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Robert A. Profusek (Bob)
Partner

Global Chair M&A

Contact

(T) +1.212.326.3800
(F) +1.212.755.7306

Education

  • New York University (J.D. summa cum laude 1975; Order of the Coif; Note and Comment Editor, Law Review); Cornell University (B.A. magna cum laude 1972)

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Bob Profusek, who chairs the Firm's global M&A Practice, is one of the world's leading M&A and corporate governance lawyers. He has worked on hundreds of mergers, acquisitions, and buyouts, and advised many boards and director committees on sensitive governance matters, including hostile takeover bids, proxy contests, shareholder activism, financial restructurings, and executive compensation.

Recent M&A transactions include the Potash-Agrium merger of equals ($38 billion); Newell Rubbermaid's acquisition of Jarden ($16 billion); Procter & Gamble's sales of its beauty ($12.5 billion), Duracell ($2.9 billion), Pringles ($2.7 billion), and Folgers ($3.3 billion) businesses; Southern Company's acquisition of AGL Resources ($12 billion); Sherwin-Williams' acquisition of Valspar ($11.3 billion); ITC Holdings' sale to Fortis ($11.3 billion); Axiall's sale to Westlake ($3.8 billion); Wabtec's purchase of Faiveley Transport ($1.8 billion); and Stillwater Mining's sale to Sibanye Gold ($2.3 billion).

Ranked in "Band 1" in both the Chambers Global and USA guides, Bob is described as "a very strategic thinker" who "is able to cut through the noise" and provides "a lot of gravitas in negotiations."

Bob serves as 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.


Honors & Distinctions

  • The American Lawyer "Dealmaker of the Week" (four times) and "Dealmaker of the Year"

    Chambers USA (2004-2017), Legal 500 US (2007-2017), Chambers Global, Best Lawyers in America, and New York Super Lawyers

    BTI Consulting Group "Client Service All-Star"

    M&A Advisor Hall of Fame Award

    United States Lawyer Rankings' list of Top 10 M&A Lawyers
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