1. Q4 could be 'very very robust for M&A activity'

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    If politicians and bankers "put to rest some of the concerns about the European debt crisis," explains Frank Aquila, partner at Sullivan & Cromwell, "you could see a period starting in the fourth quarter that would be very very robust for M&A activity." The types of deals will be "mostly strategic deals, corporate buyers," says Aquila, and "a fair bit of private equity activity." -- Katie Roof

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    • Shareholder activism rising as defenses weaken

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      "Shareholder activists probably have more sway today than they ever had before," Sullivan & Cromwell LLP partner Frank Aquila asserts in this interview with The Deal Pipeline. Aquila predicts that there will be more instances of shareholder activism, partly because "shareholders have many, many more rights, many more ways to pressure management and boards." - Katie Roof

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      • AT&T adds NextWave licenses, spectrum

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        Welcome to The Deal Pipeline's Deal of the Day. Shot on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange, we bring you an in-depth look at the terms, advisers and vital information on a specific transaction from The Deal Pipeline's database. In this segment, we look at AT&T Inc.'s $600 million acquisition of NextWave Wireless Inc.'s licenses in bands of spectrum called Wireless Communications Services and Advanced Wireless Service. In this deal, AT&T received legal counsel from a team at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. The target looked to Lowenstein Sandler PC while its independent committee of board members was advised by Moelis & Co. The deal is expected to close by the end of 2012. Below are links to key content from The Deal Pipeline regarding aspects of this transaction. - Sarah Hashim-Waris The Deal Pipeline article: AT&T grabs NextWave and eyes more wireless spectrum

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        • H. Rodgin Cohen's concerns about Volcker Rule

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          Sullivan & Cromwell LLP partner H. Rodgin Cohen explains why he's concerned about a strict Volcker Rule. "I fear that if the Volcker Rule's implementation adversely affects the markets, it will be too late by the time they liberalize it." Cohen goes on to explain that he's worried about the possibility that "markets start to go into disarray or move out of the United States" if the rule is applied too narrowly. -Katie Roof

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          • Air Products on track with Airgas strategy

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            Investors in Airgas Inc., the subject of a $5.5 billion hostile bid by Air Products & Chemicals Inc., are scheduled to vote on two slates of directors Wed., Sept. 15. Both companies have put forth three board nominees; however, Air Products will likely be successful in getting its nominees seats, says Sullivan & Cromwell's Frank Aquila. - Sara Behunek

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            • Q4 could be 'very very robust for M&A activity'

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              If politicians and bankers "put to rest some of the concerns about the European debt crisis," explains Frank Aquila, partner at Sullivan & Cromwell, "you could see a period starting in the fourth quarter that would be very very robust for M&A activity." The types of deals will be "mostly strategic deals, corporate buyers," says Aquila, and "a fair bit of private equity activity." -- Katie Roof

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              • Aquila: Beverage companies to consolidate

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                "Given the growth profile, you have to believe that's a space to keep an eye on," says Sullivan & Cromwell LLP's Frank Aquila about consolidation in the beverage industry. Says Aquila, "People who were spending a lot of money buying cases of water suddenly are filtering their own water." As a result, "the ability of beverage companies to grow is quite constrained." - Katie Roof

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                • Kiersted sponsors NYC Women in eDiscovery Meeting

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                  Kiersted sponsored the January 16, 2014 NYC Women in eDiscovery Judges Panel featuring Judges Francis and Scheindlin. Judges Francis and Scheindlin gave us a look back at eDiscovery in 2013 and some predictions on 2014 using the 7th Circuit Pilot Program as a point of reference.

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                  • H. Rodgin Cohen: Greece 'not a problem' for U.S.

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                    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP partner H. Rodgin Cohen doesn't think Greece's financial woes create a contagion risk for the United States. Says Cohen, the U.S. is "insulated from the direct and immediate problems." Cohen says that the focus in Europe right now should be to "shore up" medium-sized banks and resolve the "gaping holes in those balance sheets." For more from Rodgin Cohen, watch "H. Rodgin Cohen's concerns about Volcker Rule." - Katie Roof

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                    • Aquila predicts a rise in corporate deal activity

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                      Although lately there has been less deal activity than was anticipated, Frank Aquila, co-head of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP's global corporate practice, is optimistic about corporate deals in the coming months. Aquila says that "the backlog and demand has become so great in certain sectors for consolidation" that many companies will be pressed into doing deals. In particular, Aquila is predicting more consolidation in healthcare and consumer sectors. He also predicts strong cross-border deal activity in Asia, Latin America and Africa. Aquila has advised on over $250 billion in M&A transactions, notably InBev SA/NV's hostile bid for Anheuser-Busch Cos. in 2008. - Katie Roof

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