William M. Lafferty

Partner at Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell LLP

William M. Lafferty

William M. Lafferty

Partner at Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell LLP

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Bill has spent more than 30 years focusing on Delaware corporate and commercial litigation, with an emphasis on cases involving mergers and acquisitions, proxy contests and consent solicitations, and shareholder class and derivative actions.

His litigation practice concentrates on cases pending in the Delaware Court of Chancery and Delaware Supreme Court as well as matters in the federal court both in Delaware and in other jurisdictions. He also advises corporate clients and boards of directors with respect to litigation and transactional matters including representations of special negotiating committees, shareholder demand review committees, and special litigation committees.

Bill has acted as lead or co-counsel in numerous significant litigations involving Delaware corporate law issues, including companies such as Abbott Laboratories, NRG Yield, Tory Burch LLC, eBay, Inc., Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., Google Inc., Facebook, Inc., Caremark CVS, Inc., Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., Regal Entertainment Group, TiVo, Bristol Myers Squibb, Shire, AbbVie, Walgreens, Caesar’s Entertainment, Comcast, Family Dollar, Freeport-McMoRan, Procter & Gamble, and United Technologies Corporation.

Bill also has represented numerous private equity firms in litigations in Delaware arising from M&A transactions, including Thoma Bravo, Texas Pacific Group, Francisco Partners, Apollo, KKR, Insight Venture Partners, Madison Dearborn, and Sun Capital Partners, Inc. He also has represented a number of investment banks in transactional matters and litigation.

He is a Fellow to the American College of Trial Lawyers and serves as a member of the Advisory Board for the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance, Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics, University of Delaware, and the NYU School of Law Institute for Corporate Governance and Finance.

Bill is the author of numerous articles on Delaware corporate law and contributed chapters on appraisal rights and inspection of corporate/partnership books and records to a five volume corporate law treatise. He frequently presents before business and professional audiences on Delaware corporate law, and has been a guest instructor at M&A law classes at Harvard Law School, University of Pennsylvania, Cal-Berkeley, Stanford University, New York University, Columbia University, Penn State Dickinson School of Law, Hofstra University, and Delaware Law School.

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Partner at Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell LLP
Education
JD
Class of 1989

The Dickinson School of Law at Pennsylvania State University (PSU) has degree and joint degree programs for college seekers who desire careers in the legal field, and often ranks among the top 100 law schools in the country. Academics are intensive and programs can take a few years to complete. JD and LLM degree programs are offered at the university. Joint programs are provided as well in collaboration with other PSU graduate school campuses. Some of the joint degree options include: * JD/Doctor of Higher Education (PhD or DEd) * JD/Master of Business Administration * JD/Master of Science in Human Resources and Employment Relations * JD/Master of Science in Information Systems * JD/PhD in Forest Resources or Wildlife and Fisheries Science The curriculum at the school entails real-world application and experiences through journal publications, moot court, national trial competitions, and trial advocacy. Beyond the classroom, PSU Law has an active college life for students to further their experiences and learning. Opportunities to give back to the community and come together for social and recreational events are available to students. To be considered for admissions to the school, prospective students must submit the following: * Completed application and fee * Personal statement * Recommendation letters * Resume * TOEFL scores (for those who obtained their education abroad) * Transcripts Applicants should also fill out a FAFSA to determine financial aid eligibility for grants, loans, scholarships, and work-study.

B.S., B.A.
Class of 1985

The University of Delaware (UD) is a state-assisted, privately governed institution that was founded in 1743. It offers 3 associate programs, 147 bachelor’s programs, 119 master's programs, 54 doctoral programs, and 15 dual graduate programs through seven colleges and in collaboration with more than 70 research centers. UD's student body encompasses more than 17,000 undergraduates, more than 3,600 graduate students and nearly 800 students in professional and continuing studies from across the country and around the globe. The University received its charter from the State of Delaware in 1833 and was designated one of the nation’s historic Land Grant colleges in 1867. Today, UD is a Land Grant, Sea Grant and Space Grant institution. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies UD as a research university with very high research activity—a designation accorded less than 3 percent of U.S. colleges and universities. UD ranks among the nation’s top 100 universities in federal R&D support for science and engineering.

