Steven J. Williams

Partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Steven J. Williams

Steven J. Williams

Partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Biography

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
* International Strategy & Investment Group in its sale to Evercore
* Janus Capital Group in its strategic alliance with Dai-ichi Life
* L3Harris Technologies in the 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
* Trane Technologies in the Reverse Morris Trust spin-off and merger of its industrial business with Gardner Denver 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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Education
Class of 1999

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.

M.U.P.
Class of 1994

The Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service (NYU Wagner, Wagner) is a public policy school that offers a comprehensive curriculum in public and nonprofit policy and management. It is one of 14 schools and divisions at New York University and is the largest school of public administration in the United States. NYU Wagner is highly ranked among graduate schools for public policy and administration in the United States. U.S. News & World Report currently ranks NYU Wagner 6th nationally among public-affairs schools

BA
Class of 1990

Founded in 1831, New York University is now one of the largest private universities in the United States. Of the more than 3,000 colleges and universities in America, New York University is one of only 60 member institutions of the distinguished Association of American Universities. From a student body of 158 during NYU's very first semester, enrollment has grown to more than 40,000 students attending 18 schools and colleges at five major centers in Manhattan and in sites in Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America. Today, students come from every state in the union and from 133 foreign countries. The faculty, which initially consisted of fourteen professors and lecturers (among them artist and inventor Samuel F. B. Morse), now totals over 3,100 full-time members whose research and teaching encompasses the humanities, the sciences, and the social sciences; the law; medicine; business; education; the fine arts, studio art, and the performing and cinematic arts; music; social work; public administration; the ancient world; and continuing and professional studies. With more than 2,500 courses offered, the University awards more than 25 different degrees. Although overall the University is large, the individuals schools and colleges are small- to moderate-sized units—each with its own traditions, programs, and faculty – and there are many communities to be found within the NYU community based on interests, activities, and shared experiences. The center of NYU is its Washington Square campus in the heart of Greenwich Village. One of the city's most creative and energetic communities, the Village is a historic neighborhood that has attracted generations of writers, musicians, artists, and intellectuals. NYU, in keeping with its founder’s vision, is “in and of the city”: the University – which has no walls and no gates – is deeply intertwined with New York City, drawing inspiration from its vitality. In addition to its Manhattan locations, the University is also formally affiliated the Polytechnic Institute of NYU in Brooklyn, the second oldest school of engineering and technology in the country, and has research facilities, notably the Nelson Institute of Environmental Medicine, in Sterling Forest, near Tuxedo, New York. And NYU has established itself as the first global network university, with a comprehensive liberal arts campus in Abu Dhabi – the first to be operated abroad by a major U.S. research university – and other sites for study and research in Accra, Ghana; Berlin, Germany; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Florence, Italy; London, England; Madrid, Spain; Paris, France; Prague, the Czech Republic; Shanghai, China; and Tel Aviv, Israel, among other locations.

Memberships
Notes Editor
Prior

The Columbia Law Review is one of the world’s leading publications of legal scholarship. Founded in 1901, the Review is an independent nonprofit corporation that produces a law journal edited and published entirely by students at Columbia Law School. It is one of a handful of student-edited law journals in the nation that publish eight issues a year. The Review is one of the most widely distributed and cited law reviews in the country. It receives about 2,000 submissions per year and selects approximately 20–25 manuscripts for publication annually, in addition to student Notes. In 2008, the Review expanded its audience with the launch of Sidebar, an online supplement to the Review. By bringing together a diverse group of legal scholars, practitioners, community leaders, and judges, Sidebar provides an important, emerging forum for the discussion of pressing legal issues.

Career History
Partner
2006 - Current

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is a law firm that serve as counsel to companies and investment funds. They have expertise in the areas of bankruptcy and corporate reorganization, employee benefits and executive compensation, intellectual property, personal representation, real estate and tax law. The company is headquartered in New York, NY.

Attorney
Prior

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP offers legal solutions to areas such as capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, credit, insolvency, and restructuring, investment management, tax, and litigation. Based in New York, the company was founded by Francis N. Bangs in 1849.

Boards & Committees
Member, Board of Directors
Current

Education Through Music is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, Federal Tax ID #13-3613210. They partner with under-resourced schools to provide music as a core subject for all children, and utilizes music education as a catalyst to improve academic achievement, motivation for school and self-confidence.

Political Donations
$1,000
2016

Minority Leader at Office of the Senate Minority Leader, Charles Schumer

$2,000
2012

Former President of United States

$1,000
2012

Senator from Michigan

Transactions
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Chevron Corp. purchases Noble Energy, Inc.

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Gardner Denver Holdings, Inc. purchases Ingersoll-Rand Plc /Industrial Segment from Trane Technologies Plc

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Taylor Morrison Home Corp. purchases William Lyon Homes, Inc.

Awards & Honors
Admitted to the New York Bar
Legal Aid Society - Outstanding Pro Bono Representation
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