Sawyer Duncan is an M&A lawyer with advisory experience on over $100 billion of deals, projects, and special situations in over 75 jurisdictions across Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East. Sawyer delivers business-focused advice to clients, their boards of directors, special committees, executive officers, and investment professionals as they evaluate strategic alternatives and execute complex business transactions.
From Atlanta, New York, and Tokyo, Sawyer has worked with publicly listed and privately held corporations, private equity funds and their portfolio companies, investment banks, hedge funds, trading houses, family offices, venture capital investors, and other financial sponsors and institutions in a wide range of multijurisdictional and domestic transactional matters. These transactions have included strategic mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, investments, exits, and "going private" transactions for financial sponsors, tax-free spin-offs and divestitures, divisional "carve out" acquisitions, real estate investment trust (REIT) and special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) transactions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, and shareholder activism advisory and takeover defense mandates.
Sawyer is a member of the American Bar Association's Mergers & Acquisitions Committee and a frequent author and contributor on M&A-related topics published in Bloomberg, Practical Law Company, Law360, DealLawyers, and Financier Worldwide.
- University of Georgia (J.D. 2014; Phi Kappa Phi for top 10%); Furman University (B.B.A. in Business Administration and B.A. in Political Science magna cum laude 2011)
- Georgia and New York
- Law Clerk, Legal Honors Program, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (Spring 2013)
Best Lawyers in America, Mergers & Acquisitions (2022)
American Bar Association, Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing (2020)
Financier Worldwide, Power Players "Rising Star" in M&A (2020)
The M&A Advisor, Top 40 Under 40 Dealmaker (2018)
Super Lawyers, "Rising Star" in M&A/Corporate Finance (2017-2021)
Law360, M&A Editorial Advisory Board (2016)