William A. Curran
  1. Partner

Mr. Curran is a partner in Davis Polk’s Tax Department. He regularly advises public and private clients on federal income tax aspects of domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and spinoffs. His practice also focuses on cross-border internal group restructurings for multinational corporate groups.

Work Highlights

  • Danaher in the IPO carve-out and spin-off of its dental business, Envista
  • Temenos on its acquisition of Kony, a developer of digital banking applications
  • ECI Telecom in its pending merger with Ribbon Communications
  • GE in the spin-off of GE Transportation and its Reverse Morris Trust transaction with Wabtec
  • Goldman Sachs’ merchant banking division in its acquisition of Boyd Corporation
  • GE in the strategic realignment of GE Capital
  • Aetna on numerous transactions, including its $77 billion acquisition by CVS Health, $7.3 billion acquisition of Coventry Health Care and its acquisitions of Bswift, Prodigy Health Group, Payflex Systems and Medicity and its disposition of Missouri Care
  • Baker Hughes on its combination with GE Oil & Gas
  • Tyson Foods on its acquisition of AdvancePierre Foods
  • Solvay in connection with its acquisition of Cytec, its acquisition of The Chemlogics Group, divestiture of its Eco Services business and the formation of its torrefied biomass joint venture

Professional History

  • Partner, 2017-present
  • Associate, 2009-2017

Practice Focus

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York


  • B.A., Economics/Government, Dartmouth College, 1998
  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 2009
    • magna cum laude