Krishna Veeraraghavan

Partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Krishna Veeraraghavan

Krishna Veeraraghavan

Partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Biography

Recognized as “Dealmaker of the Year” and twice named “Dealmaker of the Week” by The American Lawyer, Krishna Veeraraghavan is a partner and member of S&C’s Mergers and Acquisitions Group. Mr. Veeraraghavan has a broad multidisciplinary practice that includes extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. He has been engaged in many high profile matters that include activism, cross-border transactions, leveraged buyouts, proxy contests and unsolicited bids as an adviser to global leaders such as Amazon.com, AB InBev, AT&T, BHP Billiton, Praxair and Teva Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Veeraraghavan regularly counsels boards of directors and board committees on corporate governance, crisis management and matters affecting corporate policy and strategy. He is an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School. Over the past several years he has advised on a variety of matters including:

Healthcare & Life Sciences
* Aurobindo Pharma USA in its $550 million pending sale of Natrol to an affiliate of New Mountain Capital to combine with Jarrow Formulas
* MyoKardia* in its $13.1 billion pending acquisition by Bristol Myers Squibb
* Synthorx* in its $2.5 billion acquisition by Sanofi
* The Board of Nightstar Therapeutics* in its acquisition by a wholly-owned subsidiary of Biogen Switzerland Holdings
* Apple Tree Partners as the majority shareholder in Syntimmune, in Syntimmune’s acquisition by Alexion Pharmaceuticals for up to $1.2 billion
* Seattle Genetics in its $614 million acquisition of Cascadian Therapeutics
* Syneos Health in its $7.4 billion merger of equals with inVentiv Health
* Stemcentrx in its $9.8 billion acquisition by AbbVie
* Teva in its $40.5 billion acquisition of Allergan Generics and $50.5 billion unsolicited proposal for Mylan, later withdrawn
* Dyax in its $5.9 billion acquisition by Shire
* Concordia Healthcare in its $3.5 billion acquisition of Amdipharm Mercury and $1.2 billion acquisition of all commercial assets of Covis
* Synageva in its $8.4 billion acquisition by Alexion
Energy
* Concho Resources in its $13 billion pending acquisition by ConocoPhillips and $9.5 billion acquisition of RSP Permian
* Peabody Energy in its agreement with Elliott Management providing for the addition of four new directors to Peabody’s board
* Andeavor in the merger of Andeavor Logistics and Western Refining Logistics for $1.8 billion and the repositioning of Andeavor Logistics through an IDR buy-in valued at $4 billion
* Cheniere Energy in its acquisition of the publicly-held shares of Cheniere Energy Partners LP Holdings not already owned by Cheniere
Consumer & Retail and Industrials
* General Cable in its $3 billion acquisition by Prysmian Group
* Amazon.com in its $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods
* Praxair in its $80 billion merger with Linde
* Lion Capital in its affiliate’s DIP financing for and acquisition of John Varvatos Enterprises in a Section 363 sale process; acquisition of a minority interest in Authentic Brands; acquisition of Spence Diamonds; and $1.5 billion sale of Bumble Bee Foods to Thai Union Frozen Products (withdrawn)
* Standard Industries in its $2.1 billion acquisition of Braas Monier; $1.1 billion acquisition of Icopal; and acquisition of Quest Construction Products
* AB InBev in its $123 billion merger with SABMiller
Technology
* Broadcom in its sale of certain assets and manufacturing rights associated with its wireless IoT business to Synaptics
* Unisys in its $1.2 billion sale of its U.S. Federal business to Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
* Genesis Robotics in its strategic, controlling investment from Koch Chemical Technology Group, a unit of Koch Industries
* Amazon.com in its agreement to utilize Plug Power fuel cells and hydrogen technology in its fulfillment network
* Special Committee of Solera Holdings in connection with its $6.5 billion acquisition by Vista Equity Partners
Real Estate
* Forest City Realty Trust in its $11.4 billion acquisition by Brookfield Asset Management and agreement with Starboard Value to reconstitute its Board of Directors, in connection with the company's agreement to declassify its common stock and its settlement with Scopia Capital
* American Casino & Entertainment Properties in its $850 million acquisition by Golden Entertainment
* representing the financial adviser to party identified

