Ann Beth Stebbins concentrates primarily on mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Stebbins spent eight years in the firm’s London office and has been involved in a variety of cross-border transactions representing acquirers, targets and financial advisors.

Bio

Ms. Stebbins’ representative transactions include:

  • Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in its $7 billion acquisition by Bristol-Myers Squibb Company;
  • Funds advised by Apax Partners LP in:
    • their acquisition of ECI Software Solutions and the North American business of Exact Group B.V.;
    • their acquisition of a majority stake in Accenture LLP’s Duck Creek insurance software business;
    • their acquisition of a controlling interest in FULLBEAUTY Brands, Inc.;
    • their acquisition of Quality Distribution, Inc.;
    • their acquisition of Advantage Sales & Marketing from J.W. Childs Equity Partners and its subsequent sale to affiliates of private equity firm Leonard Green & Partners, L.P. and funds advised by CVC Capital Partners Limited; and
    • their acquisition of Tivit, a leading technology service provider in Brazil; and
    • the formation of Advantage-Waypoint, LLC, a consortium of food service brokers;
  • Bally Technologies, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of gaming devices, in its $100 million acquisition of Dragonplay Ltd. (Israel), a developer of online games; and its $5.1 billion acquisition by Scientific Games Corporation, a supplier of instant-win lottery tickets and a manufacturer of lottery terminals;
  • Cineworld Group plc in its $3.6 billion acquisition of Regal Entertainment Group;
  • Colfax Corporation, in the sale of its fluid handling products, to CIRCOR International, Inc. and in its acquisition of Victor Technologies Group Inc. from Irving Place Capital;
  • Empresas Polar S.A. in connection with the formation of a joint venture with PepsiCo, Inc. and Grupo Embotelladoras Unidas, S.A.B. de C.V. to manufacture and distribute beverages in Mexico;
  • Gucci Group N.V. in its successful defense against a hostile takeover attempt by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton S.A.; and its independent directors in connection with Pinault-Printemps-Redoute’s acquisition of the publicly held shares of Gucci; and in numerous acquisitions of European luxury goods companies, including Sanofi Beauté (which includes the Yves Saint Laurent clothing and perfume businesses), Balenciaga S.A., Stella McCartney Ltd., Alexander McQueen Ltd. and Bedat S.A.;
  • J. C. Penney Company, Inc. in its acquisition of the Liz Claiborne and Monet trademarks from Liz Claiborne, Inc.;
  • Pharmaceutical Product Development, Inc. in its $3.9 billion sale to The Carlyle Group and Hellman & Friedman;
  • SeaCube Containers, Ltd. in its $1.7 billion acquisition by Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan; and
  • the independent members of the board of directors of Time Warner Cable Inc. in its acquisition by Charter Communications.

Ms. Stebbins lectures and participates in seminars on topics related to her practice. She was recognized as an Outstanding Women Leader by Georgetown University Law Center and is the 2018 recipient of the John Carroll Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a Georgetown alumnus. She also has been named as a Woman Dealmaker of the Year by The M&A Advisor and has been named in Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America.

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1994
  • M.B.A., New York University, 1991
  • B.A., Georgetown University, 1986

Admissions

  • New York

Associations

  • Board of Visitors, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Board of Regents, Georgetown University

Ann Beth Stebbins

Partner, Mergers and Acquisitions
annbeth.stebbins@skadden.com