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Matthew M. Friestedt


Matthew M. Friestedt

New York +1-212-558-3370+1-212-558-3370 +1-212-558-3588+1-212-558-3588
[email protected]

Matt Friestedt leads the Firm’s Executive Compensation M&A practice. He is experienced in handling all matters involving the compensation of senior executives, including employment, change in control, equity compensation and severance arrangements. Matt has worked on over $2 trillion of M&A transactions and written extensively on executive compensation practices and the Section 280G “golden parachute” tax rules. He also regularly advises on governance issues.


Major M&A Transactions
  • AbbVie withdrawn acquisition of Shire ($55 billion)
  • AIG sale of Alico to MetLife ($15 billion)
  • Amazon acquisition of Whole Foods ($14 billion)
  • Amgen acquisition of Onyx ($10 billion)
  • AT&T acquisition of DirecTV ($67 billion)
  • AT&T acquisition of Time Warner ($109 billion)
  • AT&T blocked acquisition of T-Mobile ($39 billion)
  • ​AT&T spin-off of DirecTV ($16 billion)
  • ​AT&T spin-off of WarnerMedia
  • Bayer acquisition of Monsanto ($66 billion)
  • Biohaven sale to Pfizer ($12 billion)
  • Cablevision sale to Altice ($18 billion)
  • Columbia Pipeline sale to TransCanada ($13 billion)
  • ​Concho sale to ConocoPhillips ($14 billion)
  • Concho acquisition of RSP Permian ($10 billion)
  • ​Credit Suisse pending sale to UBS ($3 billion)
  • CVS acquisition of Omnicare ($13 billion)
  • Dyax sale to Shire ($6 billion)
  • Enbridge acquisition of Spectra ($43 billion)
  • Fiat acquisition of Chrysler out of bankruptcy
  • Fiserv acquisition of First Data ($22 billion)
  • GGP sale to Brookfield ($28 billion)
  • Goldman Sachs acquisition of SLK  ($6 billion)
  • Harris merger of equals with L3 ($35 billion)
  • Hilton Hotels LBO by Blackstone ($26 billion)
  • Idenix sale to Merck ($4 billion)
  • ICE acquisition of the NYSE ($8 billion)
  • Kite Pharma sale to Gilead Sciences ($12 billion)
  • Kraft merger with Heinz ($55 billion)
  • Medco sale to Express Scripts ($29 billion)
  • Perrigo acquisition of Elan ($9 billion)
  • Pharmasset sale to Gilead Sciences ($11 billion)
  • ​PRA Health Sciences sale to ICON ($12 billion)
  • Priceline acquisitions of Kayak and OpenTable
  • SBC acquisition of AT&T ($22 billion)
  • ​Seagen pending sale to Pfizer ($43 billion)
  • Silver Lake sale of Skype to Microsoft ($9 billion)
  • Stemcentrx sale to AbbVie ($10 billion)
  • Synageva sale to Alexion ($8 billion)
  • Teva acquisition of Allergan Generics ($40 billion)
  • TXU LBO by KKR and TPG ($45 billion)
  • UnitedHealth acquisition of Catamaran ($13 billion)
  • UnitedHealth acquisition of Change Healthcare ($14 billion)
  • ZF acquisition of TRW ($13 billion)
Other Representations
  • General Compensation: AMC Networks, Artisan Partners, Cablevision, Madison Square Garden, PacWest Bank, ProSight, RR Donnelley and Vornado
  • IPOs: Archipelago, Artisan Partners, Great Western Bank and ProSight
  • LBOs: Ares, CPPIB, OTPP and Rhône
  • Management Team LBOs: Acosta, Grocery Outlet, Guitar Center, HCA, Russel Investments, Savers
  • Spin-Offs: AMC Networks, Donnelley Financial Services, LSC Communications, JBG Smith, Madison Square Garden, MSG Networks, Urban Edge


Mr. Friestedt has been recognized as a leading lawyer in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2011 to 2022.