Wesley C. Fredericks, Jr. is the former chair of the firm's New York Corporate Practice. Clients seek his counsel in the areas of domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, finance and related transactions. Mr. Fredericks has extensive experience representing technology and life sciences companies, as well as companies in the industrial and manufacturing sectors, financial services, clean tech, transportation and automotive. He has served in chief executive positions in the automotive industry, including as chair of Lotus Cars USA, Inc. and as its general counsel. Mr. Fredericks also served on the board of directors of the Automobile Importers of America (now, the Association of Global Automakers), the US import automobile trade association.
Mr. Fredericks is AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell's highest peer recognition for ethical standards and legal ability. He has been recognized by Thomson Reuters as a New York Super Lawyer in the practice areas of both mergers and acquisitions and also business/corporate. Since the mid-1980s, he has been included in every annual edition of the Marquis publications, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Law. He has served in leadership positions at national law firms, including as deputy managing partner, as a member of the management committee and as head of the Corporate Practice. He has been a member of the firm's Audit Committee, Business Services and Transaction Executive Committee, and International Committee.
Mr. Fredericks is a past chair of the American Bar Association Business Law Section Committee on International Business Law and a former chair of its Subcommittee on Multinational Mergers and Acquisitions. He has also served as a member of the editorial board of the ABA’s The Business Lawyer, the premier business law journal in the United States. Mr. Fredericks is a frequent speaker and moderator for legal, finance, and business programs, and is regularly quoted in the press on topics of relevance to mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. In addition to his US bar and court admissions, Mr. Fredericks has qualified as a registered foreign lawyer in England and Wales.