James C. Woolery

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Practice Areas

  • 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
 
Memberships Inversions: The View from Ireland

Jul 07, 2014

Articles

Bridging the Chasm Between Boards and Shareholders

Oct 09, 2013

Events

SDX Symposium

Nov 14, 2014

A Discussion on Silicon Alley and New York Competitiveness

Jun 13, 2014

Harvard Roundtable on Activist Interventions

Mar 25, 2014

J.P. Morgan's Treasurers Forum

Mar 20, 2014

Newsletter

Quorum

Quorum: March 2014

 
Biography

Jim Woolery serves as Chairman-elect of Cadwalader and Co-Chair of its Corporate Group. 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 Strategy and Business Development 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 $24.9 billion LBO by Michael Dell and Silver Lake, Medco in its $29 billion merger with Express Scripts, Air Products and Chemicals in its $5.8 billion public tender offer and proxy fight for Airgas and AT&T in its $39 billion proposed acquisition of T-Mobile.

Jim is co-founder of, and an advisor to, the SDX Protocol , a 10-point protocol designed to offer guidance on shareholder-director engagement, and a contributing author to Quorum , a Cadwalader newsletter developed specifically for public company directors. He has been widely recognized as one of the country's leading M&A, board and shareholder activism advisors on CNBC and in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Dallas Morning News. His recent op-ed, “Bridging the Chasm Between Boards and Shareholders,” appeared in The Wall Street Journal on October 10, 2013.

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

News & Resources

NEWS

News Releases

The Shareholder-Director Exchange (SDX) Hosts Inaugural Symposium on Shareholder-Director Engagement to Further Advance Growing Governance Movement

Nov 17, 2014

Cadwalader Recognized Among Leading Law Firms in 2015 Edition of IFLR 1000

Oct 21, 2014

Cadwalader Advises Acorda Therapeutics on Merger Agreement to Acquire Civitas Therapeutics

Sep 24, 2014

More Than 40 Cadwalader Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers 2014 New York Metro Edition

Sep 15, 2014

Cadwalader Attorneys, Practices Recognized in 2015 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America

Aug 18, 2014

Cadwalader Advising Salix Pharmaceuticals in its Combination with Cosmo Technologies to Form Salix Pharmaceuticals, plc

Jul 08, 2014

Cadwalader Recognized Among Leading Firms in The Legal 500 US 2014

Jun 27, 2014

Cadwalader's James Woolery and Gregory Markel Recognized in 2013-14 LawDragon 500

Feb 25, 2014

Cadwalader Announces 2014 Management Committee

Jan 15, 2014

Cadwalader Announces Leadership Succession Plan

Jan 09, 2014

Cadwalader Again Recognized Among Legal Leaders by IFLR 1000

Nov 15, 2013

2014 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 44 Cadwalader Attorneys Across a Range of Practices

Oct 22, 2013

Super Lawyers 2013 New York Metro Edition Recognizes More Than 30 Cadwalader Attorneys

Sep 18, 2013

Leading Executive Compensation and Employment Attorney Joins Cadwalader

Jul 17, 2013

Cadwalader Names James Woolery Firm-wide Deputy Chairman and Co-Chair of Corporate Department

Feb 25, 2013

Recent Press

The Lawdragon 500 Lawyer Limelight: James Woolery

Aug 19, 2014

Corporate Acquirers Take Early Aim at Their Target's Investors

Aug 05, 2014

Sotheby's, Third Point battle over poison pill

Apr 17, 2014

Activist Investors Often Leak Their Plans to a Favored Few

Mar 27, 2014

No. 1 Goldman Sees Private Equity Lifting M&A After Blockbusters

Mar 04, 2014

Hedge funds should not be the only activist investors

Feb 26, 2014

Unlikely Allies Seek to Check Power of Activist Hedge Funds

Feb 02, 2014

Cadwalader Picks Woolery As Next Chairman

Jan 09, 2014

Prominent Deal Lawyer Jim Woolery to be Cadwalder's Chairman

Jan 09, 2014

M&A Mystery: Why Are Takeover Prices Plummeting?

Nov 25, 2013

A JPMorgan Deal Maker Is Returning to the Law

Feb 24, 2013

J.P. Morgan Deal Maker Joins Law Firm

Feb 24, 2013

Recognition

Cadwalader Recognized Among Leading Law Firms in 2015 Edition of IFLR 1000

Oct 21, 2014

More Than 40 Cadwalader Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers 2014 New York Metro Edition

Sep 15, 2014

Cadwalader Attorneys, Practices Recognized in 2015 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America

Aug 18, 2014

Cadwalader Recognized Among Leading Firms in The Legal 500 US 2014

Jun 27, 2014

Cadwalader's James Woolery and Gregory Markel Recognized in 2013-14 LawDragon 500

Feb 25, 2014

Cadwalader Again Recognized Among Legal Leaders by IFLR 1000

Nov 15, 2013

2014 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 44 Cadwalader Attorneys Across a Range of Practices

Oct 22, 2013

RESOURCES

Clients & Friends Memos

M&A Update Inversions: The View from Ireland

Jul 07, 2014

Articles

Bridging the Chasm Between Boards and Shareholders

Oct 09, 2013

Events

SDX Symposium

Nov 14, 2014

A Discussion on Silicon Alley and New York Competitiveness

Jun 13, 2014

Harvard Roundtable on Activist Interventions

Mar 25, 2014

J.P. Morgan's Treasurers Forum

Mar 20, 2014

Newsletter

Quorum

Quorum: March 2014 V2N1

Mar 26, 2014

Videos

Jim Woolery Discusses Corporate Inversions and the M&A Surge on CNBC

Sep 03, 2014

Experience

Jim's notable transactions include representing:

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

•Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. in its pending acquisition of Civitas Therapeutics, Inc.
•Medco in its $29 billion merger with Express Scripts
•Elan in its $8.6 billion acquisition by Perrigo
•Elan in its successful defense of a $8 billion hostile tender offer by Royalty Pharma
•Salix Pharmaceuticals in its terminated combination with Cosmo Technologies, a subsidiary of Cosmo Pharmaceuticals, to form Salix Pharmaceuticals, plc
•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
•Crown Castle in its $5.8 billion merger with Global Signal
•CBS in its $2.6 billion acquisition of American Radio Systems
•PricewaterhouseCoopers in the $3.5 billion sale of its consulting business to IBM
•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...
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