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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; RedBird Capital Partners; 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 a 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+)

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

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP is a New York powerhouse with an additional US presence in Washington DC. It has an established record in strategic M&A, hostile takeovers and defense matters and is recognized for its experience in real estate, media, pharmaceuticals, healthcare and financial institutions transactions. It has 'one of the top deal teams in the US', is 'business savvy, aware of all the latest trends and has experts in all of the areas of deal-making'. It has 'a market leading financial services M&A business, having led and set precedent for many deals in the space', according to one client. Clients include Aleris, Catalent, Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, Humana, Knight Transportation, Koch Industries and Leidos Holdings. It advised Aleris, the US-based aluminium producer, on its $2.6bn acquisition by Novelis. It advised Becton, Dickinson and Company, the global medical technology company on its acquisition of TVA Medical. Robert Schwenkel is global head of M&A and private equity and has an outstanding reputation in advising corporates and financial sponsors. Steve Epstein is an 'excellent counselor', 'the consummate deal lawyer who is very attuned to his clients, extremely responsive, thoughtful, with no wasted effort and knows the deal space intimately'; he and Philip Richter are co-heads of the practice, with the latter noted for his experience in representing financial advisers in M&A transactions. Washington DC’s Brian Mangino has an extensive record in private equity and M&A and Matthew Soran is 'a rising star with excellent skills and a total command of the documents and the issues'. Christopher Ewan 'has broad expertise and experience, is hugely commercial and fantastic in negotiations'. All partners are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

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

Within: Private equity buyouts

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP continues to advise some of the most notable clients in the market, including Goldman Sachs, AEA Investors and Permira. In 2018, it advised Permira on a series of transactions, including its $715m sale of BakerCorp to United Rentals and its $1.68bn sale of Magento to Adobe Systems. Robert Schwenkel is global head of M&A and private equity and has built connections to a range of prominent financial sponsors, including Permira and Goldman Sachs’ Merchant Banking Division. Christopher Ewan and Steven Steinman are co-heads of the private equity group, with both noted for their connection to AEA Investors and other key clients. Washington DC's Brian Mangino is another key figure within the practice who has also frequently advised Permira and Goldman Sachs’ Merchant Banking Division. Andrea Gede-Lange and Randi Lally are emerging talents. The named are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

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