Jay E. Bothwick


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 2005-2014 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers in Businesswith 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 (2007-2015)
  • 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 2009-2014 issues of Boston Magazine
  • Listed as a leading lawyer in the PLC Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions Handbook, 2006 and 2007/08

Publications & News


February 4, 2015

Staples, Inc. Announces Acquisition of Office Depot, Inc.

Staples, Inc. and Office Depot, Inc. announced today that the companies have entered into a definitive agreement under which Staples will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Office Depot.

October 8, 2014

Actavis to Acquire Durata Therapeutics, Inc.

On October 6, 2014, WilmerHale client Durata Therapeutics announced that it had entered into a definitive merger agreement with Actavis plc under which a subsidiary of Actavis will commence a tender offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Durata common stock.

June 11, 2014

Attorneys and Staff Participate in Best Buddies Challenge

On May 31, a group of attorneys and staff from the Boston and Waltham offices took on the Best Buddies Challenge, biking distances of up to 100 miles from Boston to Hyannis Port on Cape Cod.

June 9, 2014

WilmerHale Representing Analog Devices in Pending Acquisition of Hittite Microwave Corporation

WilmerHale is representing its longtime client Analog Devices, Inc., a global leader in high-performance semiconductors for signal processing applications, in its proposed acquisition of Hittite Microwave Corporation.

May 23, 2014

Chambers USA Ranks Top WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices in 2014 Edition

We are pleased to announce the names of the individuals and practice areas that are ranked in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.

May 6, 2014

2014 M&A Report

Our 2014 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, an update on takeover defenses, and insights into CFIUS and FCPA considerations in M&A transactions. We also look at financial statement requirements in mergers and acquisitions, and survey key terms in sales of VC-backed companies.

August 15, 2013

Best Lawyers in America® 2014 Recognizes Nearly 100 WilmerHale Partners, Naming Eight “Lawyer of the Year”

Nearly 100 WilmerHale lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 20th edition of The Best Lawyers in America®—a respected peer-review publication in the legal industry.

May 24, 2013

Chambers USA 2013 Final Results Announced

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business today announced its final rankings for the 2013 edition, in which 93 WilmerHale lawyers and 44 firm practice areas have been recognized as leading in their field.

May 6, 2013

2013 M&A Report

Our 2013 M&A Report offers a detailed review of, and outlook for, the global M&A market. Other highlights include a discussion of the challenges and benefits of selling your company in a “dual-track” IPO, a comparison of public and private acquisitions, an analysis of issues and opportunities in California M&A deals, and a review of takeover defenses adopted by public companies. It also takes a look at the facts of life in M&A deal litigation, and survey key terms  in sales of VC-backed companies.

June 7, 2012

Chambers USA 2012 Final Results Announced

Speaking Engagements

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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JD, Columbia Law School, 1981

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

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