William Sorabella is a Corporate/M&A partner based in New York City. His practice focuses on the representation of principals in merger and acquisition transactions primarily involving public companies. He regularly represents corporate buyers and sellers, private equity funds and special committees in the purchase, merger and sale of companies and divisional carve-outs and in the formation and dissolution of joint ventures. He also frequently represents financial advisors in similar transactions. He also advises clients on corporate governance matters, proxy contests and anti-takeover measures.
William has twice been named as one of the “Dealmakers of the Year” by The American Lawyer. The 2010 edition spotlighted his work on behalf of 3G Capital Partners in its $4.0 billion acquisition of Burger King Holdings, Inc. The 2012 edition spotlighted his work on behalf of Blum Capital Partners and Golden Gate Capital in their $2.0 billion acquisition of Collective Brands Inc. He has also been named as a “Dealmaker of the Week” by The American Lawyer based on his representation of 3G Capital Partners in its acquisition of H.J. Heinz Company.
William has been recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in Corporate/M&A for every year since 2013, which noted that he is a “very careful and meticulous” lawyer who “leaves no stone unturned.” Sources say he has “excellent interpersonal skills” and “gets things done in a variety of environments.” He was recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. for his work in M&A: mega-deals ($1bn+) as an attorney who “provides critical support and is very knowledgeable on M&A matters.” He has been selected and profiled as a “Rising Star” and “M&A MVP” by Law360 and named as a New York “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers. His innovative work on transactions has also been recognized by several other publications, including The Financial Times in its U.S. Innovative Lawyers Report, the Investment Dealers’ Digest in its annual “Deal of the Year” awards, The Deal Magazine in its annual “Deals of the Year” and The New York Times DealBook in its annual “Deal Makers at the Head of the Class” awards article.
William is a member of the Law360 Mergers & Acquisitions Editorial Advisory Board.
Memberships & Affiliations
Member, New York Board of U.S. Fund for UNICEF (2012–2016)
Admissions & Qualifications
- 2001New York
- Georgetown University Law CenterJ.D.cum laude2000
- Bowdoin CollegeA.B.summa cum laude1997Leonard A. Pierce Memorial Prize