James C. Woolery

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  • Corporate
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
University Wake Forest University, B.A., cum laude, 1991
Law SchoolUniversity of Kentucky College of Law, J.D., 1994
Admitted1995, New York

Jim Woolery serves as Chairman-elect of Cadwalader, Co-Chair of its Corporate Department and head of its Business Development Group. Jim is widely recognized as one of the country's leading M&A and board advisors. His practice focuses on advising public companies, boards of directors and special committees in connection with mergers and acquisitions, activist defense, proxy contests and corporate governance matters.

Jim joined the firm from J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., where he was Co-Head of Mergers & Acquisitions for North America. Prior to his time at J.P. Morgan, Jim was a Partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, where he established and led the firm's Business Development and Strategy Group.

Jim has broad experience spanning numerous industries, having advised on some of the most significant transactions in recent years, including the special committee of Dell in connection with the LBO by Michael Dell and Silver Lake, AT&T in its proposed acquisition of T-Mobile and Medco in its merger with Express Scripts.

Cited as a leading M&A advisor on CNBC and in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and the Dallas Morning News, Jim's recent article "Bridging the Chasm Between Boards and Shareholders" appeared as an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal on October 10, 2013. He is a co-founder of and an advisor to the SDX Protocol, a new approach to shareholder-director engagement; and a contributing author to Quorum, a Cadwalader newsletter developed specifically for directors of publicly traded corporations.

Jim earned his J.D. from the University of Kentucky and his B.A. from Wake Forest University.


Jim's representations include:

Energy, Oil and Gas

· The special committee of TXU in the $45 billion buyout by KKR and TPG, the largest LBO in history

· Massey Energy in its $7.1 billion acquisition by Alpha Natural Coal

· Ashland in the $3.7 billion transfer of its 38% interest in its maleic anhydride business and 61 Valvoline Instant Oil Change centers to Marathon Oil

Financial Institutions

· The Board of Directors of National City in the $5.6 billion acquisition by PNC

· UNUM in its $5 billion merger with Provident

· Sumitomo and the Bishop Estate in the IPO of Goldman Sachs

General Industrials

· Air Products and Chemicals in its agreement with Pershing Square Capital Management following the 9.8% investment position taken by Bill Ackman

· Air Products and Chemicals in its $5.8 billion public tender offer and proxy fight for Airgas

· CNH Global in its $5.1 billion acquisition by Fiat Industrial

Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals

· Medco in its $29 billion merger with Express Scripts

· Par Pharmaceuticals in its $1.9 billion acquisition by TPG

· Universal Health in its $3.1 billion acquisition of Psychiatric Solutions

· Manor Care in its $6.1 billion LBO by The Carlyle Group

· United Health in its acquisition of XL Health

· King Pharmaceuticals in its acquisition of Elan's primary care business

Retail and Consumer

· Clorox's successful defense against Carl Icahn

· Coty in its proposed $10 billion acquisition of Avon

· Warnaco in its $2.9 billion acquisition by PVH

· The special committee of J. Crew in the $3 billion LBO by TPG and Leonard Green

· Michaels Stores in its $6 billion LBO by Bain and Blackstone

· The Container Store in its LBO by Leonard Green & Partners

Technology, Media and Telecommunications

· The special committee of Dell in connection with the $24.9 billion LBO by Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners and competing bid by Carl Icahn

· Affiliated Computer Services in its $6.4 billion acquisition by Xerox

· AT&T in its proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile from Deutsche Telekom

· JDA Software in its $1.9 billion acquisition by RedPrairie

· CBS in its $70 billion merger with Viacom

· IBM in the sale of its PC business to Lenovo, the first U.S. / China public company deal in history

· CBS in its $2.6 billion acquisition of American Radio Systems

· PricewaterhouseCoopers in the $3.5 billion sale of its consulting business to IBM

· Crown Castle in its $5.8 billion merger with Global Signal

· IBM in its $1 billion acquisition of the relational database management systems business from Informix

· IBM in its acquisition of Unison Software


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M&A Update | Inversions: The View from Ireland
Christopher T. Cox,Paul Dunbar,Linda Z. Swartz,James C. Woolery, July 15, 2014
On June 25, 2014, Ireland’s Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan, among others, met with Cadwalader Chairman-elect and Corporate Group Co-Chair James C. Woolery in Dublin regarding foreign direct investment in Ireland and, specifically, the recent...

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...
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