Our Team

Each Partner brings extensive industry knowledge, unrivaled relationships and substantial deal experience, resulting in a team of the industry's most sought after advisors

William M. Edwards

Partner
 
Will Edwards has spent his career focused on mergers & acquisitions and strategic advisory across several industries, particularly the Food & Consumer Products sector.

Selected transaction experience includes Conagra Brands’ acquisition of Pinnacle Foods; the sale of Blue Buffalo to General Mills; Kraft's merger with Heinz; the sale of Beam to Suntory Holdings; Altria’s acquisitions of John Middleton and UST and spin-offs of Kraft Foods and Philip Morris International; News Corporation’s acquisition of Dow Jones and its separation of its publishing and entertainment businesses; Fortune Brands’ sale of its Acushnet golf business and its spin-off of Fortune Brands Home & Security; the sale of ConAgra Foods’ trading & merchandising business to an investor group; the sale of Kraft’s frozen pizza business to Nestlé; the sale of Kraft’s Post cereals business to Ralcorp in a Reverse Morris Trust transaction; InBev’s acquisition of Anheuser-Busch; the sale of American Household to Jarden; the sale of Kraft’s sugar confectionery business to Wrigley; and Armor Holdings’ acquisition of Stewart & Stevenson Services. 

Prior to joining Centerview Partners at its inception, he was a member of the Food & Consumer Products Group at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein.

Mr. Edwards holds a B.A. in Economics from Yale University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.  He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Saint Thomas More Corporation, the Catholic Chapel & Center at Yale University.
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company
Announced: Q1 2021
Value: $349 million
Status: Pending

Exclusive financial advisor to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on the divestiture of HMH Books & Media, its consumer publishing segment, to News Corp
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