Edward J. Lee is a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Ed’s practice focuses on both friendly and hostile mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and complex capital markets transactions. Ed has significant experience in both cross-border and domestic transactions, as well as spin-offs and carve-outs, joint ventures, LBOs, and initial public and other securities offerings. He also frequently advises companies and their boards of directors on takeover defense and shareholder activism situations. He has advised a broad range of public and private clients across many industries, including aerospace, technology and digital, pharmaceutical, automotive, telecom, industrial, media and advertising, energy, private equity, and financial institutions.
Ed has also represented issuers in connection with many securities offerings and other capital raising transactions, totaling over $50 billion.
Ed received a B.S. from Cornell University and a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School.
In each of 2015-2018, Ed has been named a “Rising Star” by Expert Guides in the Corporate / M&A category. IFLR1000 has recognized Ed as an “Elite Dealmaker” and as “highly regarded” within the M&A practice. Law360 has also recognized Ed as one of the country’s top M&A lawyers under 40.
Ed is actively involved in city and national civic and professional organizations. He is a David Rockefeller Fellow, Class of 2017-2018, and a member of the Legal Advisory Group for the Partnership for New York City’s Innovation Council. Ed is also currently a member of the Council of Korean Americans, Co-Chair of the Corporate Law Committee of the Asian American Bar Association of New York, and a member of the Board of Governors of the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York. Ed serves on the Board of Directors of Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology Alumni Association.
Ed lives in Manhattan with his wife, son and daughter.