Creative Artists Agency’s Acquisition of ICM Partners

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz represented Creative Artists Agency, while Sheppard Mullin and Davis Polk & Wardwell represented ICM Partners in the transaction.

Leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA) executed a definitive agreement to acquire ICM Partners (ICM), one of the world’s premier entertainment and sports agencies, to drive broader and more inclusive representation as their clients, their work, and their brands shape culture.

CAA is a leading entertainment, media, and sports enterprise, with global expertise in motion pictures, television, music, sports, theater, digital media, publishing, endorsements, media finance, consumer investing, fashion, podcasting, speaking, games, and philanthropy.

Allen & Company LLC served as financial advisor for CAA. Lazard served as financial advisor for ICM.

The Wachtell Lipton’s team was led by partner John L. Robinson (Picture) and included Adam O. Emmerich, Partner, Matthew T. Carpenter, Associate, Khori G. Davis, Associate, Ellen E. Choe, Law Clerk, (Corporate), Ilene Knable Gotts, Partner, Patrick R. Ward, Associate (Antitrust), David E. Kahan, Partner, Michael J. Segal, Of Counsel, Dixing Tang, Associate (Executive Compensation and Benefits), Gregory E. Pessin, Partner, Benjamin S. Arfa, Associate, Rod N. Ghods, Associate (Finance), Ian Boczko, Partner (Litigation), Jodi J. Schwartz, Partner, Tijana J. Dvornic, Partner, and Swift S.O. Edgar, Associate (Tax).

The Davis Polk corporate team included partner Michael Davis and associate Joshua B. Pittell. Partner Jesse Solomon is providing antitrust and competition advice. Partner Ethan R. Goldman and associate Elina Khodorkovsky provided tax advice. Partner Veronica M. Wissel and associate Tessa Patti provided executive compensation advice.

Involved fees earner: Michael Davis – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Ethan Goldman – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Elina Khodorkovsky – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Tessa Patti – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Joshua Pittell – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Jesse Solomon – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Veronica Wissel – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Benjamin Arfa – Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; Ian Boczko – Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; Matthew Carpenter – Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; Khori Davis – Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; Tijana Dvornic – Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; Swift Edgar – Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; Adam Emmerich – Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; Rod Ghods – Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; David Kahan – Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; Ilene Knable Gotts – Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; Gregory Pessin – Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; John Robinson – Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; Jodi Schwartz – Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; Michael Segal – Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; Dixing Tang – Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; Patrick Ward – Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz;

Law Firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell; Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz;

Clients: Creative Artists Agency; ICM Partners;