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Jay E. Bothwick

Partner

Co-Chair, Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group

Bothwick, Jay E.
Jay Bothwick focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, and has significant experience in venture capital and corporate finance transactions as well. He has advised public and private companies, both domestically and overseas, in mergers and acquisitions, tender and exchange offers, proxy contests and public and private offerings.

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized as a Massachusetts leader in the corporate/M&A field in the 2005-2016 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers in Business with sources saying he is 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 The Best Lawyers in America in the area of M&A law (2007-2017)
  • Recommended as a leading lawyer in M&A/Corporate and Commercial: Middle-Market in the 2016 edition 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 2009-2015 issues of Boston Magazine
  • Listed as a leading lawyer in the PLC Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions Handbook, 2006 and 2007/08

Publications & News

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November 9, 2016

WilmerHale Reps Hilton Special Committee in $6.5B Investment by HNA Group

The WilmerHale deal team was led by Partner Mark Borden and included Partners Jay Bothwick, Julie Hogan Rodgers, Bill Caporizzo, Erika Robinson, Jonathan Wolfman, Hartmut Schneider, Ben Powell, Jason Chipman; Counsel Eric Hanson; and Associate Cynthia Moon.

August 15, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2017 Best Lawyers in America®, Six Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America®—a respected peer-review publication in the legal industry—recognizes 101 WilmerHale lawyers and names six partners as Lawyers of the Year in its 23rd edition.

June 22, 2016

The Legal 500 United States 2016 Recognizes 111 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 30 Practice Areas

The guide's rankings are based on a series of criteria, including client feedback, interviews with private practice lawyers, and its own research.

June 22, 2016

WilmerHale Reps AS&E in $269M Acquisition by OSI Systems

American Science and Engineering, Inc., a leading worldwide supplier of innovative X-ray inspection solutions, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by OSI Systems, Inc. for a total transaction value of approximately $269 million.

June 1, 2016

WilmerHale Counsels Demandware in $2.8B Acquisition by Salesforce

Salesforce and Demandware announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Salesforce will acquire Demandware in a transaction worth approximately $2.8 billion.

May 27, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2016 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2016 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 47 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 82 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

March 24, 2016

2016 M&A Report

Our 2016 M&A Report offers a detailed review of, and outlook for, the global M&A market. Other highlights include a comparison of deal terms in public and private acquisitions; updates on takeover defenses and public company deal litigation; practical guidance on avoiding antitrust violations in pre-merger integration planning; a look at what buyers need to know about appraisal claims in private company mergers; and a survey of key terms and issues in sales of VC-backed companies.

July 1, 2015

WilmerHale Named a Leading National Firm in the United States by The Legal 500

The Legal 500 United States has released its annual rankings, selecting WilmerHale as one of the preeminent law firms in the country.

May 19, 2015

WilmerHale Practices, Lawyers Ranked Among Nation’s Best by Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2015 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 46 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale attorneys as leaders in their respective fields.

March 27, 2015

2015 M&A Report

Our 2015 M&A Report contains a detailed review of, and outlook for, the global M&A market. Other highlights include a comparison of deal terms in public and private acquisitions, updates on takeover defenses and the current climate around proxy access, and a look at the use of social media by public companies and activist shareholders in contested situations.

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

Webinar

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
  • Aquent in its successful proxy contest for Computer Horizons
  • Avid in its acquisition of Pinnacle Systems for $462 million
  • 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
  • DoubleClick in its acquisition by Hellman & Friedman for $1.1 billion
  • EqualLogic in its acquisition by Dell for $1.4 billion
  • First Marblehead in Goldman Sachs Group's investment of $260 million
  • 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
  • Lucent Technologies in its acquisition of Riverstone Networks for $170 million
  • MapInfo in its acquisition by Pitney Bowes for $472 million
  • MatrixOne in its acquisition by DassaultSystèmes for $408 million
  • SS&C Technologies in its acquisition by Carlyle for $941 million
  • SS&C Technologies in its acquisition of GlobeOp Financial Services for $900 million
  • Staples in its acquisition of Corporate Express for $4.8 billion
  • Starent Networks in its acquisition by Cisco for $2.9 billion
  • Teradyne in its acquisition of Eagle Test Systems, Inc. for $350 million
  • Teradyne in its acquisition of Nextest Systems for $325 million
  • Thermo Electron in its $572 million sale of Thermo CardioSystems
  • 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 a number of task forces of this Committee.

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Education

JD, Columbia Law School, 1981

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

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts

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