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Robert A. Profusek (Bob)

Global Chair M&A


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  • 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 is an advisor to substantial businesses, focusing on M&A, including takeovers and buyouts; restructurings; and corporate governance matters, including executive compensation. He chairs the Firm's global M&A Practice.

M&A transactions in the past year include the Potash-Agrium merger of equals ($38 billion), Newell Rubbermaid's acquisition of Jarden ($15.4 billion), Procter & Gamble's sale of its beauty business ($12.5 billion), Southern Company's acquisition of AGL Resources ($12 billion), Sherwin-Williams' acquisition of Valspar ($11.3 billion), and ITC Holdings' sale to Fortis ($11.3 billion). Prior transactions include Nextel's merger of equals with Sprint ($46.5 billion); Ernst & Young's divestiture of its consulting business through merger with Cap Gemini ($11.7 billion); and numerous transactions for WL Ross & Co., including the acquisition, IPO, and sale of International Coal Group ($3.4 billion); the merger of International Steel Group and Mittal Steel ($4.1 billion); and its build-ups in automotive components, textiles, mortgage servicing, and shipping.

Other companies with which Bob has worked on substantial matters include Abbott, American Greetings, Macy's, and Wasserstein & Co.

Bob is 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 Year" (2005) and "Dealmaker of the Week" (four times)

    Chambers USA (2004-2015), Legal 500 US (2007-2015), Chambers Global, PLC Which lawyer?, Best Lawyers in America, and New York Super Lawyers

    BTI Consulting Group "Client Service All-Star" (2013)

    M&A Advisor Hall of Fame Award (2015)

    Ranked #1 on United States Lawyer Rankings' list of Top 10 M&A Lawyers (2015)
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