Gibson Dunn Elects Barbara Becker, New York M&A Lawyer, President and Managing Partner


Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that the partnership has elected Barbara Becker as the firm’s next President and Managing Partner, effective May 1, 2021. She succeeds Ken Doran, who served as President and Managing Partner. since 2002.

Becker is a partner in the New York office of Gibson Dunn and is widely recognized as one of the elite mergers and acquisitions lawyers in the United States. For more than a decade, Becker served as co-chair of the firm’s mergers and acquisitions practice group, which includes 400 lawyers around the world. She has represented leading companies, such as Accenture, Kraft Heinz, Merck, News Corp, PepsiCo and VMware, among others, in some of their most important corporate matters.

In addition to leading the firm’s global mergers and acquisitions practice, Becker has held a wide range of senior positions at the firm. Among other responsibilities at the firm, Becker is a member of the firm’s executive committee and she created and leads the firm’s diversity committee.

Becker has long been a deeply committed advocate for diversity and inclusion – within the firm and beyond – and will be the first woman to lead Gibson Dunn since its inception in 1890.

“I am grateful and honored by the trust my partners have placed in me,” Becker said. “I look forward to meeting these new challenges head-on. My priorities will be to continue Gibson Dunn’s successes by maintaining the growth of our global platform and preserving our culture of teamwork and collegiality. It is our culture that sets us apart and allows us to work seamlessly and collaboratively across offices and firms to better serve our clients.”

“As the first woman to lead the firm, Barbara’s election is a pivotal moment in our firm’s history. She is absolutely the right person to succeed me, and she will be an exemplary leader of Gibson Dunn,” Doran said. “Barbara has a deep and abiding commitment to our culture, which is based on teamwork, collegiality, collaboration and mutual respect. She is highly valued and respected by her fellow associates, not only because she has built a hugely successful M&A practice, but also because of its unwavering commitment to diversity and inclusion.”

About Barbara Becker

In his corporate practice, Becker advises companies on all material business and legal matters, including mergers and acquisitions (including domestic and cross-border), spin-offs, joint ventures and general corporate matters. She also advises boards of directors and special committees of public companies. She has extensive experience in the consumer/retail, technology, healthcare and industrial sectors.

Becker is widely regarded as one of the elite mergers and acquisitions lawyers in the United States, especially by United States Rooms, Global Chambers, The Legal 500 US, The agreement“Women in Mergers and Acquisitions” The National Law Review, Law360, and Crain’s New York Business.

Becker sits on the board of trustees of New York University School of Law, where she is also an adjunct professor. She is also the chair of the Mergers, Acquisitions and Corporate Control Competition Committee of the New York Bar.

Becker received her law degree from New York University Law School and her undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She lives in New York with her husband and has four children.

About Gibson Dunn

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is a leading international law firm. Consistently ranked among the world’s top law firms in industry surveys and major publications, Gibson Dunn is distinctively positioned in today’s global marketplace with more than 1,400 lawyers and 20 offices, including Beijing, Brussels, Century City, Dallas, Denver, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Orange County, Palo Alto, Paris, San Francisco, São Paulo, Singapore and Washington, DC For more information about Gibson Dunn, please visit our website.

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