William A. Groll

Partner at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

William A. Groll

William A. Groll

Partner at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Biography

William A. Groll is a partner based in the New York office.

Mr. Groll's practice focuses on public and private merger and acquisition transactions with a particular focus on cross-border transactions. He also provides advice regarding governance matters and fiduciary duties of officers and directors to corporations and their boards and advises investment banks as financial advisors in transactions.

Mr. Groll is internationally distinguished as a leading corporate lawyer by The Legal 500 and Legal Business - Legal Experts and locally by Super Lawyers.

Recent transactions have included representing Danfoss A/S on its going private acquisition of Sauer-Danfoss; Supermedia on its novel merger with Dex One through simultaneous interdependent pre-packaged bankruptcy plans; Alkermes in connection with its business combination with Elan Drug Technologies and redomestication into Ireland; and Atlantic Tele-Network on its sale of its Alltel regional wireless business to AT&T. Mr. Groll has frequently represented Henkel and its affiliates in M&A transactions, including Henkel's share exchange with Clorox, its acquisitions of the National Starch adhesives and electronics materials businesses of ICI/Akzo Nobel, and of Dial, Loctite and Sovereign and its transactions with, and significant minority investment in, Ecolab. He also has frequently represented DSM N.V. in M&A transactions, including its acquisitions of Kensey Nash, Martek Biosciences, Catalytica and the vitamins business of Roche. Some of Mr. Groll’s other representative transactions include advising the consortium acquirors of IndyMac Federal Bank (now One West) from the FDIC: Evraz SA in connection with its acquisitions of Oregon Steel Mills and Claymont Steel; Saipem and Serono in connection with their acquisitions of Bouygues Offshore and Genset, respectively, through dual tender offers in France and the United States; Eastbourne in connection with its successful proxy fight for representation on the board of Amylin Pharmaceuticals: and Lavazza in its minority investment in Green Mountain Coffee Roasters.

Mr. Groll joined the firm's New York office in 1985 and became a partner in 1992. From 2001 to 2006 he was resident in the London office. He received a J.D. degree from Columbia University in 1983, and an undergraduate degree from Harvard College in 1980. He also served as law clerk to the Honorable Shirley Wohl Kram of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Mr. Groll is a member of the Bar in New York.

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William A. Groll
Partner at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Education
J.D.
Class of 1983

Columbia Law School is a professional graduate school of Columbia University, a member of the Ivy League. Columbia is regarded as one of the most prestigious law schools in the nation and has always been ranked in the top five by U.S. News and World Report.Founded in 1858, Columbia has produced a large number of distinguished alumni including two Presidents of the United States (Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt); nine Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States;numerous U.S. Cabinet members and Presidential advisers; U.S. Senators, Representatives, and Governors; and more members of the Forbes 400 than any other law school.

AB
Class of 1980

The oldest corporation in the Western Hemisphere is the Harvard Corporation, known formally as the President and Fellows of Harvard College. It is the smaller of Harvard’s two governing boards; the other is the Board of Overseers. Following are the members of the Harvard Corporation.

Career History
Partner
1985 - Current

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is an international law firm that provides legal services to clients. The company serves multinational corporations, international financial institutions, sovereign governments and their agencies, and domestic corporations and financial institutions. The company was founded in 1946 and it is headquartered in New York, NY.

Clerk
Prior

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (in case citations, S.D.N.Y.) is a federal district court. Appeals from the Southern District of New York are taken to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit). The Southern District is one of the most influential and active federal district courts in the United States, largely because of its jurisdiction over New York's major financial centers.

Political Donations
$1,000
2007

Former Senator from New York

$1,000
1999

Former Senator from New Jersey

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Air Liquide SA purchases Airgas, Inc.

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Fintech Advisory, Inc. purchases Telecom Argentina SA from Telecom Italia SpA

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Groupe Acticall SAS, Creadev SASU purchase Sitel Worldwide Corp. from ONEX Corp., OMERS Private Equity Inc.

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Admitted to the New York Bar
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