Jay E. Bothwick


Co-Chair, Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group

Bothwick, Jay E.

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.

As co-chair of WilmerHale's Mergers and Acquisitions Practice, he 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.

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized as a Massachusetts leader in the corporate/M&A field in the 2005-2017 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers in Business, with sources saying he is "a very solid technical lawyer and a good practitioner," and a "very accomplished lawyer" who is "really easy to work with" and that "he provides outstanding customer service and is able to explain complex legal language in business terms"
  • Listed as one of the world's leading merger & acquisition lawyers in the International Who's Who of Merger & Acquisition Lawyers 2010-2014 
  • Selected by peers as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the area of M&A law for 2007-2018
  • Recommended as a leading lawyer in M&A/Corporate and Commercial: M&A: Middle-Market in the 2016 and 2017 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 2009-2017 issues of Boston Magazine
  • Listed as a leading lawyer in the PLC Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions Handbook, 2006 and 2007/08

Publications & News


March 16, 2018

WilmerHale Recognized for Outstanding International Lawyers and Practices in Chambers Global 2018

In the 2018 edition of Chambers Global, 33 WilmerHale lawyers were named among “The World's Leading Lawyers for Business."

January 23, 2018

WilmerHale Represents Skyword in Raising $25M to Fuel Growth and Market Expansion

Skyword, the leading content marketing software and services company, announced that it has raised $25 million in growth equity from Rho Acceleration, a division of Rho Capital Partners.

January 8, 2018

WilmerHale Represents Ribbon Communications in Expanding Revolving Credit Facility to $100M

Ribbon Communications Inc., a global leader in secure and intelligent cloud communications, announced that it has entered into a $100 million Senior Secured Credit Facilities Credit Agreement with Silicon Valley Bank.

August 16, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2018 Best Lawyers in America®, Nine Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America®—the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal industry—recognizes 107 WilmerHale lawyers and names nine partners as Lawyers of the Year in its 24th edition.

August 3, 2017

Firm's Representation of Hilton is Honored as Global Finance Deal of the Year by The American Lawyer

For the past five years, The American Lawyer has hosted the Global Legal Awards to honor matters that demonstrate the industry's ability to navigate complex international legal issues.

July 11, 2017

Staples, Inc. Enters Into Definitive Agreement to Be Acquired by Sycamore Partners for $10.25 per Share in Cash, or Approximately $6.9 Billion

Staples, Inc. and Sycamore Partners, a leading private equity firm, announced that they have entered into a merger agreement in which investment funds managed by Sycamore Partners will acquire Staples in a transaction that values Staples at an equity value of approximately $6.9 billion.

June 9, 2017

The Legal 500 United States 2017 Recognizes 125 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 28 Practice Areas

The Legal 500 United States has released its 2017 rankings, recommending 125 WilmerHale lawyers—including 12 who are named to its elite “Leading Lawyers” list and two on its “Next Generation Lawyers” list—and 28 practice areas in its 11th edition.

May 26, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2017 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers and Partners announced its rankings for the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, with WilmerHale listed among the nation's best in 50 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

May 24, 2017

WilmerHale Represents Sonus in Merger with GENBAND to Create a Global Leader in Real-Time Communications Software Solutions

Sonus Networks, Inc. and GENBAND™ announced a definitive agreement under which the two companies will combine to create a leader in next-generation communications networking.

May 5, 2017

WilmerHale Reps Tangoe in Acquisition by Marlin Equity Partners

WilmerHale client Tangoe, Inc., a global leader in telecom expense management solutions, and Marlin Equity Partners, a global investment firm, entered into a definitive agreement for Marlin to acquire all outstanding shares of Tangoe not already owned by Marlin for $6.50 per share in cash.

Speaking Engagements

November 1, 2016

Boston Bar Association 2016 Mergers and Acquisitions Conference

Boston, Massachusetts

October 27, 2016

Public Company Webinar: 2016 Proxy Season Review and Outlook for 2017


October 27, 2016

The WilmerHale 2016 Proxy Season Roundtable

Boston, Massachusetts

October 20, 2015

2015 Proxy Season Roundtable

Boston, Massachusetts

October 23, 2014

2014 Proxy Season Roundtable

Boston, Massachusetts

October 23, 2007

Boston Securities and Corporate Law Update

Waltham, Massachusetts

November 6, 2003

VC Experts Roundtable

Recent Highlights

Representation of:

  • Airvana in its acquisition by an investor group led by S.A.C. Capital for $530 million
  • American Science and Engineering (AS&E) in its acquisition by OSI Systems for $269 million
  • Analog Devices in its acquisition of Hittite Microwave for $2.5 billion
  • 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
  • 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
  • Endurance International Group in its acquisition of Ace Data Centers for $73 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 (pending)
  • IDX Systems in its acquisition by GE Medical for $1.2 billion
  • Imagitas in its acquisition by Pitney Bowes for $260 million
  • ISTA Pharmaceuticals in its acquisition by Bausch + Lomb for $500 million
  • Kronos in its acquisition by Hellman & Friedman for $1.8 billion
  • MapInfo in its acquisition by Pitney Bowes for $472 million
  • MatrixOne in its acquisition by DassaultSystèmes for $408 million
  • PC Connection in its acquisitions of GlobalServe and Softmart
  • Sonus Networks in its acquisition of Performance Technologies for $50 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)
  • Starent Networks in its acquisition by Cisco for $2.9 billion
  • Wider Than in its acquisition by RealNetworks for $350 million

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.


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JD, Columbia Law School, 1981

AB, summa cum laude, Bowdoin College, 1978, Phi Beta Kappa

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