William J. Curtin, III

Bill Curtin "is the consummate deal lawyer, he is the guy you want to have sitting next to you to advise you on your deal...."

Chambers USA, 2021

Bill Curtin is Global Head of our M&A practice and advises market-leading companies on their cross-border transactions.

Commended by Legal 500 US for his ability to "get impossible deals done" and for his "experience, creativity, availability and business understanding," Bill has been honored as a Dealmaker of the Year by The American Lawyer.

Bill offers clients a cross-industry, multi-jurisdictional array of experience having advised many of the world’s leading companies, including Airbus, Arm, Audi, Bernhard Capital Partners, BDT&MSD, BMW, Celanese, Chevron, Citibank, Cloudflare, The Coca-Cola Company, Corning, Cranemere Group, Daimler Truck, Dell Technologies, Ford Motor Company, Gemalto, Goldman Sachs, Henco, Honeywell, IBM, Ingredion, ITT, Kaiser Permanente, Mercedes-Benz, Norges Bank, Ulta Beauty, and Viatris.

He has significant international experience practicing out of major commercial centers. From 2003 until 2008, Bill was based in Paris and led the development of our operations in France. From 2008 to 2010, Bill was based in London and served as Head of our European Corporate Group. From 2010 until 2016, he served on the Global Board of Hogan Lovells while based out of the firm's Washington and New York offices. Since 2016, he has served as Global Head of our M&A practice.

Bill is a frequent commentator on the state of M&A, with recent appearances on Bloomberg, CNBC, Sky News, and in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and lecturer on corporate law, including at Duke University and the University of Virginia.

He is co-author of a comprehensive article on cross-border business combination transactions, cited by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as one of several authoritative sources on such transactions.

Bill is fluent in French and has studied at the London School of Economics and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Before law school, Bill spent an academic year in Paris on a Fulbright Scholarship.

Awards and recognitions


Corporate/M&A & Private Equity
Chambers USA


M&A/Corporate and Commercial: M&A: Large Deals ($1bn+)
Legal 500 US


M&A, Notable Practitioner


The International Who's Who of Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyers


Media, Technology, and Telecoms: Technology: Transactions
Legal 500 US


Mergers & Acquisitions
New York Super Lawyers


Client Choice Awards, United States: M&A
International Law Office


Dealmaker of the Year
The American Lawyer

Education and admissions


J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1996

A.B., Duke University, cum laude, 1992


Regional Manager for Washington, D.C., University of Virginia Law School Annual Giving, 2000-present

Visiting Professor, L'Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Paris, France, 1992-93

Bar admissions and qualifications

New York

District of Columbia


Representative experience

Airbus Group on its joint venture with OneWeb; its acquisition of MTM Robotics; and its sale of Airbus DS SatCom Government, Inc.

Arcturus UAV, Inc. on its US$405m sale to AeroVironment, Inc.

Argo AI on its acquisition of Princeton Lightwave Inc.

Arm Limited, subsidiary of SoftBank Group Corp. and SoftBank Vision Fund, on the pending US$40 billion sale of Arm to NVIDIA.

Audi, BMW, and Daimler in connection with their US$3.1bn purchase, as a consortium, of the HERE mapping business from Nokia, and third-party investments by Intel, Mitsubishi Corporation, and NTT.

British Sky Broadcasting Group plc on its strategic investment in the German pay television market.

Cisco Systems, Inc. on its acquisitions of Assemblage, Inc., DocumentReady ApS, ParStream GmbH, and Skyport Systems, Inc.

Cloudflare, Inc., a leading web infrastructure and cybersecurity company, on its US$162m acquisition of Area 1 Security, Inc., a developer of industry-leading phishing and network security products.

Corning on its acquisitions of the pharmaceutical glass tubing business of Gerresheimer AG and the borosilicate glass tubing business of Bormioli Pharma.

Daimler AG on its acquisition of RideScout; sales of the Orion parts and North American Setra distribution businesses; investments in Via; and reorganization of its worldwide business. 

Dell on its US$3.05bn sale of the Dell Services IT services business and on its US$2.075bn sale of the RSA business.

Ford Motor Company on its sales of Volvo Cars, Jaguar, and Land Rover; minority investments, including in Pivotal Software and ZoomCar; and its ventilator partnership with GE Healthcare.

Gemalto N.V. on its US$890m acquisition of SafeNet, Inc. from Vector Capital.

The Gores Group on its acquisition of a majority stake in Mexx International from Liz Claiborne, including the formation of a joint venture between Gores and Liz Claiborne.

Honeywell International Inc. on its US$1.5bn acquisition of Intelligrated and its €425m acquisition of Transnorm.

IBM on the global separation and reorganization of Kyndryl Holdings, Inc., its managed infrastructure services business, prior to the spin-off of Kyndryl into a separate publicly traded company.

Ingredion on its £185 million acquisition of LSE-listed PureCircle Ltd. and its joint venture with Amyris.

The co-founders and senior management of The Motley Fool, Inc. on a series of restructuring and recapitalization transactions.

PDS Tech, Inc. on its sale to AKKA Technologies.

SkyWater Technology on its approximately US$112.1m initial public offering and listing on the Nasdaq (SKYT).

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