NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Schulte Roth & Zabel (SRZ) announces that Claudia K. Simon has joined the firm's New York office as a partner in the M&A and Securities Group. She comes to SRZ from Paul Hastings, where she handled high-stakes M&A and private equity transactions for over 13 years.
Ms. Simon focuses on advising strategic and private equity clients on negotiated and hostile mergers and acquisitions, including going-private transactions, tender offers, exchange offers, stock acquisitions, asset acquisitions, joint ventures and auction transactions. She has extensive experience in transactions involving public company targets. In addition to her work in the acquisitions arena, Ms. Simon advises clients on takeover defenses and corporate governance matters.
"We are very pleased to have Claudia join the firm. She has a well-deserved reputation for providing sophisticated legal advice on complex private equity and M&A transactions. Her capabilities enhance our strategic offerings and will help us grow our practice," commented Stuart D. Freedman, co-chair of the M&A and Securities Group. "Claudia is a terrific addition to our group. She brings significant experience across a wide range of industries and she has a stellar reputation as a key dealmaker. We expect her to make great contributions to our robust M&A practice," added Richard A. Presutti, co-chair of the M&A and Securities Group.
SRZ's M&A and Securities Group regularly tackles some of the most complicated deals for leading private equity funds. The firm's M&A transactions have been consistently recognized as "Deals of the Year" by industry publications and lawyers in the Group have been named "Dealmakers of the Year" by The American Lawyer.
"We are delighted to welcome Claudia to the firm. She is a highly skilled corporate lawyer and her arrival further strengthens our depth of practice," said Alan S. Waldenberg, chair of SRZ's Executive Committee.
"I look forward to joining Schulte's leading M&A and shareholder activism practices, and working alongside these highly regarded lawyers," commented Ms. Simon. "Schulte's history of providing clients with the most innovative and effective counsel, in a culture that prizes teamwork and collaboration, makes it a great fit for my practice." A recognized thought leader, Ms. Simon chairs the ABA's Strategic Buyer/Public Target Deal Points Study, which is commonly used to inform "what's market" in acquisitions of public companies.
Recent high-profile M&A matters handled by SRZ include:
- The $9.2-billion acquisition of Safeway, the second largest traditional supermarket in the United States;
- Marlin Equity Partners' acquisition of the Teradata Marketing Applications business;
- Cerberus Capital Management's acquisition of ABC Group, one of the world's leading automotive suppliers of thermoplastic components and systems;
- Keane Group's acquisition of the majority of Canada-based Trican Well Service's U.S. assets; and
- Veritas Capital Management's sale of Truven Health Analytics to IBM Watson Health for $2.6 billion.
About Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
Schulte Roth & Zabel (www.srz.com) is a full-service law firm with offices in New York, Washington, D.C. and London. As one of the leading law firms serving the financial services industry, the firm regularly advises clients on corporate and transactional matters, as well as providing counsel on regulatory, compliance, enforcement and investigative issues. The firm's practices include: bank regulatory; bankruptcy & creditors' rights litigation; business reorganization; complex commercial litigation; cybersecurity; distressed debt & claims trading; distressed investing; education law; employment & employee benefits; energy; environmental; finance; financial institutions; hedge funds; individual client services; insurance; intellectual property, sourcing & technology; investment management; litigation; mergers & acquisitions; PIPEs; private equity; real estate; real estate capital markets & REITs; real estate litigation; regulated funds; regulatory & compliance; securities & capital markets; securities enforcement; securities litigation; securitization; shareholder activism; structured finance & derivatives; tax; and white collar defense & government investigations.