Faiza J. Saeed is a Partner in Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. She specializes in mergers and acquisitions, including takeover defense, proxy contests and board crisis counseling. Ms. Saeed has extensive deal experience in many industry sectors including advising the board of directors of Morgan Stanley in its conversion to a bank holding company and $9 billion investment by Mitsubishi UFJ; Kraft Foods in its $2.6 billion divestiture of Post cereals; Terra Industries in its defense against the hostile bid from CF Industries (which was withdrawn), its subsequent $4.6 billion proposed sale to Yara International ASA and later $5.2 billion topping bid by CF Industries; and Steven Spielberg in the formation and financing of his new studio with Reliance Big ADA Group. She has advised many targets of hedge fund activism including CSX in its proxy contest with TCI/3G; Kraft Foods in its negotiations with Nelson Peltz; and Time Warner in its defense against Carl Icahn.
Ms. Saeed is a recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession Award from Chambers & Partners (2010), and has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (Davos) (2006). Ms. Saeed has received professional recognition from a wide spectrum of publications including The New York Times (“Wall Street’s 100 Masters of the New Universe” (2007)), Crain’s New York Business (“100 Most Influential Women in NYC Business” (2007)), The American Lawyer (“45 Under 45” (2003) and “Dealmaker of the Year” in 2000, 2005 and 2011) and The National Law Journal (“40 Under 40” (2005)).
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. She joined Cravath in 1991 and was elected a Partner in 1998.