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Alexander B. Johnson

New York

Alexander B. Johnson

Alex Johnson is a leading M&A lawyer who heads the New York Mergers and Acquisitions group and is a member of the firm's Mergers and Acquisitions Leadership Team and Private Equity Leadership Team.

Alex regularly advises clients on U.S. and cross-border mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions, as well as on a variety of other corporate matters, including joint ventures, strategic investments, spin-offs, financings and recapitalizations.

Alex has been recognized for his work by Chambers, New York Super Lawyers, and the Legal 500. Alex 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. Alex has also served as an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law, where he taught a class on mergers and acquisitions.

Representative Experience

21st Century Fox's formation of National Geographic Partners with The National Geographic Society.

HarperCollins Publishers' acquisitions of Harlequin Enterprises for C$455m, Thomas Nelson, Inc., Zondervan, and other publishing companies.

One Rock Capital Partners' acquisitions of Dixie Electric, Airxcel, Petroplex Acidizing, Kova, Compass Chemicals, Orion Food Systems, Summit Research Labs, and Monarch.

MTS Health Investors' acquisitions of HCCA International and Woodbury Health, its investment in MDsave and myNEXUS and its sale of DNA Diagnostics Center.

Martek Biosciences' US$1.09bn acquisition by Royal DSM N.V.

Hearst Corporation's formation of Verizon Hearst Media Partners with Verizon and its investments in Complex Media and Lightbeam Health Solutions.

Google's acquisition of Lift Labs, and a number of other investments and other transactions.

21st Century Fox's joint venture with Apollo to bring together Endemol, Shine Group, and CORE.

Norilsk Nickel Group's US$6.3bn acquisition (initially hostile) of LionOre Mining.

Condé Nast, Hearst Magazines, Meredith Corporation, Rogers Communications, and Time Inc. in connection with an investment by KKR in Next Issue Media.

Onexim Sports' acquisition of a controlling stake in the New Jersey Nets basketball team and an interest in the Barclays Center.

Office Depot's US$690m sale of its interest in Office Depot de Mexico to Grupo Gigante.

Trizec Properties' US$8.9bn acquisition by The Blackstone Group and Brookfield Properties.

Formation of Hulu and its joint venture among Fox, NBC Universal, and Providence Equity.

NBC Universal's sale of Los Angeles-based television station KWHY-TV to Meruelo Enterprises.

Fox Television Stations' US$1.1bn sale of eight television stations to Oak Hill Capital Partners.

UnitedHealthcare's US$775m acquisition of Fiserv's health business.

The Gores Group's acquisition of a majority stake in Mexx International from Liz Claiborne.

On2 Technologies' US$120m acquisition by Google in a stock-for-stock merger.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., cum laude, Fordham University School of Law, 1996
  • B.A., cum laude, Boston College, 1993
  • Visiting Student, University of Oxford, 1992


  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Committee on Negotiated Acquisitions, American Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • New York

2009-2012, 2016

Media & Entertainment: Corporate

Chambers USA


Mergers & Acquisitions

New York Super Lawyers


Top 50 M&A Dealmakers in the Americas

Global M&A Network


Media, Technology and Telecoms - Technology Transactions

Legal 500 US


Media, Technology and Telecoms - Telecoms and Broadcast: Transactional

Legal 500 US


Mergers, Acquisitions, and Buyouts

Legal 500 US


Mergers, Acquisitions, and Buyouts - Private Equity Buyouts

Legal 500 US


Mergers, Acquisitions, and Buyouts - Mergers & Acquisitions: Large Deals

Legal 500 US


M&A Adviser, 40 Under 40

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