WilmerHale’s Corporate and Transactional Department encompasses our Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring, Corporate, Fund Formation, Labor and Employment, Real Estate, Tax, Technology Transactions and Licensing, and Emerging Company practices. With exceptional depth and breadth of experience across a broad range of domestic and international transactions, the department provides sophisticated legal representation to public and private companies, startup enterprises, partnerships, entrepreneurships and finance participants in a wide variety of industry sectors.

Including more than 300 seasoned corporate transactional lawyers and business counselors, the corporate practice serves public and private companies, investment banks, venture capitalists, families and individual entrepreneurs throughout the world. The team draws on the resources of many of our other transactional practices, and on lawyers with intellectual property and litigation expertise. This collaboration among practices enables WilmerHale to provide all of our clients with the highest levels of knowledge and experience across a multitude of business matters.


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Singer, Steven D.

Steven D. Singer

Chair, Transactional Department

+1 212 295 6307 (t)

Caporizzo, A. William

A. William Caporizzo

Vice Chair, Transactional Department

+1 617 526 6411 (t)

Publications & News


November 24, 2015

The Gift Startups Should Definitely Not Give Their Employees

An article by John Demeter, WilmerHale counsel and a Wall Street Journal panelist, published by The Experts blog on on November 24, 2015.

November 24, 2015

WilmerHale Partner Lester Ross Receives AmCham China Pioneer Award

Lester Ross, partner-in-charge of WilmerHale’s Beijing office, was one of two attorneys given the China Pioneer Award by the American Chamber of Commerce in the People’s Republic of China (AmCham China).

November 20, 2015

IRS Issues Guidance on the Applicability of Section 162(m) to CFO Compensation

The IRS recently informally revised its guidance regarding which officers of public companies must be considered when determining the compensation deduction limitation of Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code and applied the limitation to CFOs of certain smaller public companies. Since the release of IRS Notice 2007-49, practitioners have understood that the deduction limitation applies only to compensation paid to a public company’s CEO and its three most highly compensated individuals (other than the CEO or CFO) and that, by a quirk of cross-referencing between the Code and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) compensation disclosure rules, Section 162(m) does not apply to compensation paid to the company’s CFO, irrespective of the SEC reporting regime applicable to the public company. However, in a Chief Counsel Advice (CCA) legal memorandum issued on August 24, 2015 (and made publicly available in late October), the IRS concluded that the compensation paid to the principal financial officer of a “smaller reporting company” can, in certain circumstances, be subject to the deduction limitation of Section 162(m).

November 18, 2015

JUVE Ranks WilmerHale Lawyers and Practice Areas in Germany

JUVE, a prominent legal publication in Germany, highly recommends WilmerHale in several practice areas.

November 13, 2015

Second Circuit Clarifies Common Legal Interest and Work Product Doctrines for Material Shared Among Transacting Parties

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently ruled that the “common interest” doctrine protects legal and tax liability analysis prepared for a client and subsequently shared with a consortium of banks providing financing for the client.

November 3, 2015

The Trouble with Unneeded Bankruptcy Reform: The LSTA's Response to the ABI Chapter 11 Commission Report

The Loan Syndications and Trading Association (LSTA) released a report outlining the flaws and potential harmful effects of recommendations made by the American Bankruptcy Institute's Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11. The WilmerHale team that drafted LSTA's response was led by Partners Craig Goldblatt and Danielle Spinelli and included Special Counsel Joel Millar, Counsel Allison Hester-Haddad, Senior Associate Danielle D’Onfro and Associate Jonathan Seymour.

November 2, 2015

Technical and Scientific Experience

Our ability to provide superior legal representation to technology companies is greatly enhanced by the academic and industry experience of our lawyers in a wide variety of technical and scientific fields.    

November 2, 2015

WilmerHale Receives Top Rankings, Named “Law Firm of the Year” in Mutual Funds Law in 2016 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” List

U.S. News - Best Lawyers® has named WilmerHale "Law Firm of the Year" in Mutual Funds Law and recognizes the firm as a first-tier law firm in 21 national and 58 metro-area rankings. In addition, the firm boasts more than 30 second- and third-tier rankings.

October 26, 2015

FinCEN Proposes AML Requirements for Registered Investment Advisers

An article by Franca Harris Gutierrez, Sharon Cohen Levin, Matthew A. Chambers, Timothy F. Silva, Katrina Carroll, Elijah M. Alper, and Carleton Goss, published in the October 2015 edition of Banking & Financial Services Policy Report, Vol. 34, No. 10.

October 22, 2015

China Sets Schedule for Implementation of Negative List System for Market Access

China's State Council on October 19, 2015 published the Opinions on Implementing the Negative List System for Market Access, specifying that China intends to implement a unified national negative list system for market access in 2018.