Robert G. DeLaMaterPartner
Throughout his career, Robert DeLaMater has advised corporate clients and their financial advisers on mergers, takeover bids, joint ventures, divestitures and other M&A transactions, as well as on securities offerings, privatizations and other corporate and financial matters. Many of these transactions were the first or largest of their kind and have been cited by leading financial and legal publications as “M&A Deal of the Year” or “IPO of the Year.” At various times he has been resident in our New York, London, Tokyo and Hong Kong offices.
Mr. DeLaMater is recognized as a leader in mergers and acquisitions in Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyers (2006, 2008, 2009), IFLR1000 (2008, 2010), The Legal 500 Latin America (2012, 2013), The Legal 500 United States (2011), Lawdragon (2006, 2007, 2010), New York Super Lawyers (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook (2002-2003, 2003-2004) and PLC Global Counsel Mergers & Acquisitions Handbook (2003-2004, 2004-2005). He has been recommended as a leading lawyer in Capital Markets by PLC Cross-border Capital Markets Handbook 2009, The Legal 500 United States (2012), Chambers Global: Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers and PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook and in Capital Markets and Corporate Finance by Asialaw Leading Lawyers since 2003. He has published in Columbia Law Review, Cornell International Law Journal and other legal publications, and received the 2007 Burton Award for Legal Achievement for his writing.
He has also participated on public panels on topics including mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and securities regulation. He is chairman of the board of trustees of the Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law, a member of the board of directors of BAR Assurance and Reinsurance Limited and the United States Council for International Business, a member of the Board of Visitors at Columbia Law School, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a former chair of the Asian Affairs Committee of the New York City Bar Association. He also is a director of St. Faith’s House Foundation, a former chairman of the board of trustees of Historic Hudson Valley, and a former director of the Keewaydin Foundation.
- SoftBank Group in a series of capital markets offerings and negotiated transactions with T-Mobile and Deutsche Telekom that enabled SoftBank to monetize its holdings in T-Mobile for over $25 billion, which was named “Most Innovative Deal of the Year” in the 2021 awards by The Deal
- Tokio Marine in a number of matters including the $3.1 billion acquisition of Privilege Underwriters and PURE Group, the $1.5 billion sale of Tokio Millennium Re, the $7.5 billion acquisition of HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc., the $2.7 billion acquisition of Delphi Financial Group, Inc. and the $4.7 billion acquisition of Philadelphia Consolidated Holding Corp
- AXA Equitable Holdings (n/k/a Equitable Holdings, Inc.) underwriters in its IPO, several secondary offerings of its shares by AXA S.A. and related offerings of debt securities of AXA Equitable and mandatory exchangeable securities of AXA exchangeable for AXA Equitable shares
- Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo in tender offers for debt securities of MetLife and the subsequent exchange of such debt for common stock of Brighthouse Financial and the public secondary sale of such stock
- Brighthouse Financial underwriters/financial advisors in its debt offerings and spin-off by MetLife
- Credit Suisse on several offerings of Pre-Capitalized Trust Securities sponsored by insurers including Equitable, MassMutual, National Life of Vermont, Unum and Voya
- AIG in its $3.4 billion sale of United Guaranty Corporation to Arch Capital Group Ltd., following a dual-track process involving a concurrent Form S-1 filing to permit an IPO
- ING on the IPO and NYSE listing of shares of Voya Financial, Inc. (formerly ING U.S., Inc.) and various secondary offerings by ING of Voya shares
- AIG on its sale of ALICO to MetLife, its financial arrangements with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Department of the Treasury, and other matters
- Nippon Steel Corporation on various matters, including its agreements with ArcelorMittal to newly build an electric arc furnace at AM/NS Calvert, LLC, which follows from work to establish its joint venture with ArcelorMittal under which NSC and ArcelorMittal formed AM/NS Calvert to purchase ThyssenKrupp Steel USA, LLC from ThyssenKrupp AG and enhance steel operations at Calvert; the terms and conditions of NSC’s exit from I/N Kote L.P. and I/N Tek L.P., joint ventures with ArcelorMittal to process steel products in the United States, as part of the acquisition of those entities by Cleveland-Cliffs, Inc.; and its joint venture with ArcelorMittal to effect the acquisition of Essar Steel in India through the Indian insolvency and resolution process
- Kinross Gold on various matters over many years, including securities offerings and its acquisitions of Red Back Mining and Bema Gold
- AIG on its investment in Allied World Assurance and the IPO and NYSE listing of AWAC
- BOC Hong Kong (Holdings) in its privatization, awarded “Best Privatization of the Year” by FinanceAsia
- Neptune Orient Lines in its acquisition of APL Limited, which was named the “M&A Deal of the Year” by FinanceAsia
- NTT DoCoMo in its IPO, which at $18 billion was the world’s largest IPO, and DoCoMo’s subsequent NYSE listing
- MTR Corporation Limited in its $1.2 billion IPO, Hong Kong’s first ever privatization IPO