William P. Gelnaw Jr.

Co-Managing Partner

Bill Gelnaw has served as one of the Firm’s co-managing partners since 1996.

Mr. Gelnaw was named "Best Lawyer" for closely held companies and family business law by Best Lawyers 2018. He is annually listed in Best Lawyers in America for business organizations, mergers and acquisitions and corporate law.  He has also been named in The Legal 500 for mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Gelnaw is a 2016 Massachusetts Super Lawyer.

Practice Focus

Mergers & Acquisitions:  mergers and acquisitions on behalf of public and private companies and private equity funds in a wide range of industries including financial services, healthcare, media, communications, timeshare, professional services and consumer products.

Private Equity:  representation of funds in acquisitions and investments, and the ongoing representation and sale of portfolio companies.

Representative Engagements

  • $120 million initial public offering for financial services company.
  • $152 million sale of business media company.
  • $130 million sale of healthcare service company.
  • $300 million acquisition of mutual fund complex.
  • $1.7 billion sale of annuity company.
  • $1.1 billion sale of mutual fund complex.
  • Representation of special board committees in three going private transactions.
  • $280 million sale of financial services company.
  • $75 million sale of company in water filtration business.
  • $60 million joint venture in consumer products industry.
  • Sale of professional services/consulting company.

Publications and Presentations

  • “Pre and Post Sale Planning for You, Your Company and Your Family,” panelist, Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Conference for Business Owners: M&A Solutions for Privately Held Companies, Boston, October 2012.
  • “Going Private Deals Involving a Controlling Stockholder,” co-author, Securities Law360, August 2010.

Professional and Community Involvement

Mr. Gelnaw is active in a number of business, civic and charitable organizations.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of Associated Industries of Massachusetts, Jobs for Massachusetts, Inc. and the Massachusetts High Technology Council.  He is also a member of the Commercial Club of Boston, the Business Advisory Council of Boston College Law School and the Corporate Leadership Council of the Boys & Girls Club of Boston.  Mr. Gelnaw is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.  He is also a member of the Massachusetts and Boston Bar Associations. 

Education & Credentials

Boston College Law School
JD, 1984, magna cum laude
Boston College
BS, 1981, summa cum laude