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Latham & Watkins Dealmaker Heads to Greenberg Traurig (2)

Jan. 27, 2020, 8:32 PMUpdated: Jan. 28, 2020, 3:46 AM

Greenberg Traurig has hired noted M&A attorney and former global co-chair of Latham & Watkins’ M&A practice, M. Adel Aslani-Far, as a partner in its corporate practice in New York.

Aslani-Far’s practice focuses on cross-border and domestic public company M&A, corporate governance, shareholder activism, and takeover defense. He works with boards and senior management on corporate governance and strategic planning, including shareholder activism and unsolicited takeover attempts.

Aslani-Far joined Latham & Watkins in 2007 from Dewey & Ballantine, which merged that year with LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae to form the now-defunct Dewey & LeBoeuf.

Over the years he’s advised high-profile clients, like Siemens AG, Safeway Inc., and The Walt Disney Company on complex deals. He’s also advised major investment banking firms acting as financial advisors.

In 2017, he represented Evercore Partners in its role as financial advisor to Whole Foods in its $13.7 billion sale to Amazon Inc. Late last year, he led the Latham team representing LionTree Advisors and Morgan Stanley, which advised the special committee of Viacom’s board of directors in its merger with CBS Corp.

Greenberg Traurig’s M&A practice has grown over the past several years, said Greenberg Traurig executive chairman Richard Rosenbaum in a statement. Aslani-Far will work with key counterparts across Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the U.S. to continue building a top-tier M&A practice, he said.

The prospect of being a part of an energized expansion effort and what he describes as a “transformational moment” for Greenberg Traurig is what Aslani-Far said enticed him to make the jump from Latham.

“You’ve built this amazing network of capabilities, whether its practice group wise or geographically, and then the next trick is to pull it all together and make it work,” he said.

The firm is currently focused on expanding its presence in public M&A, which dovetails well with Aslani-Far’s background working with large global corporations coming into the U.S. to do cross-border deals.

He also cited Greenberg Traurig’s large domestic footprint, with 1,800 lawyers across 31 offices, which he said presents ample opportunity to find client work throughout the U.S.

As dealmakers face several unknowns in the M&A market in 2020, Aslani-Far expects that activity level will be good in the coming year, with middle market deals remaining very strong.

He said while the firm would certainly go “elephant hunting” and pursue big deals, it won’t ignore the middle market, especially given Greenberg Traurig’s large U.S. presence, which could give the firm a potential M&A advantage in the coming months.

Latham issued a statement late Monday on Aslani-Far’s departure.

“We thank Adel for his contributions to the firm and wish him the very best in his new endeavors.”

(Updated with comment from Latham in 13th and 14th paragraphs. Updated with comments by Aslani-Far throughout. )

To contact the reporter on this story: Meghan Tribe in New York at mtribe@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Jessie Kokrda Kamens at jkamens@bloomberglaw.com; Rebekah Mintzer at rmintzer@bloomberglaw.com

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