Dan Dufner | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Daniel Dufner
Daniel Dufner

Dan Dufner

Partner, New York

Chambers USA notes that clients describe Dan as “a dedicated adviser who is highly regarded not just by our in-house legal department, but by our business teams as well.”

Overview

Dan is a member of our US M&A practice, which is currently ranked Band 1 for Corporate/M&A in both the latest Chambers USA and Legal 500 guides, the two leading independent law firm ranking publications.

His practice has focused on representing US public companies and includes US domestic transactions, as well as cross-border transactions throughout Europe, Asia and Australia.

Dan has worked extensively for longstanding clients DISH Network, EchoStar and WellPoint, and he is valued by his clients for his ability to handle complex cases involving different parties with competing interests.

Dan is individually ranked in both Chambers USA and The Legal 500 and has been recently recognized by American Lawyer as "Dealmaker of the Week" and "Dealmaker in the Spotlight."

Bars and Courts

  • New York State Bar

Education

  • JD, American University, Washington College of Law
  • BA, University of Pennsylvania

Languages

  • English

Experience

Anthem, Inc., 2015

Dan is representing Anthem, Inc., one of the nation's largest health benefits companies, in its US$54.2 billion agreement to acquire Cigna Corporation, a combination that will create a premiere health benefits company with critical diversification and scale to lead the transformation of health care delivery for consumers.

Anthem, Inc., 2014

Dan represented Anthem, Inc., in its acquisition of Simply Healthcare Holdings, Inc., which, through its two subsidiaries, Simply Healthcare Plans, Inc. and Better Health, Inc., is a leading managed care company for people enrolled in Medicaid and Medicare programs in the State of Florida.

EchoStar Corporation, 2014

Dan advised EchoStar in its strategic transaction with DISH Network Corporation. EchoStar and its subsidiaries received five satellites and related liabilities for in-orbit incentive payments to the manufacturers of certain of these satellites, as well as approximately US$11 million in cash from DISH Network. EchoStar and its subsidiaries also entered into a related long-term operating lease agreement for transponder services to DISH on the satellites it was to receive, in exchange for two issues of a newly-created preferred tracking stock that tracks the residential retail satellite business of Hughes Network Systems, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar.

Anthem, Inc., 2014

Dan represented Anthem, Inc. in its sale of 1-800 CONTACTS, Inc., a leading contact lens retailer, to Thomas H. Lee Partners, its related sale of 1-800 CONTACTS' glasses.com business to Luxottica and its prior acquisition of 1-800 CONTACTS, which was sold by private equity firm Fenway Partners.

DISH Network Corporation, 2013

Dan represented DISH in its US$25.5 billion unsolicited proposal to acquire Sprint Nextel Corporation, one of the most high-profile transactions of 2013.

Blockbuster, LLC, 2013

Dan advised Blockbuster, the DVD and video game rental company, on the sale of its Mexican operations to an affiliate of Grupo Salinas and the administration of its business in the United Kingdom.

Anthem, Inc., 2012

Dan advised Anthem, Inc. on its US$4.9 billion acquisition of Amerigroup Corporation, one of the country's leading managed care companies that is focused on meeting the healthcare needs of financially vulnerable Americans.

Anthem, Inc., 2011

Dan advised Anthem, Inc. on its acquisition of CareMore Health Group, a leading Medicare Advantage and Senior clinical care provider, which was sold by private equity firm CCMP Capital Advisors.

DISH Network Corporation, 2011

Dan advised DISH in its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Blockbuster, Inc. in a court-approved auction under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code.

Speaking Engagements

"World Recognition of Distinguished General Counsel", February 2014: The Directors Roundtable, Los Angeles, California, (panelist)

Publications

  • Hostile Takeover Bids and The Power Of 'Just Saying No', Law360, July 17, 2014, (co-author)

Awards & Recognition

Featured in The Long Haul: Client Secrets of Top M&A Rainmakers, The American Lawyer, March 28, 2016

Leading Individual, Chambers USA 2015

New York Corporate/M&A

Leading Individual, The Legal 500 2015

New York Corporate/M&A

Dealmaker in the Spotlight, The American Lawyer, September 2012

Dealmaker of the Week, The American Lawyer, July 13, 2012

Rising Star, Law360, April 7, 2010

One of the 10 attorneys under 40 to watch in the insurance space.