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 chairman of the board of trustees of Historic Hudson Valley, a director of St. Faith’s House Foundation and a former director of the Keewaydin Foundation.
- The TCW Group in connection with Nippon Life Insurance Company’s pending purchase of a 24.7% minority stake in TCW from The Carlyle Group
- AXA Equitable Holdings underwriters in the IPO secondary sale by AXA S.A. and related offerings of debt securities of AXA Equitable and mandatory exchangeable securities of AXA exchangeable for AXA Equitable common stock
- 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
- China Oceanwide Holdings Group Co. in its $2.7 billion pending acquisition of Genworth Financial, Inc.
- AIG in its $3.4 billion sale of United Guaranty Corporation to Arch Capital Group Ltd.
- Tokio Marine Holdings in its $7.5 billion acquisition of HCC Insurance Holdings and its acquisitions of Philadelphia Consolidated Holding Corp. and Delphi Financial Group
- ING on the IPO and NYSE listing of shares of Voya Financial, Inc. (formerly ING U.S., Inc.)
- 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 & Sumitomo Metal Corporation in its sale and purchase agreement with ThyssenKrupp AG and ArcelorMittal SA under which Nippon Steel and ArcelorMittal have formed the joint venture AM/NS Calvert LLC to purchase ThyssenKrupp Steel USA, LLC
- Kinross Gold on various matters over many years, including securities offerings and its acquisitions of Red Back Mining and Bema Gold
- Aflac, Allied World Assurance, AmTrust Financial, Everest Re, Global Indemnity, Mutual of Omaha and National General underwriters on various securities offerings
- AIG on its investment in Allied World Assurance and the IPO and NYSE listing of AWAC
- China Pacific Insurance underwriters on its IPO in Hong Kong
- Mitsui Marine & Fire Insurance in its merger with Sumitomo Marine & Fire Insurance
- BOC Hong Kong (Holdings) in its privatization, awarded “Best Privatization of the Year” by FinanceAsia
- DP World on the disposition of the U.S. businesses of P&O Ports to AIG Global Investment Group
- Neptune Orient Lines (Singapore) in its acquisition of APL Limited (U.S.), which was named the “M&A Deal of the Year” by FinanceAsia
- Fuji TV on the contest for control of Nippon Broadcasting between Fuji TV and Livedoor
- Philippine Long Distance Telephone in its defense against an unsolicited takeover bid from the Gokongwei group
- 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