Gregory Pryor | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Gregory Pryor
Gregory Pryor

Gregory Pryor

Partner, New York

Gregory Pryor is a senior lawyer with extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions and corporate counseling.

Overview

Greg is head of White & Case's Americas Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Practice.

He represents corporations, their stakeholders and private equity funds in a wide range of complex domestic and cross-border acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and leveraged buyouts.

Clients benefit from his extensive experience in the corporate aspects of in-court and out-of-court restructurings. In addition, public and private corporations regularly receive his counsel on general corporate and compliance matters, restructurings, corporate governance issues and public and private offerings of equity and debt securities.

Bars and Courts

  • New York State Bar

Education

  • JD, New York University School of Law
  • BA, New York University

Languages

  • English

Experience

Saudi Arabian Oil Company, 2016

Greg represented Saudi Refining, Inc. (SRI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco), in the discontinuation of Motiva Enterprises LLC and the division of Motiva's assets, liabilities and businesses between SRI and affiliates of its joint venture partner, Royal Dutch Shell PLC.

Qingdao Haier, 2016

Greg represented Qingdao Haier, a company that is 41% owned by the leading Chinese home appliance manufacturer Haier Group Corp., in its US$5.4 billion acquisition of GE's appliance business, through an auction process.

The Unsecured Noteholders of Texas Competitive Electric Holdings Company, 2015

Greg represented the Unsecured Noteholders of Texas Competitive Electric Holdings Company, an Energy Future Holdings Corp. subsidiary, in a complex merger agreement as part of the largest US restructuring in 2015 and the US$12.5 billion acquisition of Oncor Electric Delivery Company.

Panasonic Corporation, 2015

Greg represented Panasonic Corporation in the US$1.545 billion acquisition of Hussmann Corporation, a Missouri-based manufacturer of refrigerated display cases and systems, from shareholders, including Clayton, Dubilier and Rice LLC.

Hovensa L.L.C., 2015

Greg represented Hovensa L.L.C., a US Virgin Islands company and a joint venture formed by Hess Corp. and Petróleos de Venezuela in the sale of substantially all of its petroleum terminalling assets pursuant to Sections 363 and 365 of the Bankruptcy Code, to a subsidiary of ArcLight Capital Partners, LLC.

Regal Beloit US$1.44 billion acquisition, 2014

Greg represented Regal Beloit Corporation (NYSE: RBC), a leading global manufacturer of electric motors, mechanical and electrical motion controls and power generation products, in its US$1.44 billion acquisition of the Power Transmissions Solutions business of Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE: EMR).

Hess Corporation, 2010 – 2014

Greg has represented Hess Corporation in numerous transactions over many years, including the US$850 million disposition of its US East Coast and St. Lucia terminal network to Buckeye Partners; the sale of interests in Bayonne Energy Center and Newark Energy Center; and the acquisition of American Oil & Gas.

Federal-Mogul Corporation acquisition of Affinia Group, 2014

Greg represented Federal-Mogul Corporation, a public company controlled by Carl Icahn and listed on the NASDAQ, in its acquisition of Affinia Group, Inc.'s chassis components business.

Roust Trading's acquisition of Central European Distribution Corporation, 2013

Greg represented Roust Trading Ltd. (RTL), an affiliate of Russian Standard Corporation, in connection with RTL's investment in and acquisition of Central European Distribution Corporation through a chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring. The transaction was recognized as a "standout" transaction by The Financial Times.

Dynegy debt restructuring, 2012

Greg served as legal advisor to Dynegy Inc. with respect to the corporate aspects of the chapter 11 restructuring of approximately US$4 billion of debt obligations.

Golfsmith sale, 2012

Greg represented Golfsmith International Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: GOLF), a specialty retailer of golf equipment and related apparel and accessories with 85 retail locations across the United States, in its auction and resulting sale to Golf Town USA Holdings Inc.

Acergy's US$8.8 billion combination with Subsea 7, 2011

Greg advised Acergy S.A. on its combination with Subsea 7 Inc. to create a US$8.8 billion global leader in seabed-to-surface engineering and construction.

Calpine's US$1.65 billion acquisition, 2010

Greg advised Calpine Corporation in its US$1.65 billion purchase of Pepco Holdings' Conectiv Energy fleet, including 18 operating power plants and one plant under construction.

The Chapter 11 restructuring of Visteon Corporation, 2010

Greg advised a consortium of institutional bondholders, including Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs, with respect to the acquisition of significant equity interests through the chapter 11 restructuring of Visteon Corporation, one of the world's largest suppliers of automotive parts.

Generation Brands restructuring, 2010

Greg represented Generation Brands Holdings, Inc., a leading supplier in the residential lighting market and a portfolio company of Quad-C, in connection with its pre-packaged Chapter 11 restructuring of approximately US$386 million in debt allowing Quad-C to maintain its controlling equity position.

Natural Products Group, LLC restructuring, 2010

Greg represented Natural Products Group, LLC and certain of its subsidiaries, including Arbonne International, LLC and Levlad, LLC, leaders in the manufacture and distribution of personal care products under the Arbonne and Nature's Gate brands, in connection with the corporate aspects of their restructuring of approximately US$746 million in debt pursuant to a pre-packaged chapter 11 plan of reorganization.

ABB Ltd., 2007

Greg advised ABB Ltd., one of the world's leading power and automation technology companies, in the sale of its Lummus global upstream petrochemical business for US$950 million and its US$2.2 billion public acquisition of Elsag Bailey Process Automation N.V. as well as numerous other corporate transactions.

Delphi Corporation's restructuring, 2007

Greg advised Appaloosa Management and Harbinger Capital Partners as the leaders of a consortium of financial institutions including Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch and UBS Securities in their efforts to restructure US auto parts maker Delphi Corporation.

Publications

  • The 2011 Outlook for Deals & Governance: Back to the Future, Deal Lawyers, November- December 2010, (co-author with John Reiss and Colin Diamond)

Awards & Recognition

Recognized Individual for Energy Transactions: Conventional Power, Legal 500 USA (2016)

Recognized Individual for Energy Transactions: Oil & Gas, Legal 500 USA (2016)

Listed in Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, 2015