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NSTAR to Merge with Northeast Utilities

Practices: Real Estate Investments & Transactions, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities & Public Companies

Ropes & Gray is representing NSTAR, which announced on October 18 that it has reached a definitive merger agreement with Northeast Utilities, creating one of the nation's largest utilities, with a total enterprise value of $17.5 billion. The combined electric and gas utility, which will be called Northeast Utilities, will serve several million customers in the Northeast. Ropes & Gray has been representing NSTAR and its predecessor company, Boston Edison Company, for more than 20 years.

The Ropes & Gray deal team was led by Boston-based corporate partner David A. Fine, and included corporate associate Rachel Phillips; tax & benefits partners Jonathan Zorn and Eric Elfman, counsel Sharon Remmer and associates Malik Lewis, Kathleen Saunders Gregor and Aaron Harsh; environmental and real estate partners Peter Alpert and Coke Cherney; and labor & employment partner David Mandel.

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