and Nextel Partners in its sale to Sprint Nextel. He has also previously represented AT&T in a number of transactions, including the acquisitions of McCaw Cellular, Teleport, TCI and Media One, the IPOs and spinoffs of Lucent and AT&T Wireless, and the sales of AT&T Broadband to Comcast and AT&T to SBC, as well as representing AT&T Wireless in its investment from NTT DoCoMo and its sale to Cingular.
He is a member of the American Law Institute, the ABA Committee on Corporate Laws, and the Board of Advisors of the Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law.
Partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz since 1989 and co-chair of the firm’s Corporate Department. Prior to joining the firm, he was a law clerk to the Honorable Joseph L. Tauro, United States District Court Judge for the District of Massachusetts. He has been recognized by Lawdragon as one of the 500 leading lawyers in America. He was named a 2015 BTI Client Service All-Star by the BTI Consulting Group for his level of dedication and commitment to exceptional client service.
He writes and participates in panels and programs on a number of topics, including mergers and acquisitions, shareholder and hedge fund activism, corporate governance, corporate disclosure and proxy reform.
He received his JD from Yale Law School in 1982 and his BA from Harvard College magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1978. He has served as co-chair of the Annual Federal Securities Institute in Miami since 2005.