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Articles Editor
1988 - 1989
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$1,000 - $2,499
2012

The Dickinson School of Law at Pennsylvania State University (PSU) has degree and joint degree programs for college seekers who desire careers in the legal field, and often ranks among the top 100 law schools in the country. Academics are intensive and programs can take a few years to complete. JD and LLM degree programs are offered at the university. Joint programs are provided as well in collaboration with other PSU graduate school campuses. Some of the joint degree options include: * JD/Doctor of Higher Education (PhD or DEd) * JD/Master of Business Administration * JD/Master of Science in Human Resources and Employment Relations * JD/Master of Science in Information Systems * JD/PhD in Forest Resources or Wildlife and Fisheries Science The curriculum at the school entails real-world application and experiences through journal publications, moot court, national trial competitions, and trial advocacy. Beyond the classroom, PSU Law has an active college life for students to further their experiences and learning. Opportunities to give back to the community and come together for social and recreational events are available to students. To be considered for admissions to the school, prospective students must submit the following: * Completed application and fee * Personal statement * Recommendation letters * Resume * TOEFL scores (for those who obtained their education abroad) * Transcripts Applicants should also fill out a FAFSA to determine financial aid eligibility for grants, loans, scholarships, and work-study.

$500 - $999
2009

The Dickinson School of Law at Pennsylvania State University (PSU) has degree and joint degree programs for college seekers who desire careers in the legal field, and often ranks among the top 100 law schools in the country. Academics are intensive and programs can take a few years to complete. JD and LLM degree programs are offered at the university. Joint programs are provided as well in collaboration with other PSU graduate school campuses. Some of the joint degree options include: * JD/Doctor of Higher Education (PhD or DEd) * JD/Master of Business Administration * JD/Master of Science in Human Resources and Employment Relations * JD/Master of Science in Information Systems * JD/PhD in Forest Resources or Wildlife and Fisheries Science The curriculum at the school entails real-world application and experiences through journal publications, moot court, national trial competitions, and trial advocacy. Beyond the classroom, PSU Law has an active college life for students to further their experiences and learning. Opportunities to give back to the community and come together for social and recreational events are available to students. To be considered for admissions to the school, prospective students must submit the following: * Completed application and fee * Personal statement * Recommendation letters * Resume * TOEFL scores (for those who obtained their education abroad) * Transcripts Applicants should also fill out a FAFSA to determine financial aid eligibility for grants, loans, scholarships, and work-study.

$1,000 - $2,499
2007

The Dickinson School of Law at Pennsylvania State University (PSU) has degree and joint degree programs for college seekers who desire careers in the legal field, and often ranks among the top 100 law schools in the country. Academics are intensive and programs can take a few years to complete. JD and LLM degree programs are offered at the university. Joint programs are provided as well in collaboration with other PSU graduate school campuses. Some of the joint degree options include: * JD/Doctor of Higher Education (PhD or DEd) * JD/Master of Business Administration * JD/Master of Science in Human Resources and Employment Relations * JD/Master of Science in Information Systems * JD/PhD in Forest Resources or Wildlife and Fisheries Science The curriculum at the school entails real-world application and experiences through journal publications, moot court, national trial competitions, and trial advocacy. Beyond the classroom, PSU Law has an active college life for students to further their experiences and learning. Opportunities to give back to the community and come together for social and recreational events are available to students. To be considered for admissions to the school, prospective students must submit the following: * Completed application and fee * Personal statement * Recommendation letters * Resume * TOEFL scores (for those who obtained their education abroad) * Transcripts Applicants should also fill out a FAFSA to determine financial aid eligibility for grants, loans, scholarships, and work-study.

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2014

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Honeywell International, Inc. purchases Intermec, Inc.

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E-Land World Ltd. purchases K-SWISS, Inc.

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