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Preiss, Alison Zieske
Partner, Corporate
tel 212.403.1107
fax 212.403.2107

Education

Alison Zieske Preiss is a Partner in Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz’s Corporate Department.  Her practice focuses primarily on advising both public and private companies in a wide range of industries in connection with mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, leveraged buyouts, complex restructuring deals, cross-border transactions, securities offerings and joint ventures.  Ms. Preiss also advises boards of directors and board committees with respect to proxy contests, takeover defense strategies and other corporate governance matters. 

Ms. Preiss’s significant public representations include:  Pfizer Inc. in its $5.2 billion acquisition of Anacor Pharmaceuticals and in its $160 billion terminated transaction with Allergan plc; Alexion in its $8.4 billion acquisition of Synageva BioPharma Corp.; The Match Group in its $575 million acquisition of PlentyofFish; Energy Transfer in its terminated transaction with The Williams Companies, Inc.; Terry’s Tire Town in its $345 million acquisition by American Tire Distributor Holdings Inc.; Expedia in its minority investment in Decolar.com;  Constellium N.V. in its initial public offering; Convergys Corp in its $820 million acquisition of Stream Global Services; Johnson Controls in the sale of its automotive electronics business to Visteon and its Homelink electronics unit to Gentex Corp.; Leap Wireless International in its $1.2 billion sale to AT&T; United Technologies in its $3.5 billion sale of its industrial products businesses to BC Partners and The Carlyle Group; Alleghany Corporation in its $3.4 billion acquisition of Transatlantic Holdings; CKx, Inc.in its $500 million sale to Apollo Global Management LLC; Prisa, Spain’s largest media company, in its $1.2 billion investment by Liberty Acquisition Holdings; Bank of America in its payments joint venture with First Data Corp.; MoneyGram in its recapitalization with an investor group led by Thomas H. Lee Partners and Goldman Sachs; and Home Depot in its $8.5 billion sale of Home Depot Supply to Bain Capital Partners, The Carlyle Group and Clayton Dubilier & Rice.   

Ms. Preiss earned a J.D. with honors from the University of Chicago Law School in 2006 and a B.S./B.A. summa cum laude from The Ohio State University in 2003.

Ms. Preiss is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. 

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