Air Products today announced the addition of Charles “Casey” Cogut, Senior M&A Counsel at the law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP (STB), to its board of directors.

“Mr. Cogut is one of the most prominent and well known corporate lawyers in America, and has been a sought-after advisor by the boards of many companies. I am very pleased to welcome him to our company’s board of directors. He has extensive experience, has been involved in some of the largest merger and acquisition transactions in the last 30 years, and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience that we currently do not have on our board,” said Seifi Ghasemi, Air Products’ chairman, president and chief executive officer.

Cogut joined the New York-based law firm in 1973 and served as partner in STB from 1980-2012. For many years he was a leading member of STB’s merger and acquisition (M&A) and private equity practices. He specialized in domestic, international and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, the representation of special committees of boards of directors, and buyouts and other transactions involving private equity firms. In addition, he regularly advised boards of directors with respect to corporate governance matters and fiduciary responsibilities. From 1990-1993 he served as senior resident partner in the firm’s London office.

Cogut has been named a “senior statesman” in the practice areas of corporate M&A and private equity buyouts in Chambers Global and Chambers USA Guides. He has also been named as one of “The Best of the Best” M&A lawyers, private equity lawyers, and governance lawyers in Euromoney’s Expert Guides. In addition, he has been recognized by Lawdragon 500 as one of the leading lawyers in America. Cogut was named as a “Deal Maker of the Year” by The American Lawyer in both 2008 and 2010.

Cogut is a member of the board of overseers of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is co-chair of the board of advisors of the University’s Institute for Law and Economics and a member of the Law School’s adjunct faculty. He is also a member of the board of trustees and executive committee of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

Cogut earned his J.D. at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He earlier graduated summa cum laude from Lehigh University.