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Alison Ressler, Sullivan & Cromwell

Sullivan & Cromwell’s Alison Ressler handled a litany of nine-figure-plus deals last year, but perhaps none as potentially transformational as advising Alphabet Inc.’s self-driving car division, Waymo, in becoming an independently governed legal entity. Here’s what Ressler, a member of the firm’s management committee and co-head of its global private equity group, had to say about her year and the matters her clients bring to her.

What were your professional highlights of the past year? What made that deal or those deals stand out? 2017 has been a great year. My most recently closed deal, the acquisition of Kite Pharma by Gilead for $11.9 billion, is certainly a highlight because the deal was not only record breaking for a sale of a company without revenues, but also because Kite is revolutionizing the treatment of cancer and it was very rewarding to help guide their team through a sale of the company at a critical time in its history. One of the things I love most about what I do is the ability to work with incredibly talented people across diverse industries.

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Ross Todd

Ross Todd is the Editor/columnist for the Am Law Litigation Daily. He writes about litigation of all sorts. Previously, Ross was the Bureau Chief of The Recorder, ALM's California affiliate. Contact Ross at [email protected] On Twitter: @Ross_Todd.

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