William J. Chudd
  1. Partner

Mr. Chudd is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department and a member of the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity Groups. He is also the co-head of the firm’s Private Equity Group. His diverse and broad-based practice encompasses mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, joint ventures, collaborations and other corporate partnering transactions, restructurings, spinoffs, and takeover and corporate governance matters. He regularly represents private equity firms and their portfolio companies in all aspects of their businesses, including acquisitions and dispositions of public and private companies, recapitalizations, minority investments, co-investment arrangements, and formation of private equity funds.

Mr. Chudd also has extensive experience advising multinational corporations on their most critical business initiatives and transactions, including both domestic and cross-border M&A transactions. He has handled matters across many industries, with experience in energy, healthcare, asset management, consumer products, defense, financial services, logistics/transportation services, technology, retail, media and business services sectors.

Work Highlights

Private Equity

  • Atairos in a number of transactions, including its investments in Bowlero Corporation, Groupon, a series of transactions involving Learfield IMG College and Spectra
  • Cornell Capital in a number of transactions, including MRC Global, Monolith Materials and the combination of Instant Brands and Corelle Brands
  • Tailwind Capital Partners in a number of transactions, including AmeriFleet, Apex Companies, AST, Banner Solutions, Colony Hardware, Cumming Group, Invatron, Lieberman Research Worldwide, MetroGistics, RANDYS Worldwide Automotive, Smith Cooper/Anvil and Stratix Corporation

Public Company Transactions; Take Private Transactions

  • Shire on its £46 billion acquisition by Takeda, and its previously proposed $54 billion acquisition by AbbVie
  • Shire on its $5.2 billion acquisition of NPS Pharma and $4.2 billion acquisition of ViroPharma
  • ExxonMobil in its $2.5 billion acquisition of InterOil and its $41 billion acquisition of XTO Energy
  • Comcast in its proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable
  • MSCI in its acquisition of RiskMetrics
  • Maidenform in its acquisition by Hanesbrands
  • Roche in its going-private acquisition of Genentech
  • VF Corporation in its acquisition of The Timberland Company
  • AstraZeneca in its acquisition of MedImmune

Healthcare and Life Sciences

  • Takeda on its disposition of its Xiidra® product for $3.4 billion upfront and an additional $1.9 billion in milestones
  • Shire on its:
    • £46 billion acquisition by Takeda
    • $2.4 billion sale of its Oncology business to Servier
    • $5.2 billion acquisition of NPS Pharma
    • $54 billion proposed acquisition by AbbVie
    • $4.2 billion acquisition of ViroPharma
    • Acquisitions of Foresight Biotherapeutics, Bikam Pharmaceuticals, Lumena Pharmaceuticals, SARcode Bioscience, Lotus Tissue Repair, FerroKin BioSciences and New River Pharmaceuticals
  • Roche in its going-private acquisition of Genentech
  • AstraZeneca in its acquisition of MedImmune
  • Warner Chilcott on a global collaboration agreement with Sanofi-Aventis

Industrials and Energy

  • ExxonMobil on a number of transactions and matters, including its acquisitions of InterOil and XTO Energy
  • Cornell Capital in its investments in MRC Global and Monolith Materials
  • Tailwind Capital in its investments in AmeriFleet, MetroGistics and Smith Cooper/Anvil

Financial Services; Insurance; Investment Advice

  • MSCI in its acquisitions of Insignis, IPD Group and RiskMetrics, and its disposition of Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS)
  • Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the U.S. Treasury in connection with the recapitalization of American International Group (AIG)
  • PartnerRe in its acquisition of ParisRe

Technology, Media, and Telecommunications

  • Comcast in its proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable and related transactions with Charter Communications
  • Comcast in its investments in Clearwire Communication
  • Comcast in its commercial agreements with Verizon Wireless
  • Tailwind Capital in its investment in LRW 

Consumer and Retail

  • Maidenform in its acquisition by Hanesbrands
  • VF Corporation in its acquisition of The Timberland Company

Defense

  • Lockheed Martin in its acquisition of Sikorsky Aircraft

Joint Ventures, Collaborations and Similar Arrangements

  • Comcast in its investments in Clearwire Communication, along with Google, Intel, and Time Warner Cable
  • Atairos in the combination of Learfield and IMG College
  • Comcast in its commercial agreements with Verizon Wireless
  • Warner Chilcott on a global collaboration agreement with Sanofi-Aventis

Recognition

  • Law360 – “Rising Star" in M&A, 2014 and 2016

  • Chambers USA – Corporate/M&A, 2017-2020
  • Chambers USA – "Up and Coming Individual," 2016
  • IFLR1000 – "Rising Star" in M&A, 2020

Professional History

  • Partner, 2011-present
  • Associate, 2002-2011

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York

Education

  • B.S., Cornell University, 1999
  • J.D., Cornell Law School, 2002
    • magna cum laude