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Catherine Dargan
Catherine J. Dargan
Partner
Washington +1 202 662 5567 cdargan@cov.com Download V-card

From sales of emerging venture-backed companies to multi-billion dollar acquisitions, Catherine Dargan has advised numerous companies on their important strategic transactions for over 20 years. Ms. Dargan has broad experience in mergers and acquisitions, both public and private, and partnering arrangements. Ms. Dargan is Chambers-rated in Corporate/M&A, serves on the editorial board of M&A360, and was designated a “Life Science Star” and was recently named “Best in M&A” by LMG Euromoney and among The National Law Journal’s "Outstanding Women Lawyers." She co-leads Covington’s Mergers & Acquisitions practice and is a member of the firm's Management Committee. According to the latest edition of Legal 500 US (2015), Ms. Dargan “is ‘excellent, pragmatic, personable and dedicated’.

  • AstraZeneca in its:
    • $600 million acquisition of Actavis’ branded respiratory business in the U.S. and Canada;    
    • $1.26 billion acquisition of Ardea Biosciences (NASDAQ: RDEA);
    • up to $4.3 billion acquisition of Bristol-Myers Squibb's interests in the companies’ diabetes alliance in initial consideration and regulatory, launch and sales-related payments;
    • approximately $3.5 billion strategic diabetes alliance with Bristol-Myers Squibb in connection with BMS’s acquisition of Amylin Pharmaceuticals, including assistance in structuring agreements for the acquisition and operation of Amylin’s diabetes business by AZ and BMS;
    • acquisition of AlphaCore Pharma by MedImmune, AstraZeneca's biologic arm; and
    • $325 million divestiture of assets relating to Myalept.
  • Salix Pharmaceuticals in its:
    • $2.6 billion acquisition of Santarus, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNTS); and
    • $300 million acquisition of Oceana Therapeutics, Inc.
  • Aristocrat Technologies in its $1.28 billion acquisition of Video Gaming Technologies.
  • Boehringer Ingelheim in its:
    • $300 million sale of its sterile injectables generics business (Bedford Laboratories); and
    • acquisition of certain animal health products divested in connection with the Pfizer-Wyeth merger.
  • Takeda in its acquisition of Intellikine, Inc. for $190 million upfront and up to $120 million in additional potential clinical development milestone payments.
  • Abbott Laboratories in its:
    • up to $400 million acquisition of Optimedica;
    • $410 million acquisition of Evalve, Inc., a medical device developer, by Abbott Vascular; and
    • $3.7 billion acquisition of Kos Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: KOSP).
  • Eli Lilly in its:
    • acquisition of SGX Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: SGXP), a San Diego-based biotechnology company; and
    • divestiture of its Tippecanoe manufacturing facility to Evonik Industries.
  • The Procter & Gamble Company in its 50/50 joint venture with Inverness Medical Innovations, Inc. for the development, manufacturing, marketing and sale of existing and to-be-developed consumer diagnostic products in a transaction valued at $650 million.
  • Eisai Co., Ltd. and Eisai Inc. in the:
    • $130 million acquisition of rights to Zonegran(TM) (zonisamide), an anti-epileptic drug, held by Elan Corporation, plc;
    • acquisition of four oncology drugs for $205 million from Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc.;
    • divestiture of Gliadel to Arbor; and
    • Morphotek, Inc., a subsidiary of Eisai Inc., in the acquisition of certain assets relating to a proprietary tumor targeting platform from TransMolecular, Inc.

Pro Bono

  • Represented a non-profit, non-partisan policy organization dedicated to engaging young adults in the political process.
  • Advised a non-profit in various consulting and services arrangements.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Law360, Mergers & Acquisitions Editorial Advisory Board (2012-present)
  • The National Law Journal, "Outstanding Women Lawyers" (2015)   
  • Named as one of "The Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A" by Mergers & Acquisitions magazine (2015)
  • Named as "Best in Mergers & Acquisitions" by Euromoney Legal Media Group, Americas Women in Business Law Awards (2014)
  • Chambers USA, Corporate/M&A & Private Equity (2014-2016)
  • National Law Journal, D.C. Deal Maker of the Year (2013)
  • LMG Life Sciences, “Life Science Star” (2012-2015)
  • Legal 500 US
    • Leading Lawyer in M&A: Large deals ($1B-$5B) (2014)
    • M&A: Large deals ($1B-$5B) (2012-2016)
    • M&A: Commercial Deals and Contracts (2016)
    • Healthcare: Life Sciences (2013-2014)
    • Media, Technology and Telecoms (2014)