Trevor S. Norwitz
Trevor Norwitz is a partner in the Corporate Department at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz where he focuses primarily on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and securities law matters. He has advised a range of public and private entities in a variety of industries in connection with mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, hostile takeover bids and defenses, proxy contests, joint ventures, financing transactions and corporate governance matters.
Selected recent representations by Mr. Norwitz include: Whole Foods in its sale to Amazon.com and its response to shareholder activism; Medivation in its sale to Pfizer; Dollar Tree in its contested acquisition of Family Dollar Stores; eBay in connection with a proxy contest by Carl Icahn, and its spinoff of PayPal, Inc.; Creative Artists Agency LLP in connection with its restructuring and sale of a controlling interest to TPG Group; S&P Global (formerly McGraw Hill) in its sale of the McGraw Hill Education business to Apollo Advisers, its joint venture with CME Group to form S&P/Dow Jones Indices, and its acquisitions of SNL Financial and other companies; and numerous acquisitions for Ventas, Novartis and Danaher Corporation.
Mr. Norwitz teaches a course in Mergers and Acquisitions at Columbia University School of Law. He chairs the New York City Bar Committee on Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Control Contests, and the M&A Subcommittee of the International Bar Association Securities Committee, and is a member of the American Law Institute, and committees of the American Bar Association. He served as a member of an international advisory group to the South African government on company law reform. A regular speaker and panelist at professional conferences, he has chaired and participated in numerous continuing legal education programs and contributes regularly to professional publications on topics relating to M&A and corporate governance. Mr. Norwitz also chairs and serves on a number of non-profit boards of directors, and on the Advisory Board of the Robert L. Bernstein Institute of Human Rights at NYU Law School.
Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Mr. Norwitz received his Bachelor of Business Science with first class honors from the University of Cape Town in 1986. On a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, he read law at Keble College, graduating with first class honors in 1989, and then completed an LL.M. at Columbia University in 1990. He joined the firm in 1994 and was named partner in 1998.
- DOL Proposes Rules Clarifying When ERISA Fiduciaries Need to Vote Proxies,
in Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance, September 9, 2020.
- DOL Proposes New Rules Regulating ESG Investments,
in Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance, July 7, 2020.
- ISS and Glass Lewis: SEC Adopts Proxy Advisory Reform – Initial Perspectives and Implications,
in Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, August 8, 2020.
- Market Trends 2019/20: Proxy Enhancements,
in Lexis Practice Advisor, July 2020.
- Market Trends 2019/20: Shareholder Proposals,
in Lexis Practice Advisor, July 2020.
- REIT M&A and Activism: Preparing for Threats in the COVID-19 Environment,
April 6, 2020.
- The New Dealmakers and Dealbreakers: M&A Activism,
in The International Comparative Legal Guide to Mergers & Acquisitions, Global Legal Group Ltd., 14th ed. 2020.
- SEC Provides New Guidance on Institutional Investors’ Proxy Voting Responsibilities and Use of Proxy Advisory Firms,
in Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, August 22, 2019.
- Delaware Chancery Court Finds Issuers Violated Their Advance Notice Bylaws,
in Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, July 26, 2019.
- SEC Proposes Requiring Synergy Disclosure in Pro Formas,
in Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, July 3, 2019.
- The MAC is Back: Material Adverse Change Provisions After "Akorn",
in The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Mergers & Acquisitions, Global Legal Group Ltd., 13th ed. 2019 (also published in Global Legal Insights to: Mergers & Acquisitions 2019, Global Legal Group LTD., Eighth ed. 2019).
- Corporate Board Diversity Requirements Expand: Guidance for Corporations,
in The Lexis Practice Advisor Journal, Winter 2018.
- For Corporate Litigation, Delaware is Still the First State,
in The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Mergers & Acquisitions, Global Legal Group Ltd., 12th ed. 2018.
- Market Trends: Proxy Enhancements and Shareholder Proposals,
in Lexis Practice Advisor, February 2018.
- SEC Clarifies Non-GAAP Reconciliation Rules for M&A Disclosures,
in Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, November 15, 2017.