Aly El Hamamsy

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  • Corporate
    University McGill University, B.E.E., 1997
    Law SchoolColumbia Law School, J.D., 2000
    Admitted2002, New York

    Aly El Hamamsy advises on public and private takeovers, private equity transactions, corporate governance and general securities and corporate law. His transactional practice encompasses both domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. Prior to joining Cadwalader, he was with the NBA (National Basketball Association) for two and a half years as the Managing Director for the Middle East region. In this newly-created position, he was charged with leading the NBA's different businesses (content, merchandising, licensing, sponsorship & advertising, brand extensions) in the Middle East region, out of the NBA's London offices. El Hamamsy developed and executed a successful business plan for the region that almost doubled overall revenues, negotiated the largest TV deals in the NBA's history in the region, increased sponsorship & advertising revenues by over 100%, increased digital content revenues by over 150%, and led the development of the first-ever for profit NBA-branded basketball academy overseas.

    Prior to joining the NBA in 2009, El Hamamsy was a corporate lawyer for 8 years at Davis Polk & Wardwell, mostly in the M&A group in New York, with a two-year stint in the Paris office. His legal practice included public M&A, private M&A, proxy contests, private equity, hedge-fund work, restructurings, credit work, and derivatives work. He advised a wide variety of clients during his time at Davis Polk, including Citigroup, Banco Santander, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, E*TRADE Financial Corp., Sallie Mae, Emerson Electric Co., TPG-Axon Capital Management, Mercantile Bankshares Corporation, VF Corporation, Greenhill & Co., Bonnier Magazine Group AB, DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, H.J. Heinz Company, NTL Incorporated, the French Treasury, Oracle Corporation, LVMH, Decrane Aircraft Holdings, and JPMorgan Chase.

    Aly received his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2000, where he was a James Kent scholar and a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar, and his Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) from McGill University in 1997, where he graduated on the Dean's Honor List. He is fluent in French and Arabic, and conversant in Italian.


    •Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board in its $12 billion acquisition of Antares Capital, a part of the General Electric financial services arm GE Capital.
    •JP Morgan Chase as financial advisor in connection with Pfizer's $17 billion acquisition of Hospira, Inc.
    •Centerview Partners as financial advisor to the $3 billion sale of TE Connectivity Ltd. to CommScope Holding Company, Inc.
    •Centerview Partners as financial advisor to Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in its $3.54 billion sale to Otsuka Holdings Co. Ltd.
    •Salix Pharmaceuticals' $2.5 billion proposed inversion combination with Cosmo Technologies, a subsidiary of Cosmo Pharmaceuticals.
    •Barclays in its sale of US power and natural gas commodities trading assets to Citigroup Energy.
    •Mercuria Energy Group Limited's acquisition of JPMorgan's physical energy and commodities business.
    •Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. in its $15.6 billion acquisition by Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.
    •Exelon Corporation's acquisition of Integrys Energy Services, a retail electricity and natural gas company.
    •Cigna Corporation in a variety of transactional matters, including the public offering of $900 million of 3.250% Senior Notes due 2025, its acquisition of QualCare Alliance Networks, a $1.5 billion Revolving Credit and Letter of Credit and Cigna's creation of an alliance with SCAN Health Plan to provide Medicare Advantage health plan benefits to employer clients in California.
    •BNP Paribas, as global coordinator, sole underwriter and administrative agent, in connection with a $3.5 billion committed senior secured working capital credit facility and a $250 million committed unsecured revolving credit facility to Castleton Commodities, LLC, a global commodities merchant, in connection with Castleton's acquisition of Morgan Stanley's Global Oil Merchanting business.
    •Exelon Corporation's acquisition of ETC ProLiance Energy, a natural gas marketing company.
    •Citigroup's sale of a majority stake in retail broker Smith Barney to Morgan Stanley.
    •Banco Santander's $1.9 billion acquisition of Sovereign Bancorp.
    •AIG's sale of AIG Private Bank to Aabar Investments.
    •AIG's unwinding of its Brazilian joint ventures with Unibanco.

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    Cadwalader Represents BNP Paribas in Connection with Castleton's Acquisition of Morgan Stanley's Global Oil Merchanting Business Nov 09, 2015

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