Adam King has extensive experience representing public and private clients in a wide range of merger and acquisition transactions. He also regularly advises clients on securities law compliance, shareholder activism defense and corporate governance matters. Representative transactions include:

  • Juno Therapeutics in its $9 billion acquisition by Celgene;
  • Gilead Sciences, Inc. and its cell therapy subsidiary Kite Pharma, Inc. on their acquisition of Cell Design Labs, Inc. for up to $567 million;
  • Unidine Corporation in its acquisition by Compass Group;
  • WeWork in its $4.4 billion investment from SoftBank Group and SoftBank Vision Fund;
  • Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Incorporated in its $760 million acquisition of IronPlanet Holdings, Inc., a leading online marketplace for used heavy equipment;
  • Biogen Inc. in connection with the spin-off of its hemophilia business into Bioverativ Inc. as an independent publicly traded company;
  • EMC Corporation in its $67 billion acquisition by Dell Technologies Inc., the largest-ever technology sector acquisition;
  • NPS Pharmaceuticals in its $5.2 billion sale to Shire;
  • JLL Partners in its acquisition of Point Blank Holding Corp., a leader in the development and commercialization of protective solutions for the military, law enforcement and corrections markets, from Sun Capital Partners;
  • DPx Holdings, Inc. in the take-private of Patheon Inc.;
  • Boise Inc., a manufacturer of packaging products and paper, in its $1.3 billion acquisition by Packaging Corporation of America;
  • Solo Cup Company in its $1 billion acquisition by Dart Container Corporation;
  • Vocus, Inc., a provider of cloud-based marketing and public relations software, in its $467 million acquisition by GTCR;
  • TOMY Company Ltd. in its $680 million acquisition of RC2 Corporation;
  • GTCR in its $390 million acquisition of Fundtech Ltd. by means of an all-cash topping bid to an announced stock-for-stock transaction;
  • Black Diamond Capital Management in its $178 million acquisition of the assets of White Birch Paper Company pursuant to a credit bid under Canada’s Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act as part of White Birch’s cross-border restructuring;
  • Jones Lang Lasalle in its $275 million senior notes offering; and
  • Navistar International Corporation in connection with shareholder activism and related corporate governance and other matters.



  • J.D., Cornell Law School, 2009
  • B.A., Valparaiso University, 2006


  • Illinois
  • Massachusetts

Adam N. King

Associate, Mergers and Acquisitions