Louis J. Bevilacqua

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  • Corporate
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Distressed Investing and Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Insurance Products
  • Insurance and Reinsurance
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
University College of the Holy Cross, B.A., 1970; New York University, M.B.A., Finance, 1977
Law SchoolFordham University, School of Law, J.D., 1977
Admitted1978, New York

Louis Bevilacqua is the Co-Chair of the Corporate Group and the head of the Mergers & Acquisitions and Securities practice. He concentrates his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance transactions, and securities law. He represents clients in tender offers, mergers, leveraged buyouts, proxy contests, joint ventures, exchange offers and public and private offerings of debt and equity securities. He has represented many of the Firm's clients in their largest and most complex mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance transactions.

Lou regularly advises the Firm's corporate and investment banking clients on securities and corporate law issues and has completed in excess of $20 billion of worldwide financing for these clients in each of the last couple of years. He has extensive expertise representing financial advisors in complex transactions. Much of his practice involves international transactions, including acquisitions and securities matters. In addition, Lou regularly provides legal advice for a number of public and private companies in a variety of areas, including contractual negotiation, financial structuring, corporate governance, and other general legal matters. He has also served as special counsel to independent directors committees in complex mergers and contested going-private transactions and leveraged buyouts.

Lou is consistently listed in Chambers USA as one of the top M&A lawyers in the country, and included in Legal 500 and Best Lawyers in America. He is also a member of the Board of the Institute for Law and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Wharton Business School.

Lou is a frequent lecturer in the area of M&A transactions and domestic and international corporate and securities law, and has published a number of articles, including, most recently "Outbound China M&A and Investment - US," China Outbound Investment Guide, 2010; "Rethinking Non-GAAP Financial Measures," Law360, March 2010; "The New SEC Disclosure Rules," The Corporate Board, May 1, 2004, and "Disclosure under Sarbanes-Oxley: An Assessment and a Look Forward," Directorship, December 1, 2003.

A graduate of Holy Cross College, where he earned his B.A., Lou received his M.B.A. in Finance at New York University and his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.

Prior to joining Cadwalader as a partner, Lou was a partner at Sage Gray Todd & Sims in New York. He is admitted to practice in the State of New York and is a member of the New York County Lawyers Association and the American Bar Association.


• LyondellBasell on corporate securities and governance issues in connection with its reorganization

• Lehman Re in restructuring its investment in the Molasses Reef Resort Project

• The U.S. Department of Treasury in advice relating to the governance and structuring of General Motors

• Oji Paper on several acquisitions and joint ventures

• Pfizer's acquisition of Warner-Lambert

• Pfizer's acquisition of Pharmacia Corporation

• Skandia Insurance Company Ltd.'s sale of American Skandia Inc. to Prudential Financial

• Pfizer's sale of its confectionery unit to Cadbury Schweppes

• Pfizer's sale of Schick-Wilkinson Sword to Energizer Holdings, Inc.

• American Home Mortgage Holdings, Inc.'s acquisition of Apex Mortgage Company

• SS&C Technologies, Inc.'s going-private transaction with the Carlyle Group

• Group 1 Software's sale to Pitney Bowes


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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...

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New YorkNY 10281-0006


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