Melissa Sawyer is a partner in Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group. In addition to advising clients on public and private M&A transactions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, she also regularly advises clients on corporate governance, activism and takeover defense matters. Ms. Sawyer’s experience spans multiple industries, including consumer and retail, industrials, medtech, insurance and cybersecurity. Ms. Sawyer has been recognized repeatedly as a leading M&A advisor. For example, in 2014 and 2015, Ms. Sawyer was recognized by Chambers USA as a Corporate M&A “Up and Coming” lawyer. In 2015 she was also named as a “Dealmaker of the Week” by The American Lawyer and a Rising Star by IFLR1000, and was recognized for Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Governance and Compliance, and Business/Corporate by New York Super Lawyers in addition to being chosen as an Empire State Counsel Honoree by the New York State Bar Association. Ms. Sawyer is currently a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and Secretary of the Mergers, Acquisitions & Corporate Control Contests Committee of the New York City Bar Association. Ms. Sawyer also speaks and writes on corporate governance and M&A matters. She has participated in numerous panels for the Practising Law Institute and regularly writes for The M&A Lawyer, The Deal Pipeline and LexisNexis.