Steven Cohen and Cohen Private Ventures’ $2.4 Billion Acquisition of the Mets


Debevoise & Plimpton LLP advised Steven Cohen and Cohen Private Ventures in the transaction, while Davis Polk advised Sterling Equities and the New York Mets.

Steven Cohen and Cohen Private Ventures executed the $2.4 billion acquisition of the Mets from Sterling Equities and the Wilpon and Katz families.

The New York Mets are a Major League Baseball team based in New York that competes in the National League East division.

Sterling Equities is a diversified, family-run group of companies focused on holdings in real estate, sports and media, including the New York Mets, SportsNet New York, real estate investment portfolios, related real estate services businesses and private equity.

Mr. Cohen is the founder of the hedge fund Point72 Asset Management and a lifelong Mets fan who previously owned an 8 percent stake in the team. Sterling Equities, co-founded by Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz, is a diversified, family-run group of companies. Its portfolio is focused on holdings in real estate, sports, and media in the New York area.

The Debevoise team was led by M&A partners Jeffrey Rosen (Picture) and Bill Regner and includes M&A counsel Andrew Jamieson and associates Emily Huang, Shlomo Fischer, James Malmo and Joel Salomon, finance partners Scott Selinger and Jeffrey Ross, counsel Katarina Molnarova and associate Thomas Heiser, benefits partner Jon Lewis and associate Zain Kazmi, tax partners Peter Furci and Michael Bolotin and associates Erasmo Perez and Samuel Krawiecz and real estate partner Nicole Mesard and associates Richard Grossman and Alexander Djaha.

The Davis Polk team was led by M&A partners Oliver Smith and Brian Wolfe, litigation partner Dana M. Seshens and Managing Partner Neil Barr. The M&A team also included associate Michael Senders. Partner David H. Schnabel and counsel Ethan R. Goldman provided tax advice. Partner J.W. Perry and counsel Jonathan B. Brown provided finance advice. Partner Andrew Ditchfield provided litigation advice. Partners Michael J. Rishty and Brian S. Lichter provided real estate advice.

Involved fees earner: Neil Barr – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Jonathan Brown – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Andrew Ditchfield – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Ethan Goldman – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Brian Lichter – Davis Polk & Wardwell; John Perry – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Michael Rishty – Davis Polk & Wardwell; David Schnabel – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Michael Senders – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Dana Seshens – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Oliver Smith – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Brian Wolfe – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Michael Bolotin – Debevoise & Plimpton; Alexander Djaha – Debevoise & Plimpton; Peter Furci – Debevoise & Plimpton; Richard Grossmann – Debevoise & Plimpton; Thomas Heiser – Debevoise & Plimpton; Emily Huang – Debevoise & Plimpton; Andrew Jamieson – Debevoise & Plimpton; Zain Kazmi – Debevoise & Plimpton; Samuel Krawiecz – Debevoise & Plimpton; Nicole Levin Mesard – Debevoise & Plimpton; Jonathan Lewis – Debevoise & Plimpton; James Malmo – Debevoise & Plimpton; Katarina Molnarova – Debevoise & Plimpton; Erasmo Perez – Debevoise & Plimpton; William Regner – Debevoise & Plimpton; Jeffrey Rosen – Debevoise & Plimpton; Jeffrey Ross – Debevoise & Plimpton; Joel Salomon – Debevoise & Plimpton; Scott Selinger – Debevoise & Plimpton;

Law Firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell; Debevoise & Plimpton;

Clients: Cohen Private Ventures; New York Mets; Sterling Equities; Steven Cohen;

Author: Ambrogio Visconti