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Elizabeth Clough Kitslaar (Libby)


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  • Case Western Reserve University (J.D. 1982; Order of the Coif; Law Review); Mount Holyoke College (B.A. cum laude)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio and Illinois

Libby Kitslaar has been the principal lawyer in a wide variety of U.S. and international M&A and corporate transactions, including complex acquisitions and divestitures, carve-outs, restructurings, public offerings, and joint ventures. In addition to transactional work, she advises boards of directors, special committees, and investors on a broad range of corporate governance and compliance matters, including federal securities requirements, fiduciary duty, takeover, and disclosure.

Libby's representations include global and complex, cross-border acquisitions, including representing Abbott Laboratories on its $6.9 billion acquisition of BASF's worldwide pharmaceutical business and its $2.8 billion cash tender offer for Advanced Medical Optics; Veolia on the $1.9 billion divestiture of its U.S. solid waste business; Norbert Dentressangle, S.A. on its $750 million acquisition of Jacobson Companies; Bridgestone Corporation on its $1.05 billion merger with Bandag; Galileo International on its $3.2 billion merger with Cendant Corporation; Rykoff-Sexton on its $1.4 billion merger with JP Foodservice; and JohnsonDiversey on its $1.6 billion acquisition of Unilever's worldwide institutional cleaning business. She has particular experience working with clients in the pharma, specialty chemical, logistics, water and waste management, and publishing businesses.

Libby repeatedly has been recognized as a leading lawyer by numerous industry publications, including Chambers USA, where she has been described as an "outstanding negotiator" providing "practical commercial advice" and "easy to do business with." In both 2012 and 2015, BTI Consulting Group named her a "Client Service All Star" for providing outstanding client service.

Libby is a frequent author and lecturer on M&A and corporate governance topics.

Honors & Distinctions

  • BTI "All Star Team" — lawyers recommended by Fortune 1000 executives for delivering exceptional client service (2012; 2015)

    Legal 500 US (2010; 2013-2014)

    Chambers USA (2007-2017), including Women in Law Awards — Corporate/M&A Lawyer of the Year (2012 shortlist)

    Best Lawyers in America (2008-2018)

    Illinois Super Lawyers (2006-2018)

    Top 100 Business Lawyers (2012), Top 10 Women Transactional Lawyers (2015), and Top 50/Top 100 Women Business Lawyers (2009-2012; 2014-2015) (Illinois), Leading Lawyers Network


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