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Derrick Lott


Derrick advises leading US and international public companies, as well as their boards of directors, on their transformative M&A transactions and other transactional matters. He has extensive experience advising publicly traded and privately held companies on domestic and cross-border transactions, including acquisitions and divestitures (including negotiated transactions, contested takeovers and topping bids), joint ventures, tender and exchange offers, minority investments, spinoffs and carveouts.

Derrick regularly counsels clients in a variety of industries, in a variety of industries, including healthcare and life sciences, technology, media & telecommunications and financial services, among others.

In addition, Derrick also regularly represents investment banks as financial advisors on M&A transactions.

In 2023, Derrick was recognized by Bloomberg Law in its ‘They’ve Got Next: 40 Under 40’, a Rising Star in Mergers & Acquisitions by Law360 and a Rising Star In Mergers & Acquisitions by New York Law Journal.


Representative matters

Public Company Mergers & Acquisitions:

CVS Health Corp. on its $10.6 billion acquisition of Oak Street Health.

Boston Scientific on its $3.7 billion acquisition of Axonics and its $615 million acquisition of Apollo Endosurgery.

JetBlue Airways Corp. on its $3.8 billion acquisition of Spirit Airlines.

Speaking Engagements

  • Corporate Board Member’s 19th Annual Boardroom Summit – Panelist on “M&A Rules of Engagement for the Board”
  • Corporate Board Member’s 18th Annual Boardroom Summit – Panelist on “Would Your M&A Transaction Withstand a Shareholder Challenge?”
  • Corporate Board Member’s 17th Annual Boardroom Summit – Panelist on “The Board’s Role in Improving M&A Deal Outcomes”

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (2017 Class)


  • Recommended Lawyer, M&A/Corporate and Commercial: M&A: Large Deals ($1BN+), Legal 500 USA, 2023 
  • Rising Star in Mergers & Acquisitions, Law360, 2023
  • Rising Star in Mergers & Acquisitions, New York Law Journal, 2023
  • ‘They’ve Got Next: 40 Under 40’ in Mergers & Acquisitions, Bloomberg Law, 2023
  • Rising Star, The Dealmaker Quarterly, 2019



New York, 2010


B.A., Economics, Washington & Lee University, 2006
J.D., American University Washington College of Law, 2009
A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.