Christopher J. Peters

Partner

New York
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
787 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019-6099
T 212 728 8868
F 212 728 9868
cpeterswillkie.com

Christopher J. Peters is a partner and Co-Chair of the Tax Department. He advises U.S. and non-U.S. clients on the tax aspects of structuring and implementing taxable and tax-free mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs, leveraged buy-outs and joint ventures. Chris also provides tax advice on capital markets transactions and regularly advises private equity funds and their investors on their investments and fund-related matters. He is ranked as a leading practitioner of Tax Law in New York by Chambers USA (2016).

Highlights

Christopher J. Peters is a partner and Co-Chair of the Tax Department. He advises U.S. and non-U.S. clients on the tax aspects of structuring and implementing taxable and tax-free mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs, leveraged buy-outs and joint ventures. Chris also provides tax advice on capital markets transactions and regularly advises private equity funds and their investors on their investments and fund-related matters. He is ranked as a leading practitioner of Tax Law in New York by Chambers USA (2016).

Selected Significant Matters

Chris worked on the following significant matters:

  • Tornier N.V., a designer, manufacturer and marketer of joint replacement devices, in its $3.3 billion merger with Wright Medical Group, Inc.
  • Aviva plc’s $1.8 billion sale of its U.S. business.
  • Aberdeen Asset Management’s acquisition of Artio Global Investors, Inc.
  • Allstate’s sale of Lincoln Benefit Life to Resolution Life Holdings, Inc. for approximately $785m.
  • Represented AREA Property Partners in its acquisition by Ares Management.
  • Represented Level 3 Communications in its $3 billion acquisition of Global Crossing Ltd.
  • Pearl Theraputics in its $1.15b sale to AstraZeneca
  • Men’s Wearhouse in its acquisition of Joseph Abboud.
  • Warburg Pincus, Insight Venture Partners, Aquiline Capital Partners and Friedman Fleischer & Lowe on numerous acquisitions and dispositions of their portfolio companies.
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals on its acquisitions of IVAX Corporation ($7.4 billion) and Barr Pharmaceuticals ($8.9 billion).
  • Hallmark Cards, Inc. on its $1.162b debt recapitalization.
  • Level 3 Communications in numerous acquisitions and divestures, including its acquisitions of:
    • Global Crossing Ltd ($3b)
    • Broadwing Corporation ($1.4b)
    • TelCove, Inc. ($1.1b)

Selected Professional and Business Activities

Chris is a member of the New York State Bar Association Section of Taxation.

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