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Damien R. Zoubek

Partner, Corporate

Damien R. Zoubek is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. His practice primarily encompasses mergers and acquisitions, shareholder activism defense, corporate governance and general corporate matters.

Mr. Zoubek has been repeatedly recognized as a leading lawyer in mergers and acquisitions by, among others, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2014 through 2019; Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2017 through 2019; The Legal 500 in 2010, 2013 and 2017 through 2019; IFLR1000 from 2013 through 2019; Lawdragon’s list of the “500 Leading Lawyers in America” from 2011 through 2019; and Who’s Who Legal: M&A and Governance. Mr. Zoubek’s work was featured by the Financial Times in its annual FT North America Innovative Lawyers report in 2016 and 2017.

Mr. Zoubek has broad mergers and acquisitions experience spanning numerous industries. Notable transactions include representing:


  • Alliant Techsystems in its $985 million acquisition of Bushnell Group
  • The Fresh Market in its $1.36 billion sale to affiliates of Apollo
  • Pilgrim’s Pride in its $7.7 billion offer for Hillshire Brands and in connection with a competing offer to acquire Hillshire made by Tyson Foods
  • Vista Outdoor in its $412.5 million acquisition of CamelBak Products

Financial Institutions

  • Fortress Investment Group in Nationstar Mortgage’s merger with WMIH, and in the sale by Fortress of its remaining 40.5% equity interest in OneMain Holdings to an investor group led by Apollo Global Management and Värde Partners
  • Lender Processing Services in its $4.3 billion sale to Fidelity National Financial


  • Alpharma in the $395 million sale of its Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients business to 3i
  • AmerisourceBergen in its $815 million acquisition of H. D. Smith, its $2.575 billion acquisition of PharMEDium, its $2.5 billion acquisition of MWI Veterinary Supply, its strategic relationship with Walgreens and Alliance Boots, its $520 million acquisition of World Courier and its $250 million acquisition of TheraCom from CVS Caremark
  • Covance in its $6.2 billion sale to LabCorp
  • Johnson & Johnson in numerous acquisition and divestiture transactions, including its $3.4 billion acquisition of Auris Health, its ¥230 billion acquisition of Ci:z Holdings, the $2.8 billion sale of its Advanced Sterilization Products business to Fortive, the $2.1 billion sale of its LifeScan business to Platinum Equity, its $30 billion acquisition of Actelion, the $1.045 billion sale of its Codman Neurosurgery business to Integra LifeSciences, its $4.325 billion acquisition of Abbott Medical Optics, its $1.75 billion acquisition of Alios BioPharma, its $19.7 billion acquisition of Synthes, its €1.75 billion acquisition of Crucell N.V., its $480 million acquisition of Micrus Endovascular, its $1 billion acquisition of Cougar Biotechnology, its $885 million investment in Elan plc and concurrent acquisition of Elan’s Alzheimer’s Immunotherapy Program, its $1.1 billion acquisition of Mentor Corporation, its acquisitions of Novira Therapeutics, Covagen and HealthMedia, its $25 billion takeover battle for Guidant, the sale of its Cordis business and the divestitures of its Ortho‑Clinical Diagnostics business, Professional Wound Care business and Breast Care business


  • Alliant Techsystems in the spin‑off of its Sporting Group to its shareholders and merger of its Aerospace and Defense Groups with Orbital Sciences Corporation
  • Arch Chemicals in its $1.4 billion sale to Lonza Group
  • Brink’s in its shareholder activism contest with MMI
  • Olin in its acquisition of Monarch Brass & Copper

Lodging and Hospitality

  • Credit Suisse in connection with the credit bid by Credit Suisse, as agent on behalf of a group of secured lenders, for the acquisition of the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey, through a bankruptcy auction
  • Starwood Hotels in its $13.3 billion sale to Marriott International and in connection with a competing, unsolicited acquisition proposal from a consortium consisting of Anbang Insurance Group, J.C. Flowers & Co. and Primavera Capital

Media and Entertainment

  • DreamWorks SKG in its $1.6 billion sale to Paramount Pictures
  • New Media in its pending $1.4 billion acquisition of Gannett
  • Time in its $1.6 billion acquisition of IPC Group
  • Viacom’s transaction committee in its pending $30 billion merger with CBS


  • GTECH in its $4.8 billion sale to Lottomatica
  • IBM in several acquisition transactions, including its acquisitions of The Now Factory, StoredIQ, Emptoris, Cúram, TRIRIGA, Datacap, Coremetrics, Intelliden, Ounce Labs, FilesX and Corio
  • J.D. Power in its pending sale to Thoma Bravo
  • The independent directors of JDA Software Group in the $1.9 billion leveraged buyout of JDA by affiliates of New Mountain Capital
  • Qualcomm in its cooperation agreement with JANA Partners and in its $3.1 billion acquisition of Atheros
  • Technicolor in the $475 million sale of its Patent Licensing business to InterDigital


  • Atlas Air Worldwide in its long‑term commercial agreements to provide air cargo services to Amazon, and its grant of rights to Amazon to acquire Atlas Air equity
  • Brightline in its acquisition of XpressWest
  • Burlington Northern Santa Fe in its $44 billion sale to Berkshire Hathaway
  • Florida East Coast Railway in its sale to Grupo México by Fortress Investment Group

Mr. Zoubek is also a member of the Firm’s Financial Restructuring & Reorganization practice, working on mergers and acquisitions involving distressed companies and in connection with bankruptcy auctions. Notable transactions include representing:

  • Johnson & Johnson in its acquisition of Immunicon under Bankruptcy Code section 363
  • Credit Suisse in the approximately $700 million acquisition of all the Gulf of Mexico oil and gas assets of ATP Oil & Gas Corporation by Bennu Oil & Gas. Bennu Oil & Gas was formed by the lenders under ATP’s debtor‑in‑possession credit facility to effect the acquisition

In 2012, Mr. Zoubek was recognized by Law360 as one of five outstanding attorneys in the nation under the age of 40 for his Corporate/M&A work. He was also recognized by The Legal 500 for his transactional work in the technology industry in 2013 and 2014 and for his transactional work in the telecoms and broadcast industry in 2012, 2013 and 2017.

Mr. Zoubek is an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he also serves on the Board of Visitors.

Mr. Zoubek was born in Summit, New Jersey. He received a B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University in 1995 and a J.D. magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 1999, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif. He joined Cravath in 1999 and became a partner in 2007.

Mr. Zoubek may be reached by phone at +1‑212‑474‑1876 or by email at

Mr. Zoubek is admitted only in New York.

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