Paul Weiss

1285 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019-6064
212-373-3257 (direct)
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A partner in the Corporate Department, Steven J. Williams is a member of the firm's Mergers and Acquisitions Group and of its Investment Management transactions practice. Steven has extensive experience with public company transactions, leveraged buy-outs, mergers-of-equals, board representations and special committee representations, as well as with private equity and venture capital transactions, auctions, joint ventures and restructuring transactions. He is active in contested matters, representing both activists and targets in proxy fights, consent solicitations, tender offers and other unsolicited transactions. In addition, as a member of the firm's Investment Management transactions practice, Steven focuses primarily on acquisitions and sales of asset management and other financial services firms.


Steven's recent transactions include:

  • Chambers Street Properties as counsel to the Board of Trustees and in its proposed merger-of-equals with Gramercy Property Trust to create an industrial and office net lease real estate investment trust with combined enterprise value of approximately $5.7 billion;
  • Reckitt Benckiser Group plc in its three-year collaboration agreement with the Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMS) for, and related option to acquire, a number of market-leading over-the-counter pharmaceutical brands in Brazil, Mexico and certain other parts of Latin America;
  • Spectrum Brands in its acquisition of Armored AutoGroup Parent, Inc., owner of Armor All, SPT and other automotive care brands, for $1.4 billion in cash and assumed debt;
  • Tencent Holdings Limited, a leading provider of diversified technology internet services in China, in its proposed going-private acquisition of eLong, Inc., a mobile and online travel service provider in China; and
  • The Children's Place, Inc. in its proxy fight and settlement agreement with Barington Capital Group LP and Macellum Advisors LLC.

Other representations by Steven have included:

  • Affiliated Managers Group in its majority investment in, and restructuring of, Pantheon Ventures;
  • Citigroup in its sale of Nikko Asset Management to The Sumitomo Trust and Banking Co., Ltd.;
  • Elliott Management Corporation in its $1.8 billion unsolicited offer for Novell, a leader in intelligent workload management and in Elliott's participation as an equity sponsor in Attachmate's subsequent $2.2 billion acquisition of Novell;
  • Elliott Management Corporation in connection with numerous activist campaigns, including its proxy fights for Iron Mountain Incorporated and Hess Corporation, and in settlement agreements with InterPublic Group of Companies Inc. and Citrix Systems, Inc.;
  • Elliott Management Corporation in its participation as an equity sponsor in the leveraged buy-outs of Metrologic Instruments Inc., Packeteer Inc., MSC.Software and BMC Software;
  • Imperial Sugar Company as special counsel to the Board of Directors and in its sale to Louis Dreyfus Commodities;
  • International Strategy & Investment in its acquisition by Evercore;
  • Janus Capital Group Inc. in its strategic alliance with The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company, Limited, under which Dai-ichi Life agreed to invest $2 billion of its general account assets with Janus and acquire 15 percent to 20 percent of Janus' common stock;
  • MasterCard International in its acquisition of Orbiscom Limited, a Dublin, Ireland-based leading payments solutions software provider for major financial institutions;
  • Reckitt Benckiser Group plc in its successful $1.4 billion topping bid for, and subsequent successful tender offer for and acquisition of, Schiff Nutrition International, Inc.;
  • SAP SE in its acquisition of Concur Technologies, Inc. at an enterprise value of approximately $8.3 billion;
  • Spectrum Brands in its acquisition of the European Pet Food division of Proctor & Gamble;
  • Tencent Holdings Limited in its investment in Glu Mobile Inc., a global developer and publisher of free-to-play games for smartphone and tablet devices; and
  • Tencent Holdings Limited in its investment, together with, in Bitauto Holdings Limited, a provider of Internet content and marketing services for China's automotive industry.

Steven served as a notes editor of the Columbia Law Review and was a James Kent Scholar and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Steven is the recipient of a Legal Aid Society award for outstanding pro bono representation. Steven serves on the Board of Directors of Education Through Music, Inc., a non-profit that works with New York City schools to develop and sustain school-wide music education programs.



  • J.D., Columbia Law School, 1999
    James Kent Scholar, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • M.U.P., New York University, 1994
  • B.A., New York University, 1990

Bar Admissions

  • New York

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Related Resources

Dec 15, 2015 | News

Bona Film Announces Going Private Agreement

Dec 16, 2015 | News

Chambers Street Properties and Gramercy Property Close Merger

Nov 19, 2015 | News

Cologix Completes Leveraged Acquisition of Net Access

Nov 17, 2015 | Events

Steven Williams Participates in M&A Advisor Summit

Aug 04, 2015 | News

Tencent Offers to Acquire eLong

Jul 01, 2015 | News

Chambers Street Properties and Gramercy Property Trust to Merge 

Apr 28, 2015 | News

Spectrum Brands Agrees to Acquire Armored AutoGroup for $1.4 Billion

Apr 08, 2015 | Publications

Delaware M&A Quarterly

Mar 04, 2015 | Publications

Delaware Court of Chancery Holds That Minority Stockholders Did Not Waive Appraisal Rights in a Merger Where the Company Failed to Properly Exercise Drag-Along Rights

Feb 04, 2015 | News

Elliott Reaches Settlement With Interpublic

Jan 21, 2015 | Publications

Delaware M&A Quarterly

Dec 31, 2014 | News

Spectrum Brands Acquires Procter & Gamble’s European Pet Food Business

Dec 11, 2014 | Publications

Delaware Court of Chancery holds that a 17.3% Stockholder/CEO may be a Controlling Stockholder

Nov 05, 2014 | News

NorthStar to Acquire Ownership Interest in American Healthcare Investors

Oct 21, 2014 | Events

Michael Gertzman and Steven Williams Speak at International Bar Association’s Annual Tokyo Conference 

Oct 03, 2014 | Publications

Delaware M&A Quarterly

Sep 23, 2014 | News

Spectrum Brands to Acquire Procter & Gamble’s European Pet Food Business

Sep 18, 2014 | News

SAP to Acquire Concur Technologies

Sep 09, 2014 | Publications

Delaware Court of Chancery Upholds Forum Selection Bylaw Adopted Concurrently with Merger Agreement and Designating North Carolina as Exclusive Forum

Aug 03, 2014 | News

International Strategy & Investment To Be Acquired by Evercore 

Jul 25, 2014 | Publications

2014 Amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law

Jul 10, 2014 | Publications

Delaware M&A Quarterly

Jul 02, 2014 | Publications

SEC Issues Guidance on Proxy Advisory and Voting Services

May 05, 2014 | Publications

Delaware Court of Chancery Finds Sotheby’s Poison Pill Reasonable; Declines to Enjoin Sotheby’s Annual Meeting 

Mar 14, 2014 | Publications

Delaware Supreme Court Affirms Roadmap to Avoid Entire Fairness in a Going-Private Transaction

Jan 13, 2014 | Publications

Delaware M&A Quarterly

Jan 08, 2014 | News

Elliott Offers to Acquire Riverbed

Of Note

Oct 25, 2013

Harbinger Recognized with
“The Oil and Gas Financial Journal
Transaction of the Year Award”

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