Justin Hamill is Global Chair of Latham & Watkins' Mergers & Acquisitions Practice. Recognized as a 2020 Dealmaker of the Year by The American Lawyer and a 2021 Dealmaker of the Year by The New York Law Journal, Mr. Hamill represents clients in a range of complex corporate matters, with a focus on high-value M&A and private equity deals.

Mr. Hamill provides sophisticated transactional counsel to diverse clients, including public and private companies, investment funds, and financial institutions. He regularly advises on multibillion-dollar mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures, drawing on his substantial experience across a broad array of industries, such as media, sports, and entertainment, as well as technology, financial services, consumer products, healthcare, and real estate. His practice also encompasses a range of corporate governance and emerging companies matters.

Mr. Hamill regularly advises clients on:

  • Leveraged buy-outs
  • Negotiated and contested M&A transactions
  • Public and private investments
  • Restructuring transactions and joint ventures
  • Corporate governance matters (including Securities and Exchange Commission and exchange requirements, as well as fiduciary law matters)
  • Emerging companies matters (including capital raising transactions)

Mr. Hamill is the former secretary of the New York City Bar Association Committee on Mergers, Acquisitions and Corporate Control Contests. He is also a published author and frequent speaker on corporate matters.

Recognition Highlights

  • New York Law Journal - Dealmaker of the Year (2021)
  • Lawdragon - 500 Leading Dealmakers in America (2021-2022)
  • The American Lawyer – Dealmaker of the Year (2020)
  • Chambers USA – Recognized Practitioner: Corporate/M&A – New York: The Elite (2019-2022)
  • Business Insider  – 8 Must-Know Deal Lawyers Advising Private Equity Firms (2020)
  • Variety – Elite Dealmakers of New York (2019), Dealmakers Impact Report (2019-2021), Legal Impact Report (2020, 2022), Hollywood’s New Leaders: Law and Finance (2015)
  • The Legal 500 US – Next Generation Partner: Media & Entertainment (2019-2022), Next Generation Partner: Sports (2019-2022), Leading Lawyer: Private Equity Buyouts (2022)
  • Crain’s New York Business – 40 Under 40 (2015)
  • New York Law Journal – Rising Star (2014)
  • The M&A Advisor – 40 Under 40 (2013)
  • The Hollywood Reporter – Power Lawyer
  • The American Lawyer – “Hollywood’s Top Dealmakers”

Mr. Hamill has represented clients in a range of corporate matters, including:

Public Company Transactions

  • Endeavor in its US$775 million sale of Endeavor Content to CJ ENM
  • Casper Sleep in its sale to Durational Capital Management
  • Endeavor in its pending US$1.2 billion acquisition of OpenBet from Scientific Games
  • Michael Kors in its US$1.2 billion acquisition of Jimmy Choo
  • Taylor Morrison Home in its approximately US$1 billion acquisition of AV Homes
  • Kate Spade & Company in its US$2.4 billion sale to Coach
  • RSC Holdings in its sale to United Rentals for approximately US$4.2 billion
  • Warner Music Group in its sale to Access Industries for approximately US$3.3 billion (named M&A Deal of the Year by The Deal Magazine)
  • Emdeon in its sale to Blackstone for approximately US$3 billion
  • Interstate Hotels & Resorts in its sale to Thayer Capital and Shanghai Jin Jiang (named M&A Deal of the Year by Asian-MENA Counsel magazine)
  • Agrium in its US$4.9 billion unsolicited cash / stock tender offer for CF Industries
  • Teck Resources in its US$17 billion unsolicited cash / stock tender offer for Inco
  • SpectraSite in its US$11.3 billion merger with American Tower

Private Equity Transactions

  • KKR in a number of transactions, including:
    • Its US$1.2 billion acquisition of Kobalt
    • Its joint venture with BMG to acquire music rights
    • Its acquisitions of the music catalogs of ZZ Top, Diplo/Major Lazer, John Legend, 21 Pilots, John McVie, and Five Finger Death Punch
    • Its acquisition of a majority stake in OneRepublic and Ryan Tedder’s music catalog
  • Silver Lake in a number of transactions, including:
    • Its US$500 million investment in Shadowbox Studios
    • The US$1 billion equity funding round by Thrasio
    • Its US$1 billion investment in Reliance Retail Ventures
    • The US$650 million equity funding round by Klarna
    • Its investment in BJYU’s
    • Its US$1.35 billion investment in Jio Platforms
    • Its acquisition of TEG, Asia Pacific’s leading live entertainment and ticketing company
    • Its US$500 million investment in City Football Group
  • TPG Capital and Oaktree Management in their acquisition of Taylor Morrison / Monarch Homes for approximately US$1.2 billion
  • Farallon Capital Management in its US$1.5 billion sale of its stake in 26 shopping center properties to Simon Property Group

