Gregory E Pessin is a Partner in Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz's Restructuring and Finance Department. He focuses on advising investors in and potential purchasers and sellers of distressed entities and representing borrowers and issuers with respect to all types of financing for mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions.
Among other matters, Mr Pessin recently represented AbbVie on all financing aspects related to its $21 billion acquisition of Pharmacyclics, including with respect to bridge financing commitments and a $16.7 billion senior notes offering; XPO Logistics on financing matters arising from its €3.24 billion acquisition of Norbert Dentressangle S.A.; and The J.M. Smucker Company in its issuance of $3.65 billion of senior notes and its entry into a $1.75 billion term loan facility in order to finance its acquisition of Big Heart Pet Brands. He has also represented Thermo Fisher Scientific in connection with its acquisitions of Fisher Scientific, Dionex and Life Technologies; PVH in connection with its $3 billion purchase of Tommy Hilfiger and its $3 billion acquisition of Warnaco; Agilent Technologies on its spinoff of Keysight Technologies; and Abbott Laboratories on its spinoff of Abb Vie (including with respect to $14.5 billion of senior bank and bridge financings and $14.7 billion of senior notes).
In the distressed and restructuring space, among other projects, Mr Pessin has represented Google Inc. as the stalking horse bidder in Nortel Networks' $4.5 billion sale of its patent assets in a §363 sale in bankruptcy; Apollo Management in connection with its acquisition of Aleris International through a pre-negotiated bankruptcy reorganization plan; and the senior secured term lenders to Spectrum Brands, Inc. in a contested bankruptcy in which Spectrum and its junior note holders attempted to reinstate the $1 billion secured term debt facility.
Mr Pessin has recently been named a "Rising Star" in the Insolvency and Restructuring practice area by Expert Guides and a "Rising Star" in the New York metropolitan area by Super Lawyers.
Mr Pessin received a B.A. from Duke University in 2001, where he was the editor of The Chronicle, the daily independent newspaper of the university community. He received a J.D. with honors from The University of Chicago Law School in 2005, where he was named a member of the Order of the Coif and was a member of The University of Chicago Law Review.