Melissa Sawyer is a partner in S&C’s M&A Group and is co-head of the Corporate Governance & Activism Practice and Consumer & Retail Group. In addition to advising clients on public and private M&A transactions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, she also regularly advises clients on corporate governance, activism and takeover defense matters. Her experience spans multiple industries, including consumer and retail, industrials, medtech and insurance. Ms. Sawyer has been repeatedly recognized as a leading M&A adviser. Most recently, she was named to The Deal’s “Women in M&A: The Powerhouse 20” for shaping the industry with her novel approach to transactions. She has also been recognized as a Law360 MVP, one of Crain’s “Leading Women Lawyers in New York City,” and was named “Dealmaker of the Week” by The American Lawyer. Over the past three years, she has advised Apollo Education, AT&T, BBA Aviation, Bessemer, CONMED, CPPIB, CSM Bakery, Diageo, DS Smith, FXI, OTPP, Sotheby’s and UnitedHealth. Ms. Sawyer is currently a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School. She also regularly participates in numerous legal panels and writes for leading legal publications.
University of Virginia Law School (J.D. 2000); Washington and Lee University (B.A. 1997).