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Anthony F. Vernace
 

Anthony F. Vernace

Partner
 
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017 
 
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A Corporate Partner in the Firm’s New York office, Anthony Vernace counsels private equity firms and public companies in mergers and acquisitions, investments, joint ventures, recapitalizations and other corporate transactions. Anthony also regularly counsels clients on corporate governance, shareholder activism and general corporate and securities law matters. In addition to being profiled by Business Insider for his work as a private equity deal lawyer, Anthony has received recognition for his work on numerous marquee M&A transactions on behalf of both private equity firms and public companies, including being named by The Legal 500 as a “Next Generation Partner” in both M&A: Large Deals and Private Equity Buyouts, and by Law360 as a “Rising Star” in M&A for 2016 and an “MVP” in Private Equity for 2014. Anthony is recognized by Chambers USA, which lauds him for “his track record in advising on high-end transactional matters on behalf of a range of major sponsors” and reports that he is identified by clients as “a terrific lawyer.” Anthony currently serves as Co-Chair of Simpson Thacher’s Finance Committee and was previously a member of the Firm’s Recruiting Committee.

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Work Highlights
  • Microsoft Corporation in its $28.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn, its $19.7 billion acquisition of Nuance Communications, its $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype, its $7.5 billion acquisition of ZeniMax Media, Inc., its $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia Corporation’s phone business, its $300 million investment in Barnes & Noble’s NOOK business, its acquisition of GitHub and it's announced $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard
  • Blackstone in its acquisitions of, and investments in, Array Technologies, Ascend Learning, Chainalysis, Chamberlain Group, Clari, Crocs, Cryoport, Data Group, First Eagle, FireEye, Gates Corporation, LifeScicence Logistics, Liftoff Mobile, MagicLab, Patria, Phoenix Tower, QTS Realty Trust, Simpli.fi, TaskUs, Travelport, Vungle and Walker Edison
  • Genesee & Wyoming in numerous acquisitions, including RailAmerica, the west end of the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad, the Arkansas Division of Pinsly Railroad Company and the Providence and Worcester Railroad Company; and its $8.4 billion sale to affiliates of Brookfield Infrastructure and GIC
  • BC Partners in the sale of its interest in Teneo, its investment in EAB, its acquisition of NAVEX Global and its C$5.125 billion recapitalization of GFL Environmental Holdings; and BC Partners and PetSmart in connection with PetSmart’s acquisition of Chewy, Inc.
  • Twitter’s Board of Directors in its announced sale to Elon Musk
  • Blue Buffalo Pet Products in its $8 billion sale to General Mills
  • Team Health in its $6.1 billion sale to Blackstone
  • ADT in its $15 billion sale to Apollo Global Management
  • TRW in its $13.5 billion sale to ZF Friedrichshafen
Accolades
  • 2021 Recognized in Private Equity: Buyouts - New York, Chambers USA
  • 2020 “Up and Coming” in Private Equity: Buyouts - Nationwide, Chambers USA
  • 2017 - 2020 “Next Generation Partner” in M&A: Large Deals, The Legal 500
  • 2017 & 2019 “Next Generation Partner” in Private Equity Buyouts, The Legal 500
  • 2016 “Rising Star” in M&A, Law360
  • 2014 “MVP” in Private Equity, Law360
Education
  • Columbia Law School, 2005 J.D.
    Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; Columbia Business Law Review
  • Fordham University, 2002 B.S.
    summa cum laude
Associations
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Excellence Community Schools, Member, Board of Directors
Admissions
  • New York 2006

Anthony Vernace is a Partner in the Firm’s Corporate Department, where he specializes in the representation of private equity firms and public companies in mergers and acquisitions, investments, joint ventures and other corporate transactions. Anthony also regularly counsels clients on corporate governance, shareholder activism and securities law matters. His clients span a wide range of industries and include leading technology, transportation, healthcare, industrial, financial services and consumer products companies. In addition to being profiled by Business Insider for his work as a private equity deal lawyer, Anthony has received recognition for his work on numerous marquee M&A transactions on behalf of both private equity firms and public companies, including being named by The Legal 500 as a “Next Generation Partner” in both M&A: Large Deals and Private Equity Buyouts, and by Law360 as a “Rising Star” in M&A for 2016 and an “MVP” in Private Equity for 2014. Anthony is recognized by Chambers USA, which lauds him for “his track record in advising on high-end transactional matters on behalf of a range of major sponsors” and reports that he is identified by clients as “a terrific lawyer.” Anthony currently serves as Co-Chair of Simpson Thacher’s Finance Committee and was previously a member of the Firm’s Recruiting Committee.

