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Alison S. Ressler

Partner

Alison S. Ressler

Partner
Los Angeles +1-310-712-6600+1-310-712-6600 +1-310-712-8800+1-310-712-8800
resslera@sullcrom.com

Alison S. Ressler is a leading authority on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and capital markets, having been recognized by The American Lawyer as a “Dealmaker of the Year” for her role advising Barclays in the sale of Barclays Global Investors to BlackRock and as a “Dealmaker of the Week” and “Dealmaker in the Spotlight” for her role in the acquisition of Skype by Microsoft from an investor group led by Silver Lake, (as counsel to both Skype and Silver Lake). She provides advice to domestic and international corporations, private equity investors, boards of directors and financial advisers for a wide range of transactions in regulated and unregulated industries.

Ms. Ressler is a member of the Firm’s Management Committee; serves as co-head of the Global Private Equity Group; and is responsible for the Firm’s practice in California.

Rankings and Recognitions

Alison Ressler is regularly recognized as a leading lawyer and at the top of the legal profession – in California, the United States and globally – by a variety of publications and guides covering the profession. In 2014, she was named “Legal Advisor of the Year” by The M&A Advisor and was honored by The Best Lawyers in America for her work in Private Equity. In addition to the accolades already mentioned, Ms. Ressler has been recognized for her work in Mergers & Acquisitions/Private Equity, Corporate Governance and Capital Markets by the following authorities:

  • The Best Lawyers in America – recognized for over 10 years
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Daily Journal
  • Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers – Best of the Best
  • Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Private Equity Lawyers
  • Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Report
  • IFLR1000
  • The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers
  • The International Who’s Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers
  • The International Who’s Who of Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyers
  • Law360
  • The Lawdragon 500: Leading Dealmakers in America
  • The Lawdragon 500: Leading Lawyers in America
  • The Lawdragon 500: New Stars, New Worlds
  • The Lawyer Transatlantic Elite, “Introducing the Sweet Sixteen” and “The M&A Elite”
  • The Legal 500 United States
  • The M&A Advisor
  • PLC Cross-border Capital Markets Handbook
  • PLC Cross-border Mergers & Acquisitions Handbook
  • PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Governance; Mergers and Acquisitions

Professional Activities and Community Involvement

  • Member of the Dean’s Council, Columbia Law School
  • Trustee and Treasurer, Brown University
  • Trustee, Harvard Westlake School


