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Francis J. Aquila

Partner
Sullivan & Cromwell
New York

Practice Area: M&A

    All-Star

    ALL-STAR BIOGRAPHY

    In December 2018, The Financial Times described Frank Aquila as “one of the most influential and high-profile M&A and corporate lawyers in the U.S.” who has “played a role in many of the largest and most complex deals.” In December 2019, Mr. Aquila was one of the dealmakers profiled in an article in The Financial Times titled “Deal lawyers are masters of seeing the next move.” The Wall Street Journal profiled him as one of the six top dealmakers of the year in 2019 and one of the seven top dealmakers in 2018. These recognitions highlight Mr. Aquila’s consistently broad multidisciplinary practice.

    During the course of his career, Mr. Aquila has advised on deals totaling more than $1 trillion in value, including advising on more than $100 billion in 2020. He has been called upon by global leaders such as Amgen, Andeavor, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Cheniere Energy, Diageo, Diebold Nixdorf, International Airline Group, Kraft, Navistar International, Novartis, Tiffany & Co. and United Rentals to advise them and their boards of directors on M&A, proxy contests, activism, unsolicited bids, corporate governance, crisis management and a range of matters affecting corporate policy and strategy.

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    +1-212-558-4048

    Francis J. Aquila


    Sullivan & Cromwell
    New York

    Practice Area: M&A

    M&A All-Star

    WHAT CLIENTS SAY

    "Mr. Aquila is a trusted partner and advisor."
    "He helps us think about long-term goals and planning."
    "We highly value the guidance Mr. Aquila offers."


    MY CLIENT PHILOSOPHY

    "I always focus on understanding the broader business objectives of my clients. That means looking beyond a particular assignment or specific legal issue and really understanding what the client wants to achieve. I think that is the essence of what our job is—to make sure we are considering the big picture and always giving our clients the best practical and actionable advice so that they can make the best available decisions."

    – Francis J. Aquila

    ALL-STAR BIOGRAPHY

    In December 2018, The Financial Times described Frank Aquila as “one of the most influential and high-profile M&A and corporate lawyers in the U.S.” who has “played a role in many of the largest and most complex deals.” In December 2019, Mr. Aquila was one of the dealmakers profiled in an article in The Financial Times titled “Deal lawyers are masters of seeing the next move.” The Wall Street Journal profiled him as one of the six top dealmakers of the year in 2019 and one of the seven top dealmakers in 2018. These recognitions highlight Mr. Aquila’s consistently broad multidisciplinary practice.

    During the course of his career, Mr. Aquila has advised on deals totaling more than $1 trillion in value, including advising on more than $100 billion in 2020. He has been called upon by global leaders such as Amgen, Andeavor, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Cheniere Energy, Diageo, Diebold Nixdorf, International Airline Group, Kraft, Navistar International, Novartis, Tiffany & Co. and United Rentals to advise them and their boards of directors on M&A, proxy contests, activism, unsolicited bids, corporate governance, crisis management and a range of matters affecting corporate policy and strategy.

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