William Kahn Joins Seyfarth Shaw

William Kahn has joined Seyfarth Shaw as a Washington, D.C.-based partner in the law firm’s corporate office. He previously was with Hogan & Hartson LLP.


Seyfarth Shaw LLP, one of America’s leading full-service law firms, today announced that William P. Kahn has joined the firm’s Washington, D.C. office as a partner in the Corporate Department. He joins Seyfarth from Hogan & Hartson LLP.

Kahn’s practice involves a variety of corporate matters, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and capital transactions in the United States on behalf of international clients. He has particular experience in serving French and European corporate clients in their mergers and acquisitions, private equity and strategic transactions in the United States. Kahn also advises major U.S. and international clients on outbound and cross-border mergers and acquisitions. The industries he serves include aerospace, defense, technology, marketing and media, manufacturing and hotels.

“William is a skilled corporate attorney who offers particularly keen insights with regard to serving his French and other international clients with their transactions in the Unites States,” said Esteban A. Ferrer, Chair of Seyfarth Shaw’s Corporate Department. “William also helps deepen our bench in M&A transactions, especially in the aerospace and government contracting industries.”

Seyfarth Shaw’s corporate attorneys possess the broad, in-depth experience necessary to serve a diverse client base, ranging from start-up ventures and venture capital funds to middle market companies and growth capital funds, and to large multinational corporations and financial institutions. The department’s attorneys guide clients through myriad legal issues and offer guidance on key decisions that determine long-term success in today’s highly competitive, high-speed business environment. The department is a pioneer in the application of Lean Six Sigma principles to transactional work. Since corporate matters frequently involve aspects of many legal disciplines, Seyfarth’s corporate attorneys regularly draw on the resources of the firm’s other practice areas such as employee benefits, intellectual property, labor and employment, real estate, environmental and bankruptcy to deliver coordinated, seamless service to clients. In this way, clients receive full attention from dedicated, focused business attorneys, as well as reap the benefits of a full-service law firm.

“William is a terrific addition to our corporate group nationally and to our D.C. office,” said Joseph R. Damato, Managing Partner of Seyfarth Shaw’s Washington, D.C. office. “He shares our commitment to delivering world-class legal services to our clients through a team-based approach.”

The Washington, D.C. office of Seyfarth Shaw opened in 1971 with two lawyers whose practice focused on labor and employment law. Since its opening, the office has grown to over 60 lawyers. Practices in the Washington office now include corporate, government contracts (including regulatory compliance), foreign investment control, employee benefits, white collar crime, labor and employment, commercial litigation, real estate and construction law.

“I’m excited to join Seyfarth Shaw, and I look forward to working with my colleagues across the firm’s platform,” said Kahn. “The firm’s impressive depth and breadth of resources throughout the country and the firm’s experience in applying Six Sigma principles to transactional work will greatly assist me with my work on behalf of my clients.”

Kahn earned his J.D. from Duke University School of Law. He also earned a Master of Laws from the Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne in France and a J.D. from the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium. Kahn is admitted to the bars of the District of Columbia, New York and Paris. He is fluent in English, French and Dutch.

Seyfarth Shaw has over 750 attorneys located in ten offices throughout the United States including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., as well as Brussels, Belgium. Seyfarth Shaw provides a broad range of legal services in the areas of business services, labor and employment, employee benefits, and litigation. The firm’s practice reflects virtually every industry and segment of the country’s business and social fabric. Clients include over 300 of the Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, newspapers and other media, hotels, health care organizations, airlines and railroads. The firm also represents a number of federal, state, and local governmental and educational entities. For more information, please visit www.seyfarth.com.