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That’s why domestic and international companies look to Victor I. Lewkow, L ’73. “I like the interrelationship between the legal issues and the business issues,” he says. “I enjoy helping managers deal with the overlap so they can make business decisions based on good legal advice.”

The American Lawyer named Lewkow, a partner at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in New York, a “Dealmaker of the Year” for 2002. He says he works to meet “the differing needs of different clients” in such deals as HSBC’s acquisition of Household International; Marsh & McLennan Companies’ acquisition of Kroll Inc.; and South African Breweries’ acquisition of Miller Brewing Company. He is currently overseeing PeopleSoft’s defense against Oracle’s hostile tender offer.

A contested transaction like that, says Charles I. “Casey” Cogut L’73, requires a mixture of legal and strategic thinking and is “both the most challenging type of M&A deal and the most fun.”

Cogut, a partner and head of the mergers and acquisitions practice at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York, recently represented Manulife Financial Corporation in its acquisition of John Hancock Financial Services Inc.; Ripplewood Holdings LLC in its acquisition of the landline phone business of Japan Telecom Holdings Co.; and JLL Partners as the largest shareholder of Advance PCS in connection with its acquisition by Caremark Rx, Inc.
 
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