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Rowe, Paul K.
Of Counsel, Litigation
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Education

Clerkships

  • Honorable J. Edward Lumbard, United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1979 - 1980

Paul K. Rowe is of counsel in the Litigation Department at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.  He represents corporations and directors in litigation involving M&A transactions, proxy contests, derivative actions and shareholder class actions involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duty, including claims involving executive compensation.   

Mr. Rowe has written extensively on subjects relating to fiduciary duties and other corporation and securities law issues, including "Pills, Polls and Professors," co-authored with Martin Lipton in the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, 2002, vol. 1.  Mr. Rowe is a frequent participant in CLE panels and classroom events at Harvard Law School, Harvard Business School, University of Pennsylvania Law School, NYU Law School and elsewhere.

In recent years, Mr. Rowe has had a prominent role in several high-profile M&A litigations, including the representation of the board of Sothebys in connection with a proxy contest involving Third Point; of CONSOL Energy in litigation arising out of its acquisition of CNX Gas Corporation; of El Paso in litigation arising out of its merger with Kinder Morgan; of Wynn Resorts Ltd. in litigation arising out of its redemption of stock held by a 19% shareholder; of Wells Fargo in litigation arising out of its purchase of Wachovia Corp. and of Novartis in litigation arising out of its acquisition of Alcon.  He is also an experienced federal securities law litigator, having recently represented Penn National Gaming in obtaining a Fourth Circuit affirmance of dismissal of Section 10b-5 litigation arising out of Penn’s uncompleted 2007 leveraged buyout.  Mr. Rowe has also represented defendants in stockholder lawsuits attacking executive compensation, including the boards of Simon Property Group and Umpqua Holdings, Corp.

Mr. Rowe received an A.B. degree magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1976 where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1979 with a J.D. magna cum laude.  Mr. Rowe was a member of the Harvard Law Review from 1977-1979 and after law school, Mr. Rowe was a law clerk to Judge J. Edward Lumbard of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  In 1997-1998, Mr. Rowe was an adjunct professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, teaching a course on mergers and acquisitions. He is a frequent participant on CLE panels and other professional activities.  In addition, Mr. Rowe is a board member of the Program Advisory Board of the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation.  He has been selected as a member of Lawdragon's "500 Leading Lawyers in America."

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