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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, 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 has 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 Patrón's $5 billion sale to Bacardi; the $38 billion Nutrien merger of equals and $4 billion sale of its SQM stake; Newell Rubbermaid's $16 billion acquisition of Jarden; P&G's sales of its beauty ($13 billion), Duracell ($3 billion), Pringles ($3 billion), and Folgers ($3 billion) businesses; Southern's $12 billion acquisition of AGL; Sherwin-Williams' $11 billion acquisition of Valspar; ITC Holdings' $11 billion sale to Fortis; and Wabtec's $11 billion merger with GE Transportation.

Ranked in "Band 1" in both the Chambers Global and Chambers 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 three separate 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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