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Javaad Ali, Associate

Jaavad Ali has a BA, with honors, in Economics from Northwestern, an MS in Quantitative Finance from HEC Paris, and a JD from Northwestern University School of Law. Before joining WMD, Jaavad helped handle a wide range of corporate and securities matters, for both public and private issuers at Debevoise & Plimpton, Dentons, and Kirkland & Ellis. Javaad is technologically proficient, and has received a substantial startup grant from IBM to develop AI applications for corporate law, launching a startup Advocates Close in May 2022.


Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, JD (2017)

HEC Paris, M.S. Quantitative Finance (2013)

Northwestern University, BA (Honors) Economics (2010)


New York (2020)

Representative Transactions

  • Advised Amcor Ltd. in its $6.8 billion acquisition of Bemis Co.
  • Advised Azko Nobel in connection with the $12.5 billion sale of its specialty chemicals unit to the Carlyle Group
  • Advised Starwood Waypoint Homes in connection with its proposed $10.2 billion acquisition of real estate investment trust
  • Advised Fortive Corporation in connection with its $2.0 billion acquisition of Accruent
  • Advised Francisco Partners in connection with its strategic minority investment by Blackstone and Goldman Sachs Asset Management
  • Advised Blackstone in connection with its acquisition of a minority interest in New Mountain Capital
  • Advised Wyndham Worldwide in connection with its $1.95 billion acquisition of La Quinta’s franchise and management business and its issuance of $500 million of senior notes
  • Advised OneSpaWorld in connection with its $948 million business combination with Haymaker Acquisition Corporation, a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company
  • Advised Blackstone portfolio company in its $500 million notes offering and $180 million add-on senior notes offering
  • Advised BlackRock in connection with $471 million agreement to purchase notes 144A notes issued by special purpose entities