Francis J. Aquila: Lawyer with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Francis J. Aquila

Partner
New York,  NY  U.S.A.
Phone212-558-4048

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Experience & Credentials
 

Practice Areas

  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Corporate Governance
  • Healthcare & Life Sciences
  • Consumer & Retail
  • Restructuring
  • Intellectual Property & Technology Transactions
 
Contact InfoTelephone: 212-558-4048
Fax: 212-558-3588
http://www.sullcrom.com/lawyers/FrancisJ-Aquila/
 
University Columbia University, A.B., 1979
 
Law SchoolBrooklyn Law School, J.D., 1983
 
Admitted1984, New York
 
Biography

Frank Aquila has a broad multidisciplinary practice that includes extensive experience in negotiated and unsolicited mergers and acquisitions; activist and takeover defense; complex cross-border transactions; global joint ventures; and private equity transactions. He also regularly counsels boards of directors and board committees on corporate governance matters and crisis management. Mr. Aquila serves as a regular adviser to global leaders such as Amgen, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Avon, Diageo, International Airline Group, Navistar International and United Rentals.

Mr. Aquila has been repeatedly cited as one of the world’s leading mergers and acquisitions lawyers. He has been recognized as one of a small number of lawyers ranked by Chambers Global in Band 1 (their top tier), as an American Lawyer “Dealmaker of the Year” and as a recipient of the Atlas Award as “Global M&A Lawyer of the Year.” For his work in corporate governance, Mr. Aquila has been named by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) to their “Directorship 100” - one of the 100 most influential people in corporate governance and inside the boardroom. He is also a two-time winner of the Burton Award for Legal Achievement (2005 and 2010). In 2009 Mr. Aquila was selected by the American Bar Association as a “Legal Rebel” - one of the profession’s 50 leading innovators. Law360 named him a Life Sciences MVP in 2013.

Mr. Aquila was the co-managing partner of Sullivan & Cromwell's General Practice Group and in that role he was responsible for almost 500 lawyers in 12 offices around the world. This group includes the Firm's corporate, financial services, securities, mergers & acquisitions, corporate governance, real estate, leveraged finance, private equity, project finance, restructuring and intellectual property transactional practices. Mr. Aquila is currently a member of the Firm’s Management Committee.

Professional Activities and Community Involvement

•Has chaired numerous Practising Law Institute's going private transactions conferences and regularly chairs a number of PLI's Hot Topic Briefings every year
•Frequent author and commentator on M&A, corporate governance and related trends on Bloomberg Radio, Bloomberg TV, CNBC and Fox Business and former columnist for Business Week
•Board of Trustees (former Chair) of The NALP Foundation for Law Career Research and Education
•Board of Directors of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR)
•Board of Directors of Dress for Success Worldwide
•Board of Trustees of Brooklyn Law School
•Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Economic Club of New York and the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
•fellow of the American Bar Foundation

Rankings and Recognitions

Law360 Life Sciences MVP (2013)
•Recognized in The Legal 500 United States (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
•Listed in the IFLR1000 as a “Leading Lawyer” (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
The Best of the Best USA 2013, Euromoney Legal Media Group
Lawdragon 500: Leading Lawyers in America (2009-2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
The American Lawyer, “Dealmaker of the Year” (April 2009)
The American Lawyer, “Dealmaker of the Week” (November 21, 2008 and September 3, 2013)
•Recipient of the Atlas Award as the “Global M&A Lawyer of the Year” in 2010
•Selected by the American Bar Association in 2009 as a “Legal Rebel” - one of the profession’s 50 leading innovators
•Recognized as a leading M&A lawyer in The Lawyer, “Transatlantic Elite” (2008, 2009)
•Recipient of the Burton Award for Legal Achievement (2005, 2010)
•Featured twice in The American Lawyer, “Daddy’s Weekend on the Phone” (January 2002) and “Supersonic Lawyers” (May 2004)
•Featured in The Wall Street Journal, “Business Trips Leave Little Time for Luxuries” (May 31, 1996)
•Cited in Seeing the World Through Clients’ Eyes (Nisus Consulting) as an adviser who had “really gone the extra mile and surpassed your expectations” (2004)

