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William M. Lafferty

William M. Lafferty

Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP

Wilmington, DE, USA


William M. Lafferty is a partner in the Wilmington, Delaware law firm of Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP.  He practices corporate and complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on cases involving mergers and acquisitions, proxy contests and consent solicitations, and shareholder class and derivative actions.  Bill also advises corporate clients and boards of directors with respect to litigation and transactional matters, including representing special negotiating committees, special litigation committees, and demand review committees.  Bill has acted as lead or co-lead counsel in numerous significant litigations involving Delaware corporate law issues during the past 25 years, including for companies such as Tory Burch LLC, eBay, Inc., Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., Google Inc., Facebook, Inc., Caremark, Inc., Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., ConAgra Foods, Inc., Regal Entertainment Group, GlaxoSmithKline PLC, Netflix, Inc., and United Technologies Corporation.  He also has represented many private equity firms in litigations in Delaware arising from M&A transactions, including Texas Pacific Group, Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts, Apollo, Bain Capital, Francisco Partners, Golden Gate, Insight Venture Partners, Vista, and Sun Capital Partners, Inc.

Bill has been appointed by the judges on the Court of Chancery to several roles, including his current service as Chair of the Court of Chancery Rules Committee, and previous service as a Special Master in the Court of Chancery.  By appointment of the Delaware Supreme Court, Bill currently serves on the Supreme Court Rules Committee, and previously served two terms on the Delaware Board of Bar Examiners and chaired the Delaware Commission on Continuing Legal Education.  Bill is a Fellow to the American College of Trial Lawyers and serves as member of the Advisory Board for the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance, Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics, University of Delaware.  He has published a number of articles and contributed chapters on appraisal rights and inspection of corporate/partnership books and records to a major corporate law treatise.  He is also a regular presenter before business and professional audiences on Delaware corporate law, and has been a guest instructor at M&A law classes at the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University, New York University, Harvard University, Columbia University and The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University.

Bill has been recognized as a leading Delaware litigator by a number of publications, including LawDragon’s 500 Leading Lawyers in America, Benchmark Litigation, Chambers USA: Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers, and Super Lawyers – Delaware, U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers.  Bill received a B.S. from the University of Delaware in 1985 and a J.D. from The Dickinson School of Law in 1989.  He served as a law clerk to The Honorable Maurice A. Hartnett, III of the Delaware Court of Chancery (1989-90).

William M. Lafferty is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Recent Developments in Delaware Law - Delaware Law Developments 2017: What All Business Lawyers Need to Know, Monday, July 24, 2017
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Corporate & Alternative Entities Companion 2017–2018 - Delaware Law Developments 2017: What All Business Lawyers Need to Know, Monday, July 24, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Recent Developments in Delaware Law - Recent Developments in Delaware Law, Monday, July 24, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts Recent Developments in Delaware Law - Recent Developments in Delaware Law, Monday, July 24, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Recent Developments in Delaware Law - Recent Developments in Delaware Law, Monday, July 24, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Delaware Law Developments 2017: What All Business Lawyers Need to Know, Thursday, August 03, 2017, New York, NY
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