Private Company Transactions

  • Authentic Brands Group in its acquisition of Reebok
  • Headspace in its merger with Ginger
  • Ancestry.com in its US$4.7 billion sale to Blackstone
  • Endeavor, Silver Lake Partners, and KKR & Co. in their acquisition of UFC; and Endeavor in its acquisition of IMG Worldwide
  • Citigroup in its sale of CitiCapital to GE for approximately US$13.4 billion
  • Sony in the formation of its joint venture with Bertelsmann for Sony-BMG Music and in its acquisition of Bertelsmann’s interest in Sony-BMG Music for approximately US$1.2 billion
  • HCP in its US$1.73 billion acquisition of 133 senior housing communities from a joint venture between Emeritus Corporation and Blackstone Real Estate Partners VI
  • VICE Media in its joint venture with A&E Networks to launch a new 24-hour cable channel

SPAC Transactions

  • Starry in its US$1.6 billion merger with FirstMark Horizon Acquisition Corp
  • Transfix in its pending US$1.1 billion merger with G Squared Ascend I
  • Virgin Orbit in its US$3.2 billion merger with NextGen Acquisition Corp. II
  • Aspiration in its pending US$2.3 billion merger with InterPrivate III Financial Partners
  • Vacasa in its US$4.5 billion merger with TPG Pace Solutions
  • Embark Trucks in its US$4.55 billion merger with Northern Genesis Acquisition Corp. II
  • Bird Rides in its US$2.3 billion merger with Switchback II Corporation
  • Boxed in its US$900 million merger with Seven Oaks Acquisition Corp.
  • Vivid Seats in its US$1.95 billion merger with Horizon Acquisition Corporation
  • Offerpad in its US$3 billion merger with Supernova Partners Acquisition Company
  • The Beachbody Company in its US$2.9 billion merger with Forest Road Acquisition Corp. and Myx Fitness
  • Taboola in its US$2.6 billion merger with Ion Acquisition Corp.
  • Talkspace in its US$1.4 billion merger with Hudson Executive Investment Corp.
  • Ouster in its US$1.9 billion merger with Colonnade Acquisition Corp.
  • Opendoor in its US$4.8 billion merger with Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings II
  • GCM Grosvenor in its US$2 billion merger with CF Finance Acquisition Corp.
  • Virgin Galactic in its US$1.5 billion merger with Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings

Capital Markets Transactions

  • Endeavor Group Holdings in connection with its initial public offering
  • Virgin Group in connection with the initial public offering of Virgin America
  • Taylor Morrison Home Corporation in its initial public offering
  • Hudson’s Bay Company in its initial public offering in Canada

Workouts and Restructurings

  • GM Bondholders Committee in the chapter 11 § 363 sale of GM for US$105 billion, and the preceding US$27 billion bond exchange offer
  • Penson Worldwide, a securities and clearing firm, in its proposed debt restructuring
  • GMAC Bondholders Committee in the US$28.5 billion bond exchange offer by GMAC

*Certain matters above were handled prior to joining Latham

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Hamill’s speaking engagements include:

  • “A Closer Look at SPACs – Pros & Considerations,” NVCA Webcast
  • “Finding the Right SPAC,” TechGC SPACS & Direct Listings Forum
  • “Panel on SPACs,” Harvard Law Entrepreneurship Project’s Annual Symposium
  • “Panel on M&A Advice,” DealFlow’s SPAC Conference
  • “Defending Against an Activist Campaign,” Active-Passive Investor Summit
  • “Distressed Opportunities in Private Equity,” Yale Private Equity Conference
  • “Current Environment for Private Equity Investing,” Practicing Law Institute

Thought Leadership

Mr. Hamill’s recent publications include:

  • “Revlon: The Next Iteration,” The Daily Deal
  • “Differential Treatment of Stockholders in Third Party Transactions: Effects and Implications Under Delaware Law,” The M&A Lawyer
  • “M&A Due Diligence and the Perils of Social Media,” The Daily Deal
  • “Quasi-Appraisal: The Unexplored Frontier of Stockholder Litigation?,” The M&A Journal

Bar Qualification

  • New York

Education

  • JD, Boston College Law School
    cum laude
  • BA, Dartmouth College
Hamill, Justin G.
May 31, 2022Recognition

Northeast Trailblazers: Justin Hamill

New York corporate partner and Global Chair of the Mergers & Acquisitions Practice honored for his leadership in special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) transactions.