William P. Gelnaw , Jr. - Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

William P. Gelnaw , Jr.

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006

Bill Gelnaw has served as one of the firm’s managing partners since 1996.

Mr. Gelnaw is listed in Best Lawyers in America and PLC - Which Lawyer, and is named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer.  He has also been named in The Legal 500 for mergers and acquisitions.

Practice Focus

Private Equity:
  representation of funds in acquisitions and investments, and the ongoing representation and sale of portfolio companies.

Mergers & Acquisitions:  mergers and acquisitions on behalf of public and private companies and private equity funds in a wide range of industries including financial services, healthcare, media, communications, timeshare, professional services, and consumer products.

Representative Engagements

· $120 million initial public offering for financial services company.
· $152 million sale of business media company.
· $130 million sale of healthcare service company.
· $300 million acquisition of mutual fund complex.
· $1.7 billion sale of annuity company.
· $1.1 billion sale of mutual fund complex.
· Representation of special board committees in three going private transactions.
· $280 million sale of financial services company.
· $60 million joint venture in consumer products industry.
· Sale of professional services/consulting company.

Publications and Presentations

· “Pre and Post Sale Planning for You, Your Company and Your Family,” panelist, Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Conference for Business Owners: M&A Solutions for Privately Held Companies, Boston, October 2012.
· “Going Private Deals Involving a Controlling Stockholder,” co-author, Securities Law360, August 2010.

Professional and Community Involvement

Mr. Gelnaw is a member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts High Technology Council and the Board of Directors of the Associated Industries of Massachusetts.  He is also a member of the Commercial Club of Boston and the Business Advisory Council of Boston College Law School.  Mr. Gelnaw is a member of the Massachusetts and Boston Bar Associations and is active on various community boards.  He is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.

Boston CollegeBS 1981Boston College Law SchoolJ.D. 1984

Office Location

Two International Place
Boston, MA 02110
United States

Practice Areas

Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
Corporate Law
Mergers and Acquisitions Law