Robert B. Stebbins

Partner

New York
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
787 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019-6099
T 212 728 8736
F 212 728 9736
rstebbinswillkie.com

Robert B. Stebbins is a partner in the Corporate and Financial Services Department, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital, hedge funds, capital markets transactions, and corporate matters involving athletic organizations. He also advises clients on SEC compliance issues and corporate governance matters.

Bob has been involved in numerous major merger and acquisition transactions, certain of which are listed below. In connection with his representation of hedge funds, Bob represents these entities in connection with preparation of offering documents, private equity investments, acquisitions of public companies, joint ventures, investments in other hedge funds, credit agreements, and other matters.  His capital markets practice includes representation of both issuers and underwriters in public and Rule 144A securities offerings. 

Bob is recognized as a leading attorney by New York Super Lawyers and Lawdragon 500.

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Highlights

Robert B. Stebbins is a partner in the Corporate and Financial Services Department, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital, hedge funds, capital markets transactions, and corporate matters involving athletic organizations. He also advises clients on SEC compliance issues and corporate governance matters.

Selected Significant Matters

Bob represented:

  • PayScale, Inc., a Warburg Pincus portfolio company, in its merger with MarketPay
  • RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. in its acquisition of 595,238 common shares of Kingstone Companies, Inc. through a private placement
  • Georgina Bloomberg in the formation of Miami Glory, an international equestrian show jumping team
  • Morgan Stanley as financial advisor to Allergan in its agreement to combine with Pfizer for an enterprise value of approximately $160 billion.
  • RegionalCare Hospital Partners, a Warburg Pincus portfolio company, in its agreement to be acquired by Apollo Global Management
  • RenaissanceRe Ltd. and its subsidiary, RenaissanceRe Finance Inc., in the subsidiary’s agreement to sell in an underwritten public offering $300 million aggregate principal amount of 3.700% senior notes, guaranteed by RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd.
  • RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. in its acquisition of Platinum Underwriters Holdings, Ltd. for total consideration of approximately $1.9 billion
  • Select Equity Group, L.P., a major shareholder in Shake Shack, in connection with Shake Shack’s IPO and follow-on offering. Also represented Select Equity Group in its initial investment in Shake Shack
  • The management team of Legg Mason Investment Counsel & Trust Co., N.A. (LMIC) in Legg Mason’s sale of LMIC to Stifel Financial Corp.
  • a hedge fund in the sale of its Bermuda-based reinsurance business to Hamilton Reinsurance Group
  • RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. in the sale of RenRe Energy Advisors Ltd., its U.S.-based weather and energy unit, to Munich Re
  • A cornerstone investor in BTS Group Holdings PCL's $2.13 billion initial public offering, the largest-ever IPO in Thailand
  • A subsidiary of XL Group plc in connection with an investment in a newly formed investment manager and an investment in certain feeder funds managed by this entity
  • XL Investments Ltd. in its investments in 2012 and 2013 in Five Oaks Investments Corp., a mortgage-based REIT which consummated its initial public offering
  • Highbridge Capital Management’s multi-strategy fund in the sale to two investor groups of the fund’s equity interests in Louis Dreyfus Highbridge Energy, LLC, a joint venture formed by the Louis Dreyfus Group and Highbridge Capital Management’s multi-strategy fund
  • a bidding group in the auction for the Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Varroc Group in its acquisition of Visteon Corp.’s automotive lighting business
  • Morgan Stanley in connection with Linde’s $3.8 billion acquisition of Lincare
  • Fiat in its acquisition of the equity interests in Chrysler of The United States Department of the Treasury and the Canadian government
  • Fiat in its acquisitions from Chrysler of additional equity interests in Chrysler, raising Fiat’s percentage ownership of Chrysler above 50%
  • RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. in the sale of its U.S. insurance business to QBE Holdings, Inc.
  • Minority investors in the purchase of equity interests in the New York Mets
  • APX, Inc. in connection with its transactions with NYSE Euronext
  • RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. in various offerings of common stock, senior notes and preference shares
  • Sbarro, Inc. in its acquisition by MidOcean
  • Shurgard Storage Center in its merger with Public Storage
  • Major League Baseball as to the sale of the Washington Nationals franchise
  • Carrix, Inc. in connection with an investment by Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners Inc.
  • New Plan Excel Realty Trust in the sale of community and neighborhood shopping centers to Galileo America LLC
  • Simon Property Group in its acquisition of Chelsea Property Group
  • Simon Property Group in its proposed tender offer to acquire shares of Taubman Centers
  • Developers Diversified Realty Corporation in its acquisition of JDN Realty Corporation
  • Major League Baseball in its purchase of the Montreal Expos baseball franchise
  • Simon Property Group in the acquisition by Simon, The Rouse Company and Westfield America Limited Partnership of Rodamco North America, N.V.
  • IntelliTax, a portfolio company of Platform Partners, LLC, in its sale to a unit of Wolters Kluwer Tax and Accounting
  • Converium AG in its acquisition by Scor
  • a hedge fund in its participation in an investor consortium as to the acquisition of Laureate Education
  • Warburg Pincus in the sale of its portfolio company Fame Information Services
  • Warburg Pincus in the sale of its portfolio company Kiodex
  • Major League Baseball in its satellite radio contract with XM Satellite Radio
  • The Atlantic Coast Conference in its football television and basketball contracts with ESPN
  • The United States Golf Association as to matters involving the International Golf Federation
  • Investors in connection with National City Corporation’s $7 billion capital raise
  • Warburg Pincus in connection with investments in various companies, including Yodlee, Inc., Vector Development, Fame Information Services and Envirogen, Inc.
  • Pardus Capital Management, L.P. in the proposed investment by affiliates of Appaloosa Management L.P., Pardus and other investors in equity of reorganized Delphi Corp.

Selected Professional and Business Activities

Bob is a member of the American Bar Association and of the New York City Bar International Business Transactions Committee.