Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

51 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
212-403-1000 (firm) 
212-403-2000 (firm fax) 


David C. Karp is a corporate partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. His practice concentrates on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, shareholder activism defense and corporate and securities law matters.

Representative public matters include advising NYSE Euronext in its $8.2 billion acquisition by IntercontinentalExchange; NYSE Euronext in its attempted merger of equals with Deutsche Börse; BMC Software in its $6.2 billion take-private by a consortium of investors including Bain Capital, Golden Gate, GIC and Insight Ventures;Hess Corporation in the settlement of the proxy campaign waged by Elliott Management; NYSE Euronext in its successful defense against the hostile takeover attempt by Nasdaq OMX; Motorola Mobility in its $12.5 billion acquisition by Google;AOL in the sale of a portfolio of patents to Microsoft for $1 billion; Terra Industries in its $4.7 billion sale to CF Industries; Merrill Lynch in its sale of $6.2 billion of stock to an investor group comprised of sovereign wealth funds. 

Mr. Karp was named Dealmaker of the Year by the American Lawyer in 2006 for his work advising the New York Stock Exchange in its acquisition of Archipelago Holdings and the NYSE's subsequent initial public offering. In 2008, the International Financial Law Review recognized the cross-border merger of the NYSE Group and Euronext, in which Mr. Karp advised the NYSE Group, as the M&A Deal of the Year. Mr. Karp is regularly recognized by LawdragonSuperlawyers and Best Lawyers as a leader in his field. 

In the area of corporate governance, Mr. Karp served as counsel to the New York Stock Exchange Corporate Accountability and Listing Standards Committee which drafted the NYSE Listed Company Manual's corporate governance listing standards. 

Mr. Karp is an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University School of Law where he teaches mergers and acquisitions law. He also writes and speaks frequently on corporate governance and merger and acquisition topics. 

Mr. Karp earned a J.D. with honors from the University of Chicago Law School in 1993, where he was a member of the University of Chicago Law Review, and an A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard in 1990. Following graduation from law school, he clerked for the Honorable J. Daniel Mahoney of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. 

Mr. Karp is a member of the American Bar Association, where he is a past vice-chair of the International Securities Transactions Committee in the Section of International Law and Practice. He is also a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He is a trustee of the Scarsdale Foundation and a past chairman and member of the Scarsdale Village Planning Board.

Mr. Karp lives in Scarsdale, New York with his wife and three children.



  • Honorable J. Daniel Mahoney, United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1993 - 1994


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