A highly respected attorney, Mr. Whoriskey has advised private equity and strategic corporate clients on both public and private deals. In his over 30-year legal career, he has worked on a number of high-profile international transactions, from General Motors’ acquisition of Daewoo Motors to Western Digital’s $19 billion acquisition of SanDisk.
“Neil has an impressive record of executing innovative, highly complex domestic and cross-border transactions in a variety of industry sectors that perfectly complements our global platform,” said Milbank Chairman Scott A. Edelman. “The respect his clients have for him is well-earned, and we’re excited to bring him on board.”
In the past several years, Mr. Whoriskey has been an advisor on critical transactions for an array of global corporations. In addition to a number of transactions for Western Digital, he advised on a variety of matters for Carlyle Global Partners and spearheaded transactions for ABB, América Móvil, American Tower, and OpenText.
Norbert Rieger, Global Head of Milbank’s Corporate Group, added: “Neil’s arrival adds to the depth of talent that we are committed to providing to our clients through the continued expansion of our Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Practice in New York and globally. He brings a strong commercial sense, deal savvy and collegiality, which align perfectly with our approach to serving clients across our global platform.”
The addition of Mr. Whoriskey to Milbank’s Global Corporate Group follows the recent hire of respected Corporate M&A partner Lisa O’Neill in Milbank’s London office and the expansion of the firm’s prominent private equity and M&A practice in Germany and Los Angeles over the past several years. Among others, the Milbank Corporate Group recently has advised on Eldorado Resorts Inc.’s acquisition of Caesars Entertainment Corp. in July 2020, creating the largest casino and entertainment company in the United States. The team also advised on U. S. Steel’s strategic investment in Big River Steel and global infrastructure investor Actis in its acquisition of Intergen’s Mexican gas and power generation portfolio. Furthermore, the Group advised on a number of transactions in Europe, including Otto Group on its partnership with Advent International for Hermes UK and Hermes Germany, and the consortium of Blackstone, The Carlyle Group and CPPIB on its attempted acquisition of ThyssenKrupp elevators.
“I look forward to leveraging Milbank’s integrated, global platform and industry focus to serve our clients,” said Mr. Whoriskey. “The firm has an excellent reputation for deep industry and jurisdictional knowledge, and that, combined with the firm’s global, integrated platform, will be of tremendous value.”
Mr. Whoriskey joins Milbank after nearly three decades at Cleary Gottlieb and 20 years as a partner. He is recognized as a notable practitioner in International Financing Law Review’s IFLR1000 guide to the leading financial and corporate firms and lawyers. He is fluent in Spanish and has significant experience with transactions in Latin America. Mr. Whoriskey received his law degree from Cornell Law School and his B.A. degree from Cornell University.