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Julia L. Petty
Julia L. Petty
Counsel — Executive Compensation & Benefits
Counsel — Executive Compensation & Benefits

Julia L. Petty

Julia L. Petty
New York

The Grace Building
1114 Avenue of the Americas
32nd Floor
New York, NY 10036

Julia L. Petty

Julia advises clients on executive compensation and benefits matters in connection with domestic and cross-border business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs and divestitures, public offerings, and restructuring transactions. She routinely counsels clients on disclosure, governance, and shareholder outreach related to compensation and benefits programs, with a particular focus on periods of corporate change, including transaction preparation, senior leadership turnover, shifts in corporate strategy and direction, and shareholder activism.

Julia handles a wide range of other compensation and associated securities, tax, and corporate governance matters, including the design, disclosure, and implementation of equity and cash incentive programs, executive employment and severance arrangements, change in control protections, deferred compensation plans, and retention programs.

Prior to joining V&E, Julia was involved with the following matters:

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  • Fox Corporation in its $440 million acquisition of Tubi

  • The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Taubman Centers, Inc. in Taubman’s pending $9.8 billion merger and joint venture with Simon Property Group

  • Vitamin Shoppe in its acquisition by Liberty Tax and in its defense against a full slate proxy contest by Vintage Capital and its agreements with Vintage Capital and Shah Capital regarding the composition of the Vitamin Shoppe board of directors

  • WellCare Health Plans in its $17.3 billion pending acquisition by Centene Corporation

  • Infineon Technologies AG in its $10.1 billion acquisition of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation

  • A broadcasting conglomerate in its multi-billion dollar acquisition of a nationwide television and media company

  • GlaxoSmithKline in its $12.7 billion joint venture with Pfizer to combine their consumer health businesses

  • Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Spectrum Brands in connection with the $10 billion merger of Spectrum Brands and HRG Group

  • Marriott Vacations Worldwide in its $4.7 billion acquisition of Interval Leisure Group, Inc. (ILG)

  • General Motors and GM Cruise Holdings LLC, GM’s autonomous vehicle (AV) business, in a series of transactions including a $2.25 billion investment from the SoftBank Vision Fund, at a $11.5 billion valuation and a $2.8 billion investment from Honda, at a $14.6 billion valuation

  • A diversified media company with an enterprise value close to $3 billion in its creation through a combination of several well-known media and production companies

  • Strayer Education in its $1.9 billion merger of equals with Capella Education Company

  • Mead Johnson Nutrition in its $17.9 billion sale to Reckitt Benckiser Group plc.

  • Equity One in its $15.6 billion merger with Regency Centers Corporation, creating the preeminent shopping center REIT in the U.S.

  • Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec in its pending major investment in Allied Universal

  • Apax Funds in their agreement to acquire ThoughtWorks, Inc.

  • The Sun Products Corporation, a portfolio company of Vestar Capital Partners, in its $3.6 billion sale to Henkel Consumer Goods Inc.

  • Blackstone in its acquisition of SESAC Holdings, a leading music rights organization, from Rizvi Traverse Management

  • Bain Capital in its acquisition of H.I.G. Capital’s stake in Surgery Partners, Inc.

  • Cerberus Capital Management in its acquisition of Staples’ European business

  • A large private equity firm in its $3 billion acquisition of a real-time information services provider

  • Cerberus Capital Management in its acquisition of the North American operations of Avon Products, Inc. and investment in Avon’s remaining international business

  • Sycamore Partners, in its $2.7 billion acquisition of Belk, Inc.


  • Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Associate Editor, Northwestern University Law Review
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.S., Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
  • New York

Betting on the Upside, Why Affirming River Road Favors Distressed Debt Speculators over the Rehabilitation of Businesses, 107 Nw. U.L. Rev. 1881 (2013)