Mergers and Acquisitions

Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2000-2001, 2001-2002, 2002-2003, 2004-2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2003-2004, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
Guide to the World’s Leading Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyers, Euromoney Legal Media Group/International Financial Law Review (2001, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
The Definitive Guide to Europe’s Leading Advisers: Are Your Advisers Giving You the Edge? (mergermarket)
PLC Cross-border Mergers and Acquisitions Handbook (2006/2007, 2007/2008, 2008/2009, 2009/2010, 2010/2011, 2011/2012, 2012/2013, 2013/2014)
PLC Global Counsel Mergers & Acquisitions Handbook, Practical Law Company (2003, 2004, 2005, 2012, 2013, 2014)
PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook, Practical Law Company (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
New York Super Lawyers (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
The Best Lawyers in America (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
The International Who’s Who of Merger & Acquisition Lawyers (2010, 2011, 2012)

Corporate Governance

Directorship 100 The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
PLC Cross-border Directors’ Duties and Liabilities Handbook (2009/2010, 2010/2011, 2011/2012, 2012/2013, 2013/2014)
PLC Cross-border Corporate Governance Handbook (2007/2008, 2008/2009, 2009/2010, 2010/2011, 2011/2012, 2012/2013, 2013/2014)
New York Super Lawyers (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
The International Who’s Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)

Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity

The Best Lawyers in America (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)

PUBLICATIONS
Frank Aquila and Melissa Sawyer Write on Top Issues for Non-U.S. Buyers Contemplating Acquisitions in the U.S.

October 20, 2014

Articles
October 15, 2014
Frank Aquila and Melissa Sawyer Co-author Article in The Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation on Uses and Limitations of Poison Pills

October 15, 2014

Publications
September 22, 2014
Frank Aquila and Melissa Sawyer Co-author Article for Business Law Today

September 22, 2014

Articles
August 7, 2014
The Deal Pipeline Publishes Article on Poison Pills by Frank Aquila and Melissa Sawyer

August 7, 2014

Articles
December 16, 2013
Joe Frumkin, Frank Aquila and Glen Schleyer Author Article on Shareholder Activism for Practical Law Journal

December 16, 2013

Articles
December 16, 2013
Frank Aquila and Melissa Sawyer Author Article Looking Back on 2013 for The M&A Lawyer

December 16, 2013

Articles
September 9, 2013
Frank Aquila, Krishna Veeraraghavan and Mimi Butler Publish Article on Proxy Put and Fiduciary Duties in The M&A Lawyer

September 9, 2013

Articles
August 5, 2013
Frank Aquila and Melissa Sawyer Author Article Providing Checklist for New Directors

August 5, 2013

Articles
July 12, 2013
Frank Aquila Featured in Business Law Currents

July 12, 2013

Articles
June 10, 2013
Melissa Sawyer and Frank Aquila Author Article on ISS’s Declining Influence in Shareholder Votes in the NYSE Governance Series Corporate Board Member June Newsletter

June 10, 2013

Articles
April 15, 2013
Frank Aquila and Sarah Payne Co-author Article on Social Media Issues

April 15, 2013

Articles
April 8, 2013
Frank Aquila and Jinhee Chung Author Article on Corporate Governance

April 8, 2013

Articles
March 18, 2013
Frank Aquila, Krishna Veeraraghavan and Mimi Butler Co-author Article on Confidentiality Agreements

March 18, 2013

Articles
March 13, 2013
Frank Aquila and Sarah Payne Author Article on Social Media Issues

