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Corporate Governance 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Trevor Norwitz is a very knowledgeable and reliable practitioner who is highlighted for his extensive experience handling takeover bids and defences for boards.
 

Biography

Trevor Norwitz is a partner in the corporate department at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz where he focuses primarily on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and securities law matters. He has advised a range of public and private entities in a variety of industries in connection with mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, hostile takeover bids and defences, proxy contests, joint ventures, financing transactions and corporate governance matters.

Selected recent representations by Mr Norwitz include Whole Foods in its sale to Amazon.com and its response to shareholder activism; Medivation in its sale to Pfizer; Dollar Tree in its contested acquisition of Family Dollar Stores; eBay in connection with a proxy contest by Carl Icahn, and its spinoff of PayPal, Inc; Creative Artists Agency LLP in connection with its restructuring and sale of a controlling interest to TPG Group; S&P Global (formerly McGraw Hill) in its sale of the McGraw Hill Education business to Apollo Advisers, its joint venture with CME Group to form S&P/Dow Jones Indices, and its acquisitions of SNL Financial and other companies; and numerous acquisitions for Ventas, Novartis and Danaher Corporation.

Mr Norwitz teaches a course in mergers and acquisitions at Columbia University School of Law. He chairs the New York City Bar committee on mergers and acquisitions and corporate control contests, and the M&A subcommittee of the International Bar Association securities committee, and is a member of the American Law Institute and committees of the American Bar Association. A regular speaker and panellist at professional conferences, he has chaired and participated in numerous advanced legal education programmes and contributes regularly to professional publications on topics relating to M&A and corporate governance. He also served on an international advisory group to the South African government on its company law reform. Mr Norwitz serves on a number of non-profit boards of directors, and on the advisory board of the Robert L Bernstein Institute of Human Rights at NYU Law School.

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Mr Norwitz received his Bachelor of Business Science with first-class honours from the University of Cape Town in 1986. On a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, he read law at Keble College, graduating with first-class honours in 1989, and then completed an LLM at Columbia University in 1990. He joined the firm in 1994 and was named partner in 1998.

M&A 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Trevor Norwitz focuses his impressive practice on the whole gamut of corporate law issues from governance issues through to transactions.
 

Biography

Trevor Norwitz is a partner in the corporate department at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz where he focuses primarily on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and securities law matters. He has advised a range of public and private entities in a variety of industries in connection with mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, hostile takeover bids and defences, proxy contests, joint ventures, financing transactions and corporate governance matters.

Selected recent representations by Mr Norwitz include Whole Foods in its sale to Amazon.com and its response to shareholder activism; Medivation in its sale to Pfizer; Dollar Tree in its contested acquisition of Family Dollar Stores; eBay in connection with a proxy contest by Carl Icahn, and its spinoff of PayPal, Inc; Creative Artists Agency LLP in connection with its restructuring and sale of a controlling interest to TPG Group; S&P Global (formerly McGraw Hill) in its sale of the McGraw Hill Education business to Apollo Advisers, its joint venture with CME Group to form S&P/Dow Jones Indices, and its acquisitions of SNL Financial and other companies; and numerous acquisitions for Ventas, Novartis and Danaher Corporation.

Mr Norwitz teaches a course in mergers and acquisitions at Columbia University School of Law. He chairs the New York City Bar committee on mergers and acquisitions and corporate control contests, and the M&A subcommittee of the International Bar Association securities committee, and is a member of the American Law Institute and committees of the American Bar Association. A regular speaker and panellist at professional conferences, he has chaired and participated in numerous advanced legal education programmes and contributes regularly to professional publications on topics relating to M&A and corporate governance. He also served on an international advisory group to the South African government on its company law reform. Mr Norwitz serves on a number of non-profit boards of directors, and on the advisory board of the Robert L Bernstein Institute of Human Rights at NYU Law School.

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Mr Norwitz received his Bachelor of Business Science with first-class honours from the University of Cape Town in 1986. On a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, he read law at Keble College, graduating with first-class honours in 1989, and then completed an LLM at Columbia University in 1990. He joined the firm in 1994 and was named partner in 1998.

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