CORRECTION: 7/31/13, 6:05 p.m. EDT. A previous version of this story misstated the year that Elan's former general counsel John Moriarty left the company. We regret the error.
Teams of lawyers from five Am Law 100 firms and top Irish shops A&L Goodbody and Dillon Eustace are working on the $6.7 billion cash-and-stock sale of Dublin-based biotechnology company Elan to U.S. generic pharmaceutical firm Perrigo.
For a team of corporate and litigation lawyers at Cadwalder, Wickersham & Taft counseling Elan, Monday's announcement caps a months-long engagement. Corporate partners Christopher Cox and Gregory Patti are leading the firm's efforts on behalf of Elan, with tax partners David Miller and Richard Nugent, senior corporate attorney Daniel Zimmerman, and antitrust special counsel Anne MacGregor all lending their expertise.
A&L Goodbody subsequently advised Elan in connection with litigation with RP in Ireland, while Cadwalader litigation cochair Gregory Markel and litigation partner Martin Seidel represented Elan in a suit the company filed against RP in federal court in Manhattan that sought to scuttle a potential sale. In early June
on U.S. District Judge William Pauley III's decision to grant Elan’s request for a temporary restraining order blocking RP’s “coercive” tender offer.
Cadwalader’s Cox was out of the office on vacation Monday and unavailable for immediate comment on Elan’s acquisition saga, and Patti declined a request for comment about the firm's role setting up the company's proposed sale to Perrigo.
, a former senior corporate partner and head of M&A at A&L Goodbody, was
named general counsel of Elan
in February. A&L Goodbody corporate partners Cian McCourt and Alan Casey, who, respectively, work out of the Irish firm’s offices in New York and Dublin, are also advising Elan on the deal with Perrigo. (For those who might be interested,
McCourt is set to participate Wednesday
in a Mayer Brown–hosted teleconference that will focus on M&A deals that result in a change in a buyer’s domicile, a key factor in Perrigo’s Elan acquisition.)
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher M&A cochair Barbara Becker, former practice head and
veteran dealmaker Dennis Friedman
, corporate partner James Barabas, and independent contract attorney Caroline Spector-Dicks are representing Citigroup as financial adviser to Elan on its sale to Perrigo.
Rounding out the team of S&C lawyers advising Perrigo are tax head Ronald Creamer Jr., tax partners Andrew Mason and Davis Wang, employee benefits partner Matthew Friestedt and special counsel Henrik Patel, financial institutions partner John Baumgardner, litigation and contract partner Adam Paris, and associates Bernd Delahaye, Guy Inbar, Zachary Jacobs, Jennifer Lee, Joshua Lerner, William Magnuson, Regina Readling, and John Wildt. S&C previously counseled the financial adviser to Perrigo on the company's
$818 million acquisition of Israel’s Agis Industries
Perrigo has retained Dillon Eustace as Irish legal counsel, while Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson is serving as finance counsel to the company through corporate partners Stuart Gelfond and J. Christian Nahr and tax partner Robert Cassanos.
SEC filings show
that Fried Frank has done work for Perrigo in the past.