NEWS
Frank Aquila Appeared on Bloomberg TV’s Market Makers
Press Mentions
August 22, 2014
Frank Aquila Appears on Bloomberg TV’s In The Loop
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July 21, 2014
Frank Aquila Appears on Bloomberg Radio’s Taking Stock
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June 23, 2014
Frank Aquila Appears on Bloomberg TV’s Street Smart
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May 28, 2014
Frank Aquila Discusses M&A on CNBC's Closing Bell
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May 21, 2014
Frank Aquila Discusses M&A Activity on The Deal
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May 19, 2014
Frank Aquila Interviewed on Bloomberg TV's Street Smart
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May 12, 2014
Frank Aquila Appears on Bloomberg TV's Street Signs
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May 9, 2014
Frank Aquila Discusses Cross-Border M&A on PBS's Nightly Business Report
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April 25, 2014
Frank Aquila Comments on Current Dealmaking Activity and Business Confidence
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May 20, 2013
Frank Aquila Interviewed on Bloomberg’s Taking Stock
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April 4, 2013
Frank Aquila Discusses Global M&A Environment on Bloomberg
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April 1, 2013
Frank Aquila Appears on Bloomberg TV
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February 19, 2013
Frank Aquila Discusses M&A Trends in 2013 on Bloomberg TV
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November 26, 2012
Frank Aquila Reviews Factors Affecting M&A on Bloomberg TV
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October 29, 2012
Frank Aquila Discusses Effects of Hurricane Sandy on M&A Market
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October 18, 2012
Frank Aquila Quoted in Financial Times Article on Japanese M&A Market
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October 15, 2012
Frank Aquila Appears on CNBC's Street Signs
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October 4, 2012
Frank Aquila Discusses M&A Market with Fox Business
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October 1, 2012
S&C’s Representation of United Rentals Highlighted in Corporate Counsel Q&A
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September 19, 2012
Frank Aquila Discusses Economic Impact on Deal Market on Bloomberg TV
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July 18, 2012
Frank Aquila Discusses M&A Outlook on The Deal Pipeline
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June 28, 2012
Frank Aquila Discusses M&A Market on Bloomberg Radio’s Taking Stock
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June 7, 2012
Frank Aquila, Mitch Eitel, Joe Frumkin and Keith Pagnani Participate in Corporate Board Member’s Annual Chairman and CEO Peer Forum
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February 17, 2012
Frank Aquila Interviewed by The Deal Pipeline on The Current State of Dealmaking
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February 2012
Healthcare and Life Sciences Group Mergers & Acquisitions 2011 Year in Review Brochure
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January 24, 2012
Frank Aquila Discusses M&A in 2012 on Mergers & Acquisitions Video Series
Press Mentions
January 2012
Frank Aquila Featured in Mergers & Acquisitions magazine Article on 2012 M&A Outlook
Press Mentions
December 16, 2011
S&C Highlighted in Am Law Daily Article on United Rentals Acquisition of RSC for $4.2 Billion
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November 1, 2011
Frank Aquila Quoted in Absolute Return + Alpha Article on Event-Driven Funds
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October 17, 2011
Frank Aquila Quoted in Reuters Article on Recent M&A Activity
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August 17, 2011
Frank Aquila Examines M&A in Uncertain Market on Bloomberg TV
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August 15, 2011
Frank Aquila Discusses M&A Market in Reuters Article on Merger Monday Shadowed by Volatility
Press Mentions
July 11, 2011
Frank Aquila Discusses Shareholder Activism in Deal.com Video
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July 1, 2011
Frank Aquila Quoted in Wall Street Journal Article on Decline in Deals
Press Mentions
July 2011
Frank Aquila Discusses Outlook for Retail and Beverage Industries in Two Deal.com Videos
Press Mentions
April 20, 2011
Frank Aquila Participates in M&A Webcast
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March 31, 2011
Frank Aquila Explores Prospects for M&A in 2011 in Bloomberg Law Interview
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March 10, 2011
Frank Aquila Discusses Implications of Higher Oil Prices on M&A in The Street.com Interview
Press Mentions
March 4, 2011
Frank Aquila Explores the “Public vs. Private” Debate on CNBC
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February 7, 2011
Frank Aquila Discusses M&A Spike on Bloomberg TV
Press Mentions
February 1, 2011
Frank Aquila Discusses Potential Impact of Political Turmoil in Egypt in Deal Video
Press Mentions
December 31, 2010
Frank Aquila Discusses M&A in 2011 on Bloomberg TV
Press Mentions
December 17, 2010
Frank Aquila Discusses Potential for 2011 M&A Boom on CNBC
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December 7, 2010
Frank Aquila Discusses State of Global Dealmaking in Financial Times Special Report
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September 24, 2010
Frank Aquila Discusses Forecast for Deals in Reuters Article
Press Mentions
August 20, 2010
Frank Aquila Discusses M&A Environment on CNBC’s “Closing Bell”
Press Mentions
August 18, 2010
Frank Aquila Discusses Outlook for M&A Deals on Bloomberg TV
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July 28, 2010
Frank Aquila Discusses Implications of Corporate Cash Reserves for Corporate Spending and M&A Activity on Bloomberg TV
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July 1, 2010
Frank Aquila Named Chair of the Board of Trustees of The NALP Foundation for Law Career Research and Education
Press Mentions
June 1, 2010
Frank Aquila Discusses M&A Outlook (Lawdragon)
Press Mentions
May 27, 2010
Frank Aquila Discusses Hostile Bids (Reuters Insider)
Press Mentions
April 14, 2010
“Global M&A Outlook” (CNBC)
Press Mentions
March 30, 2010
“Poison Pills Drop to Lowest Level in 20 Years” (Thomson Reuters)
Press Mentions
February 25, 2010
Frank Aquila Interviewed on Bloomberg Radio
Press Mentions
February 22, 2010
“Will M&A Reignite the Stock Market?” (CNBC)
Press Mentions
January 9, 2010
Frank Aquila Expects Increase in M&A Activity in 2010 (Bloomberg Radio)
Press Mentions
December 28, 2009
“A Giddy Ride on the M&A Carousel” (Financial Times)
Press Mentions
December 21, 2009
“Frank Aquila Expects Increase in Healthcare M&A in 2010” (Bloomberg TV)
Press Mentions
December 14, 2009
“Big Oil, Big Deal” (CNBC)
Press Mentions
November 6, 2009
Aquila Sees Rise in Global Mergers & Acquisitions Market (Bloomberg TV)
Press Mentions
November 3, 2009
“M&A Signs of Strength?” (CNBC)
Press Mentions
September 25, 2009
Confidence Returning for Deal Financing (Reuters)
Press Mentions
September 25, 2009
Boutiques Grab M&A Market Share from Mega-firms (Reuters)
Press Mentions
September 22, 2009
Sullivan & Cromwell's Aquila on Mergers and Acquisitions (Bloomberg TV)
Press Mentions
September 21, 2009
Inside the M&A Pipeline (CNBC Power Lunch)
Press Mentions
September 1, 2009
The Return of M&A (CNBC)
Press Mentions
August 31, 2009
Aquila Says Recent Deals Show Return to Consolidation (Bloomberg TV)
Press Mentions
August 11, 2009
Sullivan & Cromwell's Aquila on Joint Venture Due Diligence (The Deal)
Press Mentions
August 4, 2009
Well Known Lawyer Holds High Expectations for Japan (Nikkei Evening Edition)
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July 28, 2009
Tech Drives M&A Rebound
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May 15, 2009
Sullivan & Cromwell's Aquila on Distressed M&A
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May 5, 2009
S&C Partners Offer Views on Post-Financial Crisis Era
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April 20, 2009
Aquila Sees Strategic Transactions Across the Board (Bloomberg TV)
Press Mentions
April 7, 2009
Dealmaking in a Down Economy
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March 18, 2009
U.S. Mergers May Recuperate on Signals 'Market Bottom' Is Near
Press Mentions
March 9, 2009
Analyze This: Dealmaking Picking Up?
Press Mentions
February 20, 2009
A Toast to the Brewers

