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William Allen
 

William Allen

Partner
 
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017 
 
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Named a 2021 “Rising Star” for Private Equity by Law360 and a 2021 “Top Rising Star” by The Deal, William Allen’s diverse practice focuses on public and private mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions. He regularly represents strategic clients and private equity sponsors on a broad range of domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, carve-outs, recapitalizations, dispositions, joint ventures and minority investments across a wide variety of industries, including technology and financial services.

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Work Highlights
  • Refinitiv in its $27 billion sale to the London Stock Exchange Group, as well as in its acquisition of Giact Systems, LLC
  • Blackstone in numerous transactions, including its $20 billion partnership with Thomson Reuters for Thomson’s Financial and Risk Business to form Refinitiv and its acquisitions of, and investments in, Clarus, SERVPRO, Vungle, Promontory Interfinancial, DCI, Liftoff Mobile, Inc. and its announced acquisition of International Data Group, Inc.
  • Microsoft Corporation in numerous transactions, including its $28.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn, its announced $19.7 billion acquisition of Nuance Communications, its $7.5 billion acquisition of ZeniMax Media, its $7.5 billion acquisition of GitHub and the $350 million disposition of its feature phone business to affiliates of Foxconn 
  • Blue Buffalo Pet Products, Inc., in its $8 billion sale to General Mills, Inc.
  • NN, Inc., in its strategic review process culminating in the sale of its Life Sciences business to investment funds of American Securities for $825 million
Accolades
  • Law360 “Rising Star” in Private Equity (2021)
  • The Deal “Top Rising Star” (2021)
  • IFLR “Rising Star” (2019)
Education
  • Harvard Law School, 2012 J.D.
  • Georgetown University, 2009 B.S.F.S.
    summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa; Krogh Scholar; Karl F. Landegger Honors Certificate in International Business Diplomacy
Admissions
  • New York 2013

A Corporate Partner in the Firm’s New York Office, William Allen concentrates his practice on complex public and private mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions. He regularly advises strategic clients and private equity sponsors on a broad range of domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, carve-outs, recapitalizations, dispositions, joint ventures and minority investments. William has notable experience representing clients across a variety of sectors, including technology, media & telecommunications, financial services/fintech and asset management. His clients have included both leading private equity firms such as Blackstone and KKR and prominent public and private companies, including Microsoft, Blue Buffalo Pet Products, NN, Inc. and Spotify. William was named a 2019 “Rising Star” by International Financial Law Review (IFLR), a 2021 “Rising Star” for Private Equity by Law360 and a 2021 “Top Rising Star” by The Deal

Selected strategic M&A representations on which William has worked include:

  • Microsoft Corporation in numerous transactions, including its $28.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn, its announced $19.7 billion acquisition of Nuance Communications, its $7.5 billion acquisition of ZeniMax Media, its $7.5 billion acquisition of GitHub and the $350 million disposition of its feature phone business to affiliates of Foxconn 
  • Refinitiv in its $27 billion sale to the London Stock Exchange Group, as well as in its acquisition of Giact Systems, LLC
  • NN, Inc., in its strategic review process culminating in the sale of its Life Sciences business to investment funds of American Securities for $825 million
  • Blue Buffalo Pet Products, Inc., in its $8 billion sale to General Mills, Inc.
  • Spotify in its equity investment transactions with Tencent and its subsidiary, Tencent Music Entertainment Group
  • SiriusXM in the acquisition of Automatic Labs
  • Sungard in its $9.1 billion sale to Fidelity National Information Services, Inc.
  • AXIS Capital in its announced but subsequently terminated “merger of equals” with PartnerRe and the response to the unsolicited proposal for PartnerRe by EXOR

Selected private equity M&A representations on which William has worked include:

  • Blackstone in numerous transactions, including its $20 billion partnership with Thomson Reuters for Thomson’s Financial and Risk Business to form Refinitiv and its acquisitions of, and investments in, Clarus, SERVPRO, Vungle, Promontory Interfinancial, DCI, Liftoff Mobile, Inc. and its announced acquisition of International Data Group, Inc. 
  • Internet Brands, a portfolio company of KKR, in the sale of its Autodata Solutions Group to investment funds of Thoma Bravo and its $2.8 billion tender offer to acquire WebMD Health Corp.
  • KKR in multiple transactions, including its acquisitions of Alliance Tire Group and assets of CNL Fund Advisors Company to facilitate KKR’s engagement as sole investment adviser to Corporate Capital Trust, Inc., a business development company
  • Blackrock’s Global Energy & Infrastructure fund in the acquisition of Gas Natural, Inc.
  • NewStar Financial, Inc. in a $300 million investment in subordinated debt and warrants by business development companies of Franklin  Square Capital Partners
William received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2012. He received a B.S.F.S., summa cum laude, from Georgetown University in 2009, where he completed the Landegger Honors Certificate in International Business Diplomacy and was a Krogh Scholar and member of Phi Beta Kappa. William is admitted to practice in New York.

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