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, Third Point, Ares Capital, and Apollo Management. He co-chairs the firm’s financial services M&A initiative.
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:
A consortium including BAML, Citi, Jefferies, Morgan Stanley and UBS in connection with the formation of Visible Alpha LLC.
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 its Orion portfolio company.
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.
Third Point as the lead investor in a $200 million preferred stock private placement for Social Finance
Transforce in its $248 million acquisition of Dynamexdd.
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.
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 (an Apollo portfolio company) in its acquisition of the Henry's and Sun Harvest Stores from Whole Foods.
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.
The George Washington University Law School, 1994, J.D., Summa Cum Laude
Williams College, 1987, B.A., Cum Laude
Awards and Affiliations
Ranked, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2007–2017)
Ranked, Corporate/M&A, USA, Chambers Global (2010–2013, 2016–2018)
Ranked, Private Equity: Buyouts, USA, Chambers Global (2018)
Recommended, M&A/corporate and commercial – Private equity buyouts, The Legal 500 US (2006–2008, 2011–2017)