William P. Mills, III

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  • Corporate
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Private Equity
  • Distressed Investing and Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Health Care
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
Contact InfoTelephone: 212 504 6436
Fax: 212 504 6666
University Georgetown University, A.B., cum laude, 1988
Law SchoolFordham University, School of Law, J.D., 1991
Admitted1991, Connecticut; 1992, New York; U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
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Mar 26, 2014


Cadwalader is a Leading Advisor to Corporations and Financial Institutions

Sep 18, 2013


William Mills concentrates his practice in the area of corporate law, with emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, securities law, corporate finance and corporate governance. Bill represents clients in a wide range of complex transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, public and private securities offerings, proxy contests, spin-offs, restructurings, leveraged buyouts, tender offers, exchange offers, and joint ventures. He also represents investment banks as financial advisers on M&A and other transactions. Bill advises listed public companies in the areas of corporate governance, crisis management, executive compensation, contractual negotiations, and general regulatory compliance.

He received his A.B., cum laude, from Georgetown University and his J.D. from Fordham Law School where he was Notes and Comments Editor of the International Law Journal.


Forbes Media LLC on its pending sale of a majority stake to a group of international investors as part of the Company's global growth strategy.

Towers Watson's acquisition of Extend Health

AngioDynamics' acquisitions of Navilyst Medical, Microsulis Medical, Vortex Medical and Clinical Data

Elan Corporation's $3.25 billion sale of Tysabri rights to Biogen Idec

U.S. Treasury's $250 billion TARP Capital Purchase Program

Pfizer Inc.'s sale of its Capsugel business to KKR

DPL Inc.'s merger with AES Corp.

Pfizer Inc.'s acquisition of King Pharmaceuticals

Bear Stearns Companies Inc. acquisition by JPMorgan Chase

Pfizer Inc.'s acquisition of Wyeth

Trian Fund Management in the sale of Wendy's International to Triarc Companies

Pfizer Inc.'s $16 billion sale of its consumer health care division to Johnson & Johnson

Xstrata Plc's sale of its Noranda aluminum division to Apollo Management

Trian Partners' successful proxy contest with H.J. Heinz Company

StorageTek's merger with Sun Microsystems

Pfizer Inc.'s acquisitions of Vicuron Pharmaceuticals and Embrex Inc.

Celanese's sale of its polyvinyl alcohol business to Sekisui Chemical

RGIS Holdings' sale to the Blackstone Group

Republic Bancorp Inc.'s merger with Citizens Banking Corporation

Pfizer Inc.'s acquisition of Warner-Lambert

U S WEST's merger with Qwest Communications

MediaOne's merger with AT&T

Dayton Power & Light's $850 million sale of its private equity portfolio

Six Flags Inc.'s joint venture to acquire Dick Clark Productions Inc.

Credit Suisse's acquisitions of Select Portfolio Servicing and Lime Financial

Del Laboratories' sale to Kelso & Company

Dianon Systems' sale to Laboratory Corporation of America

Bear Stearns' acquisition of United Companies Financial Corp.

Toys R Us, Inc.'s joint venture with Softbank Capital Partners

Bally Total Fitness' acquisition of Crunch Fitness International

Dianon Systems' acquisition of UroCor, Inc.

Moore Medical Corp.'s acquisition by McKesson Corporation

Six Flags Inc.'s sale of theme parks to Parc 7F- Operations and CNL Income Properties

ShopRite Supermarkets' acquisition of Big V Supermarkets

Toysrus.com's joint venture with Amazon.com

As counsel to financial advisors:

Dell Inc.'s $24 billion going private transaction with Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners

Par Pharmaceutical's $1.9 billion sale to TPG

Cytec's sale of its coating resins business to Advent International

CVS's $27 billion merger with Caremark

Cedar Fair's acquisition of Paramount Parks

The Walt Disney Company's acquisition of Pixar

Sotheby's Holdings Inc.'s recapitalization transaction with A. Alfred Taubman

Google Inc.'s investment and strategic alliance with America Online, Inc.

Harrahs Entertainment's acquisition of Rio Hotel & Casino, Inc.

Symbion's acquisition by Crestview Partners

Carreker's acquisition by Checkfree Corporation

Shire plc's acquisition of New River Pharmaceuticals

Primedex Health Systems merger with Radiologix, Inc.

ADVO Inc.'s merger with Valassis Communications

Caxton-Iseman Capital, Inc.'s acquisition of Valley National Gases Incorporated

St. Jude Medical, Inc.'s acquisition of Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc.

Securities offerings by:

Pfizer Inc.

Elan Corporation

The Bear Stearns Companies Inc.

The Dayton Power & Light Company

Northwest Airline Corporation

Cosi, Inc.

