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Sahand Moarefy

Of Counsel, Corporate Department

New York

Phone: 1(212) 318-6994
Fax: 1(212) 752-2794


Sahand Moarefy is an Of Counsel in the Merger and Acquisitions and Private Equity practices at Paul Hastings based in the firm’s Century City office.

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 technology, media, gaming, real estate, financial services, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, 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), 2016
  • Harvard University, A.B. (magna cum laude), 2010


  • 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.
  • Immunomedics in its $21 billion acquisition by Gilead.
  • CoreSite in its $10.1 billion acquisition by American Tower.
  • II-VI in its proposal to acquire 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, culminating in Coherent’s termination of its agreement with Lumentum and II-VI’s $7.0 billion acquisition of Coherent.
  • Terminix in its $6.7 billion acquisition by Rentokil.
  • Envision Healthcare in its $9.9 billion sale to KKR.
  • 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.
  • Rockwell Automation in its successful defense and response to a $29 billion unsolicited takeover bid by Emerson Electric.
  • Flutter Entertainment in its $4.2 billion acquisition of Fastball Holdings’ minority stake in FanDuel.
  • IAC/InterActiveCorp in the separation of Match Group from its remaining businesses.
  • Mallinckrodt in 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.
  • Acima Holdings in its $1.7 billion acquisition by Rent-A-Center.
  • ServiceMaster Global Holdings in its $1.553 billion sale of its ServiceMaster Brands businesses to Roark Capital.
  • WOW! in the $1.125 billion sale of its Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio service areas to Atlantic Broadband.
  • XO Group in its $933 million merger with WeddingWire.
  • WOW! in the $661 million sale of its Chicago, Illinois; Evansville, Indiana; and Anne Arundel, Maryland service areas to Astound Broadband.
  • Flexpoint Ford and Vestar Capital in their acquisition of Lereta.
  • 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.
  • Wells Fargo & Company in the $227 million sale of its Shareowner Services to Equiniti Group.
  • Mariner Finance in its acquisition of Regency Finance Company.
  • Capital One in the sale of its $900 million wealth management business to SageView.
  • Capital One in its sale of its high net worth investment management and trust business to Hancock Whitney.
  • SoFi Technologies in its $1.1 billion convertible senior notes offering and related capped call transaction.
  • Warburg Pincus in its minority investment in Edelman Financial Engines.
  • ANGI Homeservices in its $500 million senior notes offering and related restructuring transactions.
  • Ventas in the restructuring of its master lease with Brookdale Senior Living.
  • Sears Holdings Corporation in the extension and amendment of its credit card program with Citibank in exchange for a $425 million payment from Citibank.

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)

Practice Areas

Mergers and Acquisitions
Shareholder Activism & Takeover Defense
Private Equity
Technology, Media and Telecommunications
Entertainment and Media




New York Bar


Harvard Law School, J.D. 2016
Harvard University, A.B. 2010

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