Deborah J. Ludewig founded DJL Corporate Law in March 2008. Deborah practiced law during the last 24 years at several large law firms based in Silicon Valley and has been a partner at K&L Gates, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman and Cooley LLP. She has worked with hundreds of companies in corporate formations, venture capital financings, joint ventures, public and private offerings, merger and acquisition transactions and as special advisor on board and governance matters. Deborah’s experience includes serving as a general counsel of an internet start-up.
Deborah currently works with private and public companies on a range of projects typically managed by a general counsel. She has supported early stage clients engaged in financing and team building matters and late stage companies in negotiating strategic commercial agreements and supervising the growth of IP portfolios. Her collaboration network includes her contacts and former colleagues in several large firms as well as specialists in a wide array of practices around the country.
Deborah is a frequent speaker and educator on topics relevant to entrepreneurs and executives. She has developed governance seminars for board members and other educational programs of interest to entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. Deborah is a faculty member of the Practicing Law Institute and Chair of the PLI’s annual program in San Francisco on Drafting Corporate Agreements. She is also a guest lecturer on topics relating to start up companies and negotiation for UC Berkeley, in the Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology.
Deborah is the former President and Chairman and a current member of the Board of Directors of the Silicon Valley Directors Exchange (formerly the National Association of Corporate Directors, Silicon Valley Chapter), www.svdx.org, and has previously served in leadership roles at Girls for a Change and Watermark (formerly Forum for Women Entrepreneurs).
JD – 1991, Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley
BS – 1980, College of Notre Dame (summa cum laude)
Trevor Norwitz is a partner in the Corporate Department at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz where he focuses primarily on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and securities law matters. He has advised a range of public and private entities in a variety of industries in connection with mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, hostile takeover bids and defenses, proxy contests, joint ventures, financing transactions and corporate governance matters.
Selected recent representations by Mr. Norwitz include: Whole Foods in its sale to Amazon.com and its response to shareholder activism; Medivation in its sale to Pfizer; Dollar Tree in its contested acquisition of Family Dollar Stores; eBay in connection with a proxy contest by Carl Icahn, and its spinoff of PayPal, Inc.; Creative Artists Agency LLP in connection with its restructuring and sale of a controlling interest to TPG Group; S&P Global (formerly McGraw Hill) in its sale of the McGraw Hill Education business to Apollo Advisers, its joint venture with CME Group to form S&P/Dow Jones Indices, and its acquisitions of SNL Financial and other companies; and numerous acquisitions for Ventas, Novartis and Danaher Corporation.
Mr. Norwitz teaches a course in Mergers and Acquisitions at Columbia University School of Law. He chairs the New York City Bar Committee on Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Control Contests, and the M&A Subcommittee of the International Bar Association Securities Committee, and is a member of the American Law Institute, and committees of the American 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 Board of 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 with first class honors from the University of Cape Town in 1986. On a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, he read law at Keble College, graduating with first class honors in 1989, and then completed an LL.M. at Columbia University in 1990. He joined the firm in 1994 and was named partner in 1998.