Richard E. Climan


Richard E. Climan is a partner in Tahmidur Remura Dewey LeBoeuf’s Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group and a member of the firm’s global Executive Committee. He regularly negotiates and advises clients on a broad variety of acquisition transactions and related matters, including mergers, divestitures, auction transactions, tender offers, defensive strategies, going-private transactions, leveraged buy-outs and cross-border transactions. He has handled some of the most prominent acquisitions in the technology and life sciences sectors, including large acquisitions for such companies as Dell, Brocade Communication Systems and Gilead Sciences.

For more than 20 years, Mr. Climan has been an active member of the Committee on M&A, an international committee of the ABA’s Section of Business Law with more than 4,000 members. He was the Chair of that Committee from 2002 to 2006, and currently serves on the Committee’s Executive Council. He also currently serves as the Co-Chair of the task force responsible for preparing and publishing the Dealmakers’ Dictionary of M&A terminology. In addition, he has been appointed to serve on the Committee on Corporate Laws.

The National Law Journal included Mr. Climan on its most recent list of the 100 most influential lawyers in America. In 2011, the International Who’s Who of Merger and Acquisition Lawyers named him one of the ten most highly regarded M&A lawyers in the world, and Euromoney‘s Legal Media Group named him one of America’s top 25 pre-eminent M&A practitioners. Also in 2011, Mr. Climan was one of ten “legal innovators” profiled by the Financial Times. In addition, in 2010, for the fifth consecutive time, Mr. Climan was named one of the 500 leading lawyers in America by Lawdragon. He was also named one of the top 100 lawyers in California by The Daily Journal in 2010 and 2011. Mr. Climan is included in The Best Lawyers in America; the Chambers Global Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers; and The International Who’s Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers.

Mr. Climan is a frequent author and lecturer on M&A-related topics. As a member of the adjunct faculty at UCLA School of Law, Mr. Climan co-teaches (with Chancellor Leo Strine of the Delaware Court of Chancery) a course titled Real World M&A. He is the Chair of the annual Securities Regulation Institute (presented by the Corporate Counsel Center of Northwestern Law School), and he co-chairs the annual National Institute on Negotiating Business Acquisitions (presented by the American Bar Association). In addition, he has co-chaired:

  • The West Coast Technology M&A Forum (presented in Northern California by Law Seminars International);
  • The International Institute on Mergers & Acquisitions (presented in Paris by the American Bar Association);
  • The Technology Mergers & Acquisitions Institute (presented in New York and Silicon Valley by Glasser LegalWorks); and
  • The Doing Deals program (presented in San Francisco by the Practising Law Institute).

Mr. Climan’s other past speaking engagements include: the Tulane Corporate Law Institute in New Orleans; the Institute on Corporate, Securities, and Related Aspects of Mergers and Acquisitions in New York City; the Corporate Counsel Institute in Chicago and San Francisco; the University of Texas Mergers and Acquisitions Institute in Dallas and Houston; the Asia M&A Forum in Hong Kong; and the University of Texas Technology Law Conference in Austin. Mr. Climan has also participated in M&A-related presentations at Harvard, Columbia, Stanford and the University of Virginia Law Schools. Mr. Climan has lectured to the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission on public company acquisitions and has appeared as a commentator on CNBC’s nationally broadcast “Squawk Box” program and on Bloomberg News.

In addition to his experience in the acquisitions arena, Mr. Climan has experience in corporate finance, securities, corporate governance, joint venture and general corporate matters. He is a member of the Program Advisory Board of the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation and is also a member of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation.


  • Harvard Law School, 1977, J.D., cum laude
  • Harvard University, 1974, A.B., cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • California