Joseph D. GattoPartner, Advisory
Mr. Gatto began his career in mergers and acquisitions at Goldman, Sachs & Co. In 1991, he organized the Strategic Development Group in Investment Banking and began his concentration in the consumer sector. He became a Partner at Goldman in 1994 and led the firm’s consumer products practice. During his tenure at Goldman, Mr. Gatto advised on a number of hallmark consumer products transactions, including Unilever’s $25 billion acquisition of Bestfoods, the sale of Tropicana to PepsiCo for $3.3 billion, the $10 billion merger of RJ Reynolds and Brown and Williamson, the $3.0 billion sale of Dial to Henkel and the $2.6 billion sale of Chef America to Nestle. In 2005, Mr. Gatto joined Lehman Brothers as Vice Chairman, where he held roles as Co-Head of Corporate Finance and Global Chairman of Mergers & Acquisitions. From 2008 to 2011, Mr. Gatto held similar senior roles at Barclays, ultimately serving as Chairman of Investment Banking Americas where he assisted in the leadership of the Investment Banking Division as a member of the Executive Committee and was Co-Head of Corporate Finance. At Barclays and Lehman, he continued to work actively with clients, advising on the $8.4 billion Miller Coors joint venture, the $2.0 billion sale of Playtex to Energizer, 3G Capital’s $4.2 billion acquisition of Burger King and the $3.0 billion sale by Anheuser-Busch InBev of StarBev to CVC Capital Partners.
Mr. Gatto is a member of the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he teaches mergers and acquisitions law. Mr. Gatto received an A.B. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He currently serves on the Board of Overseers at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and on the Board of Advisors at the Institute for Law and Economics.