Scientific Games Corporation


News Releases

Cadwalader Advises Forbes Media LLC on Majority Stake Sale to International Investors

Jul 18, 2014

Cadwalader Recognized Among Leading Firms in The Legal 500 US 2014

Jun 27, 2014

Cadwalader Again Recognized Among Legal Leaders by IFLR 1000

Nov 15, 2013

Cadwalader Recognized in 2013 Edition of The Legal 500 US

Oct 25, 2013

IFLR 1000 Again Names Cadwalader a Leader in Core Transactional Areas of Practice

Nov 06, 2012

The Legal 500 Recognizes More than 15 Cadwalader Practices and 47 of the Firm's Lawyers Across U.S. Offices

Jun 06, 2012

Cadwalader Advises on Transaction Shortlisted for M&A Advisor Magnus Award for Deal of the Year

Nov 16, 2011

IFLR 1000 Again Names Cadwalader a Leader in Core Transactional Areas of Practice

Oct 19, 2011

Cadwalader Named to Winner's Circle at M&A Atlas Awards

Feb 24, 2010

Cadwalader Transaction Named IDD Deal of the Year

Feb 12, 2010

Recent Press

Cadwalader, Simpson Thacher, White & Case on $2.38B KKR-Pfizer Deal

Apr 04, 2011

Cadwalader, Covington Handle Pfizer's King Pharmaceuticals Buy

Oct 12, 2010

New Deals - Lawyers on Major Transactions

Jan 29, 2009

A Long Weekend for Cadwalader, Simpson and Wachtell

Jan 26, 2009


Cadwalader Recognized Among Leading Firms in The Legal 500 US 2014

Jun 27, 2014

Cadwalader Again Recognized Among Legal Leaders by IFLR 1000

Nov 15, 2013

Cadwalader Recognized in 2013 Edition of The Legal 500 US

Oct 25, 2013

International Financial Law Review's 2013 IFLR 1000

Nov 06, 2012

2012 Legal 500 US

Jun 06, 2012


Clients & Friends Memos

M&A Update: Delaware Court Upholds Sotheby's Poison Pill Defense Against Activist Citing Negative Control as a Corporate Threat

May 05, 2014

M&A Update: Chancery Court Provides Another Lesson for a Reasonable Sale Process

Apr 30, 2014

M&A Update: Ohio Federal Judge Blocks Controlling Stockholder's Tender Offer Based On Target Board's Conflicts and Stockholder Coercion

Apr 17, 2014

M&A Update: Delaware Court's Orchard Enterprises Decision Provides Key Insights For Special Committees In Controlling Stockholder Transactions

Mar 19, 2014

M&A Update: Delaware Supreme Court Upholds Business Judgment Rule Review for Certain Controlling Stockholder Transactions with Dual Minority Protections

Mar 17, 2014

M&A Update: The Gatekeepers: Delaware Court Holds Conflicted Financial Advisor Liable for Aiding and Abetting Breach of Fiduciary Duty

Mar 13, 2014

M&A Update: Delaware Court Allows Claims for Breach of Implied Good Faith Covenant in Earn-Out Case

Feb 19, 2014

M&A Update: Highlights from 2013 and Implications for 2014

Jan 17, 2014

Chancery Court Takes Firm Stance on Seller's Pre-Closing Privileged Communication

Nov 22, 2013

Delaware Court Confirms High Bar To Escape Deal

Nov 14, 2013

Recent Amendments to Rule 14a-8 and the Implications for the 2012 Proxy Season

Sep 28, 2011


Financial Advisor Conflicts of Interest

Jun 05, 2014

Tulane Corporate Law Institute

Mar 27, 2014



Quorum: March 2014


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M&A Update: Chancery Court Orders Financial Advisor to Pay Millions in Damages For Aiding and Abetting Breach of Fiduciary Duty
Gregory A. Markel,William P. Mills,Martin L. Seidel, October 22, 2014
On October 10, 2014, Vice Chancellor Travis Laster ruled that RBC Capital was liable to the former stockholders of Rural/Metro Corporation for $75.8 million - representing 83% of the total damages - for aiding and abetting breaches of the duty of care by Rural/Metro’s board in connection with...

M&A Update: Delaware Court Upholds Sotheby’s Poison Pill Defense Against Activist Citing “Negative Control” as a Corporate Threat
Jason M. Halper,Gregory A. Markel,Braden McCurrach,William P. Mills,Martin L. Seidel, May 7, 2014
In a May 2, 2014 ruling relating to activist hedge fund Third Point LLC’s proxy battle with auction house Sotheby’s, the Delaware Chancery Court found that Third Point was not likely to succeed in its argument that the Sotheby’s board violated its fiduciary duties when it adopted...

Chancery Court Provides Another Lesson for a Reasonable Sale Process
Jason M. Halper,William P. Mills,Martin L. Seidel, May 2, 2014
In a recent decision, Chen v. Howard-Anderson, the Delaware Chancery Court once again questioned the reasonableness of how a board conducted the sale of a company when it permitted stockholder claims to go to trial. The decision provides yet another reminder—if one is needed—that boards...

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