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Steven J. Williams
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New York, NY 10019-6064
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A partner and a deputy chair of the Corporate Department, Steven J. Williams is a member of the firm's Mergers and Acquisitions Group. Steven has extensive experience with public company transactions, leveraged buy-outs, mergers-of-equals, board representations and special committee representations, as well as with private equity and venture capital transactions, auctions, joint ventures, carve-outs, spin-outs and restructuring transactions. He is active in contested matters, representing targets in proxy fights, consent solicitations, tender offers and other unsolicited transactions. In addition, Steven has broad expertise in acquisitions and sales of asset management and other financial services firms.

EXPERIENCE

Steven’s recent transactions include representing:

  • ADP in its successful proxy contest against Pershing Square
  • Aptiv in its autonomous-driving joint venture with Hyundai Motor Group
  • Barnes & Noble in its sale to an affiliate of Elliott Management
  • Bellisio Foods in its sale to Charoen Pokphand Foods
  • Chambers Street Properties as counsel to the board of trustees and in its merger of equals with Gramercy Property Trust
  • Chesapeake Lodging Trust in its sale to Park Hotels & Resorts
  • Chevron in its proposed acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum
  • Chico’s FAS in its successful proxy contest against Barington Capital
  • Citigroup in the sale of Nikko Asset Management to Sumitomo Trust
  • Commvault in the activist campaign by Elliott Management
  • The special committee of the Expedia Group board of directors in its acquisition of Liberty Expedia Holdings
  • General Electric in the sale of its BioPharma business to Danaher
  • GE Capital in the sale of PK AirFinance to Apollo Global Management and Athene Holding
  • Harris Corporation in the sale of its Government IT Services business to Veritas Capital
  • Honeywell International in the spin-off of its Transportation Systems business to form Garrett Motion
  • IBM in its acquisition of Red Hat
  • Imperial Sugar Company as special counsel to the board of directors and in its sale to Louis Dreyfus Commodities
  • Ingersoll-Rand in the merger of its Industrial business with Gardner Denver Holdings
  • International Strategy & Investment Group in its sale to Evercore
  • Janus Capital Group in its strategic alliance with Dai-ichi Life
  • L3Harris Technologies in the pending sale of its Airport Security and Automation business to Leidos Holdings
  • Mastercard in its acquisition of Orbiscom
  • Nuance Communications in the spin-off of its Automotive business to form Cerence and in the sale of its Document Imaging business to Kofax
  • The special committee of the Pilgrim’s Pride board of directors in its acquisition of Moy Park from JBS
  • Qualcomm in its successful defense against a hostile takeover offer from Broadcom and in the proposed acquisition of NXP Semiconductors
  • Reckitt Benckiser Group in its successful topping bid and tender offer for Schiff Nutrition International and in its collaboration agreement with Bristol-Myers Squibb for, and related option to acquire, various market-leading OTC pharmaceutical brands Latin America and Mexico
  • Spectrum Brands in its acquisition of Armored AutoGroup and its acquisition of Procter & Gamble’s European Pet Food business
  • Tencent Holdings in its going-private acquisition of eLong, its investment in Glu Mobile and its investment, together with JD.com, in Bitauto Holdings

Steven served as a notes editor of the Columbia Law Review and was a James Kent Scholar and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Steven is the recipient of a Legal Aid Society award for outstanding pro bono representation. Steven is a member of the advisory board of the Harvard Law School Program on Corporate Governance and serves on the Board of Directors of Education Through Music, Inc., a non-profit that works with New York City schools to develop and sustain school-wide music education programs.

Steven is recognized in The Legal 500 for his work on “M&A: Large Deals ($1bn+)” and “Shareholder Activism: Advice to Boards.”

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