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 2005-2016 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 2009-2016 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 21, 2017

WilmerHale Recognized for Outstanding International Lawyers and Practices in Chambers Global 2017

Chambers Global has named 27 WilmerHale lawyers among "The World's Leading Lawyers for Business" in its 2017 edition.

December 14, 2016

WilmerHale Reps Nantero in $21M Financing for Carbon Nanotube Computer Memory

The WilmerHale deal team was led by Partner Jay Bothwick and included Senior Associate Jenna Ventorino and Associate Alyce Chen.

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.

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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