Trevor Norwitz is a partner in the Corporate Department at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. He has counseled businesses in connection with mergers, acquisitions, investments, divestitures, hostile takeover bids and defenses, proxy contests, joint ventures, spinoffs, financing transactions, and corporate governance and crisis management matters.
Selected recent representations by Mr. Norwitz include: activist campaign defenses for Dollar Tree, Whole Foods, eBay, Bed Bath & Beyond and McGraw Hill: Whole Foods in its sale to Amazon.com; Medivation in its sale to Pfizer; Dollar Tree in its contested acquisition of Family Dollar; eBay in its spinoff of PayPal; S&P Global in its sale of McGraw Hill Education and its joint venture with CME Group to form S&P/Dow Jones Indices; and acquisitions for Ventas, Novartis and Danaher.
Mr. Norwitz has taught an M&A class at Columbia Law School for fifteen years. He chairs the New York City Bar M&A Committee, and is active on committees of the American Bar Association and International 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 Boards of DirectWomen and 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 from the University of Cape Town in 1986. On a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, he read law at Keble College, before completing an LL.M. at Columbia in 1990. He joined the firm in 1994 and was named partner in 1998.