Recognitions

Mr. Veeraraghavan is consistently recognized as a leading adviser by Chambers USA, Legal500 and New York Super Lawyers. Recent accolades include:
* “Healthcare Trailblazer” by The National Law Journal (2019)
* “Dealmaker of the Year” by The American Lawyer – Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods (2018)
* “Retail & E-Commerce MVP” by Law360 (2017)
* “Life Sciences MVP” by Law360 (2015 & 2016)
* “Transatlantic Rising Star” by The American Lawyer (2016)
* “Dealmaker of the Week” by The American Lawyer – LabCorp’s acquisition of Covance (2015)
* “Rising Star” by Law360 (2014) and New York Law Journal (2015)
* “Highly Regarded Lawyer” by IFLR1000
* “Dealmaker of the Week” by The American Lawyer – Synageva BioPharma’s acquisition by Alexion Pharmaceuticals (2014)
* Empire State Counsel Honoree for Pro bono Service by the New York State Bar Association (2014)
* Named among the “Best Lawyers Under 40” by The M&A Advisor (2012) and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (2014)
* Finalist for “Legal Advisor of the Year” by The M&A Advisor (2013)
* One of four “Rising Stars” (2013) by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association
Professional Activities and Community Involvement

Mr. Veeraraghavan is involved with the following organizations:
* Member of the Council on Foreign Relations
* Member of the Dean’s Advisory Council of Princeton University
* Adjunct professor and member of the Steering Committee of the Board of Visitors at Columbia Law School
* Member of the board of trustees at Ethical Culture Fieldston School
* Member of the board of directors of South Asian Youth Action

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Partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Education
JD
Class of 2002

Columbia Law School is a professional graduate school of Columbia University, a member of the Ivy League. Columbia is regarded as one of the most prestigious law schools in the nation and has always been ranked in the top five by U.S. News and World Report.Founded in 1858, Columbia has produced a large number of distinguished alumni including two Presidents of the United States (Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt); nine Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States;numerous U.S. Cabinet members and Presidential advisers; U.S. Senators, Representatives, and Governors; and more members of the Forbes 400 than any other law school.

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Princeton University is a vibrant community of scholarship and learning that stands in the nation's service and in the service of all nations. Chartered in 1746, Princeton is the fourth-oldest college in the United States. Princeton is an independent, coeducational, nondenominational institution that provides undergraduate and graduate instruction in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering. As a world-renowned research university, Princeton seeks to achieve the highest levels of distinction in the discovery and transmission of knowledge and understanding. At the same time, Princeton is distinctive among research universities in its commitment to undergraduate teaching. Today, more than 1,100 faculty members instruct approximately 5,000 undergraduate students and 2,500 graduate students. The University's generous financial aid program ensures that talented students from all economic backgrounds can afford a Princeton education.

Memberships
Fellow
2013 - Current

The words "Leadership Council on Legal Diversity" are carefully chosen. Since the formation of the LCLD was announced in May 2009, the group has focused on developing strategies to increase diversity in the legal profession. Just as importantly, the LCLD has brought together the leaders of law firms and corporate legal departments to do that. At the time of the announcement, Rick Palmore, General Counsel of General Mills and former Chair of the LCLD Board of Directors underscored the significance of the effort: "LCLD is doing what no other initiative has done—uniting the legal industry's senior leaders in one organization to address and resolve the enormous diversity challenges in our profession." The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity has, since May 2009, organized a committee structure around four key strategic initiatives. Those initiatives are titled: Strategy & Innovation, Development, Partnerships & Teams, and Pipeline. At a glance, the initiatives will address the following opportunities and challenges: Strategy & Innovation. Research and develop a robust, new analytical tool to give more meaningful, sophisticated insight into the actual diversity of law firms and corporate legal departments. The objective of this committee's work will be to delve more deeply than quantitative measurements and "rankings." Partnerships & Teams. Identify, analyze, and promote successful diversity partnering efforts. The focus is on projects and programs that encourage collaboration between law firms, corporate legal departments, and other organizations with a commitment to diversity. Development. Work to ensure the development of diverse critical talent, creating ongoing programs to allow members to present and learn about successful programs for the development of diverse critical talent. Pipeline. Evaluate and support programs that encourage the entry of individuals of diverse backgrounds into the field of law. The committee will accomplish its objectives through collaboration with organizations committed to a more diverse profession. Taken as a whole, the work of the four LCLD Board committees will support the LCLD's stated goal to ". . .work in partnership to eliminate impediments and provide minorities and women with a full and fair opportunity to perform, to succeed, and to lead."

