William A. Groll’s practice focuses on public and private merger and acquisition transactions, with a particular focus on cross-border transactions.

He also provides advice regarding governance matters and fiduciary duties of officers and directors to corporations and their boards and advises investment banks as financial advisors in transactions.

Bill joined the firm in 1985, became a partner in 1992 and became senior counsel in 2016. From 2001 to 2006 he was resident in the London office.

Notable Experiences

  • Alkermes in connection with its business combination with Elan Drug Technologies and redomestication into Ireland.

  • Atlantic Tele-Network on its sale of its Alltel regional wireless business to AT&T.

  • Coastal Energy in its acquisition by CEPSA.

  • Danfoss A/S on its going private acquisition of Sauer-Danfoss.

  • DSM N.V. in M&A transactions, including its acquisitions of Kensey Nash, Martek Biosciences, Catalytica and the vitamins business of Roche.

  • Eastbourne in connection with its successful proxy fight for representation on the board of Amylin Pharmaceuticals.

  • Groupe Acticall in its acquisition of SITEL Worldwide.

  • Henkel and its affiliates in M&A transactions, including Henkel’s acquisition of The Bergquist Company, its acquisition of three professional hair care companies controlled by TSG Consumer Partners, its share exchange with Clorox, its acquisitions of the National Starch adhesives and electronics materials businesses of ICI/Akzo Nobel, and of Dial, Loctite and Sovereign and its transactions with, and significant minority investment in, Ecolab.

  • The consortium acquirors of IndyMac Federal Bank (now One West) from the FDIC.

  • Johnson Controls acquisition of Air Distribution Technologies.

  • Lavazza in its minority investment in Green Mountain Coffee Roasters.

  • Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings in its acquisition of Qualicaps from several Carlyle Group limited partnerships.

  • Supermedia on its novel merger with Dex One through simultaneous interdependent pre-packaged bankruptcy plans.

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