Howard T. Block

Partner

New York
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
787 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019-6099
T 212 728 8977
F 212 728 9977
hblockwillkie.com

Howard Block is a partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department. He has experience in mergers and acquisitions involving public and private companies, private equity transactions, capital markets transactions involving public and private offerings of debt and equity securities, and general corporate matters, in each case across multiple industries but with a particular focus on the insurance sector.

Howard Block is a partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department. He has experience in mergers and acquisitions involving public and private companies, private equity transactions, capital markets transactions involving public and private offerings of debt and equity securities, and general corporate matters, in each case across multiple industries but with a particular focus on the insurance sector.

Selected Significant Matters

Mr. Block advised on the following significant matters:
Mergers and Acquisitions/Private Equity Transactions

  • Allstate in its $1.43 billion acquisition of SquareTrade

  • US cloud-based software vendor Acumatica in its sale to EQT

  • Assurant, Inc. in its $2.5 billion acquisition of The Warranty Group

  • MetLife in connection with its separation of a substantial portion of its retail segment and related registration of shares of the common stock of its subsidiary Brighthouse Financial, Inc.

  • Progeny 3, Survey Point Holdings, Inc. and Rail Management Services, LLC in the acquisition by Progeny 3 and Carnival Corporation & plc of the White Pass & Yukon Route division of TWC Enterprises

  • MetLife in the sale of its national distribution sales force

  • Bridge Growth Partners, LLC in its

    • majority equity investment in BackOffice Associates, the worldwide leader in information governance, data stewardship, and data migration solutions

    • acquisition of Finalsite, a leading SaaS-based learning and communications platform for U.S. and international schools

    • acquisition of Solace, an innovative and leading provider of infrastructure messaging technology 

  • Aegon in its sale of Transamerica Financial Advisors, Inc. to John Hancock Financial Network

  • Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. in its 

    • acquisition of Kerbal Space Program, a critically acclaimed space simulation program

    • acquisition of mobile game developer Social Point for $250 million, with a potential earn-out of up to $25.9 million

    • acquisitions of the World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. video game franchise and "Evolve" (working title) video game title from THQ Inc.

  • Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. in its 

    • agreement to sell its Public Sector and Education businesses to Vista Equity Partners for $850 million

    • acquisition of SunGard in a deal valued at $9.1 billion

  • Bridge Growth Partners, LLC and Salient CRGT in Salient CRGT’s acquisition of Information Innovators, Inc.

  • Bridge Growth Partners, LLC and CRGT in CRGT’s merger with Salient Federal Solutions, Inc.

  • Men’s Wearhouse in its rejection of the $2.3 billion unsolicited buyout bid from Jos. A Bank Clothiers, Inc. (and earlier buyout bids of approximately $1.6 billion and $1.78 billion)

  • Carrix, Inc. in the purchase of the interest in FRS Capital, the parent of Carrix, held by Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners and the related significant minority investment in FRS Capital by an affiliate of Fernando Chico Pardo

  • Hudson’s Bay in its $2.9 billion cross-border acquisition of Saks Incorporated

  • Men’s Wearhouse in its acquisition of Joseph Abboud and proposed disposition of K&G Men’s Company

  • Elior in its acquisition of TrustHouse Services Group 

  • Level 3 Communications in its acquisition of Global Crossing Limited 

  • Cowen Group in its acquisition of LaBranche & Co.

  • Ramius LLC in its business combination with Cowen Group, Inc.

  • Genii Capital in its affiliate PHC Acquisitions, LLC’s stalking horse bid for Polaroid Holding Company

Financial Advisor Representations

  • Morgan Stanley as financial advisor to the board of directors of Allergan in its terminated proposed combination with Pfizer 

  • Evercore as financial advisor to the board of directors of CommerceHub on its $1.1 billion acquisition by GTCR and Sycamore Partners

  • Goldman, Sachs in connection with the pending acquisition of Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp. by Tricon Capital 

  • Peter J. Solomon Company in connection with the management buyout of American Greetings Corporation 

Capital Markets Representation

  • Lennar Corporation in numerous offerings of senior notes

  • Level 3 Communications in numerous offerings of senior notes 

  • Take-Two Interactive Software in its offerings of convertible senior notes

  • Cowen Group in its initial public offering following its combination with Ramius

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