R. Alec Dawson counsels both private and publicly held companies in US and international transactional matters. He structures and negotiates mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and joint venture transactions for strategic and financial acquirers. With an extensive private equity and financial services client list, Alec advises on deals for clients that include Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo, Jefferies/Leucadia, Third Point, Ares Capital, and Apollo Management. He co-chairs the firm’s financial services M&A initiative and is a deputy leader of its corporate and business transactions practice.
Alec provides his private equity clients with full spectrum representation, including advice in connection with leveraged acquisitions, exits, and material portfolio company legal issues. In financial services matters, he has experience navigating applicable regulatory approvals and requirements, including those imposed by BHCA and FINRA regulations, as well as related customer, employee, and third party contractual and consent issues.
Alec formerly worked as an account supervisor in the New York office of a US advertising agency. He also has been a law clerk for US District Judge Cameron Currie.
Mr. Dawson's recent significant representations include:
Health Net, Inc., a managed care organization, in its $16 billion merger with Centene Corporation.
Duff & Phelps in its $1.75 billion sale to Permira, a global private equity firm.
Leucadia in a series of transactions including its $900 million sale of National Beef to Marfrig; more than $300 million sale of its subsidiary, Conwed Plastics, to Schweitzer-Mauduit International Inc; and in its sale of Idaho Timber.
Jackson National Life Insurance and its affiliate, National Planning Holdings, Inc. (NPH), in the $325 million sale of NPH’s independent broker-dealer network to LPL Financial LLC.
A consortium including BAML, Citi, Jefferies, Morgan Stanley and UBS in connection with the formation of Visible Alpha LLC as well as numerous subsequent capital raises, joint ventures and add ons.
Morgan Lewis in connection with its 2014 Transaction with Bingham McCutchen and its 2015 Transaction with Stamford Law.
Ares Capital in connection with the sale of numerous portfolio companies including Orion, Step2, Infantino, Competitor Group and its purchase of DevaCurl.
Jefferies in a long series of transactions including its $10 billion merger of equals with Leucadia National Corporation; its $438 million acquisition of Prudential Bache's Global Commodities Group; and in the formation of Jefferies Loancore, a $600 million joint venture with GIC.
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.
Apollo Management in its acquisition of Sprouts Farmers Market.
Third Point in a series of minority investments including as the lead investor in a $200 million preferred stock private placement for Social Finance and its investments in Didi Holdings.
Morgan Stanley in a series of ongoing Fintech Investments including BATS, Echo Technologies, and MIAX.
Quintana Maritime in its $2.5 billion sale to Excel Maritime.
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.
A consortium including Citibank, Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, and UBS in the formation of BIDS Trading and numerous subsequent investment rounds, as well as a number of joint ventures including with the NYSE and CBOE.
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.
The George Washington University Law School, 1994, J.D., summa cum laude
Williams College, 1987, B.A., cum laude
Awards and Affiliations
Ranked, Corporate/M&A, USA, Chambers Global (2010–2013, 2016–2020)
Ranked, Private Equity: Buyouts, USA, Chambers Global (2018–2020)
Ranked, Corporate/M&A, New York, Chambers USA (2007–2019)
Ranked,Private Equity: Buyouts, Nationwide, Chambers USA (2007–2019)
Recommended, M&A/corporate and commercial: Private equity buyouts, The Legal 500 US (2006–2008, 2011–2019)
Notable Practitioner, IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate (2018, 2020)
Notable Practitioner, IFLR1000 United States (2018)