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Marc O. Williams

Marc O. Williams

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

New York, NY, USA

Mr. Williams is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, concentrating in mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, corporate governance and related matters.



        • ConAgra's separation into two independent public companies, sale of its private label operations to Treehouse Foods, acquisition of Ralcorp and its cooperation agreement with JANA Partners
        • Tyson Foods’ acquisition of Hillshire Brands and sale of its poultry businesses in Mexico and Brazil
        • AstraZeneca’s acquisition of ZS Pharma
        • Santander’s acquisition of GE Capital's Mexican mortgage business and ING's Mexican mortgage business
        • Freeport-McMoRan’s acquisition of Phelps Dodge, its dispositions of its Candelaria/Ojos mining interests and an ownership interest in Morenci Mine and various other transactions
        • Comcast’s acquisition of NBCUniversal
        • Emerson’s acquisition of Avocent, dispositions of its LANDesk and motors businesses and pending spin-off of its Network Power business
        • Roche’s unsolicited (and ultimately successful) acquisition of Ventana Medical Systems
        • Roche’s acquisitions of Anadys, InterMune, Memory Pharmaceuticals, Mirus Bio and Marcadia and its majority investment in Foundation Medicine
        • Belmond in its successful defense against an unsolicited offer from Indian Hotels
        • VF Corporation’s acquisitions of Timberland and Nautica
        • Citi’s disposition of its commercial real estate loan portfolio through various transactions
        • Old Lane’s sale to Citigroup
        • Aetna’s acquisition of Schaller Anderson
        • Various transactions for Comcast, including an investment in a new public company formed by the combination of the high-speed wireless businesses of Sprint Nextel and Clearwire


        • FirstGroup’s acquisition of Laidlaw International
        • Texas Instruments’ sale of its Sensors & Controls business to Bain Capital
        • Argosy Gaming’s acquisition by Penn National
        • FedEx’s acquisition of Kinko’s


        • Named “Rising Star of 2013” in M&A – Law360
        • Named "Up & Coming" in New York: Corporate/M&A: The Elite – Chambers USA 2014
        • Named “Dealmaker of the Week” – The AmLaw Daily 2012
        • Listed as a leading lawyer in IFLR1000


        • Member, Corporation Law Committee, New York City Bar Association


        • Partner, 2006-present
        • Associate, 1998-2006


        • State of New York


        • B.A., Amherst College, 1995
          • magna cum laude
        • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1998
          • magna cum laude

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