200 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10166-0193 USA
Barbara L. Becker is Chair and Managing Partner of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. She is the seventh Chair and Managing Partner in the firm’s 131-year history. Prior to becoming the firm’s Chair and Managing Partner, Ms. Becker served as Co-Chair of Gibson Dunn’s Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group for over a decade, and also created and led the firmwide Diversity Committee.
Ms. Becker advises companies on all significant business and legal issues, including mergers and acquisitions (including domestic and cross-border), spin-offs, joint ventures and general corporate matters. Ms. Becker also advises boards of directors and special committees of public companies. Ms. Becker represents corporations and investment banks based in and outside of the United States and other investors in their M&A activities. Ms. Becker focuses on clients in the consumer/retail, technology, healthcare and industrial industries.
Highly regarded as one of the elite M&A lawyers in New York, Ms. Becker has been recognized by:
Ms. Becker’s corporate clients include Accenture, General Electric, Kraft Heinz, Merck, News Corp., PepsiCo and VMware, among others.
Ms. Becker’s investment bank clients include Centerview, Evercore, Guggenheim Securities, Lazard and UBS, among others.
Ms. Becker earned her Juris Doctor in 1988 from New York University School of Law. She received her undergraduate degree in 1985 from Wesleyan University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Ms. Becker is a member of the Board of Trustees of New York University School of Law. Ms. Becker is also Chair of the New York City Bar’s Mergers, Acquisitions & Corporate Control Contests Committee.
New York University - 1988 Juris Doctor
Wesleyan University - 1985 Bachelor of Science
New York Bar