SELECTED REPRESENTATIONS

Significant M&A transactions in which she is currently involved or has been involved from 2010 to present include:
  • the $15.8 billion pending acquisition of Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd., the unsolicited offer to acquire Allergan Inc., the acquisition of PreCision Dermatology, Inc., the $1.4 billion sale  of aesthetic products to Galderma S.A., the acquisitions of Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation, QLT, Inc.’s Visudyne business, and Eyetech Inc. and the aborted bid for Cephalon, Inc. by Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (as counsel to Valeant)
  • the acquisition of a significant stake in American Tire Distributors, Inc. by a fund managed by the Private Equity Group of Ares Management (as counsel to Ares)
  • the acquisition of PODS by Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board (as counsel to OTPP)
  • the acquisition of Grocery Outlet, Inc. by affiliates of Hellman & Friedman LLC (as counsel to MacGregor Read and Eric Lindberg, shareholders and Co-CEOs of Grocery Outlet, Inc.)
  • the acquisition of Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. by Endo International plc (as counsel to Endo)
  • the acquisition of Sport Chalet, Inc. by Vestis Retail Group, a portfolio company of Versa Capital Management (as counsel to Versa)
  • the acquisition of Bristol Industries by Consolidated Aerospace Manufacturing, LLC, a portfolio company of Tinicum Incorporated (as counsel to Tinicum)
  • the acquisition of NaturalMotion Ltd. by Zynga Inc. (as counsel to Zynga)
  • the $11.2 billion acquisition of Cole Real Estate Investments by American Realty Capital Properties (as counsel to Christopher Cole and certain other executives) and the acquisition of Cole Holdings Corporation by Cole Credit Property Trust III, Inc. (as counsel to Cole Holdings)
  • the acquisition of Dole Foods Co. by an investor group led by David H. Murdock, Dole’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (as counsel to the special committee of Dole)
  • the acquisition of CPG International Inc. by the affiliated funds of Ares Management and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board (as counsel to Ares and OTPP)
  • the purchase of Activision Blizzard shares from Vivendi (as counsel to ASAC II, an investment vehicle led by Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick and Co-Chairman Brian Kelly)
  • the sale of 14.9% ownership stake in Advent Software, Inc. to TPG Capital by SPO Partners (as counsel to SPO Partners) and subsequent sale of the remaining 15% stake
  • the acquisition of Dell Inc. by an investor group led by Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners and financed in part by Microsoft (as counsel to Microsoft )
  • the acquisition of SeaCube Container Leasing Ltd. by Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board (as counsel to OTPP)
  • the acquisition of Cymer, Inc. by ASML Holding NV (as counsel to Cymer)
  • the acquisition of Lucasfilm Ltd. by The Walt Disney Company (as counsel to the financial adviser to Disney) 
  • the sale of Serta and Simmons Bedding Company to Advent International by Ares Management and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board (as counsel to Ares and OTPP)
  • the acquisition of Savers, Inc. (interests held by Freeman Spogli & Co.) by Leonard Green & Partners, L.P. and TPG Capital (as counsel to the controlling shareholder of Savers)
  • the strategic alliance among Moelis & Company, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) and SMBC Nikko Securities Inc. (as counsel to Moelis)
  • the repurchase by Wynn Resorts, Limited of approximately 20% of its shares from Universal Entertainment Corporation (as counsel to the financial adviser to Wynn)
  • the acquisition of Skype Global S.à r.l. by Microsoft Corporation from an investor group led by Silver Lake (as counsel to both Skype and Silver Lake) (recognized as a “Dealmaker in the Spotlight” in The American Lawyer, July/August 2011, and as a “Dealmaker of the Week” by Am Law Daily, May 13, 2011)
  • the acquisition of 99 Cents Only Stores by Ares Management LLC and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (as counsel to the financial adviser to the special committee)
  • the sale of Central Parking Corporation to Standard Parking Corporation by Versa Capital Management (as counsel to Versa)
  • the acquisition of Citadel Broadcasting Corporation by Cumulus Media Inc. (as counsel to the financial adviser to Citadel)
  • the investments in Central Pacific Financial Corp. by The Carlyle Group and Anchorage Capital Group (as counsel to Central Pacific Financial)
  • the acquisition of Cypress Bioscience, Inc. by Ramius LLC and Royalty Pharma (as counsel to Cypress Bioscience)
  • the merger of equals between Biovail Corporation and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (as counsel to the special committee of Biovail)
  • the acquisition of First Republic Bank from Bank of America Corp. by a consortium of buyers including Colony Capital LLC and General Atlantic LLC (as counsel to Colony Capital)
  • the acquisition of Simmons Bedding Company by Ares Management LLC and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board (as counsel to Ares and OTPP)
Prior to 2010, Ms. Ressler has advised on numerous headline M&A transactions including the acquisition of Barclays Global Investors by BlackRock Inc., the acquisition of Clear Channel Communications by a private equity group comprising Thomas H. Lee Partners and Bain Capital Partners, the acquisition of Hilton Hotels Corporation by The Blackstone Group, the acquisition of CNL Retirement Properties by Health Care Property Investors, the acquisition of the hotel business of Hilton Group plc by Hilton Hotels Corporation, the acquisition of Chiron Corporation by Novartis AG, the acquisition by Occidental Petroleum Corporation of Vintage Petroleum Corporation, the acquisition of Westcorp by Wachovia, the merger of Sprint Corporation and Nextel Communications, Inc., the sale of Hynix Semiconductor’s logic-based semiconductor business to Citigroup Venture Capital Equity Partners LP and the acquisition of PayPal, Inc. by eBay, Inc.

Corporate Governance

Significant corporate governance and proxy contest engagements in recent years include:
 
  • the proxy fight between BJ’s Restaurants and PW Partners, Atlas Fund II LP, Luxor Capital Partners LP and certain other shareholders (as counsel to BJ’s)
  • investigation and transition of a key executive of SandRidge Energy  (as counsel to the Board of Directors of SandRidge)
  • the investment in Pacific Sunwear of California by Golden Gate Capital (as counsel to the Board of Directors of Pacific Sunwear)
  • the proxy fight between AMAG Pharmaceuticals and MSMB Capital (as counsel to AMAG)
  • the proxy fight between Cypress Bioscience and Ramius LLC and Royalty Pharma (as counsel to Cypress Bioscience)
  • the proxy fight between Amylin and Icahn Group and Eastbourne Capital (as counsel to Amylin)
  • the proxy fight between Biovail and Eugene Melnyk (as counsel to Biovail)
  • the proxy fight between New Century Financial and Greenlight (as counsel to New Century Financial)
  • the proxy fight between Vineyard National and certain of its shareholders (as co-counsel to Vineyard National)
  • the proxy fight in connection with Central Pacific Financial’s hostile offer for CB Bancshares (as counsel to Central Pacific Financial)
  • the hostile proxy contest and tender offer initiated by a shareholder of Entertainment Properties Trust (as counsel to Entertainment Properties Trust)