William J.Zawrotny (Bill)

Of Counsel

Atlanta + 1.404.581.8511

Bill Zawrotny primarily focuses on mergers and acquisitions, cross-border transactions, and general corporate counseling, including for early and growth stage technology and life sciences companies. His practice also includes an extensive range of transactional and corporate governance work for both public and private companies. Bill also leads the Atlanta Office's Emerging Companies & Venture Committee and represents several venture capital clients. He has substantial experience counseling and assisting privately owned companies in navigating through complex ownership and corporate governance issues, including during times of transition.

Bill's recent client representations include CHS, Digital Management, Eastman Chemical, Flowers Foods, Georgia Research Alliance Venture Fund, Helios Technologies, Milliken & Company, Race Team Alliance, Roper Technologies, and Southern Company. He also serves as primary corporate counsel to a number of early and growth stage companies, including Axion BioSystems, Emrgy, Focused Cryo, MedShape, and Plethora.

Bill currently serves on the board of directors of Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs (ACE), as a member of the advisory board for the Department of Management of the Kansas State University College of Business Administration, and as a member of the National Advisory Board for the Business Ethics Education Initiative.

He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia.

Experience

  • Roper Technologies sells TransCore to Singapore Technologies Engineering for $2.68 BillionJones Day is advising Roper Technologies, Inc. in the sale of TransCore Partners, LLC and TLP Holdings, LLC to an affiliate of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd. for $2.68 billion in cash, subject to customary purchase price adjustments.
  • Milliken & Company acquires Encapsys, LLCJones Day advised Milliken & Company in its acquisition of Encapsys, LLC, a world leader in microencapsulation delivery systems for the building, construction, paper, bedding and personal care industries.
  • Roper Technologies acquires PowerPlan for $1.1 billionJones Day advised Roper Technologies, Inc. in its all-cash $1.1 billion acquisition of PowerPlan, Inc. from the private equity firm Thoma Bravo.
  • Flowers Foods acquires Dave's Killer Bread for $275 millionJones Day advised Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO) in its $275 million acquisition of AVB, Inc. (d/b/a Dave's Killer Bread).
  • Milliken & Company acquires Borchers from The Jordan CompanyJones Day advised Milliken & Company in its acquisition of Borchers Group Limited, a global specialty chemicals company known for its innovative high-performance coating additives and specialty catalyst solutions, from The Jordan Company, L.P.
  • Axion BioSystems completes sale of company to Summa EquityJones Day advised Axion BioSystems, Inc., a leading provider of MEA and impedance technology for single-cell analysis, in its sale of the company to Summa Equity.
  • Milliken & Company acquires PolartecJones Day advised Milliken & Company in its acquisition of Polartec, a strong global brand known for its innovative performance textiles for outdoor and military apparel, from Versa Capital Management, LLC.
  • MedShape acquired by DJOJones Day advised MedShape, Inc., a privately held orthopedic medical device company founded in 2005, in connection with its acquisition by DJO, a subsidiary of Colfax Corporation.
  • The Southern Company acquires PowerSecure International, Inc. for $425 millionJones Day advised The Southern Company in its $425 million acquisition of PowerSecure International, Inc. (NYSE: POWR), a premier provider of distributed generation, energy efficiency, and utility infrastructure solutions.
  • Helios Technologies acquires Balboa Water Group for $218.5 millionJones Day advised Helios Technologies in the $218.5 million acquisition of BWG Holdings I Corp. (operating as Balboa Water Group) from investment funds affiliated with AEA Investors LP.
  • Flowers Foods acquires Canyon Bakehouse for $205 millionJones Day advised Flowers Foods, Inc. in its $205 million acquisition (including a performance-based contingent payment of $5 million) of Canyon Bakehouse, LLC, a privately held, gluten-free baking company based in Johnstown, Colorado.
  • Reynolds American acquires Lorillard for $27.4 billionJones Day advised Reynolds American Inc. (NYSE: RAI) in its acquisition of Lorillard, Inc. for $27.4 billion and in the related $7.1 billion divestiture to an affiliate of Imperial Tobacco Group and $4.7 billion investment by British American Tobacco, RAI's largest shareholder.
