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William B. Sorabella

William B. Sorabella

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

New York, NY, USA


William Sorabella’s practice focuses on the representation of principals in merger and acquisition transactions involving public companies. He regularly represents strategic buyers and sellers, private equity funds and special committees in the purchase, merger and sale of companies and businesses 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 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. The 2010 edition spotlighted his work on behalf of 3G Capital Partners in its $4.0 billion acquisition of Burger King Holdings, 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. His innovative work on transactions has also been recognized by several other publications, including The Financial Times in its 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.

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.

William is a member of the Law360 Mergers & Acquisitions Editorial Advisory Board.

Recent Representative Matters

  • Quinpario Acquisition Corp. 2 in its pending $2.8 billion combination with SourceHOV, LLC and Novitex Holdings, Inc. to form Exela Technologies Inc.
  • Micro Focus International plc in its pending $8.8 billion “Reverse Morris Trust” acquisition of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company’s software business.
  • Sagent Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in its $750 million sale to Nichi-Iko Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
  • Innophos Holdings, Inc. on its agreement with FrontFour Capital Group LLC to expand its board of directors.
  • L Catterton Partners in its $925 million leveraged acquisition of Steiner Leisure Limited.
  • SunEdison, Inc. in its announced and then terminated acquisition of Vivint Solar, Inc. for $2.2 billion and subsequent contribution of rooftop solar portfolio assets to TerraForm Power, Inc. for $900 million.
  • Murray Energy Corporation in its $1.4 billion acquisition of equity interests in Foresight Energy LP and its general partner, Foresight Energy GP LLC. Previously represented Murray Energy in connection with:
    • its $3.5 billion acquisition of Consolidation Coal Company from CONSOL Energy Inc.
  • LNK Partners in its acquisition with Leonard Green & Partners and TPG Capital of Life Time Fitness, Inc. for $4.0 billion.
  • Burger King Worldwide Inc. in connection with its $13.3 billion merger transaction with Tim Hortons Inc. Previously represented:
    • Burger King Worldwide in connection with its $8.1 billion business combination with Justice Holdings Limited, resulting in a partial sale for cash and public listing of Burger King.
    • 3G Capital Partners, Ltd. in connection with its $4.0 billion acquisition of Burger King Holdings, Inc.
  • Exelon Corporation in connection with its pending $6.9 billion acquisition of Pepco Holdings Inc.
  • The Carlyle Group in connection with its $3.2 billion acquisition of the Industrial Packaging Group segment of Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
  • Warburg Pincus, stockholder of Sterling Financial Corporation, in connection with Sterling’s $2.0 billion merger with Umpqua Holdings Corporation.
  • Accenture plc in connection with its $375 million acquisition of Procurian Inc.
  • 3G Capital Partners Ltd. in connection with its $28 billion acquisition, along with Berkshire Hathaway Inc., of H. J. Heinz Company.
  • Wyndham Worldwide Corporation in connection with its $255 million acquisition of Shell Vacations LLC.
  • Sunoco, Inc. in connection with the formation of a joint venture with The Carlyle Group, Philadelphia Energy Solutions LLC, created to own and operate Sunoco's Philadelphia refinery assets and maintain a crude oil and fuel inventory intermediation arrangement with J.P. Morgan Chase.
  • Golden Gate Capital and Blum Capital Partners in connection with their $2.0 billion acquisition, along with Wolverine Worldwide, Inc., of Collective Brands, Inc. and concurrent business carve-out transaction, as a result of which Wolverine acquired its Performance + Lifestyle Group and Blum Capital and Golden Gate acquired its Payless ShoeSource business. 
  • Solutia Inc. in connection with its $4.7 billion sale to Eastman Chemical Company. Previously represented Solutia in connection with matters related to its restructuring and several subsequent transactions, including:
    • its $113 million acquisition of Southwall Technologies Inc.
    • its €240 million acquisition of Etimex Solar GmbH from Etimex Holding GmbH, which is controlled by The Alpha Gruppe.
    • its sale of a majority interest in its integrated nylon business to SK Capital Partners II, L.P.
  • Fundtech Ltd. in connection with its $388 million sale to GTCR LLC, a “superior offer” to its previously announced all-stock merger with S1 Corporation.
  • Constellation Energy Group Inc. in connection with its $7.9 billion merger with Exelon Corporation. Previously represented Constellation in connection with:
    • its issuance of $1.0 billion of equity securities to, and proposed $4.7 billion acquisition by, MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company subsequently terminated to permit Constellation to sell a $4.5 billion 49.9% interest in its nuclear generation business to Électricité de France International, SA.
    • its proposed and abandoned $11 billion merger with FPL Group, Inc.
  • Special Committee of the Board of Directors of EXCO Resources, Inc. in connection with its response to the proposal by Douglas H. Miller, Chief Executive Officer of EXCO, to take EXCO private in a $5.4 billion transaction.
  • Special Committee of the Board of Directors of New Valley Corporation in connection with the $210 million acquisition of New Valley by its controlling stockholder, Vector Group Ltd.
  • Dade Behring Holdings, Inc. in connection with its $7.0 billion sale to Siemens AG.
  • Myogen, Inc. in connection with its $2.5 billion sale to Gilead Sciences, Inc.

Education

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2000

  • cum laude

Bowdoin College, A.B., 1997

  • summa cum laude
  • Leonard A. Pierce Memorial Prize

Admissions & Qualifications

2001, New York

Directorships

Member, New York Board of U.S. Fund for UNICEF

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
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
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