EVENTS
PLI Briefing on Poison Pills and Shareholder Activism
External Speaking Engagements
October 1, 2013
The M&A Advisor’s 2013 Emerging Leaders’ Summit

New York, New York

External Speaking Engagements
June 10, 2013
Practising Law Institute M&A Webcast
External Speaking Engagements
March 21, 2013
Bank of America Merrill Lynch Investor Relations Insights Conference
External Speaking Engagements
February 19, 2013
Preparing and Disclosing Financial Projections in Public M&A
External Speaking Engagements
December 10, 2012
PLI Panel on FCPA Due Diligence
External Speaking Engagements
November 30, 2012
Directors Roundtable Event

Los Angeles, California

External Speaking Engagements
January 25, 2012
M&A Webinar for Thomson Reuters’s West LegalEd Center
External Speaking Engagements
December 13, 2011
M&A Advisor Summit

New York, New York

External Speaking Engagements
November 29, 2011
PLI Webcast on Cross-Border Due Diligence Challenges
S&C Events
November 7, 2011
S&C Hosts Conference for General Counsel and Other Senior In-House Counsel

New York, New York

External Speaking Engagements
October 13-14, 2011
8th Annual Institute on Corporate, Securities and Related Aspects of Mergers and Acquisitions

New York, New York

External Speaking Engagements
October 13, 2011
The Conference Board's Council of Senior International Attorneys
External Speaking Engagements
October 4, 2011
Thomson Reuters Business Law Advisory Board

New York, New York

External Speaking Engagements
October 4, 2011
Bank of America Merrill Lynch Strategic Governance and Leadership Summit for Corporate Board Members

New York, New York

External Speaking Engagements
September 22, 2011
PLI's Annual Program on Mergers & Acquisitions

Chicago, Illinois

External Speaking Engagements
July 20, 2011
Annual Life Sciences Collaboration and Acquisitions Conference

San Francisco, California

External Speaking Engagements
March 3, 2011
Frank Aquila Discusses Poison Pills After “Airgas” at PLI’s Hot Topic Briefing
External Speaking Engagements
October 20, 2010
CPR Corporate Leadership Awards Dinner

