Bryer, Barry A.

Barry A. Bryer

Retired Partner

Barry Bryer retired from the partnership in March 2013. Mr. Bryer was Of Counsel in Latham's New York office and continued to be an active member of the firm's Corporate Department and of the Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions and Public Company Representation Practices. He was the Chair of the US Takeover Defense Group. He was extensively involved in both negotiated and hostile acquisitions, representing bidders as well as targets, and also experienced in leveraged buyout and restructuring transactions.

Mr. Bryer has been recognized for many years by his peers and clients as a leading M&A lawyer and corporate governance expert by such publications as the Chambers USA, Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading M&A Lawyers and the IFLR 1000. In an American Lawyer “Dealmaker” profile, clients praised how Mr. Bryer’s “working personality fit in really well with our company’s culture.”

At the time of his retirement, Mr. Bryer was an active member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and has served as a member of the Corporation Law Committee and of the Special Committee on Mergers, Acquisitions and Corporate Control Contests. Mr. Bryer was also a member of the New York State and American Bar Associations and was a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

He has published numerous articles and lectured on structuring leveraged buyouts, the duties of corporate directors in takeovers and corporate governance matters and representing special board committees in conflict transactions and internal investigations. From 1980 to 2005, Mr. Bryer was a partner of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.


  • JD, University of Virginia School of Law, 1972
    Editorial Board, Virginia Law Review, 1970-1972, Order of the Coif
  • BA, Queens' College, 1969
    cum laude