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Patricia O. Vella

Patricia O. Vella

Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP

Wilmington, DE, USA


Patricia is a partner with the firm’s Delaware Corporate Counseling Group.  She regularly provides advice on corporate governance matters and a variety of corporate transactions for publicly traded and privately held corporations.  Patricia is often called upon to advise on mergers and acquisitions, financings, asset sales and other significant transactions.  Her work includes structuring complex transactions and often involves counseling boards of directors and board committees on their fiduciary duties and the technical aspects of Delaware corporate law.  She also provides formal legal opinions on issues involving Delaware corporate law.

Patricia is actively involved with the American Bar Association’s Mergers & Acquisitions Committee and Corporate Laws Committee, and is Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on Acquisitions of Public Companies and Co-Chair of the Joint Task Force on Governance Issues in Business Combinations.

Patricia is a member of the Council of the Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association and, in that capacity, participates in the annual review of, and preparation of amendments to, the Delaware General Corporation Law.  She was appointed in 2012 by the Delaware Supreme Court to serve as a member of the court’s Board on Professional Responsibility.  Patricia also frequently speaks on Delaware corporate law issues at corporate law seminars and symposia around the country, including the University of Texas Mergers & Acquisitions Institute, the Ray Garrett Jr. Corporate and Securities Law Institute, the Northwestern Law Securities Regulation Institute and The Harvard School of Law. 

She has been named by Chambers USA as a leading Delaware Corporate/M&A practitioner since 2014 and as one of the leading M&A lawyers by The International Who’s Who of Merger & Acquisition Lawyers 2014 and Who’s Who Legal: M&A and Governance 2015 and 2016. She also was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and Best Lawyers Business Edition’s Women in the Law for Corporate Governance Law in 2016.

Patricia O. Vella is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Women in M&A - Mergers & Acquisitions 2017: Advanced Trends and Developments, Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Negotiating the Public Company Merger Agreement - Mergers & Acquisitions 2017: Advanced Trends and Developments, Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Delaware Update: The Latest Legislative and Judicial Developments - 49th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Monday, November 13, 2017
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Mergers & Acquisitions: A Delaware Checklist (February 29, 2016) - Mergers & Acquisitions 2017: Advanced Trends and Developments, Tuesday, January 17, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Women in M&A - Women in M&A, Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Negotiating the Public Company Merger Agreement - Negotiating the Public Company Merger Agreement, Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Delaware Update: The Latest Legislative and Judicial Developments - Delaware Update: The Latest Legislative and Judicial Developments, Monday, November 13, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts Negotiating the Public Company Merger Agreement - Negotiating the Public Company Merger Agreement, Tuesday, January 17, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Women in M&A - Women in M&A, Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Negotiating the Public Company Merger Agreement - Negotiating the Public Company Merger Agreement, Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Delaware Update: The Latest Legislative and Judicial Developments - Delaware Update: The Latest Legislative and Judicial Developments, Monday, November 13, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Mergers & Acquisitions 2017: Advanced Trends and Developments, Thursday, January 26, 2017, New York, NY
49th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, Sunday, December 03, 2017, New York, NY
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