William Axtman

Adjunct Professor
School of Law

Suite 4500, 500 Grant Street, Pittsburgh PA 15219
Phone: 412.394.9538


J.D., Northwestern University

Bill Axtman is a partner at the law firm Jones Day and a member of the firm's M&A group.

Bill Axtman advises clients on business transactions, with a focus for nearly 20 years on domestic and cross-border M&A, divestitures, and joint ventures for multinational companies. He also represents clients in connection with private equity and venture capital investments, leasing and licensing transactions, and other complex commercial arrangements.

Bill works with clients in a variety of industries, including specialty manufacturing and engineered products, aerospace, energy and mining, and health care. He provides advice on a range of issues, including corporate governance and regulatory compliance.

He recently represented Allegheny Technologies Incorporated, a global manufacturer of advanced specialty metals, on joint venture transactions with each of GE Aviation and the Tsingshan Group. Bill also recently advised Wabtec Corporation in a merger with GE Transportation, valued at $11.1 billion.

Prior to joining Jones Day in 2015, Bill served as practice group coordinator for the M&A practice group of a large international law firm. During this time he represented United Technologies Corporation on numerous acquisitions and divestitures related to its building and industrial systems and aerospace businesses; Allegheny Technologies Incorporated on the sale of its tungsten materials business; and Alcoa (now Arconic) in the sale of its ownership stake in a foreign-based joint venture.

Bill serves on the board of Propel Schools (former president), a nonprofit dedicated to providing high-performing public schools to economically disadvantaged students. He represents a number of nonprofit organizations on a pro bono basis and is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh XXXII (2016) and Leadership Development Initiative XV (2008).


FALL 2019
Negotiation Skills (61)