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Damien R. Zoubek

Partner, Corporate

Damien R. Zoubek focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, shareholder activism defense, distressed M&A and bankruptcy auctions, 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, Chambers Global, The Legal 500 US, IFLR1000, Lawdragon’s “500 Leading Lawyers in America” 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:


  • 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


  • AmerisourceBergen in numerous matters, including its $815 million acquisition of H. D. Smith, its $2.575 billion acquisition of PharMEDium, its $2.5 billion acquisition of MWI Veterinary Supply and its strategic relationship with Walgreens and Alliance Boots
  • Covance in its $6.2 billion sale to LabCorp
  • Johnson & Johnson in over 30 acquisitions and divestitures, 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 and its $19.7 billion acquisition of Synthes
  • Roivant Sciences in its Strategic Alliance with Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma
  • Sobi in its $915 million acquisition of Dova Pharmaceuticals


  • 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

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 $1.4 billion acquisition of Gannett
  • Univision in its pending sale of a majority stake to Searchlight Capital and ForgeLight
  • Viacom’s transaction committee in its $30 billion merger with CBS

Technology and Telecommunications

  • Bharti in its pending acquisition of OneWeb by a consortium led by Bharti and Her Majesty’s Government
  • Cincinnati Bell in its pending $2.9 billion acquisition by Macquarie Infrastructure
  • J.D. Power in its 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
  • 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

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 US for his transactional work in the technology industry and the telecoms and broadcast industry.

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.

Mr. Zoubek joined Cravath in 1999 and was elected a partner in 2006.

Mr. Zoubek is admitted only in New York.

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