New York, New York

External Speaking Engagements
October 12, 2010
Practising Law Institute Webcast on Poison Pills
External Speaking Engagements
October 7-8, 2010
7th Annual Institute on Corporate, Securities, and Related Aspects of Mergers and Acquisitions at Penn State

New York, New York

External Speaking Engagements
October 7, 2010
PLI’s 8th Annual Directors’ Institute on Corporate Governance

New York, New York

External Speaking Engagements
September 30, 2010
Bloomberg Dealmakers Summit

New York, New York

External Speaking Engagements
September 23, 2010
Practising Law Institute’s Mergers and Acquisitions 2010: What You Need to Know Now

Chicago, Illinois

External Speaking Engagements
June 22-23, 2010
S&C Co-sponsors Seminar with Corporate Board Member and NYSE Euronext

New York, New York

External Speaking Engagements
May 18, 2010
Key Lessons Learned from Unsolicited Bids
External Speaking Engagements
March 25, 2010
Outstanding Directors Exchange New York Conference

New York, New York

External Speaking Engagements
February 25, 2010
Practising Law Institute's Going Private: Doing the Deal Right

New York, New York

External Speaking Engagements
January 7, 2010
Going Private: What You Need to Know to Get a Deal Done in Today’s Changing Environment
External Speaking Engagements
October 8-9, 2009
Practising Law Institute's Mergers & Acquisitions 2009: What You Need to Know Now (San Francisco)

San Francisco, California

External Speaking Engagements
September 24-25, 2009
Practising Law Institute's Mergers & Acquisitions 2009: What You Need to Know Now (Chicago)

Chicago, Illinois

External Speaking Engagements
August 6, 2009
The Deal's Corporate Development Series
External Speaking Engagements
June 4, 2009
PLI Hot Topic Briefing: Distressed Acquisitions Present Opportunities, but Risks Too: What You Need to Know Now

New York, New York

External Speaking Engagements
March 5, 2009
Practising Law Institute's Unsolicited Bids: Just Another Tool in the M&A Chest?

New York, New York

External Speaking Engagements
February 26, 2009
Practising Law Institute's Going Private: Doing It Right 2009

New York, New York

External Speaking Engagements
February 28, 2008
Practising Law Institute's Going Private: Doing It Right 2008

New York, New York

AUDIO&VIDEO

Frank Aquila Appeared on Bloomberg TV’s Market Makers August 26, 2014

Frank Aquila Appears on Bloomberg TV’s In The Loop August 22, 2014

Frank Aquila Appears on Bloomberg Radio’s Taking Stock July 21, 2014

Frank Aquila Appears on Bloomberg TV’s Street Smart June 23, 2014

Frank Aquila Discusses M&A on CNBC's Closing Bell May 28, 2014

Frank Aquila Discusses M&A Activity on The Deal May 21, 2014

Frank Aquila Interviewed on Bloomberg TV's Street Smart May 19, 2014

Frank Aquila Appears on Bloomberg TV's Street Signs May 12, 2014

Frank Aquila Comments on Current Dealmaking Activity and Business Confidence April 25, 2014

Frank Aquila Discusses Global M&A Environment on Bloomberg April 4, 2013

Frank Aquila Appears on Bloomberg TV April 1, 2013

Frank Aquila Discusses M&A Trends in 2013 on Bloomberg TV February 19, 2013

Frank Aquila Reviews Factors Affecting M&A on Bloomberg TV November 26, 2012

Frank Aquila Discusses Economic Impact on Deal Market on Bloomberg TV September 19, 2012

Frank Aquila Discusses M&A Outlook on The Deal Pipeline July 18, 2012

Frank Aquila Discusses M&A Market on Bloomberg Radio’s Taking Stock June 28, 2012

Frank Aquila Interviewed by The Deal Pipeline on The Current State of Dealmaking February 17, 2012

Frank Aquila Discusses Outlook for Retail and Beverage Industries in Two Deal.com Videos July 2011

Frank Aquila Explores Prospects for M&A in 2011 in Bloomberg Law Interview March 31, 2011

Frank Aquila Discusses Implications of Higher Oil Prices on M&A in The Street.com Interview March 10, 2011

Frank Aquila Discusses M&A Spike on Bloomberg TV February 7, 2011

Frank Aquila Discusses Potential Impact of Political Turmoil in Egypt in Deal Video February 1, 2011

Frank Aquila Discusses M&A in 2011 on Bloomberg TV December 31, 2010

Frank Aquila Discusses Outlook for M&A Deals on Bloomberg TV August 18, 2010

Frank Aquila Discusses Implications of Corporate Cash Reserves for Corporate Spending and M&A Activity on Bloomberg TV July 28, 2010

