John Willett's practice focuses on corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions, as well as general corporate law counseling. He has advised domestic and foreign clients in private and public offerings of debt and equity securities, credit facilities, venture capital and private equity investments, fund formation, acquisitions and divestures, and commercial agreements. He has broad experience in international transactions. Mr. Willett has represented clients in a wide range of industries, including computer manufacturing, entertainment, financial services, insurance and reinsurance, medical devices, radio and television, printing, and securities. He is one of the founding partners of the firm's New York office.


  • Quebecor World (now World Color) in connection with its US$1 billion debtor-in-possession bankruptcy financing and its US$850 million exit financing from bankruptcy.
  • Privately held medical device company in all aspects of its sale to NxStage Medical Inc.
  • One of the largest Canadian cable operators in its US$315 million senior note offering.
  • Groupe Bull, a French information technology company, in its acquisition of the computer business of Zenith Electronics.
  • World-leading commercial printer in two sets of strategic divestitures, including the sale of 11 facilities.

  • Canadian newspaper publisher in its US$205 million high-yield debt offering.
  • Quebec-based biopharmaceutical company in a new issuance of 4.5 million subordinate voting shares.


  • LLM, New York University School of Law, 1976
  • JD, Stanford Law School, 1972
  • MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business, 1972
  • AB, Bucknell University, 1968
  • New York
  • California
  • Supreme Court of the United States
Government & Military Service
  • Captain, Adjutant General's Corps Branch, US Army Reserve
  • Member, American Bar Association

  • Member, New York City Bar

  • Fellow, American College of Investment Counsel


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