Career History
Partner
Current

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is a law firm that serve as counsel to companies and investment funds. They have expertise in the areas of bankruptcy and corporate reorganization, employee benefits and executive compensation, intellectual property, personal representation, real estate and tax law. The company is headquartered in New York, NY.

Adjunct Professor
Current

Columbia Law School is a professional graduate school of Columbia University, a member of the Ivy League. Columbia is regarded as one of the most prestigious law schools in the nation and has always been ranked in the top five by U.S. News and World Report.Founded in 1858, Columbia has produced a large number of distinguished alumni including two Presidents of the United States (Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt); nine Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States;numerous U.S. Cabinet members and Presidential advisers; U.S. Senators, Representatives, and Governors; and more members of the Forbes 400 than any other law school.

Partner
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Sullivan & Cromwell provides legal advisory services to financial, healthcare, insurance, real estate, energy, other sectors.

Boards & Committees
Member, Advisory Board
Current
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$10K - $25K
2016

The American India Foundation founded in 2001, is a nonprofit American organization that is devoted to accelerating social and economic change in India. The AIF has partnered with 227 of India’s NGOs to build a trusted network for implementation, scale, and sustainability while raising over $84 million since its inception. It is one of the largest secular, non-partisan American organizations supporting development work in India. AIF awards grants to education, livelihood, and public health projects in India – with emphases on elementary education, women’s empowerment, and HIV/AIDS, respectively. AIF has a program called Digital Equalizer which attempts to bridge the digital divide by providing computers, internet access and training to under-resourced Indian schools. It also funds the Service Corps Fellowship, renamed the William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service to India on May 11, 2009, which sends skilled young Americans to work with NGOs in India for a ten-month period. The fellowship helps exchange technical skills, intellectual resources and helps increase the capacity of Indian NGOs to continue their work while giving American leaders a good understanding of India. The American India Foundation was founded by a group of Indian-Americans responding to the 2001 Gujarat earthquake. Former United States President Bill Clinton serves as the Honorary Chair, and has been involved in a number of AIF events; he was asked to get involved with the group by Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the wake of the earthquake.

$10K - $25K
2013

The American India Foundation founded in 2001, is a nonprofit American organization that is devoted to accelerating social and economic change in India. The AIF has partnered with 227 of India’s NGOs to build a trusted network for implementation, scale, and sustainability while raising over $84 million since its inception. It is one of the largest secular, non-partisan American organizations supporting development work in India. AIF awards grants to education, livelihood, and public health projects in India – with emphases on elementary education, women’s empowerment, and HIV/AIDS, respectively. AIF has a program called Digital Equalizer which attempts to bridge the digital divide by providing computers, internet access and training to under-resourced Indian schools. It also funds the Service Corps Fellowship, renamed the William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service to India on May 11, 2009, which sends skilled young Americans to work with NGOs in India for a ten-month period. The fellowship helps exchange technical skills, intellectual resources and helps increase the capacity of Indian NGOs to continue their work while giving American leaders a good understanding of India. The American India Foundation was founded by a group of Indian-Americans responding to the 2001 Gujarat earthquake. Former United States President Bill Clinton serves as the Honorary Chair, and has been involved in a number of AIF events; he was asked to get involved with the group by Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the wake of the earthquake.

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SAIC, Inc. purchases Unisys Corp. /US Federal Business from Unisys Corp.

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Brookfield Asset Management, Inc. purchases Forest City Realty Trust, Inc.

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Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. purchases Syntimmune, Inc. from Apple Tree Partners, Partners Innovation Management Co. LLC, Baxalta Ventures

Awards & Honors
2013
Minority Corporate Counsel Association, Rising Star
Admitted to the New York Bar
The M&A Advisor - 40 Under 40 East
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