New York

+1 (212) 474-1964

Highly regarded

Bar admissions:

New York


United States

Practice areas:


Industry sectors:

Pharmaceuticals and life sciences
Technology and telecommunications

Robert I. Townsend, III is the Head of Cravath’s Mergers and Acquisitions practice for North America. His practice focuses primarily on all types of M&A transactions, corporate governance matters and activist defense. Mr. Townsend’s clients have included AmerisourceBergen, Anheuser‑Busch InBev, Brink’s, Brunswick, Cincinnati Bell, Conduent, Frontier Communications, J.D. Power, Johnson & Johnson, MacAndrews & Forbes, Martin Marietta Materials, Nestlé, Olin, OUTFRONT Media, Pinnacle Foods, Quest Diagnostics, Scientific Games, Stanley Black & Decker and US Foods.

American Bar Association

New York City Bar Association

  • Special Committee on Mergers, Acquisitions and Corporate Control Contests

New York State Bar Association

  • J.D. Harvard Law School, 1990, magna cum laude
  • A.B. Harvard College, 1987, magna cum laude