Oliver Brahmst | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Oliver Brahmst
Oliver Brahmst

Oliver Brahmst

Partner, New York

Clients describe Oliver as a “partner of special skills for any transaction related project… one of the best lawyers you would want to have by your side during negotiations” and “a true legal counselor and excellent negotiator.”

Chambers USA

Overview

Oliver Brahmst is White & Case's Global Co-Head of Private Equity. His practice focuses on domestic and cross-border acquisitions and divestitures, including joint ventures and equity co-investments.

Oliver has built up a significant track record in the resolution of complex cross-border transactions, having worked on some of the most innovative and exciting deals of the last ten years.

Often working across multiple jurisdictions, Oliver has advised on high-profile transactions and taken a major role in such landmark deals as the representation of CVC Capital Partners in leading a consortium in their acquisition of a controlling stake in Alvogen, and the representation of Nordic Capital and Avista Capital Partners' in their US$4.1 billion acquisition of the ConvaTec business unit from Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Oliver regularly leads legal teams in delivering innovative solutions to seemingly intractable challenges, such as his representation of Pilot Travel Centers during their acquisition of Flying J's core travel plaza and truck stop businesses. The deal took place at a critical point in Flying J's bankruptcy and, in the face of immense time constraints, Oliver and his colleagues created a framework for a transaction that simultaneously advanced Pilot Travel Centers' objectives and gained the support of the bankruptcy court and of Flying J's creditors' committee. The deal was described by The M&A Advisor as a "deal of the decade."

As a mark of the esteem in which he is held in the financial and legal community, Oliver is named as a leading individual for M&A and Private Equity in Chambers, Euromoney and The Legal 500.

Bars and Courts

  • New York State Bar

Education

  • LLM, Tax, Osgoode Hall Law School
  • LLB, University of Ottawa
  • BA, University of Toronto

Languages

  • English
  • German

Experience

CVC US$1.425 billion acquisition of PDC Brands, 2017

Oliver represented CVC Capital Partners in its US$1.425 billion acquisition of beauty and personal care products company PDC Brands from Yellow Partners.

Investcorp investment in AlixPartners, 2016

Oliver represented Investcorp in its co-acquisition of CVC Capital Partners' ownership stake in AlixPartners.

China Three Gorges US$1.2 billion acquisition in Brazil, 2016

Oliver represented China Three Gorges Corporation in its US$1.2 billion acquisition of Duke Energy's assets in Brazil.

Qatar Investment Authority transactions, 2015 and 2016

Oliver represented Qatar Investment Authority and Kingdom Holding Company of Saudi Arabia, in the US$2.9 billion stock-and-cash sale of FRHI, the parent company of luxury hotel brands Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel, to AccorHotels.

Oliver also represented QIA in the purchase of shares in Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (ESRT) (NYSE:ESRT) through a private offering worth approximately US$622 million. ESRT is a REIT with office and retail properties in Manhattan and the greater New York metropolitan area, including the iconic Empire State Building.

Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC US$2.65 billion acquisition of generic drugs businesses, 2015

Oliver advised Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC in its US$2.65 billion acquisition of the US-based generic drugs businesses, Roxane Laboratories and Boehringer Ingelheim Roxane, from German drug maker Boehringer Ingelheim.

CVC Capital Partners acquisition of a controlling stake in Alvogen, 2015

Oliver advised CVC Capital Partners in leading a consortium including Temasek Holdings and Vatera Healthcare Partners in their acquisition of a controlling stake in Alvogen, a leading generic pharmaceuticals company. The transaction was named "Cross-Border Life Sciences and Pharmaceutical Deal of the Year" by the M&A Advisor (April 2016).

Oliver represented Alvogen in its subsequent acquisition of County Line Pharmaceuticals LLC, a specialty generic pharmaceutical company based in Wisconsin.

GDF Suez's sale of power assets in Latin America, 2014

GDF Suez S.A., a French multinational energy company which operates in the fields of electricity generation and distribution, natural gas and renewables, in the US$840 million sale of power assets in Panama and Costa Rica to Celsia S.A. E.S.P., one of Colombia's largest power generators. This transaction was named "Cross-border deal of the Year" by M&A Advisor, 2015

Electronic Funds Source's Sale, 2014

Oliver represented Electronic Funds Source LLC, a leader in innovative corporate payment solutions, in its sale to an affiliate of Warburg Pincus by its existing equity holders, an investor group consisting of an affiliate of CVC Capital Partners and Pilot Travel Centers, First Data Transportation Services, Inc. and FJ Management Inc.

Univar's acquisitions of Magnablend Holdings and Basic Chemical Solutions, 2013 and 2010

Oliver acted for Univar Inc., a portfolio company of CVC Capital Partners and Clayton Dubilier & Rice and a leading global distributor of industrial and specialty chemicals in more than 100 countries, in its acquisition of Magnablend Holdings, Inc., a custom chemical blending, manufacturing and packaging company, and in its acquisition of Basic Chemical Solutions, LLC, a leading global distributor and trader of commodity chemicals.

Pilot Flying J's acquisition of a controlling interest in Maxum Petroleum, 2012

Oliver advised Pilot Flying J, a former portfolio company of CVC Capital Partners and the largest owner and operator of travel centers in North America, on its acquisition of a controlling interest in Maxum Petroleum, Inc., a leading independent energy logistics company.

Harvest Partners transactions, 2003-2017

Oliver represented Harvest Partners and its portfolio companies in a large number of deals, including the US$1.3 billion sale of Associated Materials to Hellman & Friedman LLC; and most recently, the acquisition of Material Handling Services; and the joint acquisition, with Audax Private Equity, of CWD Holdings Corp., a distributor of auto parts.

Speaking Engagements

"What's Next in the World of Private Equity?", November 2014: 16th Annual Canadian Private Equity Summit,
Toronto
, (moderator)

"Mexico and Brazil Lead Deal-Making and Investments in Latin America", May 2013: Merrill Datasite Webinar,
New York
, (panelist)

"Analyzing Structural Trends in Cross-Border Deals", November 2012: 14th Annual Canadian Private Equity Summit,
Toronto
, (moderator)

"Private Equity in Emerging Markets: Trends and Key Success Factors", November 2011: 13th Annual Canadian Private Equity Summit,
Toronto
, (moderator)

Publications

  • Debt Financing Risk Allocation in US Sponsor-Led Acquisitions: A Short History and Primer, Euromoney's Banking Finance and Transactional Expert Guide, 2012 (co-author with Matthew Hendy)

Awards & Recognition

Leading Individual for Private Equity, Chambers Global, 2017

Leading Individual for M&A, Who's Who Legal, 2017

Leading Individual for M&A and Private Equity, Chambers USA, 2017

Recognized Individual for M&A Large Deals and Private Equity Buyouts, Legal 500 US, 2017

Listed for Private Equity Law and Leveraged Buyouts, Best Lawyers, 2016

Leading Individual for M&A and Private Equity in the United States, Euromoney's Banking Finance and Transactional Expert Guide, 2016

Named "M&A Legal Advisor of the Year", M&A Advisor, 2015