Louis J. Bevilacqua 

Senior Counsel – New York
T.+1 212 504 6057
200 Liberty Street
New York, NY 10281 V-CARD

Louis J. Bevilacqua has served Cadwalader for nearly three decades, offering consummate judgment and experience in advising the firm's attorneys and clients related to complex transactions. As a former chair of the Corporate and M&A groups, Lou focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, corporate finance and securities law. Since 1980, Lou has counseled boards of directors, investment funds, corporate buyers and sellers, investment banks and securities issuers. He has served as special counsel to numerous independent directors committees in complex mergers and contested going-private transactions, leveraged buyouts and restructuring. In representing buyers or sellers, Lou provides the insight and creativity that comes with decades of experience in an ever-changing economic and regulatory environment.

As the regulatory landscape expands, complex capital and tax structures become more critical to winning strategies. In addition, activism and shareholder director engagement issues increasingly raise paramount and provocative issues in traditional M&A practice. Consequently, the judgment and experience of a trusted advisor is a valuable commodity for Cadwalader clients. Lou provides the high profile transaction track record of an attorney who has handled some of the largest and most complex mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance transactions. An advocate for value creation, he is respected by his colleagues on both sides of the table.

Regularly listed in Chambers USA as one of the top M&A lawyers in the country, and recognized by Legal 500, IFLR 1000 and Super Lawyers. Lou has been featured in Best Lawyers in America for 16 consecutive years and has been named a leading Corporate Governance lawyer by Who's Who Legal. He is a member of the Board of the Institute for Law and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Wharton Business School.

A frequent lecturer in the area of M&A transactions and domestic and international corporate and securities law, Lou Bevilacqua has published a number of articles, including "Outbound China M&A and investment – US" (China Outbound Investment Guide, 2010); "Rethinking Non-GAAP Financial Measures" (Law360, March 2010); "The New SEC Disclosure Rules" (The Corporate Board, May 1, 2004); and "Disclosure under Sarbanes-Oxley: an assessment and a look forward" (Directorship, December 1, 2003).

A graduate of Holy Cross College, where he earned his B.A., Lou received his M.B.A. in Finance at New York University and his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.

Prior to joining Cadwalader as a partner, Lou was a partner at Sage Gray Todd & Sims in New York. He is admitted to practice in the State of New York and is a member of the New York County Lawyers Association and the American Bar Association.

Lou was one of the firm's principal corporate partners involved in:

  • The Pasha Group in its acquisition of the Hawaii trade-lane business of Horizon Lines.
  • Advising LyondellBasell on corporate securities and governance issues in connection with its reorganization.
  • Jos. A. Bank's financial advisor in connection with its agreement to acquire Eddie Bauer and its subsequent sale to Men's Wearhouse.
  • Numerous M&A and Capital Market Transactions for Bear Stearns.
  • Lehman Brothers' acquisition of several financial services business.
  • Advising the U.S. Department of Treasury relating to the governance and restructuring of General Motors.
  • Merger of Millicom Incorporated with Millicom Cellular International S.A.
  • Oji Paper on several acquisitions and joint ventures.
  • Pfizer's acquisition of Warner-Lambert.
  • Pfizer's acquisition of Pharmacia Corporation.
  • Skandia Insurance Company Ltd.'s sale of American Skandia Inc. to Prudential Financial.
  • Sale of Skandia America Reinsurance Corporation sale to Fairfax Financial.
  • Pfizer's sale of its confectionery unit to Cadbury Schweppes.
  • Pfizer's sale of Schick-Wilkinson Sword to Energizer Holdings, Inc.
  • Lehman Re in restructuring its investment in the Molasses Reef Resort Project.
  • American Home Mortgage Holdings, Inc.'s acquisition of Apex Mortgage Company.
  • SS&C Technologies, Inc.'s going-private transaction with the Carlyle Group.
  • XL Capital's risk commutation and restructuring transaction.
  • Group 1 Software's sale to Pitney Bowes.
  • Sale of Quaker Oat & Pepsico, Inc.
  • Royal Bank of Canada's acquisition of Banco de San Juan.


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Louis J. Bevilacqua 


  • New York


  • Fordham University School of Law
    J.D., 1977
  • New York University
    M.B.A., 1977
  • College of the Holy Cross
    B.A., 1970