Wayne Dale Collins draws widespread praise from respondents – one of whom highlights him as “one of the best merger lawyers in the US”.
In his over 40 years of practice, Dale Collins has represented numerous companies in high-profile transactions, including Thomson's acquisitions of Reuters, West Publishing Company, Informational Holdings, Primark, and The Carson Group; Citigroup's sales of EMI's Music Publishing to SonyATV and Mubadala and EMI Recorded Music to Vivendi's Universal Music Group and its merger with Travelers Group; NASDAQ OMX's attempted hostile contested takeover of NYSE Euronext and its acquisition of FTEN; Merrill Lynch's acquisition by Bank of America; Viacom's acquisitions of CBS and Blockbuster, its contested acquisition of Paramount, and its sale of Simon & Schuster to Pearson plc; Blockbuster's contested hostile takeover bid for Hollywood Video; Georgia-Pacific's acquisition of Fort James and hostile acquisition of Great Northern Nekoosa; Textron Cessna's acquisition of Beechcraft; Ardagh's acquisition of Verallia North America from Saint-Gobain; and Phelps Dodge in its simultaneous hostile bids for Cyprus Amax and Asarco.
Mr Collins joined Shearman & Sterling in 1978. In 1981, he resigned to serve as a White House fellow and special assistant to then-Vice President George H.W. Bush. Thereafter, he served as a special assistant and later as deputy assistant attorney general in the US Department of Justice antitrust division under William F Baxter, returning to the firm in 1983. He became of counsel in 2017.
Mr Collins is currently an adjunct professor of law at New York University School of Law and Georgetown University Law Centre and formerly taught antitrust law at Yale Law School. He is a member of the American Law Institute, the American Bar Association, the American Economic Association and the Council on Foreign Relations.