Edward J. Lee

Partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Edward J. Lee

Edward J. Lee

Partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

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Edward J. Lee

Edward J. Lee is a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Ed’s practice focuses on both friendly and hostile mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and complex capital markets transactions. Ed has significant experience in both cross-border and domestic transactions, as well as spin-offs and carve-outs, joint ventures, LBOs, and initial public and other securities offerings. He also frequently advises companies and their boards of directors on takeover defense and shareholder activism situations. He has advised a broad range of public and private clients across many industries, including aerospace, technology and digital, pharmaceutical, automotive, telecom, industrial, media and advertising, energy, private equity, and financial institutions.

Significant transactions include, among others:

* Publicis Groupe S.A. in its $4.4 billion acquisition of Alliance Data Systems’ Epsilon business
* Expedia Group in its all stock acquisition of Liberty Expedia Holdings
* Celgene Corporation in its $98 billion acquisition by Bristol-Myers Squibb
* United Technologies in its pending separation into three independent public companies.
* Michael Kors Holdings Limited in its €1.83 billion acquisition of Gianni Versace S.p.A.
* Frutarom Industries Ltd. in its $7.1 billion sale to International Flavors & Fragrances
* Salesforce in its $6.5 billion acquisition of MuleSoft
* United Technologies in its $30.3 billion acquisition of Rockwell Collins
* Mondelez International in its acquisition of Tate’s Bake Shop
* United Technologies in the $1 billion sale of its Taylor Company business to The Middleby Corporation
* Colgate-Palmolive Company in its acquisitions of the EltaMD skin care brand and of the PCA Skin brand
* Prysmian Group in its $3 billion acquisition of General Cable
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United Technologies in its $30.3 billion acquisition of Rockwell Collins

* Harman International Industries in its $8.8 billion acquisition by Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
* Regency Centers in its $15.6 billion merger with Equity One
* FMC Corporation in the acquisition of a significant portion of DuPont’s crop protection business and simultaneous sale to DuPont of FMC’s Health and Nutrition business
* The Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son in its $250 million initial public offering
* Verizon Communications in its $4.83 billion acquisition of Yahoo!’s operating business
* Riverstone in its $5.2 billion acquisition of Talen Energy
* United Technologies in its $9 billion sale of Sikorsky Aircraft to Lockheed Martin
* Samsung C&T in connection with its announced merger with Cheil Industries
* Warburg Pincus and The Carlyle Group in their acquisition of DBRS Holdings Limited
* Publicis Groupe S.A. in its $3.7 billion acquisition of Sapient Corporation
* Tim Hortons Inc. in its $12.2 billion combination with Burger King Worldwide, Inc.
* Walgreens in its $27 billion two-staged acquisition of Alliance Boots GmbH
* Publicis Groupe S.A. in its $35.1 billion agreed combination with Omnicom
* The Wertheimer family and IMC International Metalworking Companies B.V. in Berkshire Hathaway’s $2.05 billion purchase from the Wertheimer family of the 20% stake in IMC it did not already own
* Thermo Fisher Scientific in its $13.6 billion acquisition of Life Technologies Corporation
* Walgreens in establishing a long-term partnership with AmerisourceBergen, including a 10-year distribution agreement, a global joint procurement agreement, and the right of Walgreens to acquire an equity interest in AmerisourceBergen through open market purchases and warrants
* SCBT Financial Corporation in its $300 million merger with First Financial Holdings and prior merger with Peoples Bancorporation, Inc.
* Goodrich Corporation in the sale of its pump and engine control systems business to the Triumph Group, and the sale of its electric power systems business to Safran S.A.
* Walgreens in its acquisition of a 45% stake in Alliance Boots GmbH and option to acquire the remaining 55% of Alliance Boots, valued at $27 billion
* Pacific Capital Bancorp in its $1.5 billion acquisition by UnionBanCal Corporation/The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ
* United Technologies in its $18.4 billion acquisition of Goodrich Corporation
* Warburg Pincus in its acquisition of The Mutual Fund Store
* Goldman Sachs, Highstar Capital, The Carlyle Group and Riverstone Holdings in connection with their investments in Kinder Morgan, Inc. and Kinder Morgan’s $3.2 billion initial public offering
* Thermo Fisher Scientific in its $2.1 billion acquisition of Dionex
* Novartis AG in its acquisition of a majority stake in Alcon from Nestlé, and of Alcon’s public minority shares, in a transaction valued at $49.7 billion

Ed has also represented issuers in connection with many securities offerings and other capital raising transactions, totaling over $60 billion.

