F i nance Month l y M&A Awards 2021 - USA - - 17 - legacy extended from the founding of Fisk University during the era of Reconstruction to the formation of the Council on Foreign Relations to seek a more peaceful world through the promotion of diplomacy and alliances among nations. Cravath has been known as one of the premier U.S. law firms for two centuries. Each of our practice areas is highly regarded, and our lawyers are recognized around the world for their commitment to the representation of our clients’ interests. Throughout our history, we have played a central role in developing how law is practiced, how lawyers are trained and how business risk is managed. We are not, and do not strive to be, the largest law firm measured by number of offices or lawyers. Our goal is to be the firm of choice for clients with respect to their most challenging legal issues, most significant business transactions and most critical disputes. Cravath is one of the preeminent law firms for mergers and acquisitions. Our lawyers are renowned for their outstanding capabilities in complex U.S. and cross-border deals. Over the past five years, Cravath has represented clients in approximately $3 trillion of M&A deals, reflecting the high- value, high-impact transactions that we are regularly called upon to execute. Cravath advises companies in their most critical needs across the full spectrumof corporate transactions, includingmergers, acquisitions, divestitures, spin‑offs, joint ventures and SPAC transactions. In addition to—and often alongside—the mergers and acquisitions that we handle, Cravath is a leading advisor for companies and boards in high-stakes corporate situations, including hostile takeovers and shareholder activism defense. Both U.S. and non-U.S. clients rely on our leadership and expertise in their most transformative corporate matters, many of which involve multiple jurisdictions across diverse industries. Our lawyers navigate novel legal and business issues in the areas of energy, media and entertainment, retail, consumer products, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, technology, telecommunications and blockchain and financial technology (FinTech). Cravath has been consistently ranked a top‑tier firm for M&A by numerous third‑party publications and has been named an M&A Practice Group of the Year by Law360 eight of the last ten years. About Faiza J. Saeed Faiza J. Saeed is Cravath’s Presiding Partner. She advises public companies, boards of directors and special committees in connection with M&A, corporate governance and crisis management, including takeover defense and proxy contests. Ms. Saeed was born in Walnut Creek, California. She received a B.A. in Economics and Molecular Biology with Highest Distinction from the University of California at Berkeley in 1987, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1991. Ms. Saeed joined Cravath in 1991 and was elected a partner in 1998. From January 2013 to July 2016, she served as Co‑Head of the Firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions practice. In July 2016, Ms. Saeed was elected Presiding Partner. Ms. Saeed serves as a Trustee of The Paley Center and NewYork‑Presbyterian, and on the Board of Directors of the Partnership for New York City, The Paley Foundation and The March of Dimes (NY Chapter). She is a member of The Council on Foreign Relations and The Economic Club of New York. Ms. Saeed has extensive deal experience across many industry sectors, including significant depth in media/tech and biotech.