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Aaron M. Gruber

Partner, Corporate

Aaron M. Gruber focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, activist defense, corporate governance and general corporate matters. 

Mr. Gruber’s clients have included Alcoa, Assisted Living Concepts, Barrick Gold, Biovail Pharmaceuticals, Cigna, Deutsche Börse, Element Financial, Eurazeo, FS Investments, KION Group, Knorr‑Bremse, The Linde Group, Mylan, Novartis, RELX Group and Unilever.

Notable transactions include representing:

  • Mylan in its pending $50 billion combination with Upjohn, a division of Pfizer, its acquisition of global marketing rights to GA Depot through an investment in and partnership with Mapi Pharma, its $9.9 billion acquisition of Meda, its acquisition of the non-sterile, topicals-focused specialty and generics business of Renaissance Acquisition Holdings for $950 million in cash at closing plus additional contingent payments of up to $50 million, its successful takeover defense against Teva’s $40 billion hostile bid, its proposal to acquire Perrigo in a transaction valued at approximately $35 billion, its $5.6 billion inversion acquisition of Abbott Laboratories’ non-U.S. developed markets specialty and branded generics business and its $550 million acquisition of Bioniche Pharma;
  • Unilever in its acquisition of OLLY Nutrition, its acquisition of Sundial Brands, its $384 million acquisition of the TAZO brand from Starbucks, its acquisition of Seventh Generation, its acquisition of Murad, its acquisition of Dermalogica, its acquisition of Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto, the $2.15 billion sale of its North America pasta sauces business under the Ragú and Bertolli brands to Mizkan Group and its $3.7 billion acquisition of Alberto‑Culver;
  • Barrick Gold in its proposed $42 billion merger and subsequent joint venture with Newmont Mining;
  • Deutsche Börse in its $850 million acquisition of Axioma, which was combined with Deutsche Börse’s index businesses valued at €2.6 billion, and its partnership with General Atlantic;
  • RELX Group in its acquisition of Emailage, its $375 million acquisition of ID Analytics, its acquisition of Aries Systems, its acquisition of Safe Banking Systems, its £580 million acquisition of ThreatMetrix, its acquisition of bepress and LexisNexis Legal & Professional’s joint ventures with Knowable and LEAP Legal Software;
  • Linde in its $70 billion merger of equals with Praxair, its acquisition of American HomePatient and its $4.6 billion acquisition of Lincare Holdings;
  • Knorr-Bremse in its $149.5 million acquisition of R.H. Sheppard;
  • KION Group in its $2.1 billion acquisition of Dematic from funds managed by AEA Investors and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan;
  • Cigna in its proposed $54.2 billion merger with Anthem;
  • FS Investments in the transition of the management of its business development company (BDC) platform to investment advisory partnerships with EIG Global Energy Partners and KKR;
  • Eurazeo in its majority investment in WorldStrides;
  • Element Financial in its acquisition of PHH Arval, PHH Corporation’s North American fleet management services business, for $1.4 billion in cash and the assumption of $3.5 billion of PHH Arval debt;
  • Assisted Living Concepts in its $485 million sale to TPG Capital;
  • Gerber Scientific in its $283 million sale to Vector Capital;
  • Novartis in its $470 million acquisition of Genoptix;
  • Biovail Pharmaceuticals in its $6.5 billion merger of equals with Valeant Pharmaceuticals;
  • EMBARQ in its $11.6 billion merger with CenturyTel;
  • Alpharma in the $395 million sale of its active pharmaceutical ingredients business to 3i; and
  • Alcoa in the $2.7 billion sale of its packaging and consumer business to Rank Group.

Mr. Gruber was named a “Dealmaker of the Year” by The American Lawyer magazine in 2018. In 2019, he received Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Americas Rising Star Award for “Best in Mergers & Acquisitions,” as well as a “Deal of the Year” award in recognition of his work on behalf of Linde in its $70 billion merger of equals with Praxair. Mr. Gruber’s work on this transaction was also featured by the Financial Times in its annual FT North America Innovative Lawyers 2018 report. In 2018 and 2019, he was selected to serve as a member of Law360’s Mergers & Acquisitions Editorial Advisory Board. Mr. Gruber has been recognized for his work in mergers and acquisitions by The Legal 500 US and IFLR1000, and has also been recognized by The Legal 500 US for his transactional work in the technology industry.

Mr. Gruber was raised in Newport Beach, California. He received a B.S. summa cum laude from Yale College and an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Gates Cambridge Scholar. He received a J.D. from Stanford Law School, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif.

Mr. Gruber joined Cravath in 2007 and was elected a partner in 2014.

Mr. Gruber is admitted only in New York.

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