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William J. Curtin, III

New York
Washington, D.C.

William J. Curtin, III
+1 212 918 3305 (New York)
+1 202 637 6418 (Washington, D.C.)
+1 212 918 3100 (New York)
+1 202 637 5910 (Washington, D.C.)
English, French
Practice Group

Bill Curtin helps clients achieve their business goals. Across industries, Bill is known for executing complex M&A transactions by finding commercial solutions to meet his clients' objectives.

Bill is a member of the firm's Board and is the Global Head of our Mergers and Acquisitions practice. He is recognized as a leader in the field of cross-border transactions, having been named in each of the past seven years among the International Who's Who of Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyers and honored as a Dealmaker of the Year by The American Lawyer.

Bill has developed his legal acumen through significant experience as an international lawyer practicing out of major commercial centers around the world. From 2003 until 2008, Bill was based in Paris and led the development of Hogan Lovells' operations in France. From 2008 to 2010, Bill was based in London and served as Head of Hogan Lovells' European Corporate Group. Since 2011, he has been based out of the firm's Washington and New York offices, serving multinational clients on their business initiatives around the world.

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 entering law school, Bill spent an academic year in Paris on a Fulbright Scholarship, where he served as an English teaching assistant. He is a frequent commentator on the state of M&A (with recent appearances on Bloomberg, CNBC, and in the New York Times) and lecturer on corporate law (including at the law schools of Duke University, Georgetown University, and the University of Virginia). Bill is co-author of a comprehensive article on cross-border business combination transactions, which has been cited by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as one of several authoritative sources on such transactions.

Representative Experience

Representation of Dell on its US$3.05bn carve-out and sale of its IT services business, Dell Services, to NTT Data, Inc. of Japan.

Representation of Honeywell on its US$1.5bn acquisition of Intelligrated, a leader in supply chain and warehouse automation solutions.

Representation of Airbus Group in its joint venture with OneWeb, a company proposing to launch a first-in-kind constellation of satellites to provide global internet service.

Representation of Audi, BMW, and Daimler in connection with their purchase, as a consortium, of the HERE mapping business from Nokia.

Representation of Cisco Systems, Inc. in its acquisition of Assemblage, Inc. and DocumentReady ApS and in its separate acquisition of ParStream GmbH.

Representation of Corning in its acquisition of the pharmaceutical glass tubing business of Gerresheimer AG.

Representation of Gemalto N.V. in its acquisition of SafeNet, Inc. from Vector Capital.

Representation of Ford Motor Co. in its sale of Volvo Cars to Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co., Ltd, and in its sale of Jaguar and Land Rover to Tata Motors Limited.

Representation of Daimler AG on its acquisition of RideScout and sales of its North American Setra coach distribution business and Orion bus aftermarket parts business.

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

Representation of Colfax Fluid Handling LLC on the sale of its Fairmount Automation business to New Fairmount Automation, Inc.

Representation of British Sky Broadcasting Group plc in its +EUR1 billion strategic investment in the German pay television market.

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

Education and admissions


  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1996
  • A.B., cum laude, Duke University, 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
  • Maryland


Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts - Private Equity Buyouts

Legal 500 US


Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts - Large Deals ($1bn-5bn)

Legal 500 US


Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts

Legal 500 US


The International Who's Who of Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyers


Mergers & Acquisitions

New York Super Lawyers


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


The American Lawyer, "Dealmaker of the Year" Award


Chambers USA, Corporate/M&A & Private Equity


The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers


Runner-up, "Partner of the Year" Award

The Lawyer


The Deal, one of eight corporate lawyers profiled in "Faces of Deal Lawyers"


BTI’s Transactions All-Star Team, Recognized for Outstanding Client Service


Corporate/M&A - France

Chambers Europe

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