Jay E. Bothwick


Jay E. Bothwick

Senior Counsel

Jay Bothwick is a seasoned corporate lawyer with more than three decades of experience representing clients on complex transactions. He is consistently recognized as a leader in the corporate and M&A field for successfully handling complex mid-market and large-cap deals.

Mr. Bothwick focuses on the representation of public and private companies, both domestically and overseas, in mergers and acquisitions, tender and exchange offers, and shareholder activism, including proxy contests.

Professional Activities

Mr. Bothwick is a member of the American, Massachusetts and Boston Bar Associations. He is a member of the Negotiated Acquisitions Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, and serves on several task forces of this Committee.


  • Representation of:

    • Acacia Communications, Inc. in a definitive merger agreement with Cisco Systems, Inc. for Cisco to acquire Acacia for $3.1 billion in cash and assumed equity awards
    • Analog Devices in its acquisition of Hittite Microwave for $2.5 billion
    • Arsanis in its merger with X4 Pharmaceuticals
    • BJ's Wholesale Club in its acquisition by Leonard Green and CVC for $2.8 billion
    • The Special Committee of the Blockbuster Board of Directors with respect to its $905 million special distribution and split-off from Viacom
    • Cumberland Farms in its sale of its Gulf Oil and Assured Deal business to affiliates of ArcLight Capital Partners, and in a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by Euro Garages
    • Demandware in its acquisition by Salesforce for $2.8 billion
    • DoubleClick in its acquisition by Hellman & Friedman for $1.1 billion
    • Durata Therapeutics in its acquisition by Actavis for $760 million
    • EqualLogic in its acquisition by Dell for $1.4 billion
    • The Special Committee of Hilton Worldwide Holdings in an acquisition of approximately 25% equity interest in Hilton by HNA Group from affiliates of Blackstone for $6.5 billion and the subsequent sale of that equity interest by HNA Group
    • IDX Systems in its acquisition by GE Medical for $1.2 billion
    • ISTA Pharmaceuticals in its acquisition by Bausch Lomb for $500 million
    • Kiva Systems in its acquisition by for $775 million
    • Kronos in its acquisition by Hellman & Friedman for $1.8 billion
    • Medtronic in various M&A transactions
    • Millennium Pharmaceuticals in its collaboration/acquisition transaction with Maverick Therapeutics
    • Ophthotech Corporation in its acquisition of Inception 4, Inc.
    • Sonus Networks in its combination with GENBAND for $745 million
    • Skyworks in its acquisition of PMC-Sierra for $2 billion (terminated)
    • Staples in its proposed acquisition of Office Depot for $6.3 billion (terminated) and its acquisition by Sycamore Partners for $6.9 billion
    • Starent Networks in its acquisition by Cisco for $2.9 billion


  • Recognized as a Massachusetts leader in the corporate/M&A field in the 2005–2020 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers in Business, with sources saying he is a "very accomplished lawyer," "really easy to work with" and "he provides outstanding customer service and is able to explain complex legal language in business terms"
  • Recognized for his corporate/M&A (USA) practice in the 20182020 editions of Chambers Global, with sourcing describing him as "a very solid technical lawyer and a good practitioner"
  • Listed as one of the world's leading merger & acquisition lawyers in the International Who's Who of Merger & Acquisition Lawyers 20102014 
  • Selected by peers as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the area of M&A law for 20072020 and named in 2019 as the M&A law "Lawyer of the Year."
  • Recommended as a leading lawyer in M&A/Corporate and Commercial: M&A: Middle-Market in the 2016–2019 editions of The Legal 500 United States
  • Selected by clients and peers for inclusion in The International Who's Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers 2012, 2013 and 2014
  • Named a "New England Super Lawyer" (formerly "Massachusetts Super Lawyer") in the 20092019 issues of Boston Magazine
  • Listed as a leading lawyer in the PLC Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions Handbook, 2006 and 2007/08

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  • Education

    • JD, Columbia Law School, 1981

    • AB, Bowdoin College, 1978

      summa cum laude Phi Beta Kappa
  • Admissions

    • Massachusetts