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William D. Regner

William D. Regner

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

New York, NY, USA


William Regner is a corporate partner, Co-Head of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group, and a member of the Technology, Media & Telecommunications, Financial Institutions, and Corporate Governance Groups. He focuses on public company transactions and corporate governance matters and advises boards, special committees and senior management on governance issues, including activist challenges and risk management. He has experience across many industries, but is particularly active in the TMT and asset management sectors. He also regularly represents investment banking firms in their roles as financial advisors in major transactions.

Mr. Regner is ranked as a leading M&A lawyer by Chambers USA (2013-2017), where sources say he is “super knowledgeable, realistic, and very pragmatic,” and “really commands a room but is also a very good listener,” and he is praised by clients for his “superb negotiating and drafting” skills. Clients describe his approach as “commercial and practical” and note that he has “outstanding technical knowledge and commercial awareness.” He is recommended by The Legal 500 US (2012-2017) which calls him “thoughtful, smart and savvy” and lauds his delivery of “high-value and to the point advice.” He is also recognized by IFLR1000 (2017) as a leading M&A lawyer.

Mr. Regner is a frequent author and speaker on legal developments affecting mergers and acquisitions. He is a co-author of Takeovers: A Strategic Guide to Mergers & Acquisitions (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business 2013) and is a contributor to Corporate Governance: Law and Practice (Matthew Bender 2013). His published articles include “US And UK Share Purchase Agreements: Comparing Approaches,” Practical Law (January, 2015) and “How Sell-Side Advisors Can Reduce Litigation Risk in Light of Delaware’s Rural/Metro Decision,” Journal of Investment Compliance, Volume 15 Issue 2 (August, 2014). He is also a contributing author of The Private Equity Primer: The Best of the Debevoise & Plimpton Private Equity Report and the Debevoise & Plimpton Private Equity Report. Mr. Regner co-chairs the annual ALI-CLE course on corporate mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Regner joined Debevoise as an associate in 1994 and became a partner in 2002. Mr. Regner received his A.B. from Colgate University in 1988 and his J.D. summa cum laude from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 1994, where he was Articles Editor of the Cardozo Law Review.

William D. Regner is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Advising the Board of Directors in an M&A Transaction: an Overview of the Board’s Responsibilities - Mergers & Acquisitions 2018: Advanced Trends and Developments, Tuesday, January 16, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Advising the Board of Directors in an M&A Transaction: an Overview of the Board’s Responsibilities - Advising the Board of Directors in an M&A Transaction: an Overview of the Board’s Responsibilities , Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Transcripts  Transcripts Advising the Board of Directors in an M&A Transaction: an Overview of the Board’s Responsibilities - Advising the Board of Directors in an M&A Transaction: an Overview of the Board’s Responsibilities , Tuesday, January 16, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Advising the Board of Directors in an M&A Transaction: an Overview of the Board’s Responsibilities - Advising the Board of Directors in an M&A Transaction: an Overview of the Board’s Responsibilities , Tuesday, January 16, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Mergers & Acquisitions 2018: Advanced Trends and Developments, Friday, January 19, 2018, New York, NY
Treatise Chapters  Treatise Chapters Investment Management M&A - Insurance and Investment Management M&A Deskbook, Wednesday, February 07, 2018
Investment Management M&A - Investment Adviser Regulation: A Step-by-Step Guide to Compliance and the Law (Third Edition), Friday, June 22, 2018
Investment Management M&A - Mutual Funds and Exchange Traded Funds Regulation (Third Edition), Friday, July 20, 2018
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