Ed received a B.S. from Cornell University and a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School.

In each of 2015-2018, Ed has been named a “Rising Star” by Expert Guides in the Corporate / M&A category. IFLR1000 has recognized Ed as a leading lawyer and as “highly regarded” within the M&A practice. Recently, Ed was one of only six mergers and acquisitions lawyers recognized by Law360 as Rising Stars under 40. Ed is a frequent speaker on M&A and shareholder activism, including co chairing PLI’s Shareholder Activism conference in 2018.

Ed is actively involved in city and national civic and professional organizations. He is a David Rockefeller Fellow, Class of 2017-2018, and a member of the Legal Advisory Group for the Partnership for New York City’s Innovation Council. Ed is also currently a member of the Council of Korean Americans, Co-Chair of the Corporate Law Committee of the Asian American Bar Association of New York, and a member of the Board of Governors of the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York. Ed serves on the Board of Directors of Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology Alumni Association.

Ed lives in Manhattan with his wife, son and daughter.

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Education
J.D., cum laude
Class of 2006

Harvard Law School offers an energetic and creative learning environment, a diverse and dedicated faculty—whose expertise spans a broad array of legal subjects—and a student body that comes from every state in the U.S. and more than 70 countries around the world. Approximately 1,900 students attend HLS each year: 1,680 J.D. students, 160 LL.M. students, and 50 S.J.D. candidates. The faculty includes more than 100 full-time professors and more than 150 visiting professors, lecturers on law, and instructors. The curriculum features more than 260 courses and seminars that cover a broad range of traditional and emerging legal fields. A Harvard Law education prepares students for success in law practice, business, public service, teaching, and more. Most HLS students are pursuing a J.D. (Juris Doctor) degree, while many others are earning an LL.M. (Master of Laws) or the S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science). Harvard Law School also offers many joint degree programs, coordinated programs, and concurrent degree opportunities with other schools within Harvard University. The Law School community is also home to numerous research programs and engaging publications, including books, scholarly periodicals, newsletters, and a weekly student newspaper.

B.S.
Class of 2003

Cornell is a privately endowed research university and a partner of the State University of New York. As the federal land-grant institution in New York State, they have a responsibility—unique within the Ivy League—to make contributions in all fields of knowledge in a manner that prioritizes public engagement to help improve the quality of life in our state, the nation, the world.

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American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) is a voluntary bar association for the state of New York. NYSBA was founded in 1877 with the stated goal to cultivate the science of jurisprudence; to promote reform in the law; to facilitate the administration of justice, and to elevate the standards of integrity, honor, professional skill, and courtesy in the legal profession. Its first President was David B. Hill. Among the reforms in the legislation signed into law creating the association was the removal of the restrictions on the admission of women to the practice of law. In 1896, NYSBA proposed the first global means for settling disputes among nations, what is now called the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

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The Association of the Bar of the City of New York is a voluntary association of lawyers and law students. The organization was founded in 1870 and it is headquartered in New York, NY.

Career History
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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.

Boards & Committees
Member, Board of Governors
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Transactions
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BAE Systems Plc purchases Collins Aerospace /Military GPS Business from United Technologies Corporation

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Bristol-Myers Squibb Company purchases Celgene Corp.

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Salesforce.com, Inc. purchases Tableau Software, Inc.

Awards & Honors
Partnership for New York City - David Rockefeller Fellow
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