  • The Southern Company acquires AGL Resources for $12 billionJones Day advised The Southern Company (NYSE: SO) in connection with the acquisition and related financing of AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS) in a cash transaction with an enterprise value of approximately $12 billion, including total equity value of approximately $8 billion.
  • Southern Company sells certain Florida assets to NextEra Energy for $6.5 billionJones Day advised Southern Company in three separate transactions for the sale of several of its Florida assets – Gulf Power Company, Florida City Gas, and the entities holding Southern Power’s interest in Plant Oleander and Plant Stanton – to NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE) for an aggregate purchase price of $6.5 billion, including total equity value of approximately $5.1 billion.
  • Spectrum adds Russell Hobbs to its portfolio to create $3 billion global consumer products companyJones Day advised the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Atlanta-based Spectrum Brands, Inc. in connection with its $3.3 billion combination with Miramar, Florida-based Russell Hobbs, Inc.
  • Roper Technologies acquires Foundry for £410 million (US$543.4 million)Jones Day advised Roper Technologies, Inc. in its acquisition of Foundry in an all-cash transaction valued at £410 million (US$543.4 million).
  • Kenall sold to Legrand, North and Central AmericaJones Day advised Kenall Manufacturing, a leading manufacturer of innovative, energy efficient, and sustainable specification grade lighting and control solutions for commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings, in its sale of the Company to Legrand, North and Central America.
  • Deltek acquires ComputerEaseJones Day advised Deltek, a subsidiary of Roper Technologies, Inc., a technology company that operates businesses that design and develop software and engineered products for global niche markets, in its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of ComputerEase, a provider of construction accounting software.
  • Imerys acquires Cornerstone Industrial Minerals CorporationJones Day advised the Imerys Group, a world leader in mineral specialties for industry, in the acquisition of the business of mining, processing, and marketing perlite conducted by Cornerstone Industrial Minerals Corporation.
  • GRA Venture Fund participates in $25 million Series A financing round of Antios TherapeuticsJones Day represented GRA Venture Fund in connection with its participation in the $25 million Series A financing round of Antios Therapeutics Inc., an Atlanta, Georgia-based biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel antiviral therapies for unmet medical needs.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • August 1, 2019
      Accounting and Finance Executives Forum, Current Trends in M&A
    • April 27, 2017
      Practical Ethics in the Workplace, Professional Advantage Program, Kansas State University
    • April 26, 2017
      Distinguished Speaker, Current Triple Bottom Line Trends from a Legal Perspective, College of Business Administration Ethics Education Initiative
    • April 28, 2016
      Practical Ethics in the Workplace, Professional Advantage Program, Kansas State University
    • April 27, 2016
      Distinguished Speaker, Managing the Triple Bottom Line from a Legal Perspective, College of Business Administration Ethics Education Initiative
    • February 22, 2016
      Stretching a Point: Multiple Duties Pulling In-House Counsel in Multiple Directions, Jones Day Atlanta 2016 CLE Academy
    • April 23, 2015
      Practical Ethics, Professional Advantage Program, Kansas State University
    • April 22, 2015
      Distinguished Speaker, Corporate Governance, College of Business Administration Ethics Education Initiative
    • April 24, 2014
      Ethics in the Workplace, Professional Advantage Program, Kansas State University
    • April 23, 2014
      Distinguished Speaker, Corporate Governance, College of Business Administration Ethics Education Initiative
    • April 19, 2013
      Ethics and Leadership, Kansas State University School of Leadership Studies
    • April 17-18, 2013
      Distinguished Speaker, Ethics and Leadership, College of Business Administration Ethics Education Initiative
    • May 2, 2011
      Startup America: Reducing Barriers Roundtable
    • May 14, 2010
      Initial Considerations in Forming a Business Entity, Urologic Invention Convention, Georgia Institute of Technology