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William W. Yavinsky

Washington, D.C.
New York

William W. Yavinsky
+1 202 637 6540 (Washington, D.C.)
+1 212 918 6037 (New York)
+1 202 637 5910 (Washington, D.C.)
+1 212 918 3100 (New York)
Practice Group

Will Yavinsky focuses his corporate practice on U.S. and international business transactions. He brings vast experience in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, partnerships, and strategic alliances.

Will represents strategic companies, financial sponsors, and other investors on domestic and cross-border transactions involving industries as diverse as aerospace, defense, and government services; automotive; fashion; industrial manufacturing; life sciences and healthcare; and technology, media and telecoms. He has been a member of the core deal team in transactions recognized as "deals of the year."

Will was recently seconded to a U.S.-based industrial sector client. As an in-house lawyer, he worked as a member of the legal teams supporting M&A, commercial and intellectual property development, as well as licensing matters, to mitigate legal risk and provide practical solutions to protect the company's interests.

Will is a member of our global committee addressing legal project management matters; he helped design and implement tools and techniques as a recent pilot initiative. He has also lectured on corporate law at American University and Duke University.

While in law school at Georgetown University Law Center, Will worked on cross-border legal matters as a law clerk for a leading Argentine law firm in Buenos Aires. As a member of the Harrison Institute Housing and Community Development Clinic, he was recognized for his pro bono legal service to a tenant organization seeking to rehabilitate and manage a multifamily cooperative in the Brightwood neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

Representative experience

Representation of Dell Inc. on the sale of its information technology services business to NTT DATA for US$3.055bn.

Representation of auto parts maker Affinia Group in its global brake, chassis, and filtration businesses sales for total enterprise value over US$1.5bn.

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

Representation of Airbus Defense and Space in the sale of its thermal management systems subsidiary Fairchild Controls Corporation to Triumph Group.

Representation of Gemalto N.V. in its acquisition of SafeNet, Inc., a worldwide leader in data protection and software monetization, for US$890m.

Representation of Amplimmune, Inc., a biologics company developing cancer therapies, in its sale to AstraZeneca and MedImmune for up to US$500m.

Representation of Ford Motor Company in its sales of Volvo Cars to Geely for US$1.8bn, and Jaguar and Land Rover to Tata Motors for US$2.3bn.

Representation of one of the largest European-based aerospace companies in acquiring a provider of advanced air traffic management products and services.

Representation of Office Depot, Inc. in the sale of a 50% interest in Latin American joint venture Office Depot Mexico to Grupo Gigante for US$690m.

Representation of a private equity fund in its acquisition of a global components and accessories supplier of the gaming, amusement, and industrial markets.

Representation of The Gores Group in its acquisition of a majority stake in Mexx International from Liz Claiborne and forming a related joint venture.

Representation of a global auto original equipment manufacturer in commercial and supply arrangements, including for captive dealer and vehicle financing.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Georgetown University Law Center, 2008
  • A.B., magna cum laude, Duke University, 2005

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

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