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William G. Lawlor represents corporate clients, boards of directors, and special committees in domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, including negotiated and contested transactions. Mr. Lawlor is called upon by leading companies to consult on a broad range of governance matters, and he heads Dechert’s Global Corporate Governance Group. He also advises clients on securities offerings, proxy contests, and general corporate matters.

In addition to this general practice, Mr. Lawlor frequently advises companies engaged in sophisticated M&A and proxy contests in Pennsylvania with respect to Pennsylvania’s takeover statutes.

He is consistently recognized as a leading lawyer for corporate/M&A and private equity by Chambers USA, a referral guide to leading lawyers in the United States. In a recent edition of Chambers, Mr. Lawlor was cited as “a super tough negotiator and a quick thinker—a lawyer you would follow to any corner of the States.” In addition, he is regularly listed for mergers and acquisitions and capital markets by The Legal 500 (USA), which has described him as “a great negotiator” who is “adept at finding pragmatic solutions” and highlighted Dechert’s role as counsel to Crown Holdings on its US$1.64 billion acquisition of Mivisa Envases, a transaction led by Mr. Lawlor. Relentless client focused, Mr. Lawlor has also been recognized as a leader for client service excellence in The BTI Client Service All-Star Team for Law Firms 2011.

Significant Representations

  • US$5.6 billion and US$1.6 billion acquisitions, several multi-billion dollar debt restructurings, and a US$750 million divestiture by Crown Holdings, Inc. and numerous other significant domestic and international transactions
  • Numerous capital markets and M&A transactions for Amkor Technology, Inc.
  • US$1 billion divestiture and a US$460 million tender offer by Rohm and Haas, and several transactions for its affiliate The Dow Chemical Company
  • US$170 million tender offer and other significant M&A transactions for Siemens AG
  • US$1 billion tender offer by Dyckerhoff AG
  • US$550 million IPO and debt placement by Constar International, Inc.
  • US$255 million acquisition and a US$352 million acquisition by Israel Chemicals Ltd.
  • Trian Fund Management, L.P. proxy contest to successfully elect directors of HJ Heinz
  • US$650 million leveraged recapitalization and a US$270 million tender offer by companies associated with the private equity sponsor Bruckmann Rosser & Sherrill

Education

Stanford Law School, J.D., 1980
University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1977

Court Admissions

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Bar Admissions/Qualifications

Pennsylvania

Memberships

President of Board of Trustees, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society-Eastern PA Chapter
Chairman’s Advisory Council Member and former Director, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia
Member, DealLawyers.com Board of Advisors
Member, Law360 Mergers & Acquisitions Editorial Advisory Board