William B. Rowland

Jones Day

Practice Area: M&A

BTI Client Service All Star History
  • 2013
  • 2019
All Star


“Bill understands our business and makes proactive suggestions for things we should do.”
“He keeps us aware of new developments without overwhelming us with irrelevant information.”


Bill Rowland represents significant companies in M&A and other transactional matters, crafting pragmatic solutions to his client’s complex business and legal issues. Clients have turned to Bill for more than 30 years to achieve their transactional goals. His practice focuses on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, corporate governance, and takeovers. He is the coordinator of the Atlanta Office transactional practices.

Bill represents both public and private companies across an array of industries, including chemicals, energy, manufacturing, media, telecom, and technology. Representative transactions include Southern Company’s acquisition of AGL Resources ($12 billion) and divestiture to NextEra Energy ($6.5 billion), Eastman Chemical’s acquisitions of Solutia ($4.8 billion) and Taminco ($2.8 billion), Cumulus Media’s acquisitions of Citadel Broadcasting ($2.4 billion) and Susquehanna Radio ($1.5 billion), J.M. Huber’s divestiture to Evonik ($630 million), and Birch Communications’ merger with Fusion Telecommunications ($600 million). Bill has led substantial matters for a number of other clients including Barco NV, Georgia-Pacific, Koch Industries, and Sanofi.

Bill is the former chair of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia. He is active in the community and currently serves on the Economic Development Committee of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. He formerly served on the board of directors of the Alliance Theatre, the Georgia Council for International Visitors, and the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2009. Bill’s work has been recognized in various legal surveys including The Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA.

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