Arian Mossanenzadeh is an associate who splits his time between White & Case's Mergers & Acquisitions and Employment, Compensation & Benefits practice groups. Arian represents a broad array of domestic and international corporate clients in connection with private and public domestic and cross-border M&A transactions in a range of industries. Arian also advises corporate and individual executives as well as management teams on a wide range of employee benefits and executive compensation matters, including the negotiation of employment, separation, change-in-control, and retention agreements, as well as proxy disclosure and compensation-related tax implications.
Arian's transaction experiences include the representation of:
NICE Ltd. (Nasdaq: NICE), the world's leading provider of both cloud and on-premises enterprise software solutions that empower organizations to make smarter decisions based on advanced analytics of structured and unstructured data, in entering into a definitive agreement to acquire Guardian Analytics, a leading AI cloud-based financial crime risk management solution provider.
Panasonic Corp. on its 20% strategic equity investment in Blue Yonder, a leading US end-to-end supply chain software provider with an estimated enterprise value of US$5.5 billion.
Techniplas LLC, a provider of technical solutions to the automotive, transportation and industrial markets, in its sale of the issued and outstanding equity interests and assets of certain of its subsidiaries in the context of the Techniplas LLC's chapter 11 proceedings in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.
Roche Diagnostics Corp. in the sale of 100% of the issued and outstanding stock of Roche Health Solutions Inc. to CardioNet, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of BioTelemetry, Inc.
HgCapital, the specialist private equity investor focused on software and service businesses, in its investment in Intelerad Medical Systems, a leading global provider of medical imaging software and enterprise workflow solutions.
Entrepreneurial Equity Partners, a Chicago-based private equity firm focused on making investments in the food and consumer packaged goods industries, in its acquisition of Grecian Delight Foods, Inc., a leading manufacturer and marketer of Greek and Mediterranean inspired cuisine.
IFM Investors, an Australian institutional funds manager, in its US$10.3 billion acquisition of Buckeye Partners, L.P. (NYSE: BPL), a publicly traded master limited partnership which owns and operates a diversified global network of pipeline assets and midstream logistics solutions. The transaction was named "Private Equity Deal (Over US$10 billion)" by M&A Advisor (2020).
Roark Capital Group and Inspire Brands, Inc., owner of the Arby's and Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant chains, in Inspire Brands' cash acquisition of Sonic Corp., a drive-in fast-food restaurant chain based in Oklahoma, in a transaction valued at approximately US$2.3 billion.
SodaStream International Ltd., a leading manufacturer and distributor of sparkling water makers, in its US$3.2 billion sale to PepsiCo, Inc., a global food and beverage company.
Brookfield Asset Management in its 50 percent partnership with Digital Realty Trust in the US$1.8 billion acquisition of Ascenty, a leading data center provider in Brazil.
LifePoint Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: LPNT), a nationwide healthcare provider, in its US$5.6 billion sale to RCCH HealthCare Partners.
Ad hoc group of holders on unsecured bonds in the Breitburn Energy chapter 11 cases.
Calpine Corporation in its US$17 billion sale to Energy Capital Partners, an energy-focused private equity firm, and a consortium of investors including Access Industries and Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board.
Leslie Alexander and his affiliated entity on the executive compensation and benefits aspects of the sale of the Houston Rockets NBA team and its interest in the Toyota Center to Houston businessman Tilman J. Fertitta and his affiliated entity, Fertitta Entertainment, Inc. The sale price, which marked the largest sale price of any NBA franchise, was reported by many news and sports outlets to have a purchase price in excess of US$2.2 billion.
Global Infrastructure Partners, on the executive compensation and benefits aspects of its US$1.825 billion acquisition of Medallion Gathering & Processing, LLC, the largest privately-held crude oil transportation system in the Midland Basin of West Texas.
Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., in its acquisition of cystic fibrosis drug, CTP-656, from Concert Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Altria Group, Inc. in its acquisition of Sherman Group Holdings, LLC, a distributor of super-premium cigarettes and premium cigars.
GlobalWafers Co., Ltd., one of the largest silicon wafer manufacturers in the world and headquartered in Hsinchu, Taiwan, on the executive compensation and benefits aspects of its US$683 million acquisition of SunEdison Semiconductor Limited.
Suzhou Dongshan Precision Manufacturing Co., Ltd., one of the largest suppliers of precision sheet metal components headquartered in Suzhou, China, on the executive compensation and benefits aspects of its US$610 million acquisition of Multi-Fineline Electronix, Inc., a global provider of high-quality, technologically advanced flexible printed circuits and assemblies.
Ciner Group, a Turkish conglomerate involved in the energy, mining, shipping and media industries, on the executive compensation and benefits aspects of its US$480 million cross- border strategic acquisition of a controlling interest in OCI Resources LP, a global producer of natural soda ash, from OCI Company Ltd., a Korean publicly listed company (KRX: OCI).
Ornua Co-operative Ltd. in its sale of its subsidiary, DPI Specialty Foods, Inc., one of the largest specialty food distributors in the United States, to Arbor Investments, a Chicago-based private equity firm specializing in the food and beverage industry.
The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of GFI Group Inc., the New York brokerage and clearing house, in the successful completion of a tender offer by BGC Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ: BGCP), a leading global brokerage company servicing the financial and real estate markets, for the outstanding shares of GFI, resulting in an equity value of approximately US$780 million and an enterprise value of US$1 billion.
Private Equity’s Trump Card With Management, PLI Current: The Journal of PLI Press, Summer 2018