Bob Profusek is an advisor to substantial businesses, focusing on M&A, including takeovers and buyouts; restructurings; and corporate governance matters, including executive compensation. He chairs the Firm's global M&A Practice.
Recent representative M&A transactions include Sherwin-Williams acquisition of Valspar ($11.3 billion); Newell Rubbermaid's acquisition of Jarden ($15.4 billion); Procter & Gamble's sales of its beauty ($12.5 billion), pet foods ($2.9 billion), Pringles snacks ($2.7 billion), Folgers ($3.3 billion), and Duracell ($2.9 billion) businesses; Potash's successful defense against BHP's unsolicited tender offer ($43.1 billion); and the Continental-United Airlines merger of equals ($8.5 billion). Prior transactions include Nextel's merger of equals with Sprint ($46.5 billion); Ernst & Young's divestiture of its consulting business through merger with Cap Gemini ($11.7 billion); and numerous transactions for WL Ross & Co., including the acquisition, IPO, and sale of International Coal Group ($3.4 billion); the merger of International Steel Group and Mittal Steel ($4.1 billion); and its build-ups in automotive components, textiles, mortgage servicing, and shipping.
Other companies with which Bob has worked on substantial matters include Abbott, American Greetings, Macy's, and Wasserstein & Co.
Bob is lead independent director of two NYSE-listed companies. He also is a frequent speaker regarding corporate takeovers and corporate governance, has authored numerous articles, has testified before Congress and the SEC about takeover and compensation-related matters, and is a regular guest commentator on CNBC, CNN, Fox, and Bloomberg TV.
Procter & Gamble sells its beauty brands to Coty for $12.5 billion
Sherwin-Williams to acquire Valspar for $11.3 billion
Continental Airlines and United merge in $8.5 billion all-stock merger of equals
Honors & Distinctions
The American Lawyer Dealmaker of the Year (2005) and Dealmaker of the Week (four times)
Chambers USA (2004-2015), Legal 500 US (2007-2015), Chambers Global, PLC Which lawyer?, Best Lawyers in America, and New York Super Lawyers
BTI Consulting Group Client Service All-Star (2013)
M&A Advisor Hall of Fame Award (2015)
Ranked #1 on United States Lawyer Rankings' list of Top 10 M&A Lawyers (2015)