Mr Steven J. Williams > Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10019-6064
United States

Work Department

Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Investment Management


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J.D., Columbia Law School, 1999
James Kent Scholar, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar

M.U.P., New York University, 1994

B.A., New York University, 1990

Lawyer Rankings

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > Shareholder activism

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP‘s Scott Barshay and Steven Williams advised ADP on its victory over Pershing Square Capital Management, and also advised Barnes and Noble on a campaign brought by Sandell Asset Management. Further, Barshay and Williams advised Honeywell on a campaign brought by Third Point, and acted for Qualcomm in a campaign by Elliott Management to increase the company’s sale price in its proposed sale to NXP Semiconductors. Also recommended are Adam Givertz and Ross Fieldston, who advised AmTrust Financial Services on a settlement with Carl Icahn.

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP has continued its inexorable rise since the arrival of M&A superstar Scott Barshay in 2016. In 2018, he and the team were engaged by International Business Machines (IBM) to advise on its $34bn acquisition of Red Hat, creating the world’s largest hybrid cloud provider. Barshay also led the team that represented Qualcomm in connection with the $130bn unsolicited offer for the company from global semiconductor leader Broadcom; this was the biggest successful hostile takeover defense in the history of M&A. The firm’s leading litigation practice provides additional firepower to the M&A team’s historically outstanding record in hostile takeovers, proxy fights and activist defense work. Clients praise the department’s ‘depth of experience on complex, large scale transactions‘,  ‘the judgments of the team which tend to be superior to other firms‘  and ‘the scale of the team means clients are well covered and never left to fend for themselves or left with junior associates who are not equal to the tasks at hand‘. Clients also highlight the team’s ‘open communication, business acumen and pragmatism‘. Of the key partners in the team, the previously mentioned Barshay is ‘perhaps the best M&A lawyer on Wall Street‘, ‘has decades of experience which gives him excellent insight and judgment‘, ‘works collaboratively with clients to deliver seamless advice‘,  and is ‘excellent at seeing around corners and anticipating the moves of the other side‘. Chair of the corporate department Robert Schumer is another outstanding practitioner who is ‘one of the most practical and business oriented thinkers‘, according to a leading partner at a rival firm. He led the team that advised the special committee of the board of directors of Invitation Homes in connection with its merger of equals with Starwood Waypoint Homes. Other key M&A partners include Jeffrey Marell and Steven Williams. Private equity stars Taurie Zeitzer and Matthew Abbott are also key contributors to the success of the M&A practice. David Klein joined Kirkland & Ellis LLP in 2019.