Selected private equity M&A transactions on which Anthony has worked include the representation of: 

  • Blackstone in its acquisitions of, and investments in, Array Technologies, Ascend Learning, Bumble, Chainalysis, Chamberlain Group, Clari, Crocs, Cryoport, First Eagle Investment Management, FireEye, Gates Corporation, International Data Group LifeScience Logistics, Liftoff Mobile, Medline, Patria, Phoenix Tower International, QTS Realty, Simpli.fi, TaskUs, Travelport, Vungle and Walker Edison
  • BC Partners in its investment in EAB; its acquisitions of NAVEX Global and GFL Environmental; PetSmart’s acquisition of Chewy, Inc.; and its sale of Teneo 
  • Certares in its $325 million purchase of 8% Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock in Liberty TripAdvisor
  • The Invus Group in its investment in Cava Group, Inc.
  • Atairos Group in its acquisition of General Atlantic’s approximately 26% ownership stake in TriNet Group, Inc. for approximately $440 million
  • Apax Partners and ALM Media in ALM Media’s sale to Wasserstein & Co.
  • Emerson Electric Co. in the sale of a majority interest in its Embedded Computing & Power business to Platinum Equity
  • Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., Vestar Capital Partners and Centerview Partners in their $5.3 billion acquisition of Del Monte Foods Company
  • Hellman & Friedman in its $640 million acquisition of Internet Brands, Inc.
  • Corsair Capital as the lead investor in National City's $7 billion capital raise

Selected public company M&A transactions include advising:

  • ADT in its $15 billion sale to Apollo Global Management

  • Apax Partners led consortium in their $6.8 billion acquisition of Kinetic Concepts, Inc.

  • Apria in its $1.6 billion sale to Owens & Minor

  • Blackstone in its $10 billion acquisition of QTS Realty

  • Blue Buffalo Pet Products in its $8 billion sale to General Mills 

  • Genesee & Wyoming in its $8.4 billion sale to affiliates of Brookfield Infrastructure and GIC

  • Genesee & Wyoming in its acquisitions of RailAmerica ($1.4 billion) and Providence and Worcester Railroad Company ($126 million)

  • Microsoft Corporation in its acquisitions of Activision Blizzard (pending; $68.7 billion), LinkedIn ($28.2 billion); and Nuance Communications ($19.7 billion) 

  • TeamHealth in its $1.6 billion acquisition of IPC Healthcare and $6.1 billion sale to funds affiliated with Blackstone and certain co-investors

  • TRW in its $13.5 billion sale to ZF Friedrichshafen

  • TD Bank Group in its $668 million acquisition of Epoch Holding Corporation

  • Twitter’s Board of Directors in its announced sale to Elon Musk

Other strategic M&A transactions on which Anthony has worked include the representation of:

  • American Family Insurance in its acquisition of Bold Penguin
  • Ameriprise Financial in its $1 billion acquisition of the long-term asset management business of Columbia Management from Bank of America
  • AMERGINT Technologies in its acquisition of the space-based precision optics business of Raytheon Technologies
  • Big Heart Pet Brands in its $5.8 billion sale to The J.M. Smucker Company
  • Genesee & Wyoming in its acquisitions of the west end of the Dakota ($210 million), the Minnesota & Eastern Railroad from Canadian Pacific, the Arkansas Division of Pinsly Railroad Company and its investment in Cargomatic 
  • GFL Environmental Holdings in its acquisition of Waste Industries
  • Microsoft Corporation in its acquisitions of Skype ($8.5 billion), ZeniMax Media, Inc. ($7.5 billion), Nokia Corporation’s phone business ($7.2 billion) and GitHub ($7.5 billion), and its $300 million investment in Barnes & Noble’s NOOK business
  • The Bank of Nova Scotia in its $5.6 billion FDIC-assisted acquisition of R-G Premier Bank of Puerto Rico
  • Vungle in its acquisitions of JetFuel, Inc. and GameRefinery Oy

Anthony received his J.D. in 2005 from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He received his B.S., summa cum laude, from Fordham University in 2002. Anthony is admitted to practice in New York.

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