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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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R Alec Dawson

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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R. Alec Dawson is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Business and Finance Practice. His practice focuses on U.S. and cross-border transactional matters, including structuring and negotiating M&A and joint venture transactions for strategic and financial acquirers. He provides advice to public companies in the U.S. involved in various transactional matters, including counseling boards and special committees in connection with interested party transactions. Mr. Dawson is a member of the firm's Private Equity Practice as well as the Financial Services M&A Group, with a focus on representing broker dealers involved in M&A transactions, including in their capacity as financial advisors, and hedge funds in connection with various investment decisions. For more information, view Mr. Dawson's biography at


Previously, he worked as an account supervisor in the New York office of TBWA Chiat/Day and also served as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Cameron Currie.


Listed, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2007–2014); Listed, Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers (2010–2013)


George Washington University National Law Center, 1994, J.D., Summa Cum Laude; Williams College, 1987, B.A., Cum Laude.

United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

Private equity buyouts

Within: Private equity buyouts

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has a fine record in the mid-market, thanks to prominent teams in Philadelphia, New York and Orange County. It has notable strength in specific areas such as energy, technology, life sciences, healthcare, retail, financial services and distressed investing. Team members 'act like true partners', 'are very hands on, accessible and commercial in their approach', are 'smart, efficient, good value for money, focus on the things that matter and explain them in clear English'. Clients include Apollo Global Management, Ares Management, Arsenal Capital Partners, Platinum Equity, Freeman Spogli & Co and Sun Capital Partners. The team is led by two experienced partners in Philadelphia's Barbara Shander, who is 'an  A+ lead partner', 'always available and thoughtful', 'manages the transaction process very well and is effective at winning the points that matter the most', along with Orange County-based James Loss, who is 'arguably one of the best M&A lawyers in the world', 'extremely knowledgeable from a legal point of view but also very commercial and practical'. Shander headed the group that advised Sun Capital Partners portfolio company Aclara Technologies, on its $1.1bn sale to Hubbell Power System while Loss led the team that advised Platinum Equity on its $2.1bn acquisition of Johnson & Johnson’s LifeScan business. In Boston, Mark Stein 'balances technical expertise with seasoned business judgment' and is recommended for healthcare and life sciences deals. New York's Alec Dawson is another key member of the team and Orange County partner Randall Wood is also praised by clients.

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