Dan Dufner is a partner in White & Case's M&A group, based in New York. His practice focuses on representing US public companies and includes US domestic transactions, as well as cross-border transactions throughout Europe, Asia and Australia.
Dan has worked extensively for longstanding clients Anthem (formerly WellPoint), DISH Network and EchoStar, and he is valued by his clients for his ability to handle complex cases involving different parties with competing interests.
Dan received Lexology's 2018 Client Choice Award for New York M&A. He is also ranked as a "Leading Lawyer" for M&A in Chambers USA and has been recognized by The American Lawyer as "Dealmaker of the Week" and "Dealmaker in the Spotlight."
Dan began advising longtime client Anthem in early 2015 in connection with its proposed pursuit and recently terminated US$54.2 billion agreement to acquire Cigna Corporation. This transaction, which garnered front-page coverage for over two years, marks the largest transaction 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 dispute with Cigna in the Delaware Court of Chancery over payment of a US$1.85 billion reverse termination fee and each party's claims for billions of dollars in damages arising from allegations of breaches of the merger agreement.
Other recent matters include the representation of:
- Anthem, Inc. (NYSE: ANTM) in its acquisition of Beacon Health Options, the largest independently held behavioral health organization in the country, its terminated US$54.2 billion agreement to acquire Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI), a combination that garnered years of front-page coverage and its acquisition of Aspire Health, Inc., the nation's largest non-hospice, community-based palliative care provider.
- EchoStar Corporation, a premier global provider of satellite and video delivery solutions, in various strategic transactions with DISH Network Corporation, including its spin-off and merger of EchoStar's broadcast satellite services business in exchange for DISH common stock and the transfer of EchoStar's technologies business to DISH in exchange for the redemption of two issues of preferred tracking stock issued in a prior transaction.
Dan received his JD at American University Washington College of Law in 1995, and received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992.