Morton Pierce | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Morton Pierce
Morton Pierce

Morton Pierce

Partner, New York

T + 1 212 819 7900 / + 1 212 819 8200

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Morton Pierce is a “knowledgeable, thorough and insightful lawyer”, who is noted for “the pragmatic outlook he brings to bear on sophisticated transactions.”

Chambers Global 2014

Overview

Mort has more than 35 years of experience advising clients on mergers and acquisitions and related deals. He has represented acquirers, targets, investment bankers and investors across a number of industry sectors, including financial services, healthcare, media, entertainment and telecommunications.

Adept at leading clients through the various stages of highly complex transactions, Mort has been involved in numerous high-profile deals, involving some of the world's best known companies. These transactions include the acquisition of EMI Music Publishing by Sony, the acquisition of CNET by CBS, the acquisition of Pixar by The Walt Disney Company, the acquisition of The MONY Group by AXA Financial, and the Wells Fargo acquisition of First Interstate Bank.

Mort also has experience of numerous cross-border and multi jurisdictional merger and acquisition transactions. These include the acquisition of GTECH by Lottomatica, the Zimmer Holdings acquisition of Centerpulse AG, the Guinness/GrandMet merger, the Luxottica Group S.p.A. acquisition of The United States Shoe Corporation and the Cable & Wireless acquisition of NYNEX CableComms.

Mort has been active in a number of professional, charitable and academic roles. He is currently a Board Member of the GAR Foundation, a not-for-profit organization. He is also on the Board of Advisors of the Institute for Law and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a former Board Member of the Legal Aid Society and he also held various committee roles at the American Bar Association.

Bars and Courts

  • New York State Bar
  • International Bar Association

Education

  • JD, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • University of Oxford
  • BA, Yale University

Languages

  • English

Experience

Zimmer Holdings, Inc. US$13.35 billion acquisition, 2014
Mort represented Zimmer Holdings, Inc. (NYSE and SIX: ZMH), a world leader in musculoskeletal health solutions, in its proposed US$13.35 billion acquisition of Biomet, Inc., one of the world's leading medical device manufacturers.
Revel AC bankruptcy sale, 2014
Mort represented Revel AC in connection with its pending sale of substantially all of its assets pursuant to a bankruptcy auction process.
GFI Group sale to CME Group and unsolicited proposal to BGC Partners, 2014
Mort represented The Special Committee of GFI Group in their US$820 million sale to CME Group Inc., and in the US$675 million unsolicited proposal by BGC Partners, Inc.
Fisher Communications sale to Sinclair Broadcast Group, 2013
Mort represented Fisher Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSCI), a Seattle-based communications company that owns and operates television and radio stations in the western United States, in its US$373.3 million sale to Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., the largest and one of the most diversified television broadcasting companies in the United States.
US$1.525 billion sale of Fougera Pharmaceuticals, 2012
Mort represented Fougera Pharmaceuticals and its private equity shareholders, Nordic Capital, DLJ and Avista Capital Partners, in the US$1.525 billion all cash purchase of Fougera Pharmaceuticals by Novartis AG. The acquisition of Fougera makes Sandoz, the generics division of Novartis, the number one generic dermatology medicines company globally and in the United States.
Sony Corporation US$2.2 billion acquisition of EMI Music, 2012
Mort represented Sony Corporation of America (NYSE: SNE), as the leader of the investor group, in its US$2.2 billion acquisition of EMI Music Publishing from Citigroup. Following the acquisition, Mort also represented Sony/ATV and EMI Music Publishing in the sale of selected music catalogs, including catalogs owned by Virgin Music Publishing Companies and Famous UK Music Publishing, to BMG, the world's fourth-largest music publishing company.
The Talbots, Inc. sale to affiliate of Sycamore Partners, 2012
Mort represented of The Talbots, Inc. (NYSE: TLB), a leading specialty retailer and direct marketer of women's apparel, shoes and accessories, in its US$369 million sale to an affiliate of Sycamore Partners, a private equity firm based in New York.
The Walt Disney Company and ESPN, Inc., 2012
Mort represented The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) and ESPN, Inc. in connection with News Corporation's acquisition of ESPN's 50 percent equity interest in ESPN STAR Sports (ESS).

Awards & Recognition

Leading Lawyer, Chambers Global 2014 and Chambers USA 2014

M&A – United States

Leading Individual, The Legal 500 US, 2014

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Leading Individual, The International Who's Who of Merger & Acquisition Lawyers, 2013

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Leading Individual, The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, 2013

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Leading Individual, The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, 2012

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