Dan Dufner is a partner in the Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group, and resident in the New York office.
His practice focuses on representing US public companies and their boards of directors, on high-profile matters that include domestic and cross-border transactions, spin-off and other reorganization transactions (both friendly and contested), joint ventures, proxy fights and takeovers as well as corporate governance and securities matters. He has worked extensively on a variety of cross-border transactions involving assets throughout the US, Europe and Asia-Pacific.
Dan has extensive experience advising clients in the healthcare, telecommunications and satellite communication services sectors. He regularly advises Anthem, Inc., EchoStar Corporation and DISH Network Corporation.
Dan received Lexology's 2018 Client Choice Award for New York M&A. He is ranked as a "Leading Individual" for M&A in Chambers USA, Euromoney and Who's Who Legal and has been recognized by The American Lawyer as "Dealmaker of the Week" and "Dealmaker in the Spotlight."
Dan received his BA from University of Pennsylvania in 1992 and his JD from American University, Washington College of Law, summa cum laude, in 1995.
Most recently, Dan advised Anthem in its terminated US$54.2 billion agreement to acquire Cigna Corporation, a combination that has garnered front-page coverage for more than six years and involved extensive coordination of a White & Case team of cross-practice lawyers in M&A, antitrust, litigation and bank finance. The transaction was the largest ever proposed in managed care and the first merger agreement in the industry that resulted from a public "bear hug" approach. Dan's role as lead M&A counsel to Anthem required him to oversee and coordinate an extensive multi-practice team at White & Case, which now includes its Commercial Litigation practice leading a high-stakes front-page appellate dispute with Cigna in the Delaware Supreme Court over payment of a US$1.85 billion reverse termination fee.
Recent matters include the representation of:
- Anthem, Inc. (NYSE: ANTM) in numerous transactions, most recently the acquisitions of (i) myNEXUS Inc., a post-acute benefits management company focused on delivering innovative home and community-based product offerings; and (ii) InnovaCare Health, L.P.'s Puerto Rico-based subsidiaries, including MMM Holdings, LLC and its Medicare Advantageplan, MMM Healthcare, LLC, as well as affiliated companies and Medicaid plan.
- Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), a subsidiary of EchoStar Corp. (NASDAQ: SATS), in an agreement to enter into a joint venture, holding a majority interest with Yahsat, a leading global satellite operator based in the United Arab Emirates and wholly owned by Mubadala Investment Company, holding a minority interest. The joint venture will provide commercial Ka-band satellite broadband services in Brazil.
- EchoStar Corp. (NASDAQ: SATS) in an agreement to enter into a tax-free spin-off and subsequent sale to DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ: DISH) of its broadcast satellite service business, which includes, among other things, nine satellites and certain real estate owned by EchoStar.