Shilpi Gupta

Shilpi Gupta

Partner, Mergers and Acquisitions; Corporate Finance
Shilpi Gupta concentrates on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and other corporate governance and securities matters.


Mr. Gupta has represented companies acting as acquirers or sellers, as well as investment banking clients, in mergers, stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures, takeovers (negotiated and contested), venture capital transactions, restructurings, joint ventures and other strategic alliances. Mr. Gupta also has represented issuers and investment banking institutions in initial and other public offerings, private placements of securities and high-yield debt transactions.

In addition, Mr. Gupta advises clients regarding general corporate and securities matters, including securities law compliance, corporate governance issues, disclosure issues, stock repurchase programs, shareholder agreements, severance arrangements and proxy contests.

Mr. Gupta has represented, among others:

  • Ball Corporation in its:
    • $5.6 billion sale of its aerospace business to BAE Systems
    • $6.9 billion acquisition of Rexam PLC
    • $3.4 billion sale, with Rexam PLC, of select metal beverage can assets, support locations and functions in Europe, Brazil and the United States to Ardagh Group S.A.
    • $600 million acquisition of U.S. Can Corporation, acquisition of certain assets from subsidiaries of Alcan Inc. and financings related to such acquisitions
  • SP Plus Corporation in its acquisition by Metropolis Technologies, Inc. at an enterprise value of $1.5 billion
  • R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company in its unsolicited, but subsequently agreed upon, acquisition by affiliates of Chatham Asset Management, LLC at an enterprise value of $2.3 billion
  • The Middleby Corporation in its proposed but terminated $4.3 billion enterprise value acquisition of Welbilt, Inc.
  • American Capital, Ltd. in its sale to Ares Capital Corporation, excluding American Capital Mortgage Management, LLC, for $3.43 billion and its sale of American Capital Mortgage Management to American Capital Agency Corp. for $562 million
  • Visteon Corporation, a manufacturer of auto parts, in the $3.6 billion sale of its 70% stake in Halla Visteon Climate Control Corp. to an affiliate of Hahn & Company and Hankook Tire Co., Ltd.
  • IDEX Corporation in its $224 million acquisition of Akron Brass Holding Corp.
  • Digital River, an e-commerce outsourcing company, in its $840 million acquisition by an investor group led by Siris Capital Group
  • Synagro Technologies, a provider of environmental services, in its $465 million acquisition by EQT Infrastructure II, a private equity fund of EQT Partners AB (Sweden), as part of an approved reorganization plan. This transaction was named as the Distressed M&A Deal of the Year (Over $100mm to $1 Billion) for 2013 by The M&A Advisor
  • Visteon Corporation in the $1.5 billion sale of its 50% stake in Yanfeng Visteon Automotive Trim Systems Co., Ltd., a joint venture between Visteon and Huayu Automotive Systems Co., Ltd. (HASCO), to HASCO
  • Kraft Foods Group, Inc. in its $26.3 billion spin-off from Kraft Foods, Inc. After closing, Kraft Foods, Inc. was renamed Mondelez International, Inc.
  • Kinetic Concepts, Inc. in its $6.3 billion acquisition by a consortium of funds advised by Apax Partners, together with controlled affiliates of Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and the Public Sector Pension Investment Board
  • Severstal Columbus in its $525 million high-yield offering of 10.25% first-lien secured notes due 2018 and its $200 million credit facility
  • Oshkosh Truck Corporation in its $3.2 billion acquisition of JLG Industries, Inc.
  • Kinetic Concepts, Inc. in its $1.7 billion acquisition of LifeCell Corporation and in its $690 million Rule 144A offering of 3.25% convertible senior notes due 2015
  • National Steel Corporation in the sale of substantially all of its assets for $1.05 billion to United States Steel Corporation
  • Sears, Roebuck and Co. in its $1.9 billion acquisition of Lands’ End, Inc.
  • Supervalu, Inc. in its $1.6 billion acquisition of Richfood Holdings, Inc.
  • American Equity Investment Life Holding Company in connection with the unsolicited proposal from Athene Holding Ltd. with Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company to purchase all of the outstanding shares of American Equity Life
  • American Equity Investment Life Holding Company in its pending strategic partnership with Brookfield Asset Management Inc., which includes up to $10 billion of reinsurance with Brookfield and Brookfield acquiring a 19.9% ownership stake in American Equity for not less than $672 million
  • American Equity Investment Life Holding Company in its $215 million initial public offering of its common stock, its $250 million contingent convertible senior notes offering and related resale registration offering, its $164 million primary offering of common stock and numerous transactions involving the sale of trust preferred securities by wholly owned trusts
  • OAO Severstal in the formation of and investment in its $880 million newly created joint venture SeverCorr and its $285 million acquisition out of bankruptcy of substantially all of the assets of Rouge Industries, Inc.
  • Ivex Packaging Corporation in its sale to Alcoa, Inc. for $800 million and the spin-off of Packaging Dynamics Corporation from Ivex
  • Playboy Enterprises, Inc. in its $115 million secured high-yield debt offering and in its acquisition of several private companies
  • US Airways in its $1.5 billion shelf registration of pass-through certificates and related offerings of pass-through certificates
  • The Middleby Corporation in its bid to acquire Enodis plc and financings in connection therewith
  • the special committee of the board of directors of The Middleby Corporation in connection with the $84 million repurchase of the company’s common stock from its chairman and his family, the related refinancing of the company’s senior bank facility and the underwritten secondary offering of shares by its former chairman and his family
  • The Middleby Corporation in its acquisition of numerous private companies
  • Black Diamond Capital in the restructuring of Smarte Carte Corporation
  • Packaging Dynamics Corporation in its sale to Thilmany, L.L.C.
  • Chorus Communications Group, Ltd. in its sale to Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. for $240 million
  • Madison River Telephone Company in its exchange of securities and the settlement of certain payment obligations owed to certain stockholders

Mr. Gupta also has represented financial advisors and underwriters in connection with various securities offerings and mergers and acquisitions transactions.

Mr. Gupta has been recognized by Chambers USA as one of America’s leading lawyers for business. He also has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for M&A.



  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1994
  • B.S., Columbia University, 1991


  • Illinois
  • District of Columbia

Shilpi Gupta

Partner, Mergers and Acquisitions; Corporate Finance