Samir K. Patel is a partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department and a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity practice groups. Samir has extensive experience representing public and private companies and private equity firms on a broad range of U.S. and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, complex carve-outs and divestitures, strategic partnerships, joint ventures, minority investments and corporate reorganizations. Samir also advises clients on corporate governance and securities laws matters.


Prior to joining Willkie in 2021, Samir was M&A and Securities counsel for a large publicly traded company in Chicago, and prior to that, an associate at two other major law firms in Chicago and New York City.

  • Panelist, “Tech and Tech-Enabled Services,” 23rd Annual Chicago Booth Private Equity Conference, March 1, 2024

Samir advised on the following significant matters*:

  • Avista Capital Partners and its portfolio company Solmetex, LLC on Solmetex’s acquisition of Impladent Ltd.
  • Franklin Templeton on its $925 million acquisition of Putnam Investments and strategic partnership with Power Corporation of Canada and Great-West Lifeco Inc.
  • Zurich Insurance Group and its subsidiary Farmers Group, Inc. in the acquisition by Farmers Group of three insurance brokers of the Farmers Exchanges
  • NorthStar Healthcare Income, Inc. on the internalization of its management and operating functions
  • Gainline Capital Partners on its sale of Source Advisors to BV Investment Partners
  • Franklin Templeton on its acquisition of Lexington Partners for $1.75 billion
  • Franklin Templeton on its acquisition of Alcentra Group from The Bank of New York Mellon
  • Enerpac Tool Group Corp. (f/k/a Actuant Corporation) on the sale of its Engineered Components and Systems segment to One Rock Capital Partners*
  • GNC Holdings, Inc. on the sale of substantially all of its assets to Harbin Pharmaceutical Group Holding Co., Ltd for $770 million via a Section 363 asset sale*
  • O-I Glass, Inc. (f/k/a Owens-Illinois, Inc.) in its corporate modernization transaction*
  • GTCR on its acquisition of AssuredPartners*
  • GTCR on its acquisition of Cole-Parmer*
  • Onex Partners V on its $400 million convertible preferred investment in Emerald Holding, Inc.*
  • A leading private equity firm on its $13.2 billion acquisition of the car battery segment of a multinational conglomerate*
  • Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance on its acquisition of ENGS Holdings, Inc. from Aquiline Capital Partners and other shareholders*
  • Kosmos Energy Ltd. on its $1.225 billion acquisition of Deep Gulf Energy from First Reserve and other shareholders*

*Samir advised on these matters prior to joining Willkie.



Washington University in St. Louis, J.D. (cum laude), 2016 Saint Louis University, B.S., Business Administration, 2013

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Illinois, 2019 New York, 2017

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