Scott Petepiece

Scott Petepiece


Scott is Global Co-Head of M&A.

Scott has been involved in some of Wall Street's highest profile transactions and has more than two decades of experience advising boards or directors, companies and financial institutions in all aspects of public company transactions, including negotiated mergers, buy-outs, spin-offs and sales processes, unsolicited/contested transactions, topping bids, consortium investments, proxy contests, '34 Act reporting, minority investments, activist campaigns and other contentious situations. Scott is also actively involved in advising private equity sponsors, in all types of transactions, including take-private acquisitions and consortium investments.

His representative clients include Altice USA, Nokia, TELUS & TELUS International, Magris Resources, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Fairfax Financial, Stone Point Capital, Morgan Stanley, American Axle, Dell Financial Services, OMERS and Citigroup.

Scott is a Chambers-ranked practitioner and his practice has also been recognized by various other publications, including Legal 500 and ILFR 1000.  In 2021, Scott was named to The BTI Consulting Group's Client All-Stars List, a rare client-designated honor for excellence in client service as reflected in a survey of corporate America's top decision makers.

The Legal 500 US quotes clients who say that Scott is "without a doubt one the best M&A professionals," and regard him as an "exceptionally good negotiator" and "a great lawyer with a strong business sense and an ability to get things done regardless of how challenging the situation."

In addition to his work for clients, Scott is also  an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School where he teaches a course in cross-border & public company mergers and acquisitions.


Representative matters

SAP SE in the $12.5 billion acquisition of NASDAQ-listed company, Qualtrics International Inc. by PE firm, Silver Lake Management and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.

American Water Works Company, a NYSE-listed company, in the pending sale of its Homeowner Services Group to funds advised by Apax for approximately $1.275 billion.

Advanced Disposal Services, a NYSE-listed company, in its sales process and subsequent $4.9 billion buy-out by Waste Management, Inc., including the contemporaneous regulatory divestiture sale of $835 million in assets to GFL, Inc.

Altice SA and Altice USA  ,in connection with the initial public offering of shares of Altice USA on the NYSE and the subsequent $14 billion spin -off Altice USA from Altice N.V., in the $2.3 billion sale by Altice USA of a 49.99% interest in its Lightpath Fiber Enterprise Business to Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners and in the acquisition by Altice USA of Audience Partners to enable multiscreen addressable advertising solutions.

Published Work

"Corporate M&A 2023 - Law and Practice," Chambers' 2023 USA Practice Guide, April  20, 2023


"Overview and Introduction to Chambers' First Technology M&A Guide," Chambers' 2022 Global Practice Guides, December 2021


"'Ordinary Course of Business' During Not-So Ordinary Times," M&A Watch, December 8, 2021


"Recent Shareholder Activism Trends," Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance,  November 29, 2021


"Recent Shareholder Activism Trends," 2021 Corporate Governance Survey, November 2021


"'Mission Critical' Board Oversight," M&A Watch, November 4, 2021


"Contractual Limits on Liability Only Go So Far in Delaware," Law360, October 20, 2021


"Delaware Court Rejects Buyer's Claim of an MAE," Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance, August 25, 2021


"SEC Considering Heightened Scrutiny of Projections in De-Spac Transactions," Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance, May 17, 2021


"The Changing FinTech Landscape:  A Snapshot of M&A Themes and Trends," Rise (created by Barclays), S&P Global Market Intelligence and FinTech Foundry, May 6, 2021


"Seeking Your True Purpose? Delaware Offers Guidance on Section 220 requests," M&A Watch, November 20, 2019


"New Regulations Significantly Expand CFIUS Reach," M&A Watch, September 27, 2019


"Caremark Unfrozen: Delaware Supreme Court Revisits Oversight Claims," M&A Watch, July 1, 2019


"How to Get a Big "MAC" in Delaware," M&A Watch, October 5, 2018


"FTC Warning: Don't Overshare in Pending Deals," M&A Watch, April 5, 2018


"Ant Financial and MoneyGram Terminate Merger Agreement Due to CFIUS Concerns," M&A Watch, January 3, 2018


"That's the Way the Cookie Crumbles: Delaware Court Rejects MAE Claim in Commercial Contract Negotiation," M&A Watch, July 19, 2017

Without a doubt one the best M&A professionals”, and regard him as an “exceptionally good negotiator” and “a great lawyer with a strong business sense and an ability to get things done regardless of how challenging the situation is.
Legal 500 US, 2016


  • Scott Petepiece's practice has been recognized by various publications, including Chambers, IFLR1000 and Legal 500.



New York


University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law, LL.B., 1993
Syracuse University, M.A., 1998
University of Western Ontario, B.A. (Hons.), 1990