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William P. Rogers Jr.

Retired Partner, Corporate

William P. Rogers, Jr. retired from Cravath’s Corporate Department in December 2015. His practice encompassed the representation of both corporate and financial institution clients in a wide variety of matters, including international securities offerings, corporate governance and SEC compliance matters, mergers and acquisitions, and derivative financial products.

Mr. Rogers was repeatedly cited as one of the country’s leading practitioners in capital markets by, among others, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business; Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business; The Legal 500; and IFLR1000.

Mr. Rogers regularly advised a wide variety of the Firm’s clients, including Royal Dutch Shell plc, Bacardi Limited, Time Warner Inc., Northrop Grumman Corporation, CBS Corporation, INEOS Group Limited, Tetragon Financial Group Limited, Costamare Inc., Incorporated, FactSet Research Systems Inc., Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, GasLog Ltd. and Goldman Sachs.

Mr. Rogers advised Royal Dutch Shell plc in its pending US$70 billion acquisition of BG Group plc and in connection with its reserves and financial restatements and the corporate restructuring that created Royal Dutch Shell plc. He represented Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Citigroup in the refinancing by Chrysler LLC of the debt provided by the U.S. Treasury and the Canadian Government. Mr. Rogers also advised Banco Santander SA in the US$100 billion acquisition of ABN AMRO by a consortium of bidders, including Santander; and INEOS Group Limited, a major UK chemical company, in the financing of its acquisition of the Innovene chemicals business from BP plc and subsequent debt refinancings.

Mr. Rogers represented a number of non‑U.S. companies in their equity IPOs and initial listings, including GasLog Ltd. (U.S. IPO and NYSE listing), GasLog Partners LP (U.S. IPO and NYSE listing), Costamare Inc. (U.S. IPO and NYSE listing), Safe Bulkers Inc. (U.S. IPO and NYSE listing), Tetragon Financial Group Limited (Global IPO and Euronext Amsterdam listing), T.E.R.N.A S.p.A. (Global IPO and Milan listing) and Royal Dutch Shell plc (Global IPO as part of a unification of predecessors and NYSE, LSE and Euronext Amsterdam listings).

Mr. Rogers also regularly advised the Firm’s corporate clients on derivatives matters, including the implications of the new Dodd‑Frank swaps regulation. He was involved in the formation of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) and, prior to his move to London, regularly represented ISDA on legislative, regulatory and documentation matters.

Mr. Rogers was born in Bronxville, New York. He received a B.A. from Union College in 1972 and a J.D. from Case Western Reserve School of Law in 1978.

Mr. Rogers joined Cravath in 1979 and became a partner in 1985. From 1998 to 2001, he served as the Managing Partner of the Corporate Department and, from 2001 to 2007, headed the Firm’s London office. Mr. Rogers most recently served on the Firm’s Strategy Board.

Mr. Rogers may be reached by phone at +1‑212‑474‑1270 or by email at

+1 (212) 474-1270
+1 (212) 474-3700