Four firms lead on Unilever's US$3.7bn acquisition

September 28, 2010 Cravath, Swaine & Moore, Slaughter and May, Sidley Austin and Latham & Watkins have taken lead roles on the $3.7 billion all-cash acquisition of leading US hair products company Alberto Culver by consumer products giant Unilever.

Cravath, Swaine & Moore put together a team to serve Unilever as M&A counsel. The team included international practice chair and corporate partner Mark Greene, tax partner Michael Schler, and executive compensation partner Jennifer Conway.

Slaughter & May is representing Unilever on antitrust issues, with competition partner Michael Rowe advising upon the European jurisdiction, while A&P partner Deborah Feinstein deals with US antitrust matters.

Unilever associate general counsel David Schwartz handled the in-house matters.

Alberto Culver is advised by longtime outside counsel Sidley Austin, who put forward a team including corporate partners Thomas Cole, Mark Kaufmann, Robert Verigan, and Scott Williams, M&A cochair Frederick Lowinger, employee benefits partner Matthew Johnson, litigation partner David Giardina, EU antitrust and regulatory partner Stephen Kinsella and counsel David Went, tax partner Suresh Advani, environmental partner Laura Leonard, and real estate partner Lee Smolen. Alberto Culver's general counsel is Gary Schmidt.

Credit Suisse, the financial adviser to Alberto Culver's board of directors on the sale, is advised by Latham & Watkins corporate partner Christopher Leuking.

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