William F. Wynne  Jr. - White & Case LLP

William F. Wynne Jr.

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1989

Practice Experience

Mr. Wynne is partner of counsel in White & Case's Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group and a member of the firm's Risk Management Committee.

Mr. Wynne has served in various leadership positions in the Firm, including as Chairman of the Management Board and Head of the Mergers & Acquisition Practice. White & Case has over 2,000 lawyers and operates 39 offices in 26 countries. The Global M&A Practice now includes over 500 lawyers across the firm's 39 offices. In 2013, White & Case was ranked among the top five global M&A law firm as published by The New York Times.

Recognized as a prominent figure in M&A and private equity, Mr. Wynne has been listed as a leading lawyer by Best Lawyers for more than 25 years. As one of the senior M&A lawyers at the firm, he continues to represent principals in major corporate transactions and financings, mergers and acquisitions, international corporate debt restructurings and public and private securities offerings. He has extensive experience representing private equity sponsors in leveraged transactions.

As lead counsel for principals in M&A transactions, Mr. Wynne is involved in all aspects of structuring, negotiating and documenting deals. He manages and coordinates the involvement of relevant experts in intellectual property, tax, antitrust, ERISA and environmental law necessary for successful completion of the transaction.

Mr. Wynne has been privileged to represent as lead counsel:
  • Qatar Investment Authority in its CHF 7.5 billion (US$6 billion) investment in Credit Suisse Group AG;
  • Syngenta AG in its US$160 million agreement with Monsanto Co. to acquire Monsanto's hybrid sunflower seed business;
  • Blackstone Capital Partners L.P. in its acquisition, recapitalization and sale of Transtar, Inc.;
  • United Pan-Europe Communications N.V. in its €10.4 billion recapitalization and its acquisition of @Entertainment;
  • The Prudential Insurance Company of America in its disposition of its AARP Operations and its initial public offering of the Prudential Reinsurance Company;
  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation in joint venture and co-promotion transactions;
  • Sony Corporation in its acquisition of CBS Records and in the formation of the Sony Microelectronics Company;
  • Saatchi & Saatchi Company PLC in approximately 35 acquisitions, as well as in Saatchi's subsequent recapitalization and disposition of approximately 15 subsidiaries;
  • Clark Equipment Company in its acquisition by tender offer of Club Car, Inc., the sale of its 50% joint venture interest in V.M.E. Group N.V. to Volvo AB and its subsequent sale to Ingersoll-Rand Company; and
  • Newmont Mining Corporation in its successful takeover defense against T. Boone Pickens.

Additional Information

Court Admissions
  • US District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, 1977
Rutgers UniversityAB 1973University of Pennsylvania Law SchoolJ.D. 1976

Office Location

1155 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036-2787
United States

Practice Areas

Corporate Law (Corporate Compliance, Corporate Governance, Cross-Border, Leveraged Buyouts, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity)
Mergers and Acquisitions Law