Scott A. Barshay joined Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison as global head of Mergers and Acquisitions, where he will focus on advising clients on mergers and acquisitions, activist defense, corporate governance and other significant corporate matters.

“Scott is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading M&A lawyers, advising the world’s largest companies on their most complex corporate transactions and governance issues,” said Brad S. Karp, chair of the company. “We are delighted to welcome Scott to our firm.”

Barshay has represented clients in many M&A transactions and activist defense matters in recent years. In 2015, he worked on transactions with an aggregate value in excess of $250 billion. His significant M&A representations over the past year include advising 3G Capital and H.J. Heinz in the $60 billion Kraft-Heinz merger, Anheuser-Busch InBev in its $107 billion acquisition of SABMiller, Cameron International in its $15 billion sale to Schlumberger, Honeywell in its $90 billion proposal to acquire United Technologies and Starwood Hotels in its contested pending $13.6 billion sale to Marriott International.

Paul, Weiss regularly advises blue-chip companies on major strategic transactions. The firm’s 2016 deals include advising Time Warner Cable in its pending approximately $79 billion proposed merger with Charter Communications.