C. LeeWilson


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Lee Wilson has extensive experience in litigations, arbitrations, and investigations. He has handled matters involving complex commercial contract disputes, bankruptcies, securities fraud, corporate governance, shareholder activism, disputed mergers, derivative litigation, antitrust issues, executive compensation, and insider trading. He also has successfully advised and defended boards facing shareholder challenges, proxy proposals, and books and records requests.

Prior to joining Jones Day in 2018, Lee represented an American holding company in an $8 billion securities class action and related derivative actions over the course of five years. He coordinated the efforts of multiple defendants, including at complex settlement mediations, resulting in an advantageous settlement for the company, and successfully argued a key motion to dismiss in the Delaware Court of Chancery and a subsequent appeal to the Delaware Supreme Court. He also cross-examined an objector's principal expert witness during a settlement approval hearing in the S.D.N.Y. bankruptcy court, resulting in the court discounting the expert's testimony. Recently, Lee has represented a large financial institution in a complex bankruptcy adversary proceeding, including a two-week trial in 2017; overseen complex investigations in response to government subpoenas and shareholder allegations of corporate wrongdoing; represented an American multinational food service corporation in an expedited Federal Trade Commission (FTC) antitrust challenge; and represented a large financial institution in multiple shareholder derivative actions, obtaining dismissal of all of the actions over three years of litigation.


  • Wells Fargo-led syndicate of lenders successfully negotiate secured $1.1 billion restructuring credit facility for Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT)Jones Day represented Wells Fargo Bank, National Association (“Wells Fargo”), as administrative agent, in connection with the Chapter 11 financial reorganization plan of Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (“PREIT”), a publicly traded real estate investment trust that owns and manages a portfolio of shopping malls totaling over 23 million square feet of retail space.
  • Nutrien to acquire Tec AgroJones Day is advising Nutrien Ltd. in its acquisition of Tec Agro Group, the largest branded soybean seeds businesses in Brazil.
  • Aviation company resolves dispute involving alleged co-founder who sought significant ownershipJones Day represented an aviation company and its founders in AAA arbitration and parallel litigation brought by an alleged co-founder who asserted that he should be awarded a significant ownership interest in the company.
  • Rex Energy successfully closes $600.5 million 363 asset sale and confirms plan of liquidation with releases and exculpation provisionsA multi-disciplinary Jones Day team represented Rex Energy Corporation in the negotiation of a Restructuring Support Agreement ("RSA") with its first and second lien creditors that formed the foundation for a successful chapter 11 process.