Practice Areas & Industries: Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP


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The team is "exceptional in its proactiveness, commercial skills and general ability to get down and do deals" - Chambers USA

Cadwalader's Corporate Department is comprised of teams of lawyers with wide ranging expertise in all forms of complex corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and securities, private equity, and all forms of debt and equity finance, as well as in related disciplines critical to successfully consummating such transactions. Our clients are a veritable "who's who" of corporations and financial institutions, including: domestic and international public and private companies ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to mature multinational corporations operating in virtually every industry and service sector; and significant financial institutions, including commercial and investment banks, brokerage houses, insurance companies, pension funds and venture capital funds.

The firm is widely respected for our ability to structure and coordinate all aspects of complex deals and to collaborate closely with colleagues in legal areas such as antitrust, environmental, employee benefits, insolvency, litigation, real estate and tax. In addition, we are proficient at coordinating and guiding other professionals, such as accounting, actuarial, and investment banking firms, to complete transactions in the most efficient, effective manner.


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Bear Stearns & Co., Quaker Oats Company, Pfizer Inc., Merrill Lynch, CBS, U S WEST (now part of Qwest Communications International), General Electric, General Motors, MediaOne Group (now part of AT&T), Toys "R" Us, U.S. Industries, J. C. Penney, Park Place Entertainment

Articles Authored by Lawyers at this office:

Alibaba Structure Forces Hong Kong Stock Exchange to Assess its Position on Corporate Governance
Joseph P. C. Lee,David E. Neuville, November 07, 2013
Alibaba Group, the holding company for a group of People’s Republic of China-based Internet e-commerce companies with sales that exceed those of eBay and Amazon combined, has announced plans to make an initial public offering of its shares and to list those shares in, most likely, Hong Kong...

“Say on Pay” Turns Three-And Directors Should Not Fear Arbitrary Rejections
Shane J. Stroud, October 14, 2013
“Say on Pay,” the advisory shareholder votes on public company executive compensation mandated by the Dodd- Frank Act, turned three earlier this year. The verdict thus far: these shareholder votes, while not officially binding on public companies or their directors, have served to bring...

Boards Should Minimize the Role of Proxy Advisors
Louis J. Bevilacqua, October 14, 2013
The boards of public companies are increasingly being assessed by a hoard of short-term focused “activist” investors and an increasingly third-party-advised stockholder base that relies heavily on proxy advisory firms to make important voting decisions for them. It is estimated that...

Directors Must Act Now on Cybersecurity
Keith M. Gerver,Kenneth L. Wainstein, October 14, 2013
In a 2012 Corporate Board Member/FTI Consulting survey, 48 percent of public company directors and 55 percent of corporate general counsels rated data security as their number one concern. According to the Department of Homeland Security, 85 percent of U.S. critical infrastructure is privately...

The Challenge for Boards
James C. Woolery, October 14, 2013
Public company boards have experienced real turbulence for the better part of five years. Some of this turbulence is the product of internal dynamics - the need to improve liquidity, strengthen balance sheets and cut costs. Some is the product of external factors - volatile capital markets and...