Euromoney Legal Media Group Names McDermott’s Lisa O’Neill “Best in M&A” at Europe Women in Business Law Awards


Euromoney Legal Media Group named McDermott Will & Emery’s Transactions partner Lisa O’Neill “Best in M&A” at the Europe Women in Business Law Awards. The Awards recognize leading female lawyers who are setting new standards in innovative work practices and leading the way in their field.

Lisa led the McDermott team representing Praxair, Inc., a global industrial gases company, in a series of divestitures, required for the consummation of the proposed $90 billion Praxair-Linde merger. Under Lisa’s leadership, the 100-lawyer strong team advised Praxair on $5.85 billion sale of the majority of its businesses in Europe to Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation, and $3.3 billion divestment of North American and South American assets by Praxair, Inc. and Linde AG to Messer and CVC Capital Partners Fund VII.

“Under Lisa’s leadership, the team delivered outstanding results for Praxair”, said Hamid Yunis, Managing Partner of McDermott’s London office. “Working across numerous jurisdictions, Lisa drew on McDermott’s collaborative culture and cross-border prowess to navigate this highly complex transaction. Her careful and innovative planning was instrumental in helping the client advance their strategic business objectives.”

Lisa said, “Our team worked tirelessly and seamlessly across several markets to achieve the divestitures in a timely fashion, which has allowed the merger to take place. We are honored to have played a part in our client’s success.”

The all-share merger of equals created a global industrial gas leader with a market capitalization of approximately $90 billion and over 80,000 employees across more than 100 countries.

Yunis added: “We are passionate about nurturing top talent and are hugely proud of the achievements of Lisa and the team. Their success in helping the client complete their transformational merger with Linde is also a prime example of the high level work we are doing within the Firm. We are grateful to Praxair for their trust and partnership and share this honor with their team.”

The Euromoney Awards Gala was held on June 13, 2019 in London. For full list of winners please click here.

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