William G. Lawlor heads Dechert’s Global Corporate Governance Group. With over thirty-six years of experience, 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, which has cited Mr. Lawlor as “a super tough negotiator and a quick thinker—a lawyer you would follow to any corner of the States.” He is regularly recommended for mergers and acquisitions by The Legal 500 U.S., which has described him as “highly reputed” and “a great negotiator” who is “adept at finding pragmatic solutions.” Relentlessly 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. In addition, he is a leading media commentator and has published dozens of articles in leading trade journals.
- 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
Former President, Board of Trustees, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society-Eastern PA Chapter
Chairman’s Advisory Council Member and former Director, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia
Title 15/Business Associations Committee (state bar legislative oversight)
Board of Advisors, DealLawyers.com
Mergers & Acquisitions Editorial Advisory Board, Law360