The American Lawyer Names Benet O’Reilly "Dealmaker of the Week"
January 22, 2014
Benet O’Reilly has been named “Dealmaker of the Week” by The American Lawyer for his role advising Suntory Holdings in its acquisition of Beam Inc. for approximately $16 billion. The accompanying article notes that the transaction is among the largest-ever outbound acquisitions by a Japanese company and is the largest acquisition in Suntory’s 115 year history. The transaction also makes Suntory the world’s third largest producer of spirits.
Cleary Gottlieb has advised Suntory on M&A matters for more than 30 years. Benet’s own relationship with Suntory extends back to when he was a summer associate at Cleary Gottlieb in 1998.
Founded in Osaka, Japan in 1899, Suntory Group is Japan’s leading player in alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Beam, headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, is one of the world’s leading premium spirits companies. Benet joins over 10 other Cleary Gottlieb lawyers who have previously received “Dealmaker” honors for their roles in notable matters.
“Dealmaker of the Week” is a feature by The American Lawyer that spotlights lawyers who have played a pivotal role in one of the most notable transactions of the week. Benet joins over 10 other Cleary Gottlieb lawyers who have previously received “Dealmaker” honors for their roles in notable matters.
The American Lawyer is a monthly magazine covering the business of law and lawyers, with an emphasis on the top 100 grossing law firms in the United States.