Laurent Alpert is a partner based in the New York office.
Mr. Alpert's practice focuses on mergers, acquisitions and leveraged buyouts, with particular emphasis on cross-border transactions. He also has an extensive practice and experience in bridge financings and permanent financings of acquisition transactions. He represents both major U.S. and foreign industrial and financial companies as well as private equity firms.
Mr. Alpert is distinguished as one of the country's best lawyers by Chambers Global
, Chambers USA
, The Legal 500 U.S.
and IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Law Firms
Mr. Alpert also has an active practice in advising on various corporate governance matters, including advice as to the obligations of boards of directors and various board committees. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Beazer Homes USA, Inc., a NYSE-listed company in the home-building industry, and is chairman of its Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee, as well as a member of its Finance Committee. He has also served as lead independent director and as a member of its Audit Committee.
Major recent assignments in which Mr. Alpert represented U.S. and foreign corporations include advising Medtronic in the financing of its $43 billion acquisition of Covidien; Harland Clarke in the financing of its $2 billion acquisition of Valassis; Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley in the $2 billion cross-border refinancing of Technicolor’s senior secured bank and bond debt and related liability management transactions; Alpha Natural Resources in its $8.5 billion acquisition of Massey Energy and its concurrent bank and bond financings, as well as its subsequent secured and unsecured note offerings and bank refinancings; BHP Billiton in the financing of its $40 billion all-cash offer to acquire Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan; XL in its $2 billion credit agreement refinancings; LyondellBasell in connection with its $2 billion credit facility as well as its $1 billion notes offering and $2.8 billion exit tender; Lafarge North America in the sales of its cement and concrete assets in the United States to Eagle Materials and Cementos Argos, as well as previously Lafarge SA in connection with its unsolicited acquisition of the remaining 47% public interest in Lafarge North America, and its divestiture of assets pursuant to an FTC consent decree in connection with its acquisition of Blue Circle plc; Air Liquide in its acquisition of Voltaix.
Major recent assignments in which Mr. Alpert represented private equity firms and their portfolio companies include acquisitions by Texas Pacific Group and Warburg Pincus or their portfolio companies, as well as related bank and bond financings and subsequent refinancings, involving Aleris International, Armstrong World Industries, Bausch & Lomb, Biomet, Harrah’s Entertainment, Iasis Healthcare, Kraton Polymers, Neiman Marcus, RegionalCare, Rural/Metro, Sabre, Surgical Care Affiliates, Targa Resources and Triton Container International.
Mr. Alpert joined the firm in 1972 and became a partner in 1980. He was resident in the Brussels office for eight years. Mr. Alpert received a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1972 and studied at the École Nationale d'Administration and the École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris in 1968. He received an undergraduate degree, magna cum laude
, from Harvard College. He is a member of the Bar in New York and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
Mr. Alpert is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the International Rescue Committee, a non-profit organization providing relief and resettlement services to refugees.