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Rohm and Haas's $15.5 Billion Acquisition by Dow Chemical

On March 9, 2009, The Dow Chemical Company and Rohm and Haas Company announced that the companies have reached an agreement to close Dow’s previously announced acquisition of Rohm and Haas on April 1, 2009, for an aggregate transaction value of approximately $15.5 billion. The settlement agreement involves a substantial new equity investment in Dow of $2.5 billion by the Haas Trusts and hedge fund Paulson & Co. Inc., the two largest shareholders of Rohm and Haas, and at Dow’s option the investment of an additional $500 million of equity by the Haas Trusts. The other shareholders will receive the original cash consideration at the closing.

The lawyers involved in this transaction include partners Richard Hall and Andrew R. Thompson and associates Zachary J. Gubler, Johnny G. Skumpija, Matthew B. Fox and Zachary R. Smith on corporate matters; partner Michael A. Paskin and associate Harris M. Fischman on litigation matters; partner Daniel L. Mosley and associate Kenneth C. Halcom on trusts and estates matters; and partner Lauren Angelilli and associate Jonathan J. Katz on tax matters.