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William B. Sorabella

William B. Sorabella

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

New York, NY, USA


William Sorabella is a Corporate/M&A partner based in New York City.  His practice focuses on the representation of principals in merger and acquisition transactions primarily involving public companies. He regularly represents corporate buyers and sellers, private equity funds and special committees in the purchase, merger and sale of companies and divisional carve-outs and in the formation and dissolution of joint ventures. He also frequently represents financial advisors in similar transactions. He also advises clients on corporate governance matters, proxy contests and anti-takeover measures.

William has twice been named as one of the “Dealmakers of the Year” by The American Lawyer. The 2010 edition spotlighted his work on behalf of 3G Capital Partners in its $4.0 billion acquisition of Burger King Holdings, Inc. The 2012 edition spotlighted his work on behalf of Blum Capital Partners and Golden Gate Capital in their $2.0 billion acquisition of Collective Brands Inc. William has also been named as a “Dealmaker of the Week” by The American Lawyer based on his representation of 3G Capital Partners in its acquisition of H.J. Heinz Company.

William has been recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in Corporate/M&A for every year since 2013, which noted that he is a “very careful and meticulous” lawyer who “leaves no stone unturned.” William was recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. for his work in M&A: mega-deals (5bn+) as an attorney who “provides critical support and is very knowledgeable on M&A matters.” William has been selected and profiled as a “Rising Star” and “M&A MVP” by Law360 and named as a New York “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers.  His innovative work on transactions has also been recognized by several other publications, including The Financial Times in its U.S. Innovative Lawyers Report, the Investment Dealers’ Digest in its annual “Deal of the Year” awards, The Deal Magazine in its annual “Deals of the Year” and The New York Times DealBook in its annual “Deal Makers at the Head of the Class” awards article.

Recent clients include Huntsman Corporation, 3G Capital Partners, Ltd., Restaurant Brands International Inc., GTCR LLC, Exela Technologies Inc. (formerly known as Quinpario Acquisition Corp. 2), Murray Energy Corporation, Micro Focus International plc, Black Knight Financial Services Inc., The Carlyle Group, Warburg Pincus, Accenture plc, Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, Sagent Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Innophos Holdings, Inc., L Catterton Partners, Sunoco, Inc., SunEdison, Inc., Exelon Corporation, Golden Gate Capital, Blum Capital Partners and Solutia Inc.

He is a graduate of Bowdoin College, summa cum laude, and Georgetown University Law Center, cum laude.

William B. Sorabella is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Special Issues Involved in Acquiring Divisions or Subsidiaries of Larger Companies (June 23, 2017) (PowerPoint slides) - Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company 2017, Monday, June 26, 2017
Special Issues Involved in Acquiring Divisions of Subsidiaries of Larger Companies (PowerPoint slides) - Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company 2018, Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Web Segment  Web Segment Indemnification and Division / Subsidiary Issues in Private Acquisitions or Sales - Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company 2017, Tuesday, June 27, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Indemnification and Division / Subsidiary Issues in Private Acquisitions or Sales - Indemnification and Division / Subsidiary Issues in Private Acquisitions or Sales, Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts Indemnification and Division / Subsidiary Issues in Private Acquisitions or Sales - Indemnification and Division / Subsidiary Issues in Private Acquisitions or Sales, Tuesday, June 27, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Indemnification and Division / Subsidiary Issues in Private Acquisitions or Sales - Indemnification and Division / Subsidiary Issues in Private Acquisitions or Sales, Tuesday, June 27, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company 2017, Tuesday, July 18, 2017, New York, NY
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company 2018, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company 2018, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company 2018, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, Atlanta, GA
Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company 2018, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, Cleveland, OH
Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company 2018, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, New Brunswick , NJ
Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company 2018, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, Indianapolis, IN
Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company 2018, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, Mechanicsburg, PA
Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company 2018, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, Pittsburgh, PA
Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company 2018, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, Philadelphia, PA
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