Big Deals

Softbank/Sprint Nextel; T-Mobile/MetroPCS; UnitedHealth/Amil

, The American Lawyer


Paul Hastings: Antitrust: C. Scott Hataway and associates Noah Pinegar and Michael Wise. (All are in Washington, D.C.) Stachiw once practiced at the firm, which helped advise MetroPCS on its failed bid for Leap Wireless International Inc. Hataway joined Paul Hastings last year from Howrey.

Telecommunications Law Professionals: Telecommunications: Michael Lazarus, Andrew Morentz, and Carl Northrop. (All are in Washington, D.C.) The group worked with MetroPCS when they were at Paul Hastings. They started their own firm last year.

For MetroPCS board of directors

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld: Corporate: Robert Dockery, J. Kenneth Menges Jr., and asso­ciate Adam Hilkemann. (All are in Dallas.)

Fulbright & Jaworski: Litigation: Karl Dial and Brett Govett. (Both are in Dallas.)


United Health/Amil

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated expanded into South America by agreeing on October 8 to pay $4.9 billion for a 90 percent stake in Amil Participações S.A. , Brazil's largest health care company. Amil founder and CEO Edson Bueno and partner Dulce Pugliese, Amil's controlling shareholders, will retain a 10 percent stake in the company but will sell 60 percent to UHG , which will buy another 30 percent of Amil from public shareholders.

UHG will pay $4.3 billion for the stock and gain another $600 million in tax benefits. Bueno will stay on as Amil's CEO and will join UHG's board. He also promised to invest about $470 million in UnitedHealth stock that he will hold for five years. UHG hopes to complete the purchase of Bueno and Pugliese's stake by December and buy the public shares in the first quarter of 2013, pending regulatory and shareholder approval.

For acquiror UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (Minnetonka, Minnesota)

In-House: Chief legal officer Richard Baer, senior deputy general counsel–securities Richard Mattera, senior deputy general counsel Kuai Leong, senior associate general counsel Jake Tyshow, and associate general counsel Michael Molepske.

Sullivan & Cromwell: M&A: Sergio Galvis and Keith Pagnani. Tax: Ronald Creamer Jr. FCPA: Theodore Edelman. Executive compensation and benefits: special counsel Rebecca Coccaro. Securities: William Farrar. Antitrust: Juan Rodriguez and special counsel Eric Queen. Arbitration: Joseph Neuhaus. Environmental: special counsel Matthew Brennan. (All are in New York, except for Washington, D.C.–based Coccaro and London-based Rodriguez.) Pagnani sat across the table from UHG in 2004 when it bought Oxford Health Plans Inc. of New York for $4.9 billion. A few months later, Michael McDonnell, general counsel of UHG subsidiary UnitedHealthcare, tapped Pagnani for the $500 million purchase of John Deere Health Care Inc. Pagnani went on to advise UHG in its acquisition of Arnett Health Plans Inc. in 2006; in its $2.6 billion purchase of Sierra Health Services Inc. in 2007; and on the purchase of XL Health Group Inc., which was announced in November 2011 and closed in February.

Pinheiro Neto Advogados: M&A: Carlos Alberto Moreira Lima Jr. and associates Pythagoras Carvalho and Mariana Alonso Tomazelli. Capital markets: Henrique Silva Gordo Lang and associate Guilherme Sampaio Monteiro. Litigation and regulatory: Théra van Swaay De Marchi and Gilberto Giusti. Tax: Giancarlo Chamma Matarazzo. Labor: Luís Antônio Ferraz Mendes. (All are in São Paulo.)

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