Scott D. MillerPartner
Scott Miller has a broad-based practice emphasizing international mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, private equity, strategic initiatives and governance matters. He has represented principals in M&A transactions valued at well over $100 billion as well as issuers and underwriters in IPOs and other securities offerings generating more than $100 billion in proceeds. He also advises a number of clients on SEC compliance and corporate governance matters. Mr. Miller is responsible for coordinating the Firm’s US and European corporate practice.
Mr. Miller has recently acted in a number of significant corporate and securities matters, investments, strategic alliances and acquisitions involving a range of companies, including Alcan (aluminum), Apollo Tyres (automotive), AT&T (telecom), Bell Canada (telecom), Bucyrus (mining equipment), Chrysler (automotive), CNH Industrial (industrial and agricultural equipment), DISH Network (multi-channel television), DraftKings (fantasy sports), EchoStar (satellite services and television equipment), Exor N.V (industrial holding company), Ferrari (luxury automobiles), Fiat Chrysler (automotive), HPS Capital (formerly Highbridge Capital) (asset management and investing), Kohler Co. (household products and resorts), London Bay Capital (private equity), Nokia (telecom equipment), NXP (semiconductors), PartnerRe (reinsurance), Philips Electronics (consumer electronics), Rio Tinto (mining), Samsung (semiconductors and consumer electronics) Stifel Finanical Group (investment banking), Thomas Weisel Partners (investment banking), Triton International (container leasing), Univar Inc. (chemical distribution), VeriFone (payment solutions) and Veritas (private equity).
His international capital markets work has included representing the issuer in the first privatization in Italy as well as IPOs and privatizations in telecommunications, satellite and other technology-intensive industries in over 15 countries. He also has worked extensively with a number of private equity firms on a range of investments and leveraged acquisitions.
Widely recognized as a leading corporate lawyer, he has been named by The American Lawyer as a “Dealmaker of the Year” for taking “U.S.-style hostile takeover techniques to France” in his representation of Alcan in the precedent-setting takeover of Pechiney and as a “Dealmaker of the Week” as counsel for Fiat in connection with its acquisition of Chrysler. Mr. Miller was named among BTI Consulting Group’s Client Service All-Stars for 2012, a group nominated by clients as representing the best in client service. Mr. Miller also has been recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Law360, Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Capital Markets Lawyers, IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms, The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition, New York Super Lawyers, Southern California Super Lawyers, Northern California Super Lawyers, Lawdragon and The Legal 500 United States.
- Acting as principal outside counsel to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in a range of strategic matters including its 2019 pending 50/50 merger with Peugeot, its pending sale of its global cast iron automotive components business, which is operated through its subsidiary Teksid S.p.A., to Tupy S.A. ($234 million), its 2019 proposed combination with Groupe Renault as a 50/50 merger ($59.5 billion), the formation of Fiat’s industrial alliance with Chrysler and New Chrysler’s bankruptcy-assisted acquisition of the assets of Old Chrysler as part of the U.S. government-sponsored restructuring of the U.S. auto industry, in the 2011 spin-off of its capital goods business, Fiat Industrial, in the 2014 acquisition of the remaining minority shareholding in Chrysler ($3.65 billion), and in the 2018 sale of the Magneti Marelli automotive components business to KKR portfolio company CK Holdings Co., a holding company of Calsonic Kansei Corporation ($6.5 billion), as well as in over $10 billion in equity and debt financing (including a $3 billion mandatory convertible note offering), and in the termination of Fiat’s industrial alliance with General Motors, in which Fiat received a $2 billion payment.
- Representing DISH Network in a number of significant transactions including its agreement with
T-Mobile, Sprint and the U.S. Department of Justice under which DISH acquired Sprint’s prepaid wireless business and entered the U.S. wireless market as the fourth nationwide facilities-based provider, as well as over $20 billion in high-yield debt offerings and a $3 billion convertible note offering (2016) and a number of other strategic M&A and investment transactions (including its $10 billion unsolicited offer for Clearwire (later terminated); its acquisitions of Sprint Nextel and LightSquared; the $3.2 billion spin-off of EchoStar and its agreement to acquire certain assets from EchoStar in exchange for DISH’s interests in Hughes Retail Group; its acquisition of Sling Media and its investments in Sirius XM Radio and TerreStar Networks).
- Representing Ferrari S.p.A and its principal shareholder in its 2015 initial public offering, valuing the company at $10 billion, and its 2016 spin-off from FCA, as well as securities, finance and corporate governance issues since the spin-off. (Transatlantic Finance Dealmaker: Equity Capital Markets by The Transatlantic Legal Awards)
- Representing Chrysler Group LLC in a number of significant transactions, including its proposed 2013 initial public offering; $13 billion of leveraged financing transactions in 2011 and 2014 to repay funding provided by the U.S. and Canadian governments and debt issued to its retiree health care trust (VEBA) in connection with the 2009 restructuring of the U.S. automotive industry and in connection with Fiat’s acquisition of majority ownership in 2011 ($10.5 billion).
- Representing EXOR in connection with Covéa’s $9 billion proposed acquisition of PartnerRe from EXOR
- Representing CNH Industrial NV in the $13 billion going-private takeover of Case New Holland to form the world’s third-largest global capital goods business.
- Representing DraftKings in its combination with Diamond Eagle Acquisition Corp. and SBTech.
- Acting as principal outside counsel to VeriFone Systems Inc. in a number of significant transactions, including its initial public offering, as well as over $1 billion in equity and debt offerings, its acquisitions of Lipman (Israel), Hypercom Corp., Point International (Sweden) and InterCard (Germany) and its $3.4 billion acquisition by an investor group led by Francisco Partners (2018).
- Representing Bucyrus International, Inc. in its $8.6 billion sale to Caterpillar Inc. (2011)
and its 2010 acquisition of the Terex mining equipment business ($1.3 billion).
- Representing Apollo Tyres (India) in its proposed acquisition of Cooper Tire & Rubber and in successfully defending Apollo from litigation brought by Cooper in connection with that transaction.
- Representing Thomas Weisel Partners Group in a number of strategic transactions, from its initial public offering to its 2010 sale to Stifel Financial Corp., and Stifel Financial Corp. in its 2019 acquisition of the Canadian capital markets business of GMP Securities.
- Representing Alcan Inc. (Canada) in several milestone transactions, including its successful defense against an unsolicited $27 billion takeover attempt by Alcoa and its subsequent $46 billion acquisition by Rio Tinto (2007), its spin-off of Novelis Inc., the world’s largest producer of aluminum rolled products and its $7 billion hostile takeover of Pechiney (among the first hostile offers for a French company and named “Deal of the Year” by, inter alia, Corporate Finance magazine and Institutional Investor).
- Representing Veritas Capital in its $1.25 billion acquisition of Thomson Reuters’ healthcare business (Truven Healthcare).
- Representing EchoStar in its 2011 acquisition of Hughes Communications Inc. ($2.6 billion) and $2 billion of leveraged bridge financing and related high-yield note takeout financings and in $1.5 billion of high-yield debt financing (2016).
- Representing Samsung in its unsolicited offer to acquire SanDisk.
- Representing AT&T (formerly SBC Communications) in a number of transactions, including its strategic alliances with Yahoo! and DISH Network.