David K. Lam

Partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

David K. Lam

David K. Lam

Partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

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David K. Lam

David K. Lam is a corporate partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. He focuses on mergers and acquisitions, securities transactions and corporate governance. His practice has included a wide range of matters, including public and private acquisitions and divestitures, domestic and international transactions, carve-out IPOs, spin-offs, split-offs, joint venture transactions and private equity transactions. He also advises numerous companies on takeover defenses, proxy contests and corporate governance matters.

David was selected by The American Lawyer as a “Dealmaker of the Year” for 2012 and for 2015, and by AmLaw Daily as a “Dealmaker of the Week” in 2015. He is also recognized as one of the 500 leading lawyers in America by Lawdragon, and listed as a Super Lawyer in the area of mergers and acquisitions by Super Lawyers magazine.

David received his B.A. (economics and molecular biophysics & biochemistry) summa cum laude from Yale University, where he was awarded the Arthur Twining Hadley Prize and Russell Henry Chittenden Prize for the highest GPA. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served as managing editor of the Yale Law Journal and articles editor of the Yale Journal on Regulation. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Lam served as a law clerk to the Honorable José A. Cabranes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

He has represented clients in a variety of industries, including:

Health Care/Pharmaceuticals

* C.R. Bard in its $24 billion merger with Becton Dickinson
* Abbott Laboratories in its $25 billion acquisition of St. Jude Medical, its $4.3 billion sale of its vision care business to Johnson & Johnson and its $55 billion spin-off of AbbVie
* Pfizer in its agreed $160 billion acquisition of Allergan plc and in its $5.2 billion acquisition of Anacor Pharmaceuticals
* AbbVie in its $21 billion acquisition of Pharmacyclics
* CareFusion in its $12.2 billion merger with Becton Dickinson
* GlaxoSmithKline in its unsolicited offer and $3.6 billion acquisition of Human Genome Sciences
* The Wyeth board of directors in its $68 billion merger with Pfizer
* Cardinal Health in its $1.9 billion acquisition of Cordis from Johnson & Johnson, its joint venture transaction with CVS Caremark, its $2.1 billion acquisition of Assuramed, its $1.3 billion acquisition of Kinray, its $1.5 billion acquisition of VIASYS Healthcare, its $3.3 billion sale of its Pharmacology Technology Business to an affiliate of the Blackstone Group, its acquisition of P4 Healthcare Solutions, and in its $4.1 billion spin-off of CareFusion Corporation
* Sanofi in its successful €47.8 billion hostile exchange offer for Aventis

Energy

* Seventy Seven Energy Inc. in its $2.1 billion sale to Patterson-UTI Energy
* Energy Transfer Equity in its agreed $37.7 billion combination with The Williams Companies
* Atlas Pipeline Partners and Atlas Energy in their $7.7 billion sale to Targa Resources Partners and Targa Resources Corp
* Berry Petroleum in its $2.5 billion sale to LINN Energy and LinnCo
* Sunoco in its $5.3 billion sale to Energy Transfer Partners and in its IPO and spin-off of SunCoke Energy, a $1.2 billion company
* Atlas Energy in its $4.3 billion sale to Chevron, its $1.7 billion joint venture with Reliance Industries, and in the formation of its master limited partnership, Atlas Resource Partners
* Acciona in its €43.7 billion acquisition with Enel of Endesa

Financial Services

* Nasdaq in its $1.1 billion acquisition of International Securities Exchange from Deutsche Börse
* BGC Partners in its successful hostile acquisition of GFI Group, its $650 million sale of Trayport to Intercontinental Exchange, its $1.234 billion sale of its electronic trading business in U.S. Treasury securities to The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. and in its $1.4 billion reorganization and merger with eSpeed
* New York Stock Exchange in its agreed $23.4 billion cross-border combination with Deutsche Börse, its $10 billion cross-border combination with Euronext N.V. and its merger with Archipelago
* MetLife in the sale of its depositary business to GE Capital Retail Bank, its $1.6 billion split-off of its interest in Reinsurance Group of America and its sale of State Street Research & Management Company to BlackRock
* Warburg Pincus in its purchase and sale of equity in Primerica from Citigroup
* Lazard in connection with its IPO and related restructuring transactions
* JPMorgan Chase & Co. in its acquisition of the banking business of The Bank of New York in exchange for JPMorgan Chase’s corporate trust business, and in the restructuring of its joint venture with First Data Corporation
* Bank of America in its $21 billion acquisition of ABN Amro’s LaSalle Bank
* Golden West Financial in its $25.5 billion sale to Wachovia

