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The American Lawyer Recognizes EXOR’s Acquisition of PartnerRe for M&A Deal of the Year in its 2016 Global Legal Awards

July 25, 2016

NEW YORK—Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is pleased to announce that The American Lawyer has named a matter in which the firm played a key advisory role as M&A Deal of the Year in its 2016 Global Legal Awards.

Sutherland acted as insurance corporate and regulatory counsel in the following award-winning matter:

  • Global M&A Deal of the Year: Offshore – EXOR’s Acquisition of PartnerRe. Working with lawyers from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, Sutherland attorneys represented EXOR S.p.A. as insurance corporate and regulatory counsel in the $6.9 billion buyout of PartnerRe Ltd. In the purchase, EXOR S.p.A acquired all of the outstanding common shares of PartnerRe for $137.50 per share in cash plus a $3.00-per-share special dividend, for a total consideration of $140.50 per share, valuing PartnerRe at approximately $6.9 billion. EXOR’s definitive agreement with PartnerRe followed the mutual decision of PartnerRe and AXIS Capital Holdings Limited to terminate their amalgamation agreement in light of EXOR’s superior offer.

The Sutherland team advising EXOR S.p.A. was led by New York City-based Partners James R. Dwyer and Cynthia R. Shoss, and included New York attorneys Bert Adams, Brian Barrett, Joshua P. Borden, Sean M. Diamond, Kevin Finnegan, Bronwyn McNeill McDermott, Daren L. Moreira and John Allen Zumpetta, and London-based Justin K. Kitchens.

The American Lawyer’s Global Legal Awards honors the most distinguished international work performed between January 1, 2015, and April 15, 2016, and the in-house legal departments and law firms that played a substantial advisory role in the matters.

ABOUT EXOR S.p.A.
EXOR is one of Europe’s leading investment companies and is controlled by the Agnelli family. It is listed on the Milan Stock Exchange and has a market capitalization of approximately $12 billion and a net asset value of approximately $15 billion. For more than a century, EXOR has made successful investments, including the acquisition of Chrysler by Fiat, creating the world’s seventh largest car producer (“FCA”) with a $20 billion market capitalization.


ABOUT SUTHERLAND ASBILL & BRENNAN LLP
Sutherland is an international legal service provider helping the world’s largest companies, industry leaders, sector innovators and business entrepreneurs solve their biggest challenges and reach their business goals. More than 400 lawyers across seven major practice areas—corporate, energy and environmental, financial services, intellectual property, litigation, real estate and tax—provide the framework for an extensive range of focus areas. Sutherland is composed of associated legal practices that are separate entities, doing business in the United States as Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, and as Sutherland (Europe) LLP in London and Geneva. Sutherland (Europe) LLP is a limited liability partnership and is registered in England and Wales with registered number OC348198. Its registered office is at Marble Quay, St. Katharine Docks, London E1W 1UH. Sutherland (Europe) LLP is authorized and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority of England and Wales whose regulatory requirements can be accessed at http://www.sra.org.uk/solicitors/handbook/code/content.page. A list of the members of Sutherland (Europe) LLP and their professional qualifications is open to inspection at its registered office.

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