Matthew M. Guest

Partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Matthew M. Guest

Matthew M. Guest

Partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

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Matthew M. Guest

Matthew M. Guest, a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, is a corporate and securities lawyer who primarily focuses on advising public companies on acquisitions and dispositions, securities law matters, takeover defense and general corporate governance matters. A substantial portion of his practice involves representing banks and other financial services companies on mergers and related matters. Recent transactions include:

* Capital One in numerous transactions, including its 2018 entry into a credit card program with Walmart, the 2018 sale of its mortgage business (largest mortgage portfolio sale in U.S. history), the 2018 sale of its online brokerage business to E*TRADE, the 2017 acquisition of the Cabela’s credit card business, its 2015 acquisition of the GE Capital Healthcare Finance business, the 2012 acquisitions of the HSBC U.S. credit card business and of the U.S. operations of ING Direct Bank and its 2009 acquisition of Chevy Chase Bank
* Financial Engines in its 2018 sale to Hellman & Friedman
* Banner in its 2018 acquisition of Skagit Bancorp and its subsidiary Skagit Bank
* Mechanics Bank in its 2018 acquisition of Learner Financial and Scott Valley Bank
* CapStar Financial Holdings in its 2018 acquisition of Athens Bancshares
* TD Ameritrade in its 2017 acquisition of Scottrade and numerous other transactions
* Thermo Fisher Scientific in its 2017 acquisition of Patheon N.V., its 2016 acquisition of FEI Company, its 2016 acquisition of Affymetrix, its 2014 acquisition of Life Technologies, its 2011 acquisition of Dionex Corporation and the 2006 merger of Thermo Electron and Fisher Scientific
* Bankrate in its 2017 merger with Red Ventures
Astoria Financial in its 2017 merger with Sterling Bancorp
* South State Corporation in its 2017 acquisition of Park Sterling and numerous prior acquisitions
* BNC Bancorp in its 2017 merger with Pinnacle Financial Partners
* PrivateBancorp in its 2017 merger with CIBC
* Associated Banc-Corp in its 2017 acquisition of Bank Mutual
* BB&T Corporation in numerous acquisitions
* Chemours in numerous transactions

In 2018, Matt Guest was named Dealmaker of the Year by American Lawyer. Mr. Guest graduated from Yale Law School. While at Yale, he was notes editor of Volume 109 of the Yale Law Journal. Prior to attending law school, he received his A.B. in Economics and International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated with highest distinction and honors and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

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President, Secretary & Director at Life Technologies Corp.

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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.

AB in Economics & International Studies with Highest Distinction & Honors, Phi Beta Kappa
Class of 1997

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill also known as UNC, UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, or simply Carolina is a coeducational public research university located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States. North Carolina has been consistently ranked among the highest ranked universities in the United States and is one of the original eight Public Ivy schools that provide an Ivy League experience for a public schooling price. After being chartered in 1789, the university first began enrolling students in 1795, which allows it to be one of three schools to claim the title of the oldest public university in the United States.

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Notes 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.

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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.

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South State Corp. purchases CenterState Bank Corp.

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Capstar Financial Holdings, Inc. purchases FCB Corp. (Tennessee)

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Truist Financial Corp. purchases SunTrust Banks, Inc. resulting in a new company Truist Financial Corp.

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