Philip Richter

Philip Richter

  • Partner
  • Corporate
  • New York
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Philip Richter is co-head of the Firm's Mergers and Acquisitions Practice. He joined the Firm in 1994 and became a partner in 2002.

Mr. Richter represents clients in mergers and acquisitions transactions involving both public and private companies, minority investments, proxy fights and unsolicited proposals, and strategic partnerships and joint ventures.

He also advises on corporate governance issues, defensive strategy, securities law compliance and other corporate matters, and frequently represents investment banking firms serving in a financial advisory role. Matters in which he has been involved include Reis, Inc. in its sale to Moody's Corporation; VIAVI Solutions Inc. in its US$455m acquisition of the Test and Measurement business of Cobham plc; Sinclair Broadcast Group in its US$10.6b definitive agreement to acquire the equity interests in 21 regional sports networks (RSNs) and Fox College Sports from the Walt Disney Corporation; the merger of Knight Transportation and Swift Transportation; Media General in its $4.6b merger with Nexstar Media; Humana's $37b attempted sale to Aetna; the spin-off by SPX Corporation of SPX Flow; Media General's $1.6b acquisition of LIN Media; International Rectifier's $3b acquisition by Infineon Technologies; AB Acquisition's $7.4b acquisition of Safeway, representing Kimco Realty, a member of AB Acquisition's investor group; Cargill's $24b split-off and disposition of its 64% stake in The Mosaic Company; the sale of Abraxis BioScience to Celgene Corporation (for which he was recognized by American Lawyer as "Dealmaker of the Week"); the merger of Merck & Co. and Schering-Plough; the merger of BellSouth Corporation and AT&T; Merck & Co.'s spin-off of Medco Health Solutions; and American BioScience's merger with its affiliate, American Pharmaceutical Products, to form Abraxis BioScience.

Mr. Richter was recently named an M&A Trailblazer by the New York Law Journal. Additionally, he was profiled by Law360 after being recognized as an "M&A MVP" by the publication. He was also profiled in "Up and Comers of the Deal Economy," a special report published by The Deal. In 2018, Mr. Richter was named to The Deal's Rainmaker List as one of the “50 Lawyers Who Worked on the Biggest Deals of 2017.” Mr. Richter has twice been awarded the Law360 Distinguished Legal Writing Award for his articles "The Dramatic Transformation of M&A Law Since 2014," in 2018, and "Recent Trends In Shareholder Activism" in 2019.

Honors & Awards

Mr. Richter is consistently recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading individual in Corporate/M&A. He is also recognized by Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading individual in Corporate/M&A. He is consistently recognized by Legal 500 in M&A: Mega-Deals and M&A: Large-Deals, and has been recognized in Financial Services: Regulatory.

Professional Associations

Member, Board of Editors, The M&A Lawyer
Member, American Bar Association

Bar Admissions/Licensed Jurisdictions

New York

Practices & Industries


Columbia Law School, JD – 1994
  • Editor and Senior Editor, Law Review
  • James Kent Scholar
  • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • John M. Olin Law and Economics Fellow
  • Recipient of the Paul R. Hays Prize
Yeshiva University, BA – 1991
  • magna cum laude
  • Awarded the school's economic prize
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