Dennis J. Block is the Senior Chairman of Greenberg Traurig's Global Mergers & Acquisitions practice, based in the New York office. Greenberg Traurig has approximately 2,200 lawyers in 40 U.S. and international offices, including a global corporate practice of more than 500 lawyers.
Mr. Block is known for precedent-setting transactions. These include:
- Pfizer Inc.'s $68 billion acquisition of Wyeth, the largest M&A transaction of 2009;
- P&G's acquisition of Gillette;
- Westinghouse's acquisition of CBS Corp;
- Bear Stearns Companies Inc. acquisition by JPMorgan Chase; and
- US West's acquisition of Continental Cablevision and its subsequent split-off and joint venture with Time-Warner and the ultimate sales of both US West (to Qwest Communications) and Media One (to AT&T).
Mr. Block also represented Pfizer, Inc in connection with its:
- $100 billion hostile acquisition of Warner-Lambert, the largest domestic hostile takeover to date;
- $60 billion acquisition of Pharmacia;
- acquisition of King Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; and
- its sale of the Capsugel business to KKR.
In 2010, he was named for the third time as an American Lawyer Dealmaker of the Year, for serving as counsel to Pfizer in its acquisition of Wyeth. Mr. Block has consistently been ranked in the first tier as one of the leading corporate/M&A lawyers by Chambers and Partners in its US and global editions. Mr. Block advises a broad range of entities including companies, boards of directors and special committees on corporate governance, M&A and related matters. Prior to entering private practice, he was a branch chief for enforcement in the New York Regional Office of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Mr. Block has been co-chairman of the Committee on Corporate Counsel and a member of the Council of the Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association. From 1993-1998, Mr. Block served as a member of the Committee on Corporate Laws of the Section of Business Law of the American Bar Association.
He has co-authored The Business Judgment Rule: Fiduciary Duties of Corporate Directors (5th ed. 1998 and Supp. 2000). He was also co-author of a monthly column in the New York Law Journal, co-editor of The Corporate Counsellor's Deskbook (5th ed. 1999), and a member of the editorial boards of several legal publications.
Mr. Block frequently lectures on mergers and acquisitions, the business judgment rule, corporate governance, federal securities law, corporate litigation, the attorney-client privilege and indemnification and insurance of corporate officials.
Mr. Block is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School, where he teaches advanced corporate law as an adjunct professor. He holds a BA from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Proxy contests
- Joint ventures
- Third-party/self-tender offers
- Other corporate restructurings
- Corporate governance and board representation
- SEC matters
- Risk management