William L. Taylor
  1. Partner

Mr. Taylor is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, practicing in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group. He represents clients in all aspects of M&A, including public and private transactions, cross-border transactions, private equity transactions, joint ventures, restructurings, corporate governance matters and shareholder activist situations.

Work Highlights

  • Charles Schwab in its $26 billion acquisition of TD Ameritrade 
  • General Electric in connection with the $11.1 billion combination of GE Transportation and Wabtec
  • Contura Energy on its merger with Alpha Natural Resources and sale of Powder River Basin Assets
  • 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 its merger with Sunflower Financial, the parent company of Sunflower Bank and Logia Portfolio Management
  • Deltic Timber in its merger with Potlatch
  • C1 Financial in its $402.5 million all-stock 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
  • Cogent Partners in its acquisition by Greenhill & Co.
  • 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
  • Capital Z Partners as an investor in the $175 million recapitalization of Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin Inc.
  • Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. in its $500 million sale of its Puerto Rican operations to Oriental Financial Group Inc.
  • 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
  • Citibank as administrative agent for the first lien lenders in connection with the acquisition of the majority of the operating assets of Alpha Natural Resources by Contura Energy, an entity created to facilitate the credit bid of the first lien lenders for those assets as part of the bankruptcy restructuring of Alpha
  • Patriot Coal and its affiliates in connection with their Chapter 11 cases
  • Patriot Coal in its $700 million acquisition of Magnum Coal
  • 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)
  • Westport Capital Partners in its investment in Community & Southern in connection with the acquisition of failed banks from the FDIC
  • Cadence Financial Corporation’s board of directors in its sale to Community Bancorp
  • NTL Incorporated in its combination with Telewest
  • Murphy Oil Corporation’s in its:
    • Spinoff of Murphy USA
    • Sale of its Meraux refinery to Valero and its Superior refinery to Calumet
  • Metalmark Capital in its investment in Maxum Petroleum
  • Commonwealth Telephone Enterprises in its:
    • Sale to Citizens Communications
    • Spinoff of RCN and Cable Michigan
  • Comcast in the restructuring of its interests in Time Warner Entertainment and Time Warner Cable
  • RCN in its sale of $1.65 billion of preferred stock to Paul Allen’s Vulcan Ventures


  • The Deal – “Financial Services Dealmaker of the Year,” 2020

Of Note

  • Co-Author, “Foreign Bank Acquisitions of U.S. Banks and Thrifts” (Chapter 7), Regulation of Foreign Banks and Affiliates in the United States (8th ed.)

Professional History

  • Partner, 1995-present
  • Associate, 1989-1995
  • London office, 1990-1992
  • 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

Practice Focus

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York


  • B.S., University of Kentucky, 1983
  • J.D., Yale Law School, 1986
    • Notes Editor, Yale Law Journal