John Lee



John Lee provides in-depth counsel to public and private companies based in the United States and abroad on matters concerning corporate and commercial transactions with an emphasis on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions and private equity investments. Mr. Lee's industry experience includes working with clients in the technology, energy and natural resources, financial services, insurance, media and telecommunications sectors.

Prior to joining WilmerHale, Mr. Lee was a corporate associate at the Silicon Valley office of an international law firm. Previously, he held positions at other firms in New York, Hong Kong and Australia, where he concentrated on mergers and acquisitions, investments, divestitures and other corporate transactions. Mr. Lee further expanded his knowledge and experience while on secondment at Peabody Energy Australia.

Before beginning his career in law, Mr. Lee worked at a major international investment bank in New York.

Recent Highlights

  • Represented Gilead Sciences, Inc., a research-based biopharmaceutical company, in its sale of GS-6637 and related assets to Amygdala Neurosciences, Inc.
  • Represented Pivotal Software, Inc. in multiple acquisitions, including its acquisition of substantially all the assets of a software development agency with offices in the US and Singapore, a US-based user experience design agency, and a data and analytics software and services provider in the UK
  • Represented a global Fortune 500 technology company in multiple acquisitions, including its acquisition of substantially all of the assets related to the mobile phone chipset business of a US-based telecommunications company, and the acquisitions of a company developing drone technology and a company specializing in the development of facial recognition software
  • Represented Superderivatives, Inc., a US and Israeli-based developer of financial services and data technology, in its $350 million cash acquisition by Intercontinental Exchange, Inc.
  • Represented a manufacturer of advanced electronic and electrical products in its investment in an early stage Israeli technology company
  • Represented a large oil and gas company in a variety of corporate and commercial issues for a $18.5 billion project
  • Represented a private equity firm in the development of assets with joint venture partners and a potential ASX listing
  • Represented coal mining, exploration and development company Aston Resources on its sell-down of a 10% interest in the Maules Creek Project to J-Power Australia for consideration of A$370m
  • Represented an Asia-based private equity firm in a proposed US $110 million convertible debt and equity investment in a dual-listed Canadian oil and gas development public company with projects in Central Asia

Publications & News


September 28, 2017

WilmerHale Represents CIRCOR in $855M Acquisition of Colfax’s Fluid Handling Business from Colfax Corp.

CIRCOR International, Inc.—a leading provider of flow control solutions and other highly engineered products for markets including oil & gas, aerospace, power, process and general industrial—announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Colfax Fluid Handling (CFH) from Colfax Corporation for approximately $855 million including cash, newly issued CIRCOR shares, and the assumption of pension plan liabilities linked to the CFH business.

August 4, 2017

WilmerHale Represents Fortive in Acquisition of Industrial Scientific Corporation

On July 27, 2017, Fortive Corporation (NYSE: FTV) announced that it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Industrial Scientific Corporation, a leading provider of portable gas detection equipment and a safety-as-a-service pioneer.

June 29, 2017

WilmerHale Represents Progress in Acquiring Kinvey, the Leader in Backend as a Service (BaaS) Technology

Progress announced it has acquired Kinvey, a privately held company based in Boston and leader in Backend as a Service technology. This acquisition is a key part of the Progress strategy to provide the best platform to build and deliver modern cognitive-first applications.

June 5, 2017

NXT-ID and Fit Pay Announce Letter of Intent to Combine Businesses

NXT-ID, Inc., a security technology company, and WilmerHale client Fit Pay, Inc., a privately held provider of payment, credential management, and authentication platform services, announced that the companies have entered into Letter of Intent to combine their businesses.

March 7, 2017

WilmerHale Counsels Nearpod in Securing $21M Series B Funding

The education tech startup will continue to help teachers incorporate software and content into their day-to-day instruction.

February 24, 2017

Amygdala Neurosciences Acquires GS-6637 From Gilead Sciences

On February 16, Amygdala Neurosciences Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of first-in-class drug candidates for addiction disorders, announced that it entered into an agreement with Gilead Sciences, Inc.

September 19, 2016

WilmerHale Advises Avocarrot in $20M Acquisition by Glispa Global Group

Native mobile advertising startup Avocarrot announced that it has been acquired by Glispa Global Group, a mobile ad tech pioneer, for $20 million.


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JD, Georgetown University Law Center

BS, New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business

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New York

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