Frank Aquila Discusses Hostile Bids (Reuters Insider) May 27, 2010

“Global M&A Outlook” (CNBC) April 14, 2010

“Will M&A Reignite the Stock Market?” (CNBC) February 22, 2010

Frank Aquila Expects Increase in M&A Activity in 2010 (Bloomberg Radio) January 9, 2010

“Big Oil, Big Deal” (CNBC) December 14, 2009

“M&A Signs of Strength?” (CNBC) November 3, 2009

Inside the M&A Pipeline (CNBC Power Lunch) September 21, 2009

The Return of M&A (CNBC) source: CNBC's Squawk on the Street September 1, 2009

Aquila Says Recent Deals Show Return to Consolidation (Bloomberg TV) August 31, 2009

Tech Drives M&A Rebound source: CNBC's Power Lunch July 28, 2009

Aquila Sees Strategic Transactions Across the Board (Bloomberg TV) April 20, 2009

Analyze This: Dealmaking Picking Up? source: CNBC's Fast Money March 9, 2009

 
Reported CasesSELECTED REPRESENTATIONS; InBev in its unsolicited acquisition of Anheuser-Busch; Anheuser-Busch InBev in its re-acquisition of Oriental Brewery Co. from KKR & Co. and Affinity Equity Partners , its acquisition of Grupo Modelo , its sale of Compania Cervecera de Coahuila and a 50% interest in Crown to Constellation Brands , and the sale of Busch Entertainment; Amgen in acquisitions of Abgenix , BioVex , deCODE Genetics , Onyx and Micromet , and their collaborations with Kirin , Takeda and Watson Pharmaceuticals; International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) in its acquisition of Vueling , and British Airways in its combination with Iberia to form IAG and in its joint venture with American Airlines; Diageo in its acquisition of Seagram Wines and Spirits and its divestiture of Burger King; Avon Products in its acquisition of Silpada Designs and its divestiture of Avon Japan; United Rentals in its acquisitions of RSC Holdings and National Pump and its joint venture with Fluor; Pharmacia & Upjohn in its merger with Monsanto , and Upjohn in its earlier merger with Pharmacia; Collective Brands in its sale to a consortium including Wolverine Worldwide and in its acquisition of Stride Rite; EchoStar in its attempted acquisition of Hughes Electronics from General Motors; Western Resources in its hostile bids for ADT and KCP&L; Pillsbury in its merger with General Mills; Optimer Pharmaceuticals in its acquisition by Cubist Pharmaceuticals; Navistar International with respect to its agreements with Icahn Partners and MHR Fund Management
 
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In re KKR Financial Holdings LLC Shareholder Litigation: Delaware Chancery Court Rejects Claim that Manager Is a Controlling Stockholder; Applies Business Judgment Review to Merger Approved by Independent Board and Fully Informed Stockholders
Francis J. Aquila,Audra D. Cohen,H. Rodgin Cohen,Mitchell S. Eitel,Brian T. Frawley, November 14, 2014
In an October 14, 2014 decision on a motion to dismiss, the Delaware Court of Chancery (C Bouchard) held that business judgment review applied to breach of fiduciary duty claims asserted against directors in connection with a stock-for-stock sale of KKR Financial Holdings LLC (“KFN”) to...

Pontiac General Employees Retirement System v. Healthways, Inc.: Delaware Chancery Court Declines to Dismiss Fiduciary Duty Claims Against Directors and Aiding and Abetting Claims Against Lender in Connection with Dead Hand Change of Control Provision in Credit Agreement
Francis J. Aquila,Audra D. Cohen,H. Rodgin Cohen,Mitchell S. Eitel,John E. Estes, November 14, 2014
In a bench ruling issued on October 14, 2014, the Delaware Court of Chancery (VC Laster) declined to dismiss fiduciary duty claims against the directors of Healthways, Inc. (“Healthways”) and an aiding and abetting claim against SunTrust Bank (“SunTrust”), the lender...

ISS Releases QuickScore 3.0 Details: New Governance Factors Consistent with Last Week’s Preview; Data Verification Period From Monday Through November 14
Francis J. Aquila,Robert Buckholz,Catherine M. Clarkin,Jay Clayton,Audra D. Cohen, November 14, 2014
Yesterday, Institutional Shareholder Services released the details of its updated “QuickScore 3.0” corporate governance rating system. The update was previewed in our firm’s publication on October 27.

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