Rising Star: Cleary Gottlieb's Matthew Salerno

Law360, New York (April 3, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT) -- The youngest of four children, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP's Matthew P. Salerno is no stranger to being surrounded by older people — and it hasn't hampered his career, as his work on Alpha Natural Resources Inc.'s $8.5 billion Massey Energy Co. acquisition and Google Inc.'s $12.5 billion Motorola Mobility Inc. deal have earned him a place among Law360's top five M&A lawyers under 40.

Last year, Salerno helped Alpha Natural Resources snap up embattled Massey, which was reeling after an explosion at one of...
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