Spencer Klein is a partner in the Corporate Department and serves as co-chair of the firm's global Mergers & Acquisitions Group and head of the Corporate Department in New York. Mr. Klein focuses his practice on M+A transactions and related matters such as proxy contests and takeover defense counseling. He has advised on more than 150 successfully closed mergers, tender and exchange offers, stock and asset acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures. He is also a veteran of numerous contested matters and regularly counsels corporate boards and committees in transactional and high-profile corporate governance matters.
Mr. Klein frequently advises leading U.S. and multinational companies across multiple industries. His engagements include multi-billion dollar deals in health care and life sciences, financial services, technology, consumer products, manufacturing, retail, energy, and entertainment and media. In addition to prominent corporate clients, he has represented some of the world's leading investment banks in their M+A transactions.
Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Mr. Klein was a partner at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, McDermott Will & Emery LLP and Shearman & Sterling LLP. Mr. Klein received his B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University in 1986, and his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law in 1989, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Hofstra Law Review.
Mr. Klein has been recognized regularly as one of the world's leading M+A lawyers by International Financial Law Review, Legal 500 United States and The World’s Leading Lawyers for Mergers and Acquisitions: U.S. Expert Guide (Legal Media Group). He has been named a "New York Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics in each of the last ten editions (2006-2015). According to Legal 500 US 2011, Mr. Klein "is a true adviser and has a wealth of experience. He understands the legal intricacies, is always accessible, and is very respected by boards and senior management teams." In 2012, Legal 500 US referred to Mr. Klein as "one of the best deal lawyers in the country."
Mr. Klein serves as a Special Professor of Law at Hofstra University School of Law, a member of the Alumni Board of Visitors of the Department of Political Science at The Pennsylvania State University, and a member of the Hofstra Law School Dean's Advisory Board.
Representative transactions handled by Mr. Klein appear below. To view a more complete list see Matters.
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