Sonia K. Nijjar
Sonia Nijjar represents clients in a wide range of U.S. and cross-border corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, proxy contests and capital markets transactions.

Bio

Ms. Nijjar advises clients with respect to corporate governance and other general corporate matters.

Her transactions include the representation of:

  • Intel Corporation in its $15.3 billion acquisition of Mobileye, N.V. and its $4.2 billion spin-out of the Intel Security business;
  • Broadcom Corporation in its $37 billion sale to Avago Technologies Limited;
  • Nokia Corporation in the $7.2 billion sale of its devices and services business to Microsoft Corporation;
  • LSI Corporation in its $6.6 billion acquisition by Avago Technologies Limited (Singapore);
  • SanDisk Corporation in its $19 billion acquisition by Western Digital Corporation and its $1.1 billion acquisition of Fusion-io, Inc.;
  • Hewlett-Packard Company in its acquisition of Voltage Security, Inc.;
  • XL Group plc in connection with the $570 million sale of XL Insurance (Bermuda) Ltd.’s wholly owned subsidiary XL Life Reinsurance Ltd to GreyCastle Holdings Ltd.;
  • the special committee of the board of directors of Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc. in the $438 million acquisition of Steinway by an affiliate of Kohlberg & Company, LLC;
  • Global Indemnity plc in its acquisition of American Reliable Insurance Company from Assurant, Inc.;
  • SCOR Global Life U.S. Holdings Inc., a subsidiary of SCOR SE, in its $750 million acquisition of Generali U.S. Holdings, Inc.;
  • J.P. Morgan Securities, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and Citigroup Global Markets as joint bookrunning managers in a $448 million offering of common stock by First Solar, Inc.;
  • Sprint Nextel Corporation in its $21.6 billion sale of a 78 percent stake to Softbank Corporation (Japan) and the related $3.1 billion 1% convertible bond issue;
  • Hamilton Insurance Group, Ltd. in its acquisition of S.A.C. Re, Ltd. and its initial formation and capital raise;
  • Jackson National Life Insurance Company in its $621 million acquisition of the U.S. life reinsurance operations of Swiss Re;
  • Harbor Point Limited in its $3 billion merger of equals with Max Capital Group Ltd.;
  • The Bear Stearns Companies Inc. in its $1.2 billion merger with JP Morgan Chase & Co.; and
  • Citigroup Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary Primerica Life Insurance Company in the initial public offering of Primerica Life Insurance Company.

Ms. Nijjar serves on the Palo Alto hiring and diversity committees, and is active in various pro bono initiatives, including Skadden’s “Know Your Rights and Know the Law” project, which provides legal guidance to Bay Area high school students about their rights and responsibilities in the social media realm. Ms. Nijjar was a key member of the Skadden deal teams recognized by The Recorder in its 2016 Corporate Department of the Year contest in which the firm’s Palo Alto team took top honors in several categories, including U.S. M&A. In addition, the Daily Journal recognized Ms. Nijjar and the Skadden team with a 2016 California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year award for innovative work on behalf of Broadcom Corporation in its acquisition by Avago Technologies.

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 2007
  • B.A., Stanford University, 2004

Admissions

  • California
  • New York

Sonia K. Nijjar

Partner, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate
sonia.nijjar@skadden.com