TransUnion’s $3.1 Billion Acquisition of Neustar

Simpson Thacher advised TransUnion, while Paul, Weiss advised Neustar on the deal.

TransUnion announced its proposed to acquire Neustar from a private investment group led by Golden Gate Capital and with minority participation by GIC. The transaction consideration is $3.1 billion in cash and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2021.

The addition of Neustar’s data and analytics will enhance TransUnion’s position as a global information and insights company providing diverse, high-growth credit and non-credit solutions at scale. Neustar’s security business, which is excluded from the transaction, will become a Golden Gate Capital and GIC portfolio company following close.

Neustar is an information services and technology company and a leader in identity resolution. Neustar offers industry-leading solutions in marketing, risk, communications and security that responsibly connect data on people, devices, and locations, continuously corroborated through billions of transactions.

TransUnion operates as a credit reporting agency. The Company offers consumer reports, risk scores, analytical services, and decisioning capabilities to businesses. TransUnion provides risk and information solutions to businesses and consumers.

The Simpson Thacher team included Eric Swedenburg (Picture), Ravi Purushotham, Louis Argentieri, Malik Ladhani and Jonathan Schwartz (M&A); Jonathan Goldstein, Caroline Phillips and Gurnaina Chawla (Tax); Lori Lesser, Jonathan Sanders, Melanie Jolson and Bobbie Burrows (IP); David Rubinsky, Linda Barrett and Allison Sutherland (Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits); Jennifer Hobbs and Patrick Wolff (Banking & Credit); Krista McManus and Stephanie Brenner (Real Estate); Adeeb Fadil (Environmental); and Sara Razi, Jonathan Porter and Geoffrey Schmelkin (Antitrust).

The Paul, Weiss team included corporate partners Jeremy Veit and Austin Pollet; tax partner Robert Holo; intellectual property partners Jonathan Ashtor and Charles Googe, and counsel Michael Kurzer; litigation partner Andrew Finch, and counsel Jared Nagley and Steven Herzog; real estate partner Harris Freidus; executive compensation partner Lawrence Witdorchic and counsel Meghan Fox; and antitrust counsel Yuni Sobel.

Involved fees earner: Jonathan Ashtor – Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison; Andrew Finch – Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison; Meghan Fox – Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison; Harris Freidus – Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison; Charles Googe – Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison; Steven Herzog – Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison; Robert Holo – Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison; Michael Kurzer – Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison; Jared Nagley – Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison; Austin Pollet – Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison; Yuni Sobel – Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison; Jeremy Veit – Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison; Lawrence Witdorchic – Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison; Linda Barrett – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Stephanie Brenner – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Bobbie Burrows – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Gurnaina Chawla – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Adeeb Fadil – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Jonathan Goldstein – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Jennifer Hobbs – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Melanie Jolson – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Malik Ladhani – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Lori Lesser – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Krista McManus – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Caroline Phillips – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Jonathan Porter – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Ravi Purushotham – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Sara Razi – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; David Rubinsky – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Jonathan Sanders – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Geoffrey Schmelkin – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; jonathan schwarts – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Allison Sutherland – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Eric Swedenburg – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Patrick Wolff – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Louis Argentieri – Sullivan & Cromwell;

Law Firms: Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Sullivan & Cromwell;

Clients: Neustar, Inc.; TransUnion;

Author: Martina Bellini