William S. Rubenstein is co-head of Skadden, Arps' Financial Institutions Group whose practice focuses on advising clients on a wide variety of corporate transactions and other matters involving financial institutions. He has extensive experience representing financial institutions and their boards of directors in negotiated and contested mergers and acquisitions, proxy fights, privately negotiated investments and restructuring transactions. Mr. Rubenstein regularly advises private equity firms and others seeking to invest in financial institutions. Mr. Rubenstein represented clients on various aspects of federal lending, capital and liquidity support programs, including those established pursuant to the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008.
In addition, Mr. Rubenstein has handled numerous restructurings and recapitalizations involving banks and thrifts and has assisted institutions and investors in acquiring depository institutions from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
Mr. Rubenstein has represented acquirers, investors, sellers and targets on many high-profile transactions. He also has advised various major investment banking firms as financial advisors in significant financial institution M&A transactions.
Mr. Rubenstein repeatedly has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. New York Office
J.D., Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 1981 (cum laude; Note and Comment Editor, Cardozo Law Review)
B.A., Fairleigh Dickinson University, 1978