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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

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Robert Schwenkel

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

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Mergers and acquisitions and private equity practice, Corporate department.


Partner, global head of M&A and private equity practice. Diverse transactional practice focused on private equity and M&A. Clients include Goldman, Sachs & Co.; Permira Advisors LLP; KKR; TPG; Appaloosa Management LP; and Citadel Investment Group. Also represents various infrastructure funds, private equity portfolio companies and private equity sponsors in "club" transactions.


Joined in 1982; became partner in 1989. Adjunct professor of law, Hofstra Law School.


Mr. Schwenkel received his JD, magna cum laude, from the University of Buffalo in 1982, where he was an articles editor on the Law Review. Mr. Schwenkel received his MS from Buffalo State College in 1976. He received his BA, cum laude, also from the University of Buffalo, in 1974.

United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

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Robert Schwenkel - Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Within: M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP is ‘one of the premier New York M&A shops’, is ‘one of the top M&A firms in the country’ and is ‘involved in some of the most significant deals around’, according to clients. It is praised for its ‘tremendous service’ and ‘unfailingly excellent, always-responsive, thoughtful and creative, and business-sensitive legal advice’, and for is ‘deep bench of experts’ who ‘understand clients’ businesses’. It continues to underline its credentials in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, real estate and media sectors, and looks after clients such as Aleris Corporation, Ascential, Ctalent, Coach, Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, Humana, Koch Industries and Morgans Hotel Group. It advised Sinclair Broadcast Group on its $6.89bn acquisition of Tribune Media Company, and represented Knight Transportation in its $6bn all-stock merger with Swift Transportation Company. The firm has ‘tremendous partners’, including Philip Richter, who is ‘a very knowledgeable M&A lawyer’ and ‘the best I have used’, according to one client. Robert Schwenkel is another leader in M&A and private equity, and Christopher Ewan, Steven Steinman and Washington DC’s Brian Mangino are other pivotal members of the practice. Steven Epstein and Matthew Soran are ‘extremely responsive, deeply knowledgeable about M&A, are willing to work through difficult subjects and are creative in addressing problems’.

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Private equity buyouts

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Robert Schwenkel - Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Within: Private equity buyouts

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP is at the forefront of the private equity market through clients such as Goldman Sachs and Permira. It provides ‘an excellent level of service’ and its ‘partners are responsive’ and ‘have a keen understanding of the commercial and business aspects of transactions’. The ‘very talented’ practice also has ‘excellent legal acumen and industry knowledge’. Moreover, clients highlight the key contributions of associated practice areas such as tax. Other clients include AEA Investors, American Securities, CVC Capital Partners, KKR, New Mountain Capital, Onex Partners and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. It advised Boston-based Yellow Wood Partners on the $1.42bn sale of its portfolio company PDC Brands to CVC Capital Partners, and assisted CVC Growth Fund with its $354m acquisition of Actua’s interests in VelocityEHS and Bolt Solutions. Robert Schwenkel, Christopher Ewan, Steven Steinman and Washington DC-based Brian Mangino are all experienced members of the private equity community. Andrea Gede-Lange and Randi Lally are emerging talents in the mainly New York-based team.

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