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We have experience in the fields of mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, takeovers and takeover defense, corporate and securities law and corporate governance. We handle some of the largest, most complex and demanding transactions in the United States and around the world.
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Chen, Ronald C.
Partner, Corporate
tel 212.403.1117
fax 212.403.2117

Education

  • Harvard University, A.B. 1995, summa cum laude
  • Oxford University, M.Sc. 1997
  • Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, M.B.A. 1998
  • Harvard Law School, J.D. 2003, magna cum laude

Clerkships

  • Honorable Robert D. Sack, United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2004 - 2005

Ronald C. Chen is a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in the Corporate Department, focusing primarily on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and securities law matters.  Mr. Chen has represented numerous public and private entities in a variety of industries and transactions, including domestic and cross-border merger and acquisition transactions, private equity transactions, joint ventures, divestitures and corporate governance matters.

Mr. Chen received his A.B. summa cum laude from Harvard College, where he received the John Williams Prize as the top graduate in economics. Following graduation from Harvard, Mr. Chen served as a staff economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and was the recipient of a Marshall Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford, where he received an M.Sc. in Economic and Social History and an M.B.A. While at Oxford, Mr. Chen was also a lecturer in economics at Keble College, Oxford. After completing his M.B.A., Mr. Chen was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company.
 
Mr. Chen received his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School where he was the recipient of a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans.  After law school, he was a Charles Hamilton Houston Fellow at Harvard Law School and a law clerk to the Honorable Robert D. Sack of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Recent Publications

  • Deal Activism,
    in Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, October 28, 2015.