Practice Areas & Industries: Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP


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The team is "exceptional in its proactiveness, commercial skills and general ability to get down and do deals" - Chambers USA

Cadwalader's Corporate Department is comprised of teams of lawyers with wide ranging expertise in all forms of complex corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and securities, private equity, and all forms of debt and equity finance, as well as in related disciplines critical to successfully consummating such transactions. Our clients are a veritable "who's who" of corporations and financial institutions, including: domestic and international public and private companies ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to mature multinational corporations operating in virtually every industry and service sector; and significant financial institutions, including commercial and investment banks, brokerage houses, insurance companies, pension funds and venture capital funds.

The firm is widely respected for our ability to structure and coordinate all aspects of complex deals and to collaborate closely with colleagues in legal areas such as antitrust, environmental, employee benefits, insolvency, litigation, real estate and tax. In addition, we are proficient at coordinating and guiding other professionals, such as accounting, actuarial, and investment banking firms, to complete transactions in the most efficient, effective manner.


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Bear Stearns & Co., Quaker Oats Company, Pfizer Inc., Merrill Lynch, CBS, U S WEST (now part of Qwest Communications International), General Electric, General Motors, MediaOne Group (now part of AT&T), Toys "R" Us, U.S. Industries, J. C. Penney, Park Place Entertainment

Articles Authored by Lawyers at this office:

New York State Court Extends Common Interest Privilege to Merger Talks
Gregory A. Markel,William P. Mills,Brittany Schulman,Martin L. Seidel, December 17, 2014
In a December 4, 2014 decision, the New York Appellate Court, First Department, held that documents and discussions related to negotiation of a merger could be protected by the common interest privilege. The ruling represents a change in New York law which, unlike Delaware, previously limited the...

No Control, No Conflict, No Problem
Joshua Apfelroth,Gregory A. Markel,William P. Mills,Martin L. Seidel, November 15, 2014
On October 24th, the Delaware Chancery Court dismissed a lawsuit challenging the merger of Crimson Exploration and Contango Oil & Gas. Minority Crimson stockholders alleged that Oaktree Capital Management, Crimson’s largest stockholder with a 33.7% stake, controlled Crimson and caused it...

Hainan Airlines Delivers a First in Offshore RMB Financing Amidst Record Dim Sum Bond Market Performance
Eugene Yujie Gu,David E. Neuville,Nancy Yang, October 22, 2014
The international market for offshore (ex-mainland China) offerings of debt securities denominated in Renminbi yuan, the currency of the People’s Republic of China, has had a record first half of 2014, with RMB130 billion (approximately US$21.1 billion, at an exchange rate of US$1.00 =...

M&A Update: Chancery Court Orders Financial Advisor to Pay Millions in Damages For Aiding and Abetting Breach of Fiduciary Duty
Gregory A. Markel,William P. Mills,Martin L. Seidel, October 22, 2014
On October 10, 2014, Vice Chancellor Travis Laster ruled that RBC Capital was liable to the former stockholders of Rural/Metro Corporation for $75.8 million - representing 83% of the total damages - for aiding and abetting breaches of the duty of care by Rural/Metro’s board in connection with...

Skandia: Intra-Company Supplies Treated as Taxable Transactions for VAT Purposes by the Court of Justice of the European Union
Adam Blakemore,Catherine Richardson, October 22, 2014
On 17 September 2104, the Court of Justice of the European Union (the “CJEU”) gave its preliminary ruling in the case of Skandia America Corporation USA, Sweden Branch v Skatterverket (C-7/13) (“Skandia”). The decision of the CJEU has been awaited with interest throughout...

M&A Update: Treasury Announces New Anti-Inversion Rules
, September 25, 2014
On September 22, 2014, the Treasury Department announced its intent to issue new regulations that will reduce the tax benefits available after an inversion and may make it more difficult for some U.S. companies to invert (the “Notice”). The Notice does not require congressional action...

At Long Last - SEC Adopts Final Regulation AB II
Cheryl D. Barnes,Joseph W. Beach,Bruce C. Bloomingdale,David Burkholder,Michael S. Gambro, September 08, 2014
On August 27, 2014 the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) approved final rules relating to asset-backed securities (“ABS”) disclosure and registration (the “Final Rules”). The Final Rules are contained in a final release, which was published on...

SEC Adopts Regulation AB II
Cheryl D. Barnes,Joseph W. Beach,David Burkholder,Michael S. Gambro,Anna H. Glick, September 02, 2014
Yesterday morning the Securities and Exchange Commission in an open meeting voted to adopt long-awaited final rules (the "Final Rules") implementing a series of changes to the registration and offering process for asset-backed securities (“ABS”) and expanded disclosure and...