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King & Spalding LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10036
United States
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Jim Woolery is head of the firm’s M&A and Corporate Governance practices. He draws on his unique background of legal, investment banking and hedge fund experience to counsel c-suites, boards and general counsels across the full spectrum of corporate and strategic matters, including mergers & acquisitions, corporate governance, activist defense and other complex transactions.

Throughout his career, Mr. Woolery has been widely recognized as one of the country’s leading M&A advisors and he has advised on over $1 trillion in M&A transactions, including serving as a lead advisor on two of the largest leveraged buyouts in history: the $24.9 billion acquisition of Dell by Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners and the $48 billion acquisition of TXU by KKR and TPG.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)

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James WooleryKing & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP is noted for its expertise in a wide range of M&A and corporate transactions, including divestitures, going-private transactions, anti-takeover strategies, tender offers and proxy contests. The practice group also handles large-scale commercial joint ventures and LBOs, benefitting from the firm’s complementary strengths in fund formation, leveraged finance, securities, tax and restructuring. The team is experienced in a variety of industry sectors, but has been especially active in the energy, infrastructure, real estate, healthcare, life sciences, business services, technology and telecoms sectors. New York-based James Woolery is a key figure in the M&A and corporate governance practice; he counsels C-suites, boards and general counsels on corporate and strategic matters. Another key figure is Atlanta-based Rahul Patel, who has experience of M&A and private equity buyouts, joint ventures and other control and non-control transactions. Also in 2019, the Washington DC team was bolstered by the arrival of four partners from Morrison & Foerster LLPLarry Yanowitch, Tom Knox, Charles Katz and Jeremy Schropp.

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > Corporate governance

King & Spalding LLP advises clients on all aspects of governance, including disclosures, board structures, and communication with shareholders. In addition to its advisory and transactional support work, the team has core strengths in defending against activist campaigns. The practice group is led by James Woolery in New York. Woolery also heads the firm’s M&A team, and has a varied background in investment management and investment banking, in addition to his decades of private practice. Also of note, the firm hired Richard Fields in January 2019 from boutique firm Tapestry Networks.