Industrial

* Johnson Controls in its $16.5 billion merger with Tyco International, its spin-off of Adient, its automotive business, its $1.48 billion sale of its global workplace solutions business to CBRE Group, and its $965 million sale of its automotive electronics business to Gentex and Visteon
* Rayonier in its spin-off of its performance fibers business
* XPO Logistics in its $652 million acquisition of New Breed and in its $335 million acquisition of Pacer International

Real Estate

* Newmark Group in its initial public offering
* Washington Prime Group in its $4.3 billion acquisition of Glimcher Realty Trust
* AMB Property Corporation in its $15 billion merger with ProLogis
* Sunrise Senior Living in its $3.4 billion sale to Health Care REIT
* The Mills Corporation in its $7.8 billion sale to Simon Property Group and Farallon Capital

Other

* T-Mobile USA and Deutsche Telekom in the agreed $146 billion all-stock combination of T-Mobile and Sprint
* Monsanto in its $66 billion sale to Bayer

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Education
JD
Class of 2000

Located in New Haven, Connecticut, Yale Law School is one of the world’s premier law schools. It offers an unmatched environment of excellence and educational intimacy in the form of world renowned faculty, small classes, limitless opportunities for clinical training, and strong encouragement of public service. The Law School is small by design; its impact on the world is measured by its accomplished graduates and its ongoing scholarship and outreach through numerous centers and projects. For students, the experience is unparalleled. The faculty-student ratio supports a vast array of courses and opportunities for independent research and student-organized seminars. Students get practical training by representing real clients in clinics starting in their first year. Throughout, a spirit of collaboration reigns. All first-term courses are ungraded, and subsequent classes are graded honors/pass/low pass. Yale Law School is unique among law schools in that it produces leaders in all walks of life: distinguished deans and faculty members at law schools across the country and the world; industry CEOs and corporate counsels; founders of nongovernmental organizations and other nonprofit entities; entrepreneurs; government servants in federal, state, and local offices and the judiciary--just a few areas in which our alumni's talent and passion and dedication have made a difference. Among the School’s graduates are U.S. Presidents and Supreme Court Justices; and among its far-reaching projects, the Information Society Project and the China Center.

BA in Economics, Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry, summa cum laude
Class of 1997

Yale University is an American private Ivy League research university located in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701 in the Colony of Connecticut, the university is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States.

Memberships
Managing Editor
Prior

The Yale Law Journal is published eight times a year (monthly from October through June, excluding February) by The Yale Law Journal Company, Inc. Editorial and general offices are located in the Sterling Law Building at Yale University.

Articles Editor
Prior

The Yale Journal on Regulation is a biannual student-edited law review covering regulatory and administrative law published at Yale Law School. The journal publishes articles, essays, notes, and commentaries that cover a wide range of topics in regulatory, corporate, administrative, international, and comparative law. The Yale Journal on Regulation is the top-ranked specialized journal at Yale Law School, according to the 2012 Washington and Lee University law journal rankings.

Career History
Partner
2004 - Current

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz enjoys a global reputation as one of the world's leading business law firms. Their deep experience in the fields of mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, takeovers and takeover defense, corporate and securities law, and corporate governance means that they regularly handle some of the largest, most complex and demanding transactions in the United States and around the world. They counsel both public and private acquirors and targets. They also have extensive experience handling sensitive investigation and litigation matters and corporate restructurings, and in counseling boards of directors and senior management in the most sensitive situations. In addition, their attorneys are thought leaders, speaking and writing frequently in their various areas of expertise.Wachtell Lipton is consistently ranked as the most prestigious and desirable law firm to work for in the United States, thus enabling the firm to attract associates and some of the most outstanding and motivated attorneys and law school graduates in the United States and from around the world.

Clerk
2000 - 2001

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (in case citations, 2d Cir.) is one of the thirteen United States Courts of Appeals. Its territory comprises the states of Connecticut, New York, and Vermont, and the court has appellate jurisdiction over the district courts in the following districts: District of Connecticut, Eastern District of New York, Northern District of New York, Southern District of New York, Western District of New York, District of Vermont.

Transactions
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Deutsche Telekom AG, T-Mobile US, Inc. purchase Sprint Corp. from SoftBank Group Corp.

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Rayonier, Inc. purchases Pope Resources LP

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Bristol-Myers Squibb Company purchases Celgene Corp.

Awards & Honors
2013
The American Lawyer - Dealmaker of the Year
Yale University - Arthur Twining Hadley Prize
Yale University - Russell Henry Chittenden Prize
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