New York – March 31, 2009 (LAWFUEL) – Debevoise & Plimpton LLP partner Jeffrey J. Rosen has been named a Dealmaker of the Year by The American Lawyer magazine for his role in advising Verizon Wireless Inc. in its $28.1 billion acquisition of Alltel Corporation. This is the third time Mr. Rosen has been named a Dealmaker – he was recognized in 2004 for his representation of General Electric and NBC in their $14 billion acquisition of Vivendi Universal Entertainment and in 2007 for his role in advising International Paper on the $6.6 billion sale of 5.7 million acres of U.S. timberland.
The American Lawyer’s Dealmakers of the Year, featuring the year’s top transactional lawyers, appears in the April 2009 issue. Highlighting the “rare window” for Verizon acquisition to take place, The American Lawyer noted that Mr. Rosen and his colleagues at Debevoise finalized the merger agreement as well as intricate documentation with Alltel creditors in an 18-hour marathon.
The Debevoise team led by Mr. Rosen, who co-chairs the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group and is the deputy presiding partner of the firm, included partners David A. Brittenham, Lawrence K. Cagney, Peter A. Furci and William D. Regner and associates Claire Y. Choi, Michael A. Diz, David K. Lutz, Julianna N. Mather, William C. Mulvey, Christine M. O’Reilly, Eva E. Subotnik, Ashkan Tehrani and David W. Wicklund.
Debevoise’s M&A lawyers regularly lead transactions for some of the world’s most prominent corporations, financial services institutions and private equity firms. The group has particularly strong experience with complex leveraged acquisitions and cross-border transactions across a wide range of industries. In 2008, Debevoise worked on more than 116 announced or completed M&A deals with a total transaction value in excess of $441 billion.
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