David K Lam is a corporate partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. He focuses on mergers and acquisitions, securities transactions and corporate governance. His practice has included a wide range of matters, including public and private acquisitions and divestitures, domestic and international transactions, carve-out IPOs, spin-offs, split-offs, joint venture transactions and private equity transactions. He also advises numerous companies on takeover defenses, proxy contests and corporate governance matters.
David was selected by The American Lawyer as a Dealmaker of the Year for 2012 and also for 2015, and by AmLaw Daily as a Dealmaker of the Week in 2015. He is also listed as a Super Lawyer in the area of mergers and acquisitions by Super Lawyers magazine. David is a frequent speaker at professional conferences, serving as co-chair of the American Law Institute CLE's "Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions" program in New York.
David received his BA (economics and molecular biophysics & biochemistry) summa cum laude from Yale University, where he was awarded the Arthur Twining Hadley Prize and Russell Henry Chittenden Prize for the highest GPA. He received his JD from Yale Law School, where he served as managing editor of the Yale Law Journal and articles editor of the Yale Journal on Regulation. Upon graduation from law school, Mr Lam served as a law clerk to the Honorable José A. Cabranes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.