Geoffrey W. Levin

Phone212 504 5550

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Practice Areas

  • Corporate
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Private Equity
  • Distressed Investing and Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Health Care
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
University University of Michigan, B.B.A., with high distinction, 1990
Law SchoolUniversity of Minnesota Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 1993
Admitted1994, New York

Geoffrey Levin concentrates his practice on complex business transactions and governance matters. His representations span a variety of industries, situations and enterprise values, having counseled clients on domestic and international mergers, acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, going private transactions, proxy contests, spin-offs, joint ventures, recapitalizations, venture capital financing, growth equity investments, senior and junior debt financings, restructurings and workouts. He also has extensive experience advising private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies.

Geoff's representations have covered a broad range of industries including life sciences, financial services, communications, energy, retail, automotive and heavy industrial.

Geoff regularly comments on developments in the healthcare industry and speaks at investment conferences. He is the author of New M&A Concerns and Strategies that recently appeared in Aspatore Books Inside the Mind series. He is listed by IFLR 1000 as a leading M&A lawyer and has been recognized by Institutional Investor News as one of the 10 Rising Stars of Private Equity and M&A Law and by Mergermarket as a 2009 Dealmaker of the Year.

Geoffrey received his J.D., magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, from the University of Minnesota, where he was executive editor of the Journal of International Economic Law & Policy, and a B.B.A., with high distinction, from the University of Michigan. He is admitted to practice in the State of New York.


Joint-Ventures/Growth Equity/Venture Capital Investments
•CVC Capital as Founding Investor in Fidelis Insurance Holdings Limited, a newly formed Bermuda-based specialty insurance company.
•Family Office in Series A financing of R&D stage company with market transforming LED lighting technology.
•A leading private equity firm with an exclusive focus on life sciences industries in more than two dozen investments in domestic and multinational medical technology companies.
•Relypsa, Inc., in multiple rounds of debt and equity financing.
•A private investment fund in a $30 million PIPE financing of biopharmaceutical company.
•A private investment fund in a $75 million PIPE financing of National City Corporation.
•A management team in seed-capital funding arrangements for start-up.
•An investment fund in a $100 million funding commitment and joint venture arrangements for start-up.
•Columbus Nova in a multi-tranche funding of a public company.
•A biomass conversion start-up in equity financing.

Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Governance
•Portfolio Company of Life Sciences focused Private Equity Fund in sale to a strategic acquirer.
•Salix Pharmaceuticals on its terminated combination with Cosmo Technologies Ltd.
•The Management Team of Medpace in its $900 million acquisition by Cinven.
•Vertis Holdings in its $363 million sale to Quad/Graphics.
•A privately owned medical device company in its sale to a strategic acquirer.
•Icahn Capital in its bid for Blockbuster, Inc.
•ZS Fund in the acquisition of SOS Security.
•A consortium of family office investors in bid for the Lafarge Gypsum business.
•A consortium of hedge funds in a bid for over $6 billion in distressed real estate assets.
•CVC Capital Partners in its $4.4 billion agreement to acquire the iShares ETF business from Barclays.
•The U.S. Treasury in the Chrysler restructuring.
•CVC Capital Partners in its $2.3 billion take private acquisition of Univar N.V.
•Lyondell Chemical Company in the equity backstop by Apollo, Ares and Access Industries of a $2.8 billion rights offering.
•A private equity fund in its bid for the eTrade Market Making business.

Fund Formations
•CVC Capital Partners in raising over $20 billion of committed capital for their European and Asian Investment Funds.
•The general partners and limited partners in the formation of a wide variety of other country- or region-specific non-U.S. funds as well as sector funds.

News & Resources


News Releases
•Cadwalader Recognized Among Leading Law Firms in 2015 Edition of IFLR 1000 Oct 21, 2014

Recent Press
•Dealmaker in the Spotlight Jun 01, 2009

•Cadwalader Recognized Among Leading Law Firms in 2015 Edition of IFLR 1000 Oct 21, 2014


Clients & Friends Memos
•Time to Roll the Dice on Online Gaming? Jan 12, 2012

•Tainting The Sales Process Mar 18, 2011

•ACI's 6th Advanced Forum on M&A and Strategic Alliances in the Life Sciences Industries Apr 27, 2015


Quorum: February 2015 V3N1 Feb 11, 2015

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Geoffrey W. Levin

New YorkNY 10281-0006


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