Paul K Rowe became a partner in the litigation department at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in 1985. He represents corporations and directors in litigation involving M&A transactions, proxy contests, derivative actions and shareholder class actions involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duty, including claims involving executive compensation.
Mr Rowe has written extensively on subjects relating to fiduciary duties and other corporation and securities law issues, including "Pills, Polls and Professors," co-authored with Martin Lipton in the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, 2002, vol. 1. In recent years, Mr Rowe has had a prominent role in several high-profile M&A litigations, including the representation of: CONSOL Energy in litigation arising out of its acquisition of CNX Gas Corporation; El Paso in litigation arising out of its merger with Kinder Morgan; Wynn Resorts Ltd in litigation arising out of its redemption of stock held by a 19 per cent shareholder; Wells Fargo in litigation arising out of its purchase of Wachovia Corp; and Novartis in litigation arising out of its acquisition of Alcon. He is also an experienced federal securities law litigator, having recently represented Penn National Gaming in obtaining a Fourth Circuit affirmance of dismissal of Section 10b-5 litigation arising out of Penn’s uncompleted 2007 leveraged buyout. Mr Rowe has also represented defendants in stockholder lawsuits attacking executive compensation, including the boards of Simon Property Group and Umpqua Holdings, Corp.
Mr Rowe received an AB degree magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1976 where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1979 with a JD magna cum laude. Mr Rowe was a member of the Harvard Law Review from 1977–1979 and, after law school, a law clerk to Judge Edward Lumbard of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In 1997–1998, Mr Rowe was an adjunct professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, teaching a course on mergers and acquisitions. He is a frequent participant on CLE panels and other professional activities. In addition, Mr Rowe is a board member of the programme advisory board of the Harvard Law School forum on corporate governance and financial regulation. He has been selected as a member of Lawdragon's "500 Leading Lawyers in America."
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