Hogan Lovells Advises PAETEC Holding Corp. on $2.3 Billion Merger with Windstream Corporation

WASHINGTON, D.C., 1 December 2011 – Hogan Lovells represented PAETEC Holding Corp. in its merger with Windstream Corporation in a transaction valued at approximately $2.3 billion. This merger, which closed on 30 November 2011, creates a national telecommunications provider with over $6 billion in total revenue and a nationwide network of about 100,000 fiber route miles.

PAETEC, based in Fairport, N.Y. and formerly listed on NASDAQ, provides broadband communications solutions to over 51,000 business customers in a service area encompassing 86 of the country’s top 100 metropolitan statistical areas.

“We are pleased to have assisted our long-time client, PAETEC, in this important transaction,” said Corporate M&A partner Joseph E. Gilligan, Hogan Lovells’ lead lawyer on the transaction. “This deal further demonstrates the resources and expertise that our global M&A practice can provide to our clients in structuring, negotiating, and implementing their highly complex M&A transactions.”

The Hogan Lovells team representing PAETEC in the transaction was led by Joseph E. Gilligan with assistance from Paul D. Manca, Richard J. Parrino, Kevin K. Greenslade, Joseph G. Connolly, Jr., Eun Ah Choi, Christopher H. Schott, Todd M. Aman, Thomas R. Kennedy (Corporate M&A); Daniel M. Davidson, Scott D. McClure, Inga Rubin (Tax); Michele S. Harrington, David Saylor, Charlesa Ceres (Antitrust); William L. Neff (Employee Benefits); and George H. Mernick, III (Litigation).

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