Alex Johnson advises companies, private equity firms, and other clients on a broad range of M&A and private equity transactions, as well as a variety of other corporate and restructuring matters. His work includes US and cross-border acquisitions, dispositions, take-private transactions, carve-outs, joint ventures, co-investments, recapitalizations, restructurings, and public and private investments.

Mr. Johnson has represented a variety of private equity firms such as One Rock Capital Partners, WindRose Health Investors, Easterly Capital Partners, and Actis, as well as a wide range of public and private companies such as 21st Century Fox, Google, HarperCollins, Hearst, Hulu, News Corporation, Office Depot, NBC Universal, UnitedHealthcare, On2 Technologies, and Viacom.

He has been recognized for his work by Chambers USA, New York Super Lawyers, and The Legal 500 US. In 2021, he was named a M&A Client Service All-Star by BTI Consulting Group based on a survey of US corporate counsel and executives. Mr. Johnson was also a recipient of The M&A Advisor’s 40 Under 40 award, and has been included on the Global M&A Network’s list of Top 50 M&A Dealmakers in the Americas. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law, where he taught a class on Mergers & Acquisitions.

Mr. Johnson’s representative experience includes advising the following clients:

  • One Rock Capital Partners on its acquisitions of Nestlé Waters North America, Innophos, FXI, Robertshaw, Jadex, Island Energy, Dixie Electric, Airxcel, Compass Chemicals, Orion Foods, Monarch Landscaping, Summit Research Labs, its sale of a number of portfolio companies, as well as various other transactions
  • WindRose Health Investors on its acquisitions of Basys, Shearwater Health, Avadyne, and Woodbury Health, its investment in MDsave and myNEXUS, its sale of a number of portfolio companies, and various other transactions
  • Easterly Acquisition Corp. (a SPAC) on its US$2.2 billion merger with Sirius International Insurance Group
  • Various private equity portfolio companies and other businesses on debt and capital structure restructurings, dividend recapitalizations, distressed acquisitions and sales and similar transactions
  • Google on its US$550 million "PIPEs" investment in, its acquisition of LogMeIn's Xively business, its acquisition of Lift Labs, and various other transactions
  • 21st Century Fox on its acquisition of TrueX, its investment in Vice Media, its US$1.1 billion sale of stations to Oak Hill, its terminated US$910 million acquisition of stations from Sinclair, and various other transactions
  • 21st Century Fox on a number of joint ventures, including its National Geographic Partners joint venture with the National Geographic Society and its EndemolShine Group joint venture with Apollo
  • Actis on its sale of its portfolio company Anthelio Healthcare Solutions to Atos SE
  • The Anschutz Corporation on the US$5.8 billion acquisition of Regal Entertainment Group by Cineworld Group plc
  • HarperCollins Publishers on its acquisitions of Harlequin Enterprises for C$455 million; Thomas Nelson, Inc.; Zondervan; and other publishing companies
  • Condé Nast, Hearst Magazines, Meredith Corporation, Rogers Communications, and Time Inc. in connection with an investment by KKR in Next Issue Media
  • Onexim Sports on its acquisition of a controlling stake in the New Jersey Nets basketball team and an interest in the Barclays Center
  • Hulu on its formation and joint venture among Fox, NBC Universal, Disney, and Providence Equity
  • News Corporation on its acquisition of Checkout 51, its sale of The Weekly Standard, and various other transactions
  • Viacom on its acquisition of WhoSay
  • Hearst Corporation on its Verizon Hearst Media Partners joint venture, its acquisition of Litton Entertainment, and its investments in Complex Media and Lightbeam Health Solutions
  • UnitedHealthcare on its US$775 million acquisition of Fiserv's health business
  • On2 Technologies on its US$120 million acquisition by Google in a stock-for-stock merger
  • Norilsk Nickel Group on its (initially hostile) US$6.3 billion acquisition of LionOre Mining
  • Office Depot on its US$690 million sale of its interest in Office Depot de Mexico to Grupo Gigante
  • Trizec Properties on its US$8.9 billion acquisition by The Blackstone Group and Brookfield Properties

*Certain of the above matters handled prior to joining Latham

Bar Qualification

  • New York


  • JD, Fordham University, 1996
    cum laude
  • BA, Boston College, 1993
    cum laude
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