Barton J. Winokur, who joined Dechert in 1965, has been a corporate partner since 1972 and is currently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the firm. Throughout his career, he has served as chair of Dechert’s mergers and acquisitions and international law groups, and was the resident partner of the London office from 1975 to 1979.
Mr. Winokur has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for the past 20 years and is consistently designated at the highest level as a leading lawyer for corporate/mergers and acquisitions in Chambers USA, a referral guide to leading lawyers in the United States based on the opinions of their peers and clients and by the quality of their work. In recent editions of Chambers USA, clients describe Mr. Winokur as “unusually wise and brilliant” and “smart, articulate, creative, and a patient yet tough negotiator.” He is also recognized as a leading lawyer by The Legal 500 (USA) and as a leading dealmaker in the 2007 edition of The Lawdragon 500 Leading Dealmakers.
Mr. Winokur has devoted his practice to the representation of public and private companies, leveraged buyout sponsor funds, and venture capital firms in complex corporate transactions such as mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, and restructurings. He represented Getty Oil in its acquisition by Texaco and for the past 25 years has represented leading private equity firms, including Citigroup Venture Capital; One Equity Partners; Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill & Co.; Odyssey Investment Partners; Castle Harlan; Riverside Capital Advisors; and Starwood Capital Group, as well as many of their portfolio companies, in numerous domestic and international transactions. He has also advised public and privately-held corporations in connection with strategic M&A and securities matters.
In addition, Mr. Winokur frequently counsels boards of directors and special committees of public companies in connection with corporate governance matters, such as ongoing board activities as well as interested party transactions and issues requiring special investigations and disclosures.
Member, several corporate boards
Member and former chair, Board of Trustees of Brandeis University, from which he received an honorary doctoral degree of humane letters
Cornell University, A.B., Government, 1961
Harvard Law School, LL.B., 1964, Editor of the Harvard Law Review
Clerkship, the Honorable Abraham L. Freedman of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit