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Sahand Moarefy

Of Counsel, Corporate Department


Sahand Moarefy is an Of Counsel in the Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity practices at Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s Century City and New York offices.

Sahand focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, shareholder activism defense, and corporate governance matters. Sahand has extensive experience representing public and private buyers and sellers in connection with mergers, acquisitions, and takeovers, both negotiated and contested. He has represented public and private companies in connection with proxy contests, leveraged buyouts, spinoffs, divestitures, restructurings, recapitalizations, joint ventures, and other complex corporate transactions. 

Sahand has also advised private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies in a range of transactions. Sahand has worked on transactions in various industries, including financial services, technology, media, entertainment, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, gaming, real estate, and transportation.

Prior to joining Paul Hastings, Sahand practiced corporate law at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York. Prior to practicing law, Sahand was an investment banking analyst at Sandler O’Neill in San Francisco.


  • Harvard Law School, J.D. (cum laude)
  • Harvard University, A.B. (magna cum laude)


Financial services:

  • Warburg Pincus in various transactions, including its minority investment in Edelman Financial Engines and add-on acquisition of Regency Finance Company by Mariner Finance, a Warburg Pincus portfolio company.
  • Capital One in various transactions, including the sale of its $900 million wealth management business to SageView and the sale of its high net worth investment management and trust business to Hancock Whitney.
  • Flexpoint Ford in various transactions, including its strategic investment in Public Trust Advisors and its acquisition of Lereta and associated co-investment with Vestar Capital.
  • Wells Fargo & Company in the $227 million sale of its Shareowner Services to Equiniti Group.
  • Sears Holdings Corporation in the extension and amendment of its credit card program with Citibank in exchange for a $425 million payment from Citibank.
  • Sandler O’Neill in its $485 million merger with Piper Jaffray to create Piper Sandler Companies.
  • Sun Bancorp in its $487 million acquisition by OceanFirst Financial.
  • IEQ Capital in its minority growth investment from Stone Point.

Tech / media / entertainment:

  • II-VI in its $7.0 billion acquisition of Coherent after the public announcement of a merger agreement between Coherent and Lumentum, followed by a three-way bidding war including Lumentum and MKS Instruments.
  • Acima Holdings in its $1.7 billion acquisition by Rent-A-Center.
  • IAC/InterActiveCorp in the separation of Match Group from its remaining businesses.
  • XO Group in its $933 million merger with WeddingWire.
  • Didi Chuxing in its acquisition of 99 Taxis.
  • ANGI Homeservices in its $500 million senior notes offering and related restructuring transactions.
  • Flutter Entertainment in its $4.2 billion acquisition of Fastball Holdings’ minority stake in FanDuel.
  • Freedom Acquisition I. Corp. in its business combination transaction with Complete Solaria.
  • SoFi Technologies in its $1.1 billion convertible senior notes offering and related capped call transaction.
  • Little Room Films in its sale to The North Road Company.


  • Immunomedics in its $21 billion acquisition by Gilead.
  • Envision Healthcare in its $9.9 billion sale to KKR.
  • Mallinckrodt in various transactions, including its $5.3 billion debt restructuring and resolution of opioid-related claims and Acthar Gel litigation through a voluntary Chapter 11 process, its exchange offers and consent solicitations with various noteholders, and its proposed spin-off of its specialty generics business.
  • Digital Transformation Opportunities Corp. in its business combination transaction with AON Oncology.

Telecom / infrastructure:

  • CenturyLink in its $34 billion acquisition of Level 3 Communications, including its divestitures of certain assets in connection with the acquisition of Level 3 Communications.
  • WOW! in various divestiture transactions, including the $1.125 billion sale of its Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio service areas to Atlantic Broadband and the $661 million sale of its Chicago, Illinois, Evansville, Indiana and Anne Arundel, Maryland service areas to Astound Broadband.
  • Kansas City Southern in its initially announced $29 billion sale to Canadian Pacific Railway, followed by Kansas City Southern’s subsequent response to competing acquisition proposals from Canadian National and Canadian Pacific Railway, culminating in a revised agreement with Canadian Pacific Railway to acquire Kansas City Southern for $31 billion.
  • CoreSite in its $10.1 billion acquisition by American Tower


  • ServiceMaster Global Holdings in its $1.553 billion sale of its ServiceMaster Brands businesses to Roark Capital.
  • Terminix in its $6.7 billion acquisition by Rentokil.
  • Sisecam Resources LP in its take-private acquisition by Sisecam Chemicals Wyoming.
  • Ventas in the restructuring of its master lease with Brookdale Senior Living.
  • Rockwell Automation in its successful defense and response to a $29 billion unsolicited takeover bid by Emerson Electric.


Engagement & Publications

  • “Reflections on Brandeis, Berle and the Politics of Big Business in 21st Century America,” SSRN: Social Science Research Network (May 12, 2022)
  • “The New Power Brokers: Index Funds and the Public Interest”, American Affairs (Winter 2020)
  • “How Securities Law Can Help the U.S. Counter INSTEX,” Lawfare (March 11, 2019)
  • “Partially Unwinding Sanctions: The Problematic Construct of Sanctions Relief in the JCPOA,” Harvard National Security Journal (July 15, 2016)
  • “Doing Sanctions Right Against North Korea,” The Diplomat (July 14, 2016)
  • “The Holes in the Iran Deal,” Foreign Affairs (July 14, 2016)

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