honors + affiliations
Listed, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2007–2012)
Listed, Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers (2010–2012)
Listed, USA Legal 500, Corporate (2006–2008, 2011–2012)
- New York
R. Alec Dawson is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Business and Finance Practice. His practice focuses on U.S. and cross-border transactional matters, including structuring and negotiating M&A and joint venture transactions for strategic and financial acquirers. He provides advice to public companies in the U.S. involved in various transactional matters, including counseling boards and special committees in connection with interested party transactions. Mr. Dawson is a member of the firm's Private Equity Practice as well as the Financial Services M&A Group, with a focus on representing broker dealers involved in M&A transactions, including in their capacity as financial advisors, and hedge funds in connection with various investment decisions.
Previously, he worked as an account supervisor in the New York office of TBWA Chiat/Day and also served as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Cameron Currie.
Mr. Dawson is admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut.
Mr. Dawson's recent significant representations include:
- Jefferies in its $10 billion merger of equals with Leucadia National Corporation.
- Wells Fargo Securities in its acquisition of Merlin Securities, LLC.
- A group of brokers, including BofA Merrill Lynch, Barclays Capital, Citi, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, and Morgan Stanley, in connection with the launch of Markit Commission Manager, a new commission management platform.
- Jefferies in its $438 million acquisition of Prudential Bache's Global Commodities Group
- Jefferies in the formation of Jefferies Loancore, a $600 million joint venture with GIC
- Apollo Management in its acquisition of Sprouts Farmers Market
- Transforce in its $248 million acquisition of Dynamexdd
- Rocket Marine in its transfer of majority voting control of Aries Maritime Transport through voting and lockup agreements with Grandunion.
- Leo Pharma in connection with its $1 billion acquisition of certain products and related distribution rights from Warner Chilcott.
- Primus Guaranty, Ltd. in its acquisition of the $25B CDO/CLO fund management business of CypressTree Investment Management, LLP.
- Jefferies in the acquisition of Depfa First Albany Securities.
- A group of investors including Morgan Stanley, Knight Capital, the International Securities Exchange and Susquehanna Growth Equity in their investment in Ballista Alternative Trading.
- Morgan Stanley in its acquisition of a significant minority interest in Kapow Technologies.
- The Independent Committee of the Board of Directors of Blyth, Inc. in connection with Blyth's acquisition of ViSalus Holdings, LLC.
- Jefferies in its sale of $500 million of stock to Leucadia.
- Quintana Maritime in its $2.5 billion sale to Excel Maritime.
- Smart and Final in its acquisition of the Henry's and Sun Harvest Stores from Whole Foods.
- The management team of TXU in connection with the leveraged buyout of TXU.
- Apollo Management in its $3.1 billion acquisition of Claire's Stores.
- Sierra Health Services in its $2.5 billion sale to United Health.
- Apollo Management in its $800 million acquisition of Smart and Final.
- Apollo Management in its $1.6 billion sale of portfolio company General Nutrition Centers.
- Morgan Stanley in its acquisition of a significant minority interest in the Philadelphia Stock Exchange and in the Exchange's subsequent sale to the NASDAQ.
- A consortium including Citibank, Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, and UBS in the formation of BIDS Trading and subsequent investment rounds, as well as BIDS' recently announced joint venture with the NYSE and its acquisition of certain assets from Dark Technologies.
- Various financial institutions in connection with their role as financial advisors in numerous M&A transactions.
- Various hedge funds in connection with potential investments/merger arbitrage transactions involving numerous transactions.
- George Washington University National Law Center, 1994, J.D., Summa Cum Laude
- Williams College, 1987, B.A., Cum Laude