Mort Pierce is a partner in White & Case's M&A group, based in New York. Mort has more than 40 years of experience advising clients on mergers and acquisitions and related deals. He has represented acquirers, targets, investment bankers and investors across a number of industry sectors, including financial services, healthcare, media, entertainment and telecommunications.
Adept at leading clients through the various stages of highly complex transactions, Mort has been involved in numerous high-profile deals, involving some of the world's best known companies. These transactions include the acquisition of EMI Music Publishing by Sony, the acquisition of CNET by CBS, the acquisitions of Capital Cities/ABC, Pixar and Marvel by The Walt Disney Company, the acquisition of The MONY Group by AXA Financial, and the Wells Fargo acquisition of First Interstate Bank.
Mort also has experience of numerous cross-border and multi-jurisdictional merger and acquisition transactions. These include the acquisition of GTECH by Lottomatica, the Zimmer Holdings acquisition of Centerpulse AG, the Guinness/GrandMet merger, the Luxottica Group S.p.A. acquisition of The United States Shoe Corporation and the Cable & Wireless acquisition of NYNEX CableComms.
Mort has been active in a number of professional, charitable and academic roles. He is currently a Board Member of the GAR Foundation, a not-for-profit organization. He is also on the Board of Advisors of the Institute for Law and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania and the Advisory Board for the Program on Corporate Governance at Harvard Law School. He is a former Board Member of the Legal Aid Society and he also held various committee roles at the American Bar Association.
Mort is named as a "Leading Lawyer" in Chambers, Euromoney, The Legal 500, and Who's Who Legal, among others.
Recent matters include the representation of:
- Calpine Corporation in its US$17 billion sale to Energy Capital Partners, and a consortium of investors including Access Industries and Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board.
- Zimmer Holdings, Inc. (NYSE and SIX: ZMH), in its US$13.35 billion acquisition of Biomet, Inc., one of the world's leading medical device manufacturers.
- Omnicare, Inc. in its US$12.7 billion sale to CVS Health.
Mort received his JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1974. He attended the University of Oxford from 1974–1975, and received his BA from Yale University in 1970.