Derek B. Meilman executes complex cross-border M&A and joint venture transactions. He has experience in diverse industry sectors, with a particular emphasis on industrials (including energy and infrastructure) and consumer retail (especially branded businesses). His clients are financial and strategic investors from a broad range of institutions, including public and private companies, private equity firms, hedge funds (including distressed credit desks), pension funds, development finance institutions, family offices, founders and other investors. Derek often advises on acquisition activity relating to business restructurings.

With an M&A practice that is global in scope, Derek counsels clients on the panoply of issues that arise in this context, including anti-bribery legislation, such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; competition/antitrust matters and related merger control regimes; country and political risk, especially in emerging markets; foreign investment, including filings with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S.; health, safety, and environmental concerns; labor relations; regulatory regimes; and structuring considerations.

Derek is qualified as a lawyer in New York State and as a solicitor in England & Wales and the Republic of Ireland. Prior to entering private practice, Derek worked as an extern in the Office of the Legal Advisor at the U.S. Department of State.

Education and admissions


J.D., Duke University School of Law, 2002

B.A., Brown University, 1997

Bar admissions and qualifications

England and Wales

New York

Republic of Ireland

Representative experience

Represents Colombian financial services firm Sura in connection with buyout of JP Morgan interest in Sura Asset Management.

Represents NorthStar Realty Europe and China Resources Land on acquisition from AXA Investment Managers of 20 Gresham St.,  a trophy office building in the City of London.

Represents Quantum Pacific Exploration in connection with strategic partnership with Barrick Gold to explore for and develop copper deposits in Chile.

Represents Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in connection with global joint venture with Siemens in metals machinery technology.

Representing WSP Global in connection with acquisition for US$1.31bn of Parsons Brinckerhoff from infrastructure group Balfour Beatty.

Represents Kodak Pension Plan (KPP) in connection with its acquisition of Kodak Alaris in settlement of KPP's claim in the Eastman Kodak bankruptcy.

Represents Global Solar Energy, a manufacturer of flexible solar technology, on its sale to the Hanergy Group of China.

Represents LeapFrog Investments, which invests in financial services companies in Africa and Asia, in connection with multiple M&A transactions.

Represents a middle market private equity firm in connection with the restructuring and disposition of an oil and gas exploration business.

Represent The Gores Group in its acquisition of a majority stake in Mexx International from Liz Claiborne, including the formation of a joint venture.

Represents marine transportation services company American Commercial Lines in connection with US$800m ‘going private’ sale to Platinum Equity.

Represents American subsidiary of European aerospace and defense company in disposition of an entity under a proxy agreement with U.S. Dept. of Defense.

Represents Metsanco Ltd and its affiliates in the sale of Olo de Peru and TVS Wireless to a subsidiary of America Movil, the Mexican telecom controlled by Carlos Slim.

Represents Ron Santa Teresa of Venezuela in connection with an international distribution alliance with Bacardi, the world's largest privately owned spirits company.

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