Erik R. Tavzel is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, board representations and corporate governance matters.
Mr. Tavzel’s clients have included British American Tobacco, Crown Castle, First Solar, Goldman Sachs, IBM, Kraft, Lazard, Morgan Stanley, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Rogers Communications, Weyerhaeuser and White Mountains Insurance.
Some of his notable transactions include:
- The pending acquisition of the rights to approximately 9,700 AT&T towers by Crown Castle for total expected consideration (including purchase options) of approximately $9.1 billion.
- The acquisition of T‑Mobile’s U.S. tower business by Crown Castle for approximately $4.8 billion (including purchase options).
- The $19.6 billion acquisition of Cadbury by Kraft.
- The $6.5 billion merger of equals between Biovail Pharmaceuticals and Valeant Pharmaceuticals.
- The pending $2.7 billion divestiture of Weyerhaeuser’s home building business to TRI Pointe Homes.
- The $2.7 billion acquisition of Longview Timber by Weyerhaeuser.
- The $485 million sale of Assisted Living Concepts to TPG Capital.
- The $1 billion acquisition of NextG Networks by Crown Castle.
- The equity investment by BDT Capital in Tory Burch.
- The $6 billion combination of Brown & Williamson and RJR Tobacco.
- The $1.1 billion sale of Esurance to Allstate.
- The $344 million sale of Primex to General Dynamics.
- The $9 billion strategic investment by Mitsubishi UFJ in Morgan Stanley.
- The $3.5 billion sale of PwC Consulting to IBM.
- The $1.5 billion sale of AT&T Wireless’s equity interest in Rogers Wireless to Rogers Communications.
- The $390 million acquisition of Call‑Net Enterprises by Rogers Communications.
- The $1.3 billion acquisition of Stelmar Shipping by Overseas Shipholding Group.
- The $455 million acquisition of Maritrans by Overseas Shipholding Group.
- The acquisition of GE’s global cadmium telluride (CdTe) solar intellectual property portfolio and the $400 million acquisition of OptiSolar by First Solar.
Mr. Tavzel also routinely represents financial institutions in connection with important strategic transactions. During the 2008 financial crisis, he was involved in many of the most fundamental transactions in the industry, including the sale of Bear Stearns to JPMorgan, the exploration of strategic alternatives by Lehman Brothers and Morgan Stanley’s conversion to a commercial bank.
Mr. Tavzel was cited as being one of the country’s leading practitioners by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2007 through 2013; Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business in 2008 and from 2010 through 2013; and The Legal 500 from 2009 through 2012.
Mr. Tavzel was born in Washington, D.C. He received an S.B. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1993 and a J.D. with honors from the University of Michigan in 1998. Mr. Tavzel joined Cravath in 1998 and became a partner in 2006.
Mr. Tavzel may be reached by phone at 212‑474‑1796 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.