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William L. Taylor

Represents clients in all aspects of M&A. Named a “Financial Services Dealmaker of the Year” by The Deal in 2020.

Bill represents clients in all aspects of M&A, including public and private transactions, cross-border transactions, private equity transactions, joint ventures, restructurings, bankruptcy-related M&A transactions, corporate governance matters and shareholder activist situations.

He was named a “Financial Services Dealmaker of the Year” by The Deal in 2020.

Experience highlights

  • Charles Schwab on its $26 billion acquisition of TD Ameritrade and its $1.8 billion acquisition of brokerage and managed portfolio accounts and other assets of USAA’s Investment Management Company
  • General Electric in connection with the $11.1 billion combination of GE Transportation and Wabtec
  • Murphy USA on its $645 million acquisition of QuickChek
  • Contura Energy on its merger with Alpha Natural Resources
  • TIAA in its $2.5 billion acquisition of EverBank
  • Santander Financial Services in the sale of Island Finance to J.C. Flowers
  • Strategic Growth Bank and Strategic Growth Bancorp in their merger with Sunflower Financial
  • Various lenders in connection with M&A, governance and related aspects of the following bankruptcies:
    • Murray Energy
    • California Resources
    • FTS International
    • GenOn
    • Alpha Natural Resources
    • Harvey Gulf International Marine
  • Deltic Timber in its merger with Potlatch
  • C1 Financial in its $402.5 million acquisition by Bank of the Ozarks
  • JPMorgan Chase in the sale of a $1.3 billion portfolio of Global Special Opportunities Group assets to Sankaty Advisors
  • Sterling Financial in its $2 billion merger with Umpqua Holdings Corporation
  • The special committee of the board of directors of SWS Group in connection with the sale of SWS Group to Hilltop Holdings
  • ABN AMRO in its $21 billion sale of LaSalle Bank
  • Federal Reserve Bank of New York on the U.S. Treasury’s $250 billion bank capital purchase program
  • Strategic Growth Bancorp in its acquisition of Mile High Banks from Big Sandy Holding Co. under section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code and its acquisition of New Mexico Banquest Corporation
  • Comcast in its:
    • $72 billion acquisition of AT&T Broadband
    • Acquisitions of: cable television operations of Adelphia out of bankruptcy, a controlling interest in E! Entertainment Television (through a joint venture with Disney) and the U.S. cable television operations of Maclean Hunter (through a joint venture with CalPERS)
  • Murphy Oil Corporation in its:
    • Spinoff of Murphy USA
    • Sale of its Meraux refinery to Valero and its Superior refinery to Calumet
  • Commonwealth Telephone Enterprises in its:
    • Sale to Citizens Communications
    • Spinoff of RCN and Cable Michigan
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The Deal – “Financial Services Dealmaker of the Year,” 2020
J.D., Yale Law School
  • Notes Editor, Yale Law Journal
B.S., University of Kentucky
Law Clerk, Hon. William H. Rehnquist, Supreme Court of the United States, 1987-1988
Law Clerk, Hon. John Minor Wisdom, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1986-1987
Professional history
  • Partner, 1995-present
  • Associate, 1989-1995
  • London office, 1990-1992
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