Eduardo Gallardo joined Paul Hastings as global co-chair of mergers and acquisitions, where he will focus on advising clients on mergers and acquisitions, takeover defense, shareholder activism, corporate governance and other corporate matters.

Gallardo most recently served as co-chair of global M&A and chair of the shareholder activism defense group at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. Gallardo has advised on public and private mergers and acquisitions, takeover and activism defense, and corporate governance matters for some of the world’s largest and highest-profile corporations, asset managers and banks. He represents public and private companies in connection with proxy contests, leveraged buyouts, spinoffs, divestitures, restructurings, recapitalizations, joint ventures and other complex corporate transactions.

“Eduardo is among the most highly respected, elite dealmakers trusted by the world’s leading global corporations, asset managers and financial institutions to advise them on their most critical and complex transactions,” Seth Zachary, chair of Paul Hastings, said. “We view Eduardo’s joining as an important milestone for our global M&A practice and are delighted to welcome him to the firm.”

“Paul Hastings is experiencing tremendous growth and brand momentum, and has attracted some of the strongest and most dynamic talent in the legal market today,” Gallardo said. “I am thrilled to join Paul Hastings at this exciting time and lead the firm’s global M&A and corporate takeover defense practices. Alongside the firm’s many talented colleagues, I am eager to help transform Paul Hastings into a destination M&A and takeover defense advisory platform.”