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Marni J. Lerner
Partner
 
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017 
 
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Phone: +1-212-455-3443
Fax: +1-212-455-2502
Head of the Firm’s Private Equity Mergers and Acquisitions Practice, Marni Lerner has extensive experience representing a mix of private equity and corporate clients, including family and founder-owned companies, in mergers and acquisitions, public and private divestitures, strategic investments and securities law matters. In her 25 years of corporate deal making, Marni has consistently worked on a variety of significant, complex and record-breaking transactions for a wide range of clients. Her representations have included KKR and its portfolio companies on transactions involving Del Monte Foods, Duracell, U.S. Foodservice and Dollar General. Marni has also advised JLL Partners, Three Cities Research, Nielsen Holdings, Shanghai Electric, United Supermarkets, Varian Semiconductor and the special committees of the boards of Clearwire and DirecTV. She was recently recognized in an “Acritas Stars” report as one of 13 women lawyers globally – and one of only two in the United States – who received nominations from three or more individual clients. In 2017, Marni was named among Crain’s New York Business’s inaugural list of “Leading Women Lawyers in NYC.” Marni is regularly recognized by Chambers USA and The Legal 500 United States for her transactional work, with the former adding that Marni is “a strong negotiator who is noted for her ability to get deals done.” Additionally, in 2016 and 2014, she was named an “MVP” for Private Equity by Law360.

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Work Highlights
  • Internet Brands in its acquisition of WebMD 
  • Del Monte Corporation (n/k/a Big Heart Pet) in its acquisition of Natural Balance Pet Foods, the $1.675 billion sale of its Consumer Products Business to Del Monte Pacific Limited and its sale to The JM Smucker Company
  • Dollar General in its proposal to acquire Family Dollar
  • Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Clearwire Corporation in the acquisition of Clearwire by Sprint
  • KKR in multiple acquisitions, investments and divestitures, including its acquisitions of Nature's Bounty Dollar General, Sunrise Senior Living Management Company, Academy Sports + Outdoors, National Vision and Channel Control Merchants
  • The Hershey Company in its acquisition of Krave Pure Foods
  • Eaton Corporation in its $11.8 billion acquisition of Cooper Industries
  • Varian Semiconductor in its approximately $4.9 billion merger with Applied Materials
Accolades
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • The Legal 500 United States
  • 2016, 2014 “MVP” for Private Equity, Law360
  • “Leading Women Lawyers in NYC,” Crain’s New York Business
Education
  • Harvard Law School, 1991 J.D.
    cum laude
  • Amherst College, 1988 B.A.
    summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa
Associations
  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
Admissions
  • New York 1992

Marni J. Lerner is a Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where she practices in the Corporate Department and serves as Head of the Firm’s Private Equity Mergers and Acquisitions Practice. Marni advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, public and private divestitures, strategic investments and corporate and securities law matters.

In her 25 years of corporate deal making, Marni has consistently worked on a variety of significant, complex and record-breaking transactions for a wide range of clients, including, for example, advising:

  • KKR and its portfolio companies on many of its investments, acquisitions and divestitures, including Natures Bounty, Duracell International Inc., Randall’s Food Markets Inc., Borden, Inc., PanAmSat Corporation, Dollar General Corporation, U.S. Foodservice, Jitterbit, Inc., Mills Fleet Farm, TASC, Inc., Del Monte Foods Company, Academy Limited, Sunrise Senior Living, Inc., National Vision and Channel Control Merchants
  • Internet Brands in its acquisition of WebMD
  • Global Payments Inc. in its acquisition of Heartland Payment Systems, Inc.
  • Visant Holding Corp. in its sale to Jarden Corporation
  • Lake Region Medical Holdings, Inc. in its sale to Greatbatch, Inc.
  • The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Clearwire Corporation in connection with the acquisition of Clearwire by Sprint
  • The independent directors of Quintiles Transnational Holdings Inc. in its announced merger of equals with IMS Health Holdings, Inc.
  • Dollar General in its proposal to acquire Family Dollar
  • The Hershey Company in its acquisition of Krave Pure Foods
  • Nielsen Holdings N.V. in connection with its acquisition of Arbitron Inc. and Harris Interactive Inc.
  • Eaton Corporation in its acquisition of Cooper Industries plc    
  • Del Monte Corporation (n/k/a Big Heart Pet) in its acquisition of Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc., and on the sale of its consumer products business and its ultimate sale to The JM Smucker Company
  • United Supermarkets in connection with its sale to Albertson’s
  • Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates, Inc., in its merger with Applied Materials, Inc.
  • The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of The DIRECTV Group, Inc., in connection with DIRECTV’s merger with Liberty Entertainment, Inc.
  • Shanghai Electric (Group) Corporation in connection with its investment in Goss International Corporation
  • syncreon Holdings in its acquisition of TDS Logistics, Inc., the investment in syncreon by GenNx360 Capital Partners and the investment in syncreon by Centerbridge Partners
  • Visant Corporation in connection with its sale of various businesses
  • JLL Partners in connection with its acquisition of American Dental Partners, Inc., and its acquisition and subsequent disposition of Mosaic Sales Solutions
  • Three Cities Research, Inc., in connection with the sale of a majority interest in Garden Ridge Corporation

She has also represented financial advisors in connection with merger and acquisition matters. 

Marni is regularly recognized by Chambers USA:  America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and The Legal 500 United States, with the former adding that Marni is “a strong negotiator who is noted for her ability to get deals done.” She was recently recognized in an “Acritas Stars” report as one of 13 women lawyers globally – and one of only two in the United States – who received nominations from three or more individual clients. In 2017, Marni was named among Crain’s New York Business’s inaugural list of “Leading Women Lawyers in NYC.” Additionally, she was named a 2016 and 2014 “MVP” in Private Equity by Law360.

Marni joined Simpson Thacher in 1991 and was elected a Partner of the Firm in 1999. She received her B.A., summa cum laude, from Amherst College in 1988, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and her J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1991. Marni is admitted to practice in the State of New York and is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

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