Neil J. Wertlieb is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy and a member of the firm’s Corporate Group.
Primary Focus & Experience
Mr. Wertlieb’s practice focuses on corporate transactions, primarily acquisitions, securities offerings and restructurings. He has represented clients in a wide variety of business matters, including formation and early round financings, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, international securities offerings and other international transactions, fund formations, joint ventures, partnerships and limited liability companies, reorganizations and restructurings, independent investigations and general corporate and contractual matters.
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Mr. Wertlieb joined Milbank in 1995. Prior to that time, he was the general counsel for a large public telecommunications and broadcast company, representing the company in numerous acquisitions and securities offerings, including the second largest equity offering by a NASDAQ-listed company. He has served as the General Counsel and a member of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Kings Hockey Team. Mr. Wertlieb also served as a Judicial Extern for Justice Stanley Mosk on the California Supreme Court (1983).
Recognition & Accomplishments
Mr. Wertlieb has been appointed as editor of the prestigious legal treatise “Ballantine & Sterling: California Corporation Laws,” and has been recognized in The Legal 500 for his M&A work. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law. Neil is also a member of the California State Bar's Ethics Committee (the Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct), and was recently appointed Chair of the Committee. He is the former Chairman of both the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California and its Corporations Committee. In addition to teaching corporate transactions and contract drafting at UCLA, Mr. Wertlieb is a frequent public speaker on such topics as ethics, venture capital financing and acquisitions, and was recognized as one of the top 100 most influential lawyers in California (California Law Business, October 30, 2000).