William G. Lawlor

Partner at Dechert LLP

William G. Lawlor

William G. Lawlor

Partner at Dechert LLP

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Dechert LLP
William G. Lawlor
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Corporate, Corporate Finance and Capital Markets, Corporate Governance, Mergers and Acquisitions
Philadelphia
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F: +1 215 994 2222
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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.

He also advises clients on securities offerings, proxy contests, and general corporate matters. He is recognized as a leading lawyer for mergers and acquisitions and capital markets in The Legal 500 (USA), which recently described him as “a great negotiator” who is “adept at finding pragmatic solutions.” In addition, he is listed as a leading lawyer in 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.” He 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

$5.6 billion acquisition, several multi-billion dollar debt restructurings, and a $750 million divestiture by Crown Cork & Seal
$1 billion divestiture and a $460 million tender offer by Rohm and Haas
$170 million tender offer and other significant M&A transactions for Siemens AG
$1 billion tender offer by Dyckerhoff AG
$550 million IPO and debt placement by Constar International, Inc.
$255 million acquisition and a $352 million acquisition by Israel Chemicals Ltd.
Trian Fund Management, L.P. proxy contest to elect directors of HJ Heinz.
$650 million leveraged recapitalization and a $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

Trustee, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society-Eastern PA Chapter
Chairman's Advisory Council Member and former Director, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia
Member, Board of Advisors, DealLawyers.com

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Education
J.D.
Class of 1980

Stanford began offering a curriculum in legal studies in 1893, when the university engaged its first two law professors. One was Benjamin Harrison, former President of the United States, who delivered a landmark series of lectures on the Constitution. The other was Nathan Abbott, who served as head of the nascent law program. Abbott assembled a small faculty to which he imparted a standard of rigor and excellence that endures to this day.In an effort to acknowledge the emerging professional nature of the department, Stanford's Board of Trustees passed a resolution in 1908 to substitute the term 'law school' for 'law department,' though technically the law program remained a department within the university.The law school was at the forefront of efforts to institute the California Bar exam, which was added to the requirements to practice law in California in 1919. The law school was accredited by the American Bar Association in 1923, the year the ABA began certifying law schools.

B.A.
Class of 1977

The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn or UPenn) is a private, Ivy League university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Penn considers itself the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, as well as the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies.

Career History
Partner
Current

Dechert Paris, part of Coudert Brothers LLP, is a French company located in Paris. The firm provides legal services. It was acquired by Coudert Frères, now a subsidiary of Coudert Brothers LLP from Dechert LLP on 21 Sep 05.

Boards & Committees
Member, Advisory Board
Current
Member, Board of Directors
Prior

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization dedicated to informing and engaging people of all ages on matters of national and international significance. The Council provides its members and the greater Philadelphia community with access to influential figures in the global area as well as opportunities to visit fascinating destinations through its unique travel program. With the support of individual and corporate members, the Council’s global education program enhances the education of area students who are the citizens, workforce and leaders of the future. Established in 1949 as a forum for discussing differing points of view, the Council does not endorse candidates for public office or lobby for policies. Membership is open to all who share its principles. We currently serve more than 75 corporate members and their executives, and nearly 2,000 individual members.

Chair, Eastern Pennsylvania Board of Trustees
Prior

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services.  Founded in 1949, it is relentless in pursuit of its mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

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$1 - $249
2011

The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn or UPenn) is a private, Ivy League university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Penn considers itself the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, as well as the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies.

$1,000 - $2,499
2010

The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn or UPenn) is a private, Ivy League university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Penn considers itself the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, as well as the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies.

$1,000 - $2,499
2009

The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn or UPenn) is a private, Ivy League university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Penn considers itself the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, as well as the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies.

Political Donations
$1,250
2006
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Crown Holdings, Inc. purchases Signode Industrial Group LLC from The Carlyle Group LP (Corporate Private Equity)

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Crown Holdings, Inc. purchases Heineken NV /EMPAQUE Business from Heineken NV

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Crown Holdings, Inc. purchases Crown Food España SA from Blackstone Corporate Private Equity, Alantra Capital Privado SGEIC SA

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