Avner Bengera

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Avner Bengera

Avner Bengera is the co-head of the firm’s cross-border M&A practice. He is an experienced practitioner focusing on public and private mergers and acquisitions, private equity, joint ventures, venture capital, securities, capital markets and distressed assets/Section 363 transactions, and corporate governance and general corporate matters.

Mr. Bengera serves a diverse set of U.S. and non-U.S. clients. His experience spans a variety of industries and sectors with a particular focus on technology, consumer goods, pharma, media, telecommunications, fintech, entertainment and transportation.

Avner has deep experience working on cross-border deals, frequently representing clients on transactions in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Mr. Bengera has lived on three continents and is fluent in English, Dutch, French, German and Hebrew. His cross-cultural experience enables him to effectively execute complicated deals and best serve his clients’ business objectives.

Related Experience

  • Represented ANI Pharmaceuticals in its pending acquisition of Novitium Pharma
  • Represented Roku in its acquisition of Nielsen's Advanced Video Advertising business
  • Represented CF Finance Acquisition III in its SPAC transaction with AEye, Inc.
  • Represented DNB Bank and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken in its acquisition of assets of Hermitage Offshore Services in a Section 363 transaction
  • Represented Dakota Midstream in its acquisition of assets of New Emerald Energy in a Section 363 transaction
  • Represented GFG Alliance in its acquisition of assets of Bayou Steel in a Section 363 transaction
  • Represented Zoetis in multiple acquisitions
  • Represented Cartamundi in its acquisition of The United States Playing Card Company from Newell Brands
  • Represented Cipla Limited in its investment transaction and pending merger transaction with Avenue Therapeutics
  • Represented the Corporate Governance and Conflicts Committee of the Board of Directors of TerraForm Power in its merger and sponsorship transaction with Brookfield Asset Management and the concurrent settlement arrangements with its former sponsor SunEdison
  • Represented Brambles Limited in its joint venture with First Reserve relating to their oil and gas containers solutions businesses
  • Represented Heartland Food Products Group in its acquisition of the Splenda brand business from Johnson & Johnson subsidiary McNeil Nutritionals and its related joint venture with Centerbridge Partners
  • Represented American Tower, the leading independent owner, operator and developer of wireless and broadcast communications real estate, in various acquisitions, finance, commercial and reorganization transactions
  • Represented KPMG Capital, an investment fund for KPMG member firms, in multiple equity investments, including in the cyber-security, trend intelligence and data aggregation sectors
  • Represented the Special Committee of Chindex International, Inc. in its going private sale to Shanghai Fosun Pharma, TPG and the CEO of Chindex
  • Represented Galaxy Brands, a company co-owned by The Carlyle Group, in various acquisitions of consumer brands and companies and its sale to Sequential Brands Group
  • Represented Mark Cuban Companies in the joint venture relating to AXS TV (formerly, HDNet) among Mark Cuban Companies, Anschutz Entertainment Group, Creative Artists Agency and Ryan Seacrest Media
  • Represented Mark Cuban Companies in the addition of CBS Corporation to the AXS TV joint venture
  • Represented Benihana Inc. in its sale to Angelo Gordon & Co.
  • Represented Innovative Power Solutions, a U.S. manufacturer of electrical power generators and converters used primarily in military aircraft, in its sale to Zodiac Aerospace, a world leader in aeronautical equipment and systems headquartered in France
  • Represented Wipro Limited, a leading information technology, consulting and outsourcing company, in its acquisition of the global oil and gas information technology business of Science Applications International Corporation's Commercial Business Services business unit
  • Represented Fortune Tobacco Corporation, the largest tobacco company in the Philippines, in creating a joint venture with Philip Morris International that combined the companies' operations in the Philippines
  • Represented the joint administrators for Nortel Networks Europe, Middle East and Africa in the sale of all of Nortel’s remaining patents and patent applications to a consortium consisting of Apple, EMC, Ericsson, Microsoft, Research In Motion and Sony
  • Represented the joint administrators for Nortel Networks Europe, Middle East and Africa in the sale of Nortel's Enterprise Solutions business to Avaya
  • Represented the joint administrators for Nortel Networks Europe, Middle East and Africa in the sale of Nortel’s Optical Networking and Carrier Ethernet businesses to Ciena Corporation
  • Represented the joint administrators for Nortel Networks Europe, Middle East and Africa in the sale of Nortel’s North American GSM business to Ericsson and the portion of Nortel's GSM business outside of North America and Nortel's GSM-R business to Kapsch Carrier Com
  • Represented the joint administrators for Nortel Networks Europe, Middle East and Africa in the sale of Nortel’s Carrier VoIP and Application Solutions business to GENBAND, Inc.
  • Represented Daimler AG in its investment in, and strategic cooperation with, Tesla Motors, Inc., the Silicon Valley-based designer and distributor of zero emission vehicles
  • Represented Daimler AG in its sale of an interest in the entity holding the Tesla stake to Aabar Investments
  • Represented Daimler AG in its participation in a subsequent Tesla capital raising round
  • Represented Daimler AG in its role as a significant stockholder of Tesla in Tesla’s NASDAQ IPO
  • Represented Daimler AG in its acquisition of Tesla common stock through a private placement affected in conjunction with a public secondary offering of common stock by Tesla
  • Represented Daimler AG in its redemption by Aabar Investments of its stake in the entity holding the Tesla stake and the transfer to Aabar of its proportional interest in such entity’s Tesla shares
  • Represented Daimler AG in its equity collar transaction with respect to Daimler’s Tesla holding and ultimate unwinding of such collar and sale of its holding
  • Represented a leading global pharmaceutical company in entering into a settlement agreement relating to U.S. product liability claims
  • Represented e2v technologies plc in its acquisition of QP Semiconductor, a U.S.-based designer and supplier of semiconductor components used in aerospace and military applications
  • Represented Cablevision in its acquisition of 4Connections LLC, an Ethernet dark fiber provider
  • Represented Loews Corporation in its sale of Bulova, a leading distributor of watches and clocks, to Citizen Watch Co.
  • Represented Sealed Air, a leading global packaging manufacturer, in its acquisition of Alga Plastics, a manufacturer of thermoformed packaging
  • Represented the owners of East Coast Warehouse & Distribution Corp., a warehouse, distribution and customs examination company, in their sale of the company to Fenway Partners
  • Represented TheStreet.com, a multimedia provider of financial news and information, in its acquisition of the 50.1% stake in Stockpickr.com that it did not already own from former partner A.R. Partners LLC
  • Represented Northwest Airlines in its acquisition, through a reorganization under the Bankruptcy Code, of Mesaba Aviation, a regional U.S. airline
  • Represented AmSouth Bancorporation in its merger of equals transaction with Regions Financial, creating a Top 10 U.S. bank holding company
  • Represented a consortium of Montana municipalities in the consortium’s attempted acquisition of Northwestern Corporation, a public utility company with operations primarily in the North and Mid West 
  • Represented R.R. Donnelley in its acquisition of OfficeTiger Holdings, a leading provider of integrated onsite-offshore business process outsourcing services
  • Represented the board of directors of Albertson’s in its break-up and sale to a SUPERVALU, CVS and Cerberus
  • Represented CVC Capital Partners in its acquisition of Flint Ink, the then largest privately held ink manufacturer in the world
  • Represented Carter-Wallace, a manufacturer of consumer and healthcare products, in its break-up and sale to Church & Dwight, a manufacturer of consumer goods, Kelso & Company and MedPointe Capital Partners
  • Represented Hogg Robinson plc, an international leader in providing travel management and related services, in its acquisition of Seagate Travel Group, one of the largest independently owned providers of corporate travel management and related services in the United States
  • Represented UBS AG in its acquisition of (i) the North American private banking business of Bank Julius Baer, a leading Swiss private bank, and (ii) the capital markets business of The Charles Schwab Corporation
  • Represented Prudential Financial in its acquisition of the retirement business of CIGNA
  • Represented Pharmacia & Upjohn in its merger of equals with Monsanto and in the combined company’s subsequent IPO and spin-off of its agricultural business Representing investment banks in private and public mergers, acquisitions and other business combinations
  • Represented Anthem in its (i) merger of equals with WellPoint Health Networks and (ii) acquisition of Trigon Healthcare, a regional healthcare benefits company
  • Represented Reuters Group PLC in its acquisition of Multex.com, a leading U.S. provider of financial information
  • Represented Koninklijke Philips Electronics in the sale of its consumable medical film and devices business to Platinum Equity
  • Represented Koninklijke Philips Electronics in the sale of its broadband business to C-COR.net, a provider of integrated network solutions for broadband networks
  • Represented Koninklijke Philips Electronics in the acquisition of ADAC Laboratories, a producer of nuclear medicine imaging systems
  • Represented Koninklijke Philips Electronics in the acquisition of a majority interest in MedQuist, a leading provider of electronic medical transcription services
  • Represented Goldman, Sachs & Co. in Its acquisition of Epoch Partners, an Internet-based investment bank
  • Represented Goldman, Sachs & Co. in the formation and termination of its joint venture with Constellation Energy, a leading public utility company based in Maryland
  • Represented Allianz AG, a leading German provider of insurance, banking and asset management products worldwide, in its acquisition of Nicholas-Applegate Global Holdings, a U.S. asset manager
  • Represented investment banks in private and public mergers, acquisitions and other business combinations

Awards & Community

Recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. for Mergers & Acquisitions: Middle Market, 2012-2020

Recognized in Who’s Who Legal for M&A and Governance, 2017-2020

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