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Sidley Austin LLP Represents Athene Holding in $1.55 Billion Acquisition of Aviva USA

Chicago – Sidley Austin LLP represented Athene Holding in its acquisition of Aviva USA and subsidiaries including Aviva Life Assurance Company and Aviva Life Assurance Company of New York. The stock purchase agreement was announced today in London. The purchase price is $1.55 billion.

Sidley’s deal team was led by Perry Shwachman, partner and co-head of Sidley's global Insurance and Financial Services group, Jonathan Kelly, partner in the Insurance and Financial Services group, and Tracy Williams, partner and co-head of Sidley’s Insurance Tax group. The deal team included partners Brad Drake, Andrew Holland, John Schaff, Eileen Liu, Jonathan Lotsoff and Jeff Rothstein, and associates Jeremy Watson, Mark Ramzy, Brandon Tung, Krista Swip and Peter Edgerton.

Sidley has more than 35 years of experience and a team of over 80 lawyers dedicated to providing transactional and regulatory advice to the insurance industry and financial institutions that transact with insurance companies. Our Insurance practice offers extensive experience in a wide range of domestic and international insurance and reinsurance transactions, as well as related regulatory matters. Sidley is one of only a few global law firms to have a substantial, multidisciplinary practice group devoted to the insurance and financial services industry.

Sidley is a premier law firm with a practice highly attuned to the ever-changing international landscape. The firm has built a reputation for being a powerful legal adviser for global businesses, with approximately 1,700 lawyers in 18 offices worldwide. For the third consecutive year, Sidley received the most first-tier national rankings of any U.S. law firm in the 2013 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” survey, making it the only law firm to receive this recognition since the survey’s inception. Sidley was also named the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Law Firm of the Year” in both Commercial Litigation and Securities/Capital Markets Law in the 2013 survey. On Law360’s list of Global 20 Firms, Sidley was ranked among the top 10 law firms with the greatest global reach and expertise. To keep up with the latest Sidley news, please follow us on Twitter at @SidleyNewsroom.

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