S&C Partners Earn Top "Dealmaker of the Year" Rankings (The American Lawyer)April 1, 2009
In its April 2009 edition, The American Lawyer selected SULLIVAN & CROMWELL LLP Partners H. Rodgin Cohen, Michael Wiseman and Frank Aquila as "Dealmakers of the Year." Mr. Cohen was not only chosen as the #1 ranked lawyer among all dealmakers this year but was also featured on the cover of the magazine. The American Lawyer selected him for his work on an unprecedented 17 transactions related to the global credit crisis, identifying him as "Wall Street's go-to lawyer during the most important months for the American banking industry since the Great Depression."
Mr. Wiseman was recognized for his work on the government's historic rescue of AIG. The article noted he led a team of more than 50 S&C lawyers and many AIG employees in completing the company's US$ 85 billion financing in September 2008, as well as its two subsequent financings in November 2008 and March 2009.
Mr. Aquila was selected for his representation of InBev in its unsolicited acquisition of Anheuser-Busch, the largest deal of 2008. The American Lawyer emphasized the importance of bullet-proof financing in this hostile transaction and, in that connection, highlighted George Sampas' creative solution to limit the banks' ability to escape the deal because of material adverse conditions in exchange for higher fees.