William G. Lawlor heads Dechert’s Global Corporate Governance Group. He represents companies, boards of directors, special committees and investors in a broad range of national and cross-border M&A, governance matters, securities offerings, proxy contests, activist campaigns and merger arbitrage. A frequent advisor to general counsel, Mr. Lawlor’s practice includes strategic and litigation advice within the context of broader corporate matters.
Mr. Lawlor frequently advises companies and investors engaged in sophisticated M&A and proxy contests in Pennsylvania with respect to Pennsylvania’s complex 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.
- US$5.6 billion, US$1.6 billion and US$1.2 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
Stanford Law School, J